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    Report: Takata airbag victim looked like she had been stabbed
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    We generally take certain principals for granted. The more water you drink, for example, the healthier you'll be. The more time you spend reading car news on Autoblog, the better informed you'll be. And the more airbags your car has, the safer you'll be. Because airbags equal safety. But that's ...

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    Report: Tesla driver blames 'new car smell' in fatal cyclist crash
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    According to the accident report compiled by the California Highway Patrol, 63-year-old driver Navindra Kumar Jain fell asleep at the wheel while driving northbound on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, crossed into the oncoming, southbound lane, crested a small hill and then while doing 55 miles per hour ...

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    ETC: Cruisin Caskets offers a lead sled for the dead [w/video]
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    A good Halloween display usually has some of spooky zombie climbing out of a coffin coming back to life, but to be honest, if a car-loving zombie had been buried in a coffin from Cruisin Caskets, they might not be in too big of a rush to haunt the living. Now, we've seen cool car coffins before, ...

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    Followup: De Villota death linked to previous crash injuries
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    We were saddened to report the other day on the untimely death of Maria De Villota, an aspiring Formula One racing driver who was found dead on Friday in her hotel room in Seville, Spain. At the time the circumstances of her passing were unknown, but reports now indicate that officials have ruled ...

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    Motorsports: Marussia F1 reserve driver Maria De Villota dead at 33
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    Maria De Villota, the 33-year-old, Spanish Formula One driver and current reserve driver for Marussia F1, was found dead in her Seville, Spain hotel room early this morning. Police believe that it was a natural death, although local forensics and homicide units were on the scene to rule out all ...

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    Report: Former BMW M boss and Maserati CEO killed in freak motorcycle accident
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    It's a tragic coincidence that on the same weekend the BMW M4 Coupe Concept was introduced in Monterey, one of the men most integral to BMW's M and Motorsports divisions, Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, was killed in England. Kalbfell, a vintage motorcycle enthusiast, was set to compete in the Lansdowne ...

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    Report: 1 dead, 9 injured at Pocono Raceway as storms shorten NASCAR race
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    Severe thunderstorms devastated fans hanging around trying to enjoy the post-race atmosphere at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania over the weekend. The NASCAR Pocono 400 Sprint Cup race itself had been halted 98 laps into the 160-lap event because of rain, and track officials twice warned ...

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    Report: Former GM chair John Smale dead at 84
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    We're saddened to report the death of John G. Smale. Considered an outsider to the automotive industry upon his appointment, Smale served as chairman of General Motors from November 1992 to the end of 1995. A member of GM's board since 1982, Smale was named chairman at a difficult turning point ...

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    Breaking: MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli dies in race accident [w/video]
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    Bad news, it seems, does come in threes, as we're grieved to report the passing of Marco Simoncelli. The MotoGP rider succumbed to injuries sustained this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, his death coming barely a week after those of Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon and Baja racer Rick ...

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    Video: Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon dies in 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Indy 300 [UPDATED]
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    Tragedy struck this weekend's Las Vegas Indy 300, as driver Dan Wheldon, 33, died from injuries sustained in a gruesome 15-car wreck just 13 laps into the race. Wheldon's car sailed through the air outside turn two and smashed into a wall. Yahoo! reports that the other drivers were told of ...

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    'Bye Dad: David Evan Davis, Jr., shuts his eyes one last time at 80 years, 140 days
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    David E. Davis, Jr., with wife Jeannie and son Matt
    Talking about my dad just after the day of his death, I'm sort of forced to quote him. Right up to the last, he was "one tough summbitch" as he would say in praising anyone worth their salt. He saved that Burnside, Kentucky, inner country boy ...

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    Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa killed in San Marino Grand Prix crash
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    Less than a week after 13-year-old Peter Lenz was killed in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, another motorcyclist's life has been claimed at the track. Shoya Tomizawa was on his 15th lap at the Misano circuit during the San Marino Grand Prix when he apparently lost control of his Moto2 ...

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    Hyundai loses $1.8M lawsuit because of seats that recline too far
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    Sarah Goodner was killed in Texas in 2007 when her 2005 Hyundai Tucson rolled over and she was thrown out the back window. The culprit for that odd circumstance – even though she had her seat belt fastened – was her seat, which was reclined so far back that she was able to slide out ...

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    First drop in motorcycle related deaths in a decade, are we really any safer?
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    In a preliminary report, the Governors Highway Safety Association recently indicated a 10% drop in motorcycle related fatalities around the U.S. in 2009. This decline marks the first such improvement in over a decade as deaths have been on the rise consistently from 1997 onward. Are we really ...

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    Donald Frey, designer of the original Ford Mustang, dead at age 86
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    On the day we've reviewed two descendants of his original creation, we find out that the man who designed the Mustang, Donald Frey, passed away at 86. As with the car's decades of success, the inspiration for it was unlikely: the Chevrolet Corvair. Frey, who was assistant general manager and ...

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    Report: Transportation Secretary LaHood concerned with influx of in-car technologies
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    Concerned that "gadgets and bells and whistles" are distracting drivers, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is reportedly pushing to keep the technologies out of driver's hands – without going so far as to say he'll try to restrict them. LaHood, who has already campaigned for a ban on ...

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    Land Speed Record driver Barry Bryant dies in 200-mph crash at Bonneville
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    Barry Brant, third from left, posing with members of the Bryant family in front of the car he was driving during crash
    Anyone familiar with land speed trials knows all too well the dangers inherent in pursuing new record-breaking speeds, and today we're saddened to report on the death of one ...

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    STUDY: Majority of highway fatalities caused by deficient road conditions
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    What would you think to be the leading contributor to fatalities in car crashes here in the States? Failure to use seat belts? Speeding? Drunk driving? Think again. According to a new study commissioned by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), the leading cause of highway fatalities ...

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    Former suspended NASCAR driver commits suicide
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    Kevin Grubb started racing in the NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series in 1996 when he was 18. The next year he debuted in the Nationwide Series, bringing home ten top-five finishes and 32 top-ten finishes in 174 starts. On May 6 he was found in the Alpine Hotel in Richmond, Virginia dead of a ...

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    Supplier CEO attacked and killed by laid-off workers
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    The Tata Nano, which will be the world's least expensive car, has already exacted enormous sums of money and time. A dispute over the location of a new factory has cost Tata close to a year of court wrangling and might end up spoiling a £200 million investment. Now the efforts to build the ...

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