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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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    Report: Saudi Arabia may institute higher fuel economy standards; keep 45-cent/gallon gas
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    When it comes to global oil production, Saudi Arabia is one of the absolute leaders, producing nearly 10 million barrels of crude every day. That means it can offer its citizens gas prices of about 45 cents per gallon. Despite this remarkably low price, though, the controversial, monarchical ...

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    Video: This FL man accused of stealing drivers licenses has best tattoo ever
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    Bentley and Porsche are two of the jewels in Volkswagen Group's luxury brand crown, but in Florida they also have a very tenuous connection with crime. With his multiple face and neck tattoos, including a Bentley logo right between his eyes, Derek Denesevich (pictured above) has been charged with ...

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    Report: Man alleges D.C. Uber driver kidnapping, high-speed chase
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    We've all experienced bad taxis; whether they were smelly or you ended up getting lost. But a group in Washington DC got the worst ride ever on July 8 when the Uber driver they contracted took them on a roughly 10-minute, high-speed chase to evade police. Was just kidnapped by an @uber driver ...

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    Report: Singapore car salesman jailed for gambling away $280k Maserati deposit
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    Kenny Rogers' country classic The Gambler is right about two things: you gotta know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em. A former Maserati salesman in Singapore is learning that lesson about when to step away from the table, after being sentenced to 33 months in prison for allegedly gambling ...

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    Report: GM won't pay ignition-switch claims out of insurance funds
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    "It will be done through cash on hand, no insurance." – David Roman, GM's director of financial communications. General Motors has committed to paying all of its ignition-switch claims out of its own pocket. David Roman, the company's director of financial communications, told Business ...

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    Report: Chinese businessman's lawsuit vs Tesla heats up [w/video]
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    Tesla Motors continues to be locked in a bitter trademark dispute with a Chinese man who claims to own the rights to the company's name there. Zhan Baosheng is now suing the automaker in China for trademark infringement, and he's asking for 23.9 million yuan ($3.9 million) in damages, plus for ...

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    Report: Hyundai sued in Korea over inflated fuel economy claims
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    Hyundai remains in hot water in its home market after the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport alleged that the country's largest automaker, along with Ssangyong, misstated fuel economy numbers on some of its crossovers. Now, though, the country's consumers are going after ...

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    Report: Yep, Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games over Grand Theft Auto V likeness [w/video]
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    Well, it's official. We will have a courtroom battle between fallen starlet Lindsay Lohan and Rockstar Games, maker of the infamous Grand Theft Auto series. We last reported on the Lohan/Rockstar case back in December, when rumors were swirling that the then-27-year-old would sue the video game ...

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    Report: Cuba sells just 50 cars in first six months after ban lift
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    Cuba is known as a nation that loves its cars. After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the government made it nearly impossible to obtain a new vehicle. So Cuban drivers kept their '50s classics on the road even through today. Given this automotive enthusiasm, you might be surprised to learn that since ...

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    Video: Hear this 911 operator delay response, debate caller about 'carjacking' vs. theft
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    An emergency dispatcher in DeKalb, GA is under fire following a 911 call from a good Samaritan that had just witnessed a man rip a woman from her car and take off. In the call, the dispatcher proceeded to argue with the man over whether what he'd just witnessed was a carjacking (a type of robbery ...

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    Report: Will global automakers drop local JV partners if China's government says they can?
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    Chinese economic policies could be in for a big change, as President Xi Jinping pushes the communist country to open its domestic markets even further. That could mean big things for the auto industry, especially when it comes to the country's far-reaching joint-venture system. According to ...

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    Read This: Is free parking a right, America?
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    One of the many, many headaches inherent in any large metropolis is parking. Simply put, there isn't enough of it and if there is, it's a nine-mile walk from your actual destination. Ignoring the lack of spots and convenience, though, there's a greater issue that makes big-city parking a big pain ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #387
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    Episode #387 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Michael Zak talk about more General Motors recalls, upgrades and a diesel for the 2015 Ford Focus ST, and the BMW M235i scoring ahead of the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Consumer Reports ...

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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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    Video: Sunbathing woman run over by beach patrol pickup awarded $2.6M by jury
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    A woman who was run over by a Beach Patrol pickup in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, while sunbathing in 2011 was awarded $2.6 million in damages on June 26. However, she may only be eligible for a small fraction of that money under the state's laws. According to WFTV News in Orlando, Florida, ...

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    Report: NHTSA probing whether to call Nissan to the carpet over Versa unintended acceleration
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    The Nissan Versa and Versa Note may have a carpeting problem that could make the little cars risky to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a preliminary evaluation into the 2012-2014 model year versions of the Versa, Versa Sedan and Versa Note, affecting an ...

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    Report: Ken Feinberg details General Motors' ignition switch recall compensation plan [UPDATE]
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    Kenneth Feinberg and General Motors have announced the long-awaited compensation plan for victims of the Detroit-based manufacturer's botched ignition switch recall. The compensation plan will be open to family members of anyone that was killed or injured due to ignition switch failure. That ...

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    Report: Probe shows current GM VP Parks aware of ignition problem in 2005
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    New documents have revealed that a current General Motors vice president, Doug Parks, was aware of the ignition switch problems on the Chevrolet Cobalt as early as 2005. At the time, Parks, whom Bloomberg called a "confidante" of CEO Mary Barra and an integral part of GM's product development ...

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    Report: Hyundai in trouble for overstating fuel economy numbers at home, too
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    Hyundai is, understandably, "very confused by the fine and the different results." The South Korean government is investigating Hyundai and Ssangyong, alleging that the two manufacturers overstated the fuel economy figures on some of their crossovers. But while the initial investigation is ...

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