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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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    Recalls: 177k Toyota Camry Hybrids being recalled for brake issue [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The limited service campaign issued by Toyota, and reported on by Consumer Reports, is actually unchanged from our earlier report in July. New reports led us to believe that there was further action regarding the Camry Hybrid brake fluid reservoir issue, but ultimately the same campaign ...

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    Report: Chrysler, Nissan looking into claim that their cars are industry's most hackable
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    A pair of cyber security experts have awarded the ignominious title of most hackable vehicles on American roads to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Infiniti Q50 and 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are set to release a report at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, ...

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    Report: Retired NASCAR driver creating fund to help racers with concussions [w/video]
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    Motorsports these days tends to be pretty safe, even if the danger of pushing a car or motorcycle to its absolute limit can never be entirely removed. Compared to the frequent deaths of the '60s and earlier, we live in good times, however, in just the last few years the topic of concussions has ...

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    Official: Hyundai fined $17.35 million for late Genesis recall
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has slapped Hyundai with a $17.35 million fine for delaying a recall on the 2009 to 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan back in 2013. The recall grew from the original figure of 27,500 units to 43,500 sedans in November of last year, and focused on brake ...

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    Recalls: Saturn Vue ignition switch leads to new group of GM recalls totaling 312k
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    General Motors has another spate of recalls to announce. This time they cover 312,280 vehicles worldwide, including 269,041 of in the US, in a total of six campaigns. In 2014, the automaker has recalled 29,079,765 vehicles worldwide, with 25,754,356 of those in the US. The largest among them ...

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    Recalls: 18k VW Routan minivans added to ignition switch recall list
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    We've had a brief reprieve recently from automakers suffering from ignition switch issues, but the problems have reared their ugly head, again. This time it's not from General Motors; instead, the 2009 model year Volkswagen Routan is getting swept up in Fiat Chrysler Automobile's recent repairs ...

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    Study: Ford-sponsored survey says a third of Brits have snapped a 'selfie' while driving [w/videos]
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    Talking on the phone while driving isn't advisable, and texting while driving is downright dangerous. Considering those truths, the fact that we even need to point this out this is incredibly disturbing: taking "selfies" while behind the wheel is exceptionally stupid. But, it's a thing that a ...

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