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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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    Featured: Does Dollar Rent A Car routinely swindle customers via insurance scam? [w/video]
    Elderly And Foreign Visitors Especially Targeted, According To Lawsuit 1408477500

    In retrospect, Eileen McMonigal believes she looked like the perfect target for a scam. She had recently fractured an ankle, so when her flight arrived in Tampa, Florida, she needed a wheelchair to get around the airport. A young escort helped collect her belongings, which included carryon ...

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    Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted on corruption charges
    Feds Allege Redflex Executive Bribed City Officials In Chicago 1408020300

    A former chief executive officer of one of the world's largest makers of red-light traffic cameras was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, along with two city officials in Chicago. A federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the three, alleging that ex-Redflex CEO ...

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    Featured: New Jersey may shield drivers from other states' red light, speed cameras
    Proposed Bill Finds Early Bipartisan Support Among Lawmakers 1407524340

    The bill targets any speed-control devices that are capable of automatically producing a recorded image of an alleged violation. New Jersey may soon prohibit other states from issuing traffic citations to its residents for alleged violations that were caught on speed or red-light ...

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    Featured: Think air travel is risky? Try driving a car
    Aviation Is Safer, But Our Perceptions Of Risks Are Skewed 1407434400

    It was a terrible stretch for aviation. In an eight-day span last month, three commercial plane crashes killed 462 people. By now the flight numbers and grim circumstances are familiar: Malaysia Airlines flight 17, downed by a missile over the Ukraine. TransAsia 222, crashed on approach to an ...

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    ETC: Honda asking used-car buyers to sign liability document [w/poll]
    Issue Arises From Ongoing Takata Airbag Recalls 1406827800

    New cars under recall must be repaired before a dealer can sell them but used cars are under no such mandate. When it comes to informing the car-buying public about potential safety hazards on used vehicles, there are two emerging schools of thought among used-car dealers. In one camp: those ...

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

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

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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
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    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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