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    Report: GM allegedly ordered 500k replacement ignition switches months before recall [UPDATE]
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    It appears that General Motors began preparing for its ignition switch recall far earlier than previously known. According to emails viewed by The Wall Street Journal, a contract worker for the automaker allegedly placed an order for 500,000 replacement ignition switches from Delphi to prepare ...

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    Report: New York City reduces speed limit to 25 mph [w/poll]
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    Drivers in New York City are being asked to slow down just a little bit more as the default speed limit has been dropped from 30 miles per hour to 25 on most streets in the nation's largest city. The lowered limit is part of New York Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio's (above right) "Vision Zero" plan, ...

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    Video: Aussie cameraman gets confession then carjacked
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    Often the key to a gripping story is being at the right place at the right time. An Australian news cameraman proved that when he stopped by the side of the road by a clearly distraught man with motorcycle, and it turned into a high-speed pursuit. In the video from USA Today, the biker initially ...

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    Report: GM faces $2B hit if bankruptcy protection provision fails
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    General Motors could face settlements totaling near $2 billion if US bankruptcy judge Robert Gerber rules that executives knew the company might be liable to owners of cars with faulty ignition switches built before its July 2009 bankruptcy. An additional $500 million, according to calculations ...

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    Voters overwhelmingly reject traffic cameras on Election Day
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    There's ongoing debate over the need for traffic cameras that aim to catch red-light runners and speeding motorists. Law enforcement officials say they promote safer driving. Critics say they're nothing more than a money grab. There's no debate over the fact voters don't like automated traffic ...

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    Report: Why newly independent Ferrari may be forced into fuel-efficient cars [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: A previous version of this story referred to Ferrari's 7,000 global sales as approaching the 10,000-unit threshold of the CAFE system. This is incorrect, as only US sales contribute towards CAFE totals. Ferrari also offered clarification on the company's CAFE status within Fiat Chrysler's ...

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    Official: Hyundai-Kia fuel-economy errors trigger $300M in federal penalties [w/video]
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    This amount includes $100-million in civil penalties, the largest such fines in EPA history. Hyundai and Kia are getting more than a slap on the wrist for overstating the fuel economy of an estimated 1.2-million vehicles in their 2011-2013 model ranges. The Environmental Protection Agency, ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: The big business of the SEMA show
    Plus: 'Chevy Guy' Wins The World Series; Ferrari Gets Spun Off; And BMW X5M And X6M Are Updated for 2016 1414854060

    Don't let the glare from all that chrome blind you or distract from a buttoned-downed reality: the SEMA show is big business. The SEMA show in Las Vegas is where automakers and tuners roll out some of their gaudiest wares. It's a feast for the senses – especially if you like huge ...

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    Study: Do red states buy more trucks?
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    Tuesday marks mid-term elections here in the United States, which is kind of a big deal if you've gotten tired of constant campaign advertising. But as Election Day approaches, the constant voices attempting to forecast the results are only set to increase. The latest member of that growing fray ...

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    Breaking: NHTSA fines Ferrari $3.5 million for missing reports
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    Ferrari will pay a $3.5 million penalty for family to comply with oversight requirements set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal agency that oversees road safety in the United States announced Friday morning that Ferrari had not submitted early warning ...

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    Report: Obama administration eyeing new NHTSA boss after safety lapses
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn't had much to celebrate this year. The botched handling of major recall campaigns from General Motors and for faulty Takata airbag inflators haven't put the agency in the best light. Also, its new VIN lookup for safety campaigns, which ...

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    ETC: MI police looking for hit-and-run driver who left zombie hospitalized
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    The typical way to kill a zombie is by destroying its brain. Anyone that's kept up on The Walking Dead can list off a multitude of ways to accomplish this grim task ranging from guns, knives, swords, crossbows, street signs and any number of a range of sharp or blunt household objects. One ...

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    Report: Why basing car recalls on geography is stupid
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    Geographic or regional recalls – the practice of recalling vehicles based on their geographic location – may seem to make sense. After all, why recall a corrosion-prone spare tire carrier (as Toyota did in 2010 and 2012) in areas where rust isn't a major factor, or humidity-prone ...

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    Report: NHTSA probing Ram recall pace, communication
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it's looking into Chrysler Group's handling of a pair of recalls affecting roughly one million Ram pickup trucks. Reuters is reporting that the regulatory agency is focusing on the availability (or lack thereof) of parts and ...

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    Followup: Guardrail manufacturer halts sales of impaling terminals pending tests
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    The controversy over the ET-Plus guardrail end terminals has deepened as Texas-based Trinity Industries has now announced that it will stop selling the problematic roadway safety features. For those just joining us, the issue revolves around a metal plate installed on guardrails by Trinity, the ...

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    Video: Seatbelts can save your life... from zombies
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    There are many, many reasons to wear your seatbelt when behind the wheel. According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, one such reason is the clear threat posed by zombies. Okay, so maybe not. This seasonally appropriate commercial from the MOHSP has been accompanied by radio ads ...

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    Report: GM approval for ignition-switch death claims hits 30
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    With nearly 1,600 claims in the General Motors faulty ignition switch compensation fund as of Friday, The Detroit News is reporting the company has so far approved 30 out of 193 death claims and 31 out of 184 injury claims. In all, the total claims at the end of last week were up four percent, ...

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    Report: NHTSA undergoing Congressional scrutiny over Takata scandal
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    With the Takata airbag debacle still yet to be resolved, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found itself in hot water again. Parties both from within and from without the agency's ranks are asking hard questions about NHTSA's handling of the widespread recall, and now the ...

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    Report: GM wins appeal, dismissal of $3B Saab-related Spyker suit
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    It's been a long time since we last heard of the legal battles between Spyker CEO Victor Muller and General Motors, the automaker from which Muller's company purchased the embattled Saab brand back in 2010. To refresh your memories, after struggling through 2011 and entering into bankruptcy, ...

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    Report: UberTaxi now operating in Seoul using licensed cab drivers
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    In countries across the globe, ride-hiring app Uber has faced criticism from taxi drivers, who claim the service is unfair, citing the way its (unregistered) drivers can be hired, eliminating the need to stand on a corner hailing. In the South Korean capital of Seoul, though, Uber and the taxi ...

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