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    Smarter Vehicles Coming Soon That Talk and Avoid Crashes
    WiFi and GPS enabled systems should dramatically cut down crashes 1304186400

    The auto industry is moving closer to deploying technology into vehicles that could go a long way to making vehicle crashes, at least serious ones, mostly a thing of the past. That's right. The industry that fought against making seatbelts standard, is marching toward creationg the ultimate safe ...

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    New Developments In Child Safety: Kid-Sized Crash Models And New Car-Seat Advice
    Ford developing digital child-sized body models, and pediatrics group changes policy on car seats 1302976800

    Quick: What is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-34? Cancer? Nope. Traffic accidents. Automakers and government regulators continue to work on reducing that statistic. And one of the ways they are doing it is looking at how kids are impacted in accidents versus adults.

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    Does Your State Have The Priciest Auto Insurance? Or, The Least Pricey?
    Why Michigan is highest and Vermont is cheapest. Check out your state. 1301608800

    What's the best way to keep your rates down? A clean nose. Maintain a clean driving record. Don't be a speed demon. Don't drive like a maniac. And certainly don't drive while under the influence of alcohol.

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    Ten-Year Old Toyota Hybrid Priuses Defy Early Critics
    Consumer Reports Tests Find The Gas-Electric Hybrid No Hothouse Flower--Going Strong After 200K Miles 1301443200

    The roll-out of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars in recent months has ignited a debate over this new technology. Skeptics are posing questions about possible ghosts in the machine, wondering how long the batteries will perform at top level, worried about the length of the battery life, ...

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    Americans Driving Safer. And it's Saving Us Money.
    Good News: Analysts Predict Stable Premiums For 2011 1301356800

    Many analysts are predicting that insurance premiums will remain flat in 2011 -- maybe even go down. That's a relief to consumers who are seeing everything else go up, from gasoline to a loaf of bread.

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    Why An Insurance Company Is Suing The FBI For Crashing a Ferrari
    James Bond never had this problem when he totaled an Aston Martin 1301153400

    Did you hear the one about the FBI agent who crashed a stolen-then-recovered Ferrari into a tree? Except, there's no punch line. Because, while it may be fodder for an avalanche of wisecracks, this isn't a party joke, or a scene from "Get Smart."

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    Carmakers Say Recalled Rental Cars Went Unfixed For Months
    No law exists for preventing cars to be rented without fixes 1299805200

    It's been four months since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first announced that it was investigating 3 million rental cars that had been recalled for defects, but has any action been taken?

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    Semi Crashes Still Proving Fatal
    Underride Guards Often Fail In Accidents 1299697200

    These days, most vehicles are designed so that, if you get into a crash at about 35 mph -- even if you run straight into a solid, immovable wall -- you're likely to walk away. But recent crash tests and an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that if you crash into the ...

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    Are Obama's Million EV's Just Science Fiction?
    Panel's Conclusion Ignites Debate 1298487600

    In politics and business forecasting -- as in life itself -- timing can be everything. In early February -- less than a week after President Barack Obama set a bold goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 -- a blue-ribbon panel issued a report saying that it was ...

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    Michigan Readies For Tougher Teen Driving Laws
    Studies Show Driving Restrictions Can Save Lives 1297558800

    If newly-minted teenage drivers had their druthers, they'd be able to drive whenever they wanted, with as many of their friends "on board" as they wished. But for safety reasons, more and more states have been passing laws in recent years to restrict teens' nighttime driving and the number of teen ...

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    Gas Prices Are Going Up Again
    Analysts Predict $3.50 Per Gallon By Late Summer 1297355400

    What goes up, must come down, said the man. And, usually, the inverse is also true. It's hard to imagine a better example of these truisms than gasoline prices. As we know, they are volatile, and many factors contribute to their rise and fall, most of them having to do with global economics, but ...

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    EPA Makes Controversial Ethanol Decision
    Carmakers Oppose E15 Approval 1296846000

    Historically, there's never been a lot of love lost between carmakers and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their relationship has long been a tenuous one, as the auto companies have resisted the agency's efforts to set higher standards for fuel economy and emissions for years -- and often ...

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    Crash Test Results Found to Correlate to Real-World Survival Rate
    Drivers of Top-Rated Vehicles More Likely to Cheat Death 1295917200

    More than seven years after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began its side-impact crash testing program in 2003, the organization says there is now enough data to correlate its test results with the survival rate of drivers in real-world crashes. According to a recent IIHS analysis, ...

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    The Most and Least Expensive Vehicles to Insure
    Chrysler Town & Country Most Affordable of All 2011 Models 1295898300

    It's a new year on the calendar this month, but the 2011 model-year has been in full-swing for a while now, enough time for the data compilers to tell us how much we can expect to lay out for auto insurance if we're in the market for a new vehicle.

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    Driving A Convertible Can Make You Deaf
    Noise Levels Comparable to Police Siren 1295031600

    It seems these days, anything that is any fun at all usually comes at a price. As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, what with all those ear-splitting concerts by the Who, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin that we attended in our misspent youth -- and the possible damage those high-decibel ...

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    Ford's "Forensic Investigators" Find Flaws In Your Car
    CAT Scanner Is A Smaller Version of Those Used by Crime Investigators and Hospitals 1294707600

    Even though the world can seem like it's already gone completely digital, we're still fascinated by flashy computer technology, especially when it creates colorful, rotating, sometimes kaleidoscopic graphics on a screen -- and when it allows us to perform tasks that once seemed straight out of ...

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    When Are You Too Old To Drive A Car?
    20 Signs That It's Time 1294340400

    When does one become too old to drive a car? That's a question currently being pondered more and more by the families of older drivers.

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    Ford And Honda Top Loyalty Study
    New Report Shows Consumers Value Fun 1292670000

    Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?Are we starting to see a bit of light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel? Are car buyers ready to have a little fun, fun, fun again?

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    Does Your Rental Car Have Hidden Recall Problems?
    Companies Not Required to Fix Recalled Vehicles Before Renting 1291698000

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into how rental car companies deal with manufacturer recalls. It is specifically looking into whether or not rental car companies are properly fixing vehicles that have been recalled before renting or selling ...

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    Budget Used Cars On The Rise
    More Interest In Older, Higher-Mileage Models 1291179600

    You don’t need a PhD in economics to understand that when times are tough, consumers are on the hunt for less expensive products. That’s especially true with big-ticket purchases like cars and trucks. Even as new car sales remain sluggish, sales of used cars have increased in recent ...

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