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42007-2008 Kia Sorento SUVs recalled over potential airbag fault

While airbags can be a major safety asset in the event of an accident, crash test data and real-world incidents have shown that front airbags can actually be dangerous for younger, lighter children. Many newer vehicles now have sensors that turn off the front passenger airbag when the occupant doesn't meet weight requirements, but the sensor may not work in some 2007 and 2008 Kia Sorento models.

AddToyota to repair 650,000 Prius models globally over coolant risk

Toyota has announced that it will voluntarily repair 650,000 Prius models for a fault in the hybrid cooling system. According to Reuters, a glitch in the vehicle's coolant pump could cause the vehicle to overheat and lose power, though no accidents or injuries have been reported in association with the problem to date. It's worth noting that this isn't an official recall in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's a service action.

30Toyota to repair 650,000 Prius models globally over coolant risk

Toyota has announced that it will voluntarily repair 650,000 Prius models for a fault in the hybrid cooling system. According to Reuters, a glitch in the vehicle's coolant pump could cause the vehicle to overheat and lose power, though no accidents or injuries have been reported in association with the problem to date. It's worth noting that this isn't an official recall in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's a service action.

33Honda recalling 410,000 Odysseys and Elements for brake problem

Honda Element – Click above for high-res image gallery

45MINI Cooper S recalled for protruding tailpipes, inadvertent tattoos

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 MINI Cooper S

4Aston Martin offers power upgrades to last-gen V8 Vantages

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

18NHTSA investigating GM SUV fires

You might remember a bout of fires consuming a handful of Ford trucks, SUVs and cars that was due to a faulty cruise control switch that could ignite even if the vehicles were parked. General Motors is apparently having a similar issue, and although it doesn't involve the same cruise control system, the potential outcome – a car fire – is the same.

40By the Numbers: 2007

Toyota passes Ford as second largest automaker in the U.S.; Mazda grows the most in 2007

13Automobile names Audi R8 top car for '08; GM wins for hybrid tech

click above for more high-res images of the gorgeous Audi R8

13Honda recalling 43,000 Acuras for power steering hose

Those of you rolling in a 2005–2008 Acura RL take note: Honda has issued a recall for your power steering hose and being the educated consumer that you are, you won't have to wait by the mailbox to know about it.

14LA 2007: Mercedes S400 Bluetec Hybrid - it's new, we think

Mercedes-Benz is confusing the blog out of us with its nomenclature. Sure, it's usually pretty straightforward: one letter for the class, three numbers for the (approximate) engine displacement. Tack on 4Matic for all-wheel-drive, chop off a zero and add AMG for the performance models. But they just about lost us on this one.

21IIHS wrecks new Scion xD. Rates average, good

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did its worst to the new Scion xD, and after performing both the frontal offset test and a side impact test with the standard front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat torso airbags, the xD came away with ratings from "good" to "average."

11Tokyo Motor Show: Honda CR-X CR-Z Concept

Click the image above for live and press shots of the Honda CR-Z concept.

17In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 MINI Cooper S

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7Sydney 2007: HSV turns 20, celebrates with anniversary-edition Clubsport R8

click above image to view gallery of 20th Anniversary HSV Clubsport R8

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