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    Video: Hyundai Genesis says in the future, even car stunts will be autonomous
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    We talk a lot about new technologies in the auto industry. Things that will make you more comfortable or faster or more fuel efficient are, generally, easy for us to explain. Things that make us safer, though, are often a bit tougher to get a bead on. We can report on how it's supposed to ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #387
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    Episode #387 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Michael Zak talk about more General Motors recalls, upgrades and a diesel for the 2015 Ford Focus ST, and the BMW M235i scoring ahead of the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Consumer Reports ...

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    Report: Yearly auto recall record demolished in 6 months
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    With nearly 40 million vehicles under repair campaigns and counting, 2014 will almost certainly go down as the year of the automotive recall. At just past the halfway mark, we are already at record levels, and there aren't any signs that the epidemic is slowing. General Motors' latest 8.4 million ...

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    Recalls: Graco recalls another 1.9M car seats, now largest in history [w/video]
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    After months of disputing a safety problem even existed, Graco has agreed to recall 1.9 million children's car seats affected by defective buckles. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had urged Graco to include these seats in earlier recalls of 4.2 million seats, ...

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    Recalls: Chrysler recalling 700k minivans and Dodge Journey for ignition switch woes
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    General Motors isn't the only automaker with ignition switch problems. Chrysler is fighting it too and is now announcing a recall of 695,957 examples worldwide of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans from the 2008-2010 model years, plus the 2009-2010 Dodge ...

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    Report: 2015 Hyundai Genesis automatically slows for speed cameras
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    Speed cameras are something of a foreign curiosity for many drivers in the US. Sure, there is sporadic use of red light cameras here, but the cams to catch speeders are much more popular in Europe. However, Hyundai might have created a way to end that scourge for our foreign auto enthusiast ...

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    Motorsports: These are the 7 deadliest racetracks ever
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    The tragic and completely bizarre accident that claimed the life of racer Bobby Goodin at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend serves as yet another underscore to the dangers of motorsport. Advances in vehicle design, safety equipment and emergency medicine have all worked to make ...

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    Official: GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems [UPDATE]
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    General Motors today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this ...

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    Report: NHTSA probing whether to call Nissan to the carpet over Versa unintended acceleration
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    The Nissan Versa and Versa Note may have a carpeting problem that could make the little cars risky to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a preliminary evaluation into the 2012-2014 model year versions of the Versa, Versa Sedan and Versa Note, affecting an ...

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    Official: NHTSA investigating Ram 1500 models for rear differential failure
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its Ram brand following a number of reports regarding the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. According to 15 consumer complaints, the trucks' rear differential locked up while in other cases, the driveshaft ...

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    Official: 2015 Ford Mustang will tell authorities how you crashed and if you were belted [w/video]
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    When the 2015 Ford Mustang hits dealers, it will be with a new batch of features that will power up Sync's 911 Assist feature, and provide an even greater degree of information to first responders in the event of an accident. 911 Assist will already make a phone call, via a Bluetooth-connected ...

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    Recalls: GM announces four new recalls, 507k vehicles affected
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    428,211 of these vehicles are located in the United States, 57,706 are in Canada, and 20,956 are in other markets. In its seemingly never-ending string of recalls, General Motors today announced four new campaigns covering some 506,873 vehicles. 428,211 of these vehicles are located in the ...

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    Followup: The long history behind Monday's massive airbag recalls
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    The latest details of a troubling safety trend arrived Monday, when seven automakers issued eight recalls for cars that may contain airbags that could kill drivers instead of saving their lives. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota all announced recalls of cars that contain ...

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    Report: FTC urged to halt 'deceptive' CarMax ads over recalled car issue
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    Safety groups and a prominent politician are taking aim at CarMax, the country's largest used car chain, over allegedly deceptive advertising, and they're hoping to prompt a major shift in the way that pre-owned vehicles are sold in the US, as well. In two letters filed with the Federal Trade ...

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    Official: 2014 BMW 2 Series earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just certified its latest Top Safety Pick+, honoring the all-new BMW 2 Series with the coveted rating. IIHS cited the 2 Series' crash test ratings, which were rated as "Good" in the small overlap, moderate overlap, side and rollover. In the tricky ...

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    Exclusive: Mike Ryan crashes Freightliner racer in Pikes Peak practice [UPDATE]
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    Autoblog director of photography Drew Phillips is reporting that Unlimited Exhibition Class driver Mike Ryan has suffered a significant crash during the end of today's practice session for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving his impressive No. 777 Freightliner racing truck, Phillips ...

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    Report: GM says second recalled ignition switch was made in China
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    The defective ignition switch that led General Motors to recall an additional 3.4 million large sedans earlier this month was manufactured in China, according to a report filed with safety regulators obtained by Reuters. The switches can be knocked out of the run position, much like those ...

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    Report: GM suspends Chevy Cruze sales over airbag fault [UPDATES]
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    General Motors has issued an immediate stop-sale order on 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans due to concerns over an issue with the popular compact's airbags. The stop-sale was issued in a notice sent to dealers which has been obtained by Automotive News. It's unclear how many examples of the ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalling nearly 5,700 2014 F-150s for power steering issue
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    Ford is recalling 5,675 of its 2014 F-150 pickups over an issue with the electric power steering system. There haven't been any injuries or accidents due to the issue. Ford spokesman Mike Levine told Autoblog that the "electric power-assisted steering and motor position sensor gear were ...

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    Recalls: Airbag recall widens to include BMW, Chrysler, Ford and Toyota
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    The recall of faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata has exploded today to grow to seven automakers. In most cases, only models in certain high-humidity regions were affected because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in its investigation that moisture played a role in ...

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