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    Report: NHTSA investigating more than 300k Chevy Impala sedans for airbags
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating vehicles from General Motors (if we had a nickel for every time we've written that this year). This time around, 320,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans from model year 2008 (the above photo is a 2011 model) are the focus, thanks to a ...

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    Recalls: Mazda recalling 18k Mazda6 and RX-8 models over airbag inflators
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    Faulty Takata airbag inflators keep taking their toll on automakers. Mazda is the latest to be affected in the US by announcing a recall covering 18,050 Mazda6 and RX-8 models to replace the front, passenger-side airbags. Specifically, the campaign covers 18,000 Mazda6 units from the 2003 and ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.23.14
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    Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents? It's true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel less ...

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    Featured: Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds
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    "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is ...

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    Recalls: GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars
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    General Motors has announced yet another sprawling recall campaign, with six separate elements covering 717,950 vehicles on US roads. At this point in 2014, it's starting to seem like there are more days with a GM recall than without. Perhaps most troubling about this latest volley, though, is ...

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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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    Opinion: An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license
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    My son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's license. My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven years, we don't cry as much ...

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    Report: Cadillac issues stop-sale on recalled CTS, SRX
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    General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on the Cadillac CTS and SRX, both of which were recalled late last month. Why the stop-sale after all this time? Well, um, GM apparently doesn't know how to fix them. The stop-sale covers all used Cadillac CTS sedans, coupes and wagons from model ...

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    Video: Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother
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    Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern ...

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    Video: Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating
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    Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing. The redesigned Sonata's new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front test, ...

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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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    Recalls: Kia recalls over 50k new Soul compacts over steering issue
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    Kia is recalling certain 2014 models of its adorable Soul due to a bad adhesive used in the steering system. According to the bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the "thread-locking adhesive" that attaches the plug between the pinion gear and steering gear assembly ...

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    Followup: Tesla Model S successfully hacked by Zhejiang University team
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    The $10,000 prize for successfully hacking a Tesla Model S has been claimed. A team from Zhejiang University in China claimed victory at the Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan360) event in Beijing by exploiting a "flow design flaw," whatever that means, to gain access to vital systems ...

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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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    Official: Chrysler accelerates Jeep recall repairs from 2018 to March
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    You may remember that Jeep's unusual fix for this recall involves fitting a trailer hitch. The recall of about 1.5 million models of the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and 1993-1998 Grand Cherokee over fuel tanks may finish far sooner than originally estimated. In a new filing from Jeep's parent, ...

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    Report: FBI fears autonomous cars will make great weapons
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    Let's face it, autonomous cars aren't coming; they're already here. From Google's continual testing to promises from Nissan and Mercedes-Benz that the tech is on the way, the only direction that driverless vehicles are moving is forward. Although, we're already seeing the first joking jabs about ...

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    Recalls: BMW recalling all 2000-06 3 Series models over airbags in US, 1.6M globally
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    We just can't seem to get away from recalls involving the faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. There are already millions of vehicles in need of repair as a result of these ever-expanding campaigns, and BMW is adding another 1.6 million worldwide. The Bavarian automaker is issuing a recall ...

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    Report: Obama touts car-to-car communications, pushes for highway funding
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    Transportation was on President Obama's mind as he toured the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA Tuesday. In a brief, 14-minute speech, the president touched on both car-to-car communications and safety technology, as well as the need to maintain funding for the rapidly ...

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    ETC: Worse For Your Health: Rolling coal or burning rubber?
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    A cursory Internet search reveals that both kinds of 'smoke' have some pretty scary ingredients. With social, political and ecological concerns all wrapped up into one made-for-the-Internet phenomenon, there's no question that "rolling coal" has taken over the airwaves in the last few weeks. ...

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    Report: Fukushima radiation still showing up in some Japanese cars
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    In the wake of the 2011 tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there was a fear that radioactive cars and trucks could be bound for export. Within days of the tragedy, Nissan was already testing its vehicles' radiation levels (pictured above), and ...

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