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Toyota recalling 20k 2014 and 2015 cars and CUVs with 3.5L engines

Filed under: Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Toyota Toyota has announced a recall of roughly 20,000 vehicles covering the 2014 Avalon, Camry, Highlander (pictured) and Sienna, as well as the 2015 Lexus RX luxury crossover. The affected vehicles are all powered the 2GR-FE engine, which in layman’s terms, is Toyota’s well-regarded 3.5-liter V6. According to Toyota’s [...]

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Ford to offer Police Interceptor surveillance tech to competitors [w/video]

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Videos, Ford, Police/Emergency Ford unveiled its surveillance mode technology last year as an option for 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility models, and it has been a huge success. Now, the automaker and its partner InterMotive Inc. have decided to license the patent-pending system, including possibly to competitors and the [...]

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NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Safety, Hatchback, Ford The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying open while driving. NHTSA [...]

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GM compensation fund finds at least 19 deaths related to faulty ignition switches [w/video]

Filed under: Safety, Videos, GM It appears that the safety problems stemming from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches may stretch further than the automaker as admitted to. In a new interview with CNN Money, Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing the settlement process for GM, says that there are at least 19 deaths and 12 injuries [...]

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Tuuli Armor Tornado Shield

The Tornado Shield helps protect up to three people from being pierced or cut by flying debris, thanks to its layers of padding and ballistic nylon. Its bottom layer is made of ripstop nylon so you can breathe while you’re inside. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $320++ Continue Reading from the Source

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Ford Recalling 70k Escape and Mariner Hybrids for cooling issue

Filed under: Hybrid, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Ford, Mercury Ford is recalling about 70,209 examples of the 2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid because the cooling pumps for their hybrid systems could fail. According to the company’s defect notice, it’s possible for the original “Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump” to wear out [...]

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Risk of cyber-threats may increase as cars load up on computers, active controls

Filed under: Safety, Technology “You can have everything super-secure, but one part can compromise everything in the car, including safety.” – Walter Buga Features in many new cars that are widely seen as the first steps toward a self-driving future may also making cars more susceptible to cyber crime, according to a recent study. New [...]

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Vinli Smart Driving Assistant

Like Automatic, Vinli plugs into you car’s OBD-II port and can tell you specific details about your car’s health. But it also has apps for security, automatic emergency calls, GPS tracking, integration with home automation and more. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $50-$150 Continue Reading from the Source

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Chrysler minivans under investigation for stalling after fuel refill

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Safety, Chrysler, Dodge According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least one man has reported that his 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan stalled unexpectedly on the highway shortly after being refueled. The unidentified man who contacted NHTSA regarding the issue cited as many as eight similar instances reported by other drivers. [...]

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Porsche 918 Spyder gets tiny recall for rear control arms

Filed under: Convertible, Hybrid, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Porsche As the recent US recall of a single Koenigsegg Agera shows, even low-production supercars aren’t immune from safety campaigns. Now, there’s another example that even the fastest cars can have their faults. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a pretty fantastic vehicle for its ability to mix hybrid [...]

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GM’s board of directors was ‘shocked’ and ‘stunned’ by recall woes

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn’t exactly had the best year. While sales haven’t suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors’ representatives within [...]

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These Alien Skyscrapers Will Rest on the Site of an Old Uranium Plant

The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid just released images of her latest design—three matching towers for Brisbane’s waterfront—and they look nothing short of alien. Which feels oddly appropriate, since the skyscrapers are also supposed to sit on potentially radioactive land. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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