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    Report: NHTSA opens investigation into Ford Explorer PI brakes
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    This year more than most, it's pleasant when we can string together a few days without word of an automaker or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing a bunch of new recalls. It's seemingly been a little quiet on this front lately (barring a spider-related Suzuki issue ...

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    Recalls: Suzuki Kizashi recalled due to pesky spiders
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    Spiders seem to love the fuel tanks of Japanese sedans. Mazda had to recall its Mazda6 twice for arachnid webs blocking their car's vent lines. Now, the Suzuki Kizashi is also being called in because spiders can block the car's evaporative canister vent hose, a condition which could cause ...

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    Report: States have failed to spend nearly $540M in federal highway safety grants
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    A new report from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General has revealed yet another fiasco in highway funding. No, it's not a misuse of federal funds. Instead, it's a complete and total lack of use for government monies. In this case, the DOT's inspector general has ...

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    Study: MA drivers named nation's most accident prone
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    If you're hoping to avoid a car accident, even a minor fender bender, it might be best to avoid Massachusetts at all costs. In the tenth annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, cities in the Bay State took three of the four worst spots in the study. In two areas, drivers are more than ...

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    Exclusive: How privacy fears are driving automakers in the age of the connected car [w/poll]
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    A recent GAO report concluded car companies don't adequately disclose how and why they share location data. As cars collect and store more and more data about the whereabouts of their drivers, automakers are responding to critics who say they should be more transparent about how those details ...

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    Video: TX officer allegedly lets 140-mph street racer go with a warning [w/poll]
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    Being pulled over by the police is one of the most nerve-racking situations that a driver can go through, and it's even worse when you know that the officer has you dead to rights for speeding well over the posted limit. In this video, the driver of a heavily modified Ford Mustang with a claimed ...

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    Official: Volvo building new AstaZero safety proving ground in Sweden
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    Volvo is an automaker committed to vehicle safety, setting an ambitious target for itself: by 2020, the Swedish automaker envisions that no one will be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars. In order to achieve that goal, Volvo has announced a new proving ground designed specifically to ...

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    Report: Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules
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    Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company's vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances – windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord – to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.21.2014
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    This or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST Two of Autoblog's editors argue the finer points of hot hatches in a point/counterpoint rundown between the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST. Arguments are made, but no firm conclusions drawn. Feel free to offer your own opinion in our ...

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    Official: US government moves to mandate car connectivity [w/video]
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    The federal government is inching closer to mandating cars have the ability to communicate with each other, in a move regulators say could reduce crashes while still protecting motorists' personal information. "By warning drivers of imminent danger, V2V technology has the potential to ...

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    Official: Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]
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    The Fit's grade on the small-front overlap test improved from "marginal" to "acceptable." Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway ...

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    Study: Thieves still love older Hondas and pickups most, says NICB [w/video]
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    No one wants to have their car stolen, but a new study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau has some bad news for older Honda owners and pickup drivers. Fortunately, it has better news for drivers overall. The group is reporting that according to preliminary data from the Federal Bureau of ...

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    Official: NHTSA launches VIN search tool for finding recalls
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    We've already seen more vehicles recalled this year than any year on record. General Motors alone has issued campaigns covering about 25.75 million cars in the US. Finally, with 2014 more than half gone, it appears that the rate of these announcements is finally starting to slow, but that still ...

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    Official: 2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback crash their way to IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings [w/video]
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    The Subaru Legacy and Outback are the latest vehicles to be awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety title, Top Safety Pick+. As we've explained many times before, this only applies vehicles that can score an "Acceptable" or "Good" rating on the five IIHS ...

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    Video: Paraplegic woman suing GM over 3rd degree seat-heater burns [w/video]
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    A quick Google search for "danger of heated seats" reveals any number of news stories about burn risks and the potential for damage to the, um, potency, of men. For most of us, though, we know when a heated seat gets too hot. 26-year-old Emma Verrill doesn't have that luxury. Verrill has been a ...

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    Recalls: Ford issues four recalls covering 163k vehicles
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    Recalls! 2014 will be forever remembered as the year that automakers went recall crazy, with millions and millions of vehicles adding up to crush previous recall records well before the end of the year. Adding to that tally is Ford, which announced a call-back for 163,000 vehicles. Leading that ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 8.18.14
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    We take the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic for a Quick Spin We start off talking about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic by pointing out that it may be a bit of a bargain, coming in at a cost that's substantially less than its 12-cylinder sibling, the S65 AMG, while actually boasting a quicker ...

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    Report: Aston Martin may be forced to stop selling DB9, Vantage in US [w/poll]
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    There are any number of factors that are making it increasingly difficult for a small-scale, independent automaker like Aston Martin to stay competitive in today's automotive marketplace, from purchasing power to R&D capacity. But the latest factor endangering Aston's viability on the ...

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    Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted on corruption charges
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    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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    Official: 2015 Chrysler 200 earns Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    If safety is a priority in your next car purchase, the 2015 Chrysler 200 looks like a pretty good bet, according to a recent evaluation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new sedan scored top marks in all of the agency's crash tests and a "Superior" score from its optional front ...

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