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Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]

Filed under: Budget, Safety, Videos, Hatchback, Mazda, Mini Competitors in the small-car segment didn’t do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned “poor” grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received [...]

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Nissan recalls 226k vehicles over airbag inflators

Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Infiniti, Nissan, Luxury Nissan and Infiniti are the latest automakers to issue recalls involving faulty airbag inflators from Takata. The Japanese automakers have announced campaigns covering about 226,326 units from seven models built in the early 2000s because they contain the bad part in the passenger-side, front airbag. [...]

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Bandbox Bicycle Helmet

Believe it or not, you’re looking at a bicycle helmet. The Bandbox has a protective and comfortable shell that you can discreetly top off with a variety of interchangeable hat covers (sold separately). Skip to 2:05. Hat Tip Link Price: $40-$80 Continue Reading from the Source

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Mazda recalling 18k Mazda6 and RX-8 models over airbag inflators

Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Mazda Faulty Takata airbag inflators keep taking their toll on automakers. Mazda is the latest to be affected in the US by announcing a recall covering 18,050 Mazda6 and RX-8 models to replace the front, passenger-side airbags. Specifically, the campaign covers 18,000 Mazda6 units from the 2003 and 2004 [...]

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What you missed on 7.23.14

Filed under: Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Crossover, Nissan Cellphone bans don’t reduce accidents? It’s true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel [...]

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What you missed on 7.23.14

Filed under: Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Technology, Crossover, Nissan Cellphone bans don’t reduce accidents? It’s true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel [...]

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GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC General Motors has announced yet another sprawling recall campaign, with six separate elements covering 717,950 vehicles on US roads. At this point in 2014, it’s starting to seem like there are more days with a GM recall than without. Perhaps most troubling about this latest volley, [...]

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Odds of dying in a traffic accident depend on which state you reside in

Filed under: Safety Motorists in Massachusetts and Washington DC can breathe easier on their afternoon commutes today. Their chances of dying in a traffic accident are the lowest in the nation. Drivers in West Virginia, South Carolina and North Dakota, on the other hand, may want to be especially vigilant. They’re collectively navigating some of [...]

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Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother

Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Videos, Hatchback, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Luxury Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the [...]

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