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One spectator at the VLN endurance race at the Nürburgring in Germany this weekend has been pronounced dead after the No. 23 Nissan GT-R went airborne at the Flugplatz section of the track.

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The safety and aesthetic features of new cars are driving up purchase and repair costs – over the past 15 years the price of a Cadillac Escalade headlight, for instance, has risen almost 800 percent.

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling over 33,000 examples of the C-Class and CLS-Class for separate issues in the two luxury models. The CLS has a problem with its LED taillights, and there are two possible faults with the fuel delivery module in the C-Class.

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As US Cities Drop Camera Programs, Revenues Fall For US Company

After less than two years on the job, the chief executive officer of a leading traffic-enforcement equipment manufacturer is resigning amidst a time of financial turmoil.

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Ford is recalling three different vehicle lines built between model years 2011 and 2015, including a number of service and specialty commercial vehicles.

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The Bloodhound SSC is still preparing to reach 1,000 miles per hour. To make sure the vehicle is safe, the team shoots a hunk of metal at 2,300 miles per hour into its ballistic safety panel to see what happens.

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Cell-Phone Use And Passengers Are Top Crash Factors, Says AAA

Distracted driving is a far more significant cause of teen-driving accidents than previously realized, according to new research.

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In the latest tally released by the General Motors Ignition Compensation Claims Resolution Facility, the number of cases offered compensation for fatalities has risen to 74 people. There have also been 126 injuries linked to the automaker's faulty part.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into a Nissan recall to fix a faulty airbag sensor. The recall covered more than one million vehicles, but the agency continues to receive complaints from drivers who have had their cars repaired.

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Automotive News reveals that the Takata recall in Japan is nearly 70-percent complete, while in the US not even 12 percent of drivers have fixed their cars.

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The Department of Transportation is fining Graco $10 million for delaying its recall of 6.1 million car seats last year. The safety campaign began because latches on some of the company's products could be very difficult to unfasten, which could put children in danger.

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China Central Television's recent investigations in several automakers have led to Jaguar Land Rover recalling 36,451 Evoques there to fix their gearboxes with a software update. The company is also extending the warranty on the part for affected owners.

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Drowsy driving may finally be getting the attention it deserves, as NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind plans on cracking down on the dangerous behavior.

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Honda is recalling over 100,000 more vehicles to replace faulty driver's side airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The models include the 2008 Pilot, 2004 Civic and 2001 Accord.

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Indiegogo Campaign To Build EV Charging At Madonna Inn

Electric vehicles are projected to make up 4.2 percent of Chinese market by 2020. Canada is investigating possible cold weather brake malfunctions in the Nissan Leaf. Sunspeed is building EV charging at the Madonna Inn along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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A Plea For Tesla To Address Double-Pedal Situations

A123 Systems is focusing on production of starter batteries for start-stop systems and microhybrids. Tesla is hiring sales executives for North America, Europe and Asia while reassigning Jerome Guillen. David Noland asks Tesla for response to double-pedal-pressing situations.

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Honda is launching a multi-million-dollar ad campaign asking owners of vehicles affected by Takata's faulty airbag inflators to report in for repairs.

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Fewer Accidents Mean Less Pollution, Right?

Automakers lobby to get federal government to offer fuel-economy credits for safety features.

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GM is recalling 64,186 examples of the 2011-2013 Volt because carbon monoxide can build up if the plug-in hybrid sedan is accidentally left idling in an enclosed location. Separately, the company is issuing a stop sale on roughly 2,300 units of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015 Buick Encore because of possible power steering failure.

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Following a complaint from Consumer Reports, BMW has issued a software upgrade to the range-extended i3 model that alerts the driver of a low state of charge that could affect the vehicle's acceleration.

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Some models of 2016 Acura RLX models benefit from an upgraded version of the company's AcuraWatch suite of safety tech with Cross Traffic Monitor and Road Departure Mitigation, and the luxury sedans get a softer suspension setup.

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