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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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    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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