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    Recalls: Harley-Davidson joins GM, FCA in ignition-switch recall
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    We've seen a rash of ignition switch recalls this year, especially from General Motors, but also from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Harley-Davidson is joining their ranks with a new repair campaign on some of its bikes, but for a somewhat different reason: some examples of one model might be ...

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    Official: NHTSA proposes new bus rollover standards
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    New rules could be coming for America's coaches and large buses, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed standards that have been influenced by those of the European Union. The new standards would demand that large buses undergo tests that would see the vehicles tipped ...

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    Report: States can't navigate red tape to secure federal highway grants
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    The push to make American roads safer has received its fair share of help from the federal government, thanks to a robust program of highway safety grants that allow state governments to bolster distracted-driving-prevention programs, install ignition interlocks on the vehicles of first-time ...

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    Report: Deadly explosion rocks Chinese auto parts plant near Shanghai [w/video]
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    An explosion at an auto parts plant owned by Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. near Shanghai has killed at least 68 people, with 187 more injured. The blast has been traced back to errant sparks in a wheel-hub polishing workshop that apparently ignited dust. There were a total of 264 people ...

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    Study: Women more skeptical about autonomous cars than men, research says
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    Drivers are intrigued by the benefits of self-driving cars, but they remain concerned about the safety and cost such vehicles could introduce into the marketplace, according to a study published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in late July. 56 percent of ...

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    ETC: Honda asking used-car buyers to sign liability document [w/poll]
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    New cars under recall must be repaired before a dealer can sell them but used cars are under no such mandate. When it comes to informing the car-buying public about potential safety hazards on used vehicles, there are two emerging schools of thought among used-car dealers. In one camp: those ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports calls on Toyota to recall older Camry Hybrid models
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    Consumer Reports is calling on Toyota to issue an official recall of 178,000 Camry Hybrid sedans from model years 2007 to 2011, claiming that a pair of issues affecting the brakes are so dire they demand a more official action than what the company has undertaken so far. The first issue, as CR ...

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    Recalls: Suzuki calls in 26,000 Daewoo-built Veronas for overheating lights
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    Suzuki is recalling yet another Daewoo-built model due to possible problems with the daytime running light module in the instrument panel. This time it covers about 25,899 units of the Suzuki Verona from the 2004 through 2006 model years that need fixing. Like the repair campaign of the Forenza ...

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    Recalls: Fiat recalls nearly 30,000 Fiat 500L models
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    Fiat has announced a recall of 29,500 Fiat 500L hatchbacks in the US and Canadian markets due to concerns that the roomiest member of the Fiat range features knee airbags that won't deploy unless the occupant's seatbelt is fastened. There have been no injuries reported due to this issue, which ...

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    Official: Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]
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    Competitors in the small-car segment didn't do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned "poor" grades. Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a ...

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    Recalls: Nissan recalls 226k vehicles over airbag inflators
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    Nissan and Infiniti are the latest automakers to issue recalls involving faulty airbag inflators from Takata. The Japanese automakers have announced campaigns covering about 226,326 units from seven models built in the early 2000s because they contain the bad part in the passenger-side, front ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating more than 300k Chevy Impala sedans for airbags
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating vehicles from General Motors (if we had a nickel for every time we've written that this year). This time around, 320,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans from model year 2008 (the above photo is a 2011 model) are the focus, thanks to a ...

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    Recalls: Mazda recalling 18k Mazda6 and RX-8 models over airbag inflators
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    Faulty Takata airbag inflators keep taking their toll on automakers. Mazda is the latest to be affected in the US by announcing a recall covering 18,050 Mazda6 and RX-8 models to replace the front, passenger-side airbags. Specifically, the campaign covers 18,000 Mazda6 units from the 2003 and ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.23.14
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    Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents? It's true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel less ...

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    Featured: Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds
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    "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is ...

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    Recalls: GM announces 6 recalls covering nearly 720k cars
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    General Motors has announced yet another sprawling recall campaign, with six separate elements covering 717,950 vehicles on US roads. At this point in 2014, it's starting to seem like there are more days with a GM recall than without. Perhaps most troubling about this latest volley, though, is ...

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    Study: Odds of dying in a traffic accident depend on which state you reside in
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    Motorists in Massachusetts and Washington DC can breathe easier on their afternoon commutes today. Their chances of dying in a traffic accident are the lowest in the nation. Drivers in West Virginia, South Carolina and North Dakota, on the other hand, may want to be especially vigilant. They're ...

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    Opinion: An open letter to every teen getting a driver's license
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    My son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's license. My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven years, we don't cry as much ...

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    Report: Cadillac issues stop-sale on recalled CTS, SRX
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    General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on the Cadillac CTS and SRX, both of which were recalled late last month. Why the stop-sale after all this time? Well, um, GM apparently doesn't know how to fix them. The stop-sale covers all used Cadillac CTS sedans, coupes and wagons from model ...

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    Video: Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother
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    Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern ...

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