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    Report: NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying ...

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    Report: GM compensation fund finds at least 19 deaths related to faulty ignition switches [w/video]
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    It appears that the safety problems stemming from General Motors' faulty ignition switches may stretch further than the automaker as admitted to. In a new interview with CNN Money, Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing the settlement process for GM, says that there are at least 19 deaths and 12 ...

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    Recalls: 130,000 Toyota Tundra pickups recalled over airbag issue
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    Toyota is announcing a recall for about 130,000 examples of the 2014 Tundra Tundra pickup in Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab configurations. According to the company, the "garnish on the center pillars" inside the trucks might not have been installed correctly. If the vehicle were in an accident, ...

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    Recalls: Ford Recalling 70k Escape and Mariner Hybrids for cooling issue
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    Ford is recalling about 70,209 examples of the 2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid because the cooling pumps for their hybrid systems could fail. According to the company's defect notice, it's possible for the original "Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump" to ...

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    Study: Risk of cyber-threats may increase as cars load up on computers, active controls
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    "You can have everything super-secure, but one part can compromise everything in the car, including safety." – Walter Buga Features in many new cars that are widely seen as the first steps toward a self-driving future may also making cars more susceptible to cyber crime, according to a ...

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    Recalls: 2015 Chevy Corvette stop-sale issued, recall could be next
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    It might be difficult to get ahold of a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette for a little while. Not only are the sports cars incredibly quick, but Chevy is issuing two, separate stop-sale orders on the 'Vette that covers about 2,800 of them. According to Automotive News, recalls for the problems are also ...

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    Report: Chrysler minivans under investigation for stalling after fuel refill
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    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least one man has reported that his 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan stalled unexpectedly on the highway shortly after being refueled. The unidentified man who contacted NHTSA regarding the issue cited as many as eight similar instances ...

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    Recalls: Porsche 918 Spyder gets tiny recall for rear control arms
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    As the recent US recall of a single Koenigsegg Agera shows, even low-production supercars aren't immune from safety campaigns. Now, there's another example that even the fastest cars can have their faults. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a pretty fantastic vehicle for its ability to mix hybrid fuel ...

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    Report: GM's board of directors was 'shocked' and 'stunned' by recall woes
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    With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn't exactly had the best year. While sales haven't suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors' representatives within ...

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    Official: Cadillac to launch Super Cruise semi-autonomous technology in two years [w/video]
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    We all know that self-driving cars are coming. It's not so much a question of If so much as When. And when it comes to General Motors products, we now have something of a date to work with, as Cadillac has announced plans to roll out what it is calling Super Cruise technology in an unnamed new ...

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    Report: Saturn Vue ignition issue was discussed three times before recall, new documents reveal
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    Despite the tens of millions of recalled vehicles this year, it's somewhat rare that we get a glimpse into what goes into deciding when to conduct one of these safety campaigns. New documents published by General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are giving us an ...

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    Study: Tailgate thefts up 31% last year, Texas leads the nation
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    If you live in Texas and own a pickup, you might want to guard your truck's tailgate from thieves. A recently released study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau looking at tailgate thefts found that from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, the Lone Star State led the country in this ...

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    Report: GM to combat driver distraction with 'Seeing Machines'
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    People, distracted driving needs to end. Now. A woman's butt was impaled by a metal pole because she was texting while driving. Seriously, this needs to stop. But how? How do you get people to put their phones down and focus on managing the 4,000-pound hulk of steel they're hurtling along at 70 ...

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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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