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Pete Bigelow

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Pete Bigelow is an Associate Editor for AOL Autos. He joined the company in January 2012 after working as an online reporter for Changing Gears, a public radio project that examined the reinvention of the Midwest economy.Prior to that, his roots were in sports journalism. A New Jersey native and 1998 graduate of Rutgers University, he covered the Denver Broncos for a newspaper in suburban Denver until 2006, when he moved east and handled Michigan Football coverage for The Ann Arbor News and AnnArbor.comNot a gearhead by nature, he's nonetheless got some experience in the transportation industry - Pete is a licensed commercial pilot and one-time certified flight instructor. He actually admits to being a Cleveland Browns fan, and lives in Dexter, Mi., with his wife and three children.

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    ETC: Auto industry continues to grapple with challenges of cyber threats
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    A car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an engine. A telephone is not a telephone. It's a computer that makes phone calls. A refrigerator is not a refrigerator. It's a computer that keeps food cold. And a car is no longer a car. It's a computer with wheels and an ...

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    Followup: Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill
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    At times, the proceedings took a more conciliatory tone than previous hearings. General Motors executives were back on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another round of testimony before a Congressional subcommittee investigating the company's delays in addressing an ignition-switch defect that ...

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    ETC: Kids group wants White House to address hot-car deaths
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    Cars come equipped with alarms that remind motorists to buckle their seatbelts, chimes that indicate headlights are still on after the engine is turned off and buzzers that sound if keys are left in the ignition, says Janette Fennell. Forget a sleeping child in the rear seats, however, and ...

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    NHTSA continues to investigate Evenflo and Graco car seat buckles
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    Investigators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continue to take a heightened interest in car-seat buckles that are potentially defective. Earlier this week, the Office of Defects Investigation upgraded its probe of buckles installed on Evenflo car seats, opening an engineering ...

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    Video: Dad pleads with parents to remember kids in hot cars
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    After five minutes of sitting in a hot car, Terry Williams was drenched with sweat. After ten minutes, he felt like the air had been sucked out of his lungs. After 15 minutes, he got out of the car. Not everyone has the chance to do that. Every year, an average of 38 children are killed in the ...

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    ETC: Rolling Coal: America's political divide reaches the roads [w/videos]
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    Jason Mendelson was driving his Toyota Prius in the right lane of Interstate 64 near Richmond, Virginia, when a white pickup truck with two protruding smokestacks cut into the lane ahead. After a few moments, the pickup spewed a torrent of black smoke that enveloped his small car. The pickup ...

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    Study: New research suggests US auto sales nearing peak
    'Generation N' Will Sap Long-Term Demand 1404943260

    The industry is on pace to sell more than 16 million cars this year ... but don't break out the party hats and champagne just yet. June was a terrific month for the auto industry. Americans made it the busiest month of sales in nearly eight years, buying more than 1.4 million vehicles, ...

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    ETC: Fourth Of July is a terrible day to be on the road
    Gas Prices Expected To Be Highest In Six Years 1404320460

    Planning a road trip over the Independence Day weekend? After reading this, you may want to just stay home. Experts say drivers will endure heavy traffic, high gas prices and high numbers of traffic fatalities on the nation's roadways throughout the July 4 weekend. Motorists will pay the most ...

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    Recalls: Graco recalls another 1.9M car seats, now largest in history [w/video]
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    After months of disputing a safety problem even existed, Graco has agreed to recall 1.9 million children's car seats affected by defective buckles. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had urged Graco to include these seats in earlier recalls of 4.2 million seats, ...

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    Followup: The long history behind Monday's massive airbag recalls
    Moisture Is Only Latest In Long Line Of Explanations For Takata's Problem 1403900940

    The latest details of a troubling safety trend arrived Monday, when seven automakers issued eight recalls for cars that may contain airbags that could kill drivers instead of saving their lives. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota all announced recalls of cars that contain ...

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    Congressional probe of GM's ignition switch recall continues
    Congresswoman Says Up To 100 May Have Died Due To Faulty Cars 1403119980

    "We're hearing there may be up to 100 deaths linked to this." – Rep. Diana DeGette A member of the US House of Representatives said Wednesday there may be as many as 100 deaths linked to General Motors' decade-long failure to recall millions of defective cars. Rep. Diana DeGette ...

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    Recalls: GM recalls 500K Chevy Camaros for ignition-switch defect
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    General Motors issued a recall for more than a half million Chevrolet Camaros on Friday morning because of an ignition-switch safety hazard that mirrors the one at the center of the company's current crisis. The problem affects Camaro models from the 2010 to 2014 model years. Approximately ...

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    Tracy Morgan crash sparks another debate over tired truckers
    Days Earlier, Congress Embraced Legislation That Weakens Rules 1402352940

    Days before Morgan's accident, the Senate approved legislation that would undo rules that mandated certain rest periods for truck drivers. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a sleep-deprived Walmart truck driver didn't see that traffic ahead in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey ...

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    Recalls: GM issues 4 new recalls for 90k vehicles, Chevy, Buick, GMC affected
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    One day after releasing an internal report that found a pattern of "incompetence and neglect" within the company, General Motors announced four more recalls that affect 89,126 vehicles. One of the recalls affects 31,520 vehicles that may contain a defect that could prevent airbags from deploying ...

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    US Senator: General Motors has yet to 'come clean'
    Critical questions weren't answered in Valukas report, Blumenthal says 1401996780

    The report, "amounts to circling the wagons to marshal a legal defense," – Sen. Richard Blumenthal A US Senator said General Motors' much-anticipated internal report on the circumstances that led to a deadly flaw going unfixed for more than a decade, amounts to a whitewashing of the ...

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    Breaking: GM fires 15 people following ignition switch investigation [UPDATES]
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    UPDATE: The text of this story has been revised with more detail, following Mary Barra's press conference this morning. UPDATE 2: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made the full Valukas report available at its website, as a PDF download. If you'd like to read it in it's ...

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    Recalls don't dent General Motors' sales figures
    Despite Safety Problems, GM Sees Much Momentum 1401886740

    GM announced 13 separate recalls in May, but that was a mere footnote for consumers. At least in theory, the past four months should have been trying ones for General Motors. The company admitted it knew key details about a deadly defect in its cars for more than a decade, and that flaw was ...

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    Study: NHTSA says car accidents cost every American about $900 in 2010
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    Car accidents carry a heavy price tag for Americans, regardless of whether or not they've been involved in a crash themselves. Economic burdens associated with crashes cost every person in the United States about $900 per year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway ...

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    Official: IIHS releases new rankings from crash-avoidance tests [w/video]
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    Out of 24 vehicles tested, eight earned the highest rating of "Superior." In the past, automotive engineers focused on creating safety systems that protected drivers in car crashes. In the future, advances like the Google self-driving car on display this week, will likely remove motorists and ...

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    Featured: How IndyCar technology wound up in your kid's car seat [w/video]
    This Built America: Dorel Juvenile Group 1400854500

    "What I'm assembling is potentially going to save someone's life. You can't just go anywhere to get that." – Mark Evanko From their first day on the job, employees at Dorel Juvenile Group learn to never treat the products they make like just another piece of plastic. The 950 people who ...

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