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    Followup: Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill
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    At times, the proceedings took a more conciliatory tone than previous hearings. General Motors executives were back on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another round of testimony before a Congressional subcommittee investigating the company's delays in addressing an ignition-switch defect that ...

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    Official: Chrysler accelerates Jeep recall repairs from 2018 to March
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    You may remember that Jeep's unusual fix for this recall involves fitting a trailer hitch. The recall of about 1.5 million models of the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and 1993-1998 Grand Cherokee over fuel tanks may finish far sooner than originally estimated. In a new filing from Jeep's parent, ...

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    Recalls: 2015 Hyundai Sonata already recalled for bad wiring harnesses
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    It's barely arrived in dealerships, and already, Hyundai is recalling its 2015 Sonata. A total of 2,138 vehicles are facing issues with a wiring harness that could limit the amount of power steering help and in some cases, making it difficult to shift out of Park. Most of the cars are not yet in ...

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    Official: NHTSA and Ford investigating steering issues in Crown Vic, Grand Marquis and Marauder
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    There may be more steering woes for the Ford Crown Victoria. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the Crown Vic and Mercury Grand Marquis from the 2004 to 2007 model years and the Mercury Marauder for the 2004 and 2005 model years because the ...

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    Recalls: Harley-Davidson calls in 66k Touring bikes for brake line problems
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    Most of the recalls we cover involve four-wheeled automobiles – and most of those these days have come from General Motors, at that – but every once in a while a motorcycle recall comes across our desks that's just too substantial to ignore. This is one of those ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating why Jeep recall fix is taking so long
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    Jeep's saga with the National Traffic Safety Administration and the voluntary campaign to repair 1.56 million vehicles for allegedly unsafe trailer hitches, is getting yet another chapter. The controversy appeared to finally be over in January when the automaker found a supplier for the ...

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    Report: Toyota asking NHTSA for fuel cell car safety exemption regarding electric shocks
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    Toyota is requesting an exemption from federal safety regulations that govern electric cars as it prepares to launch a small-scale hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle fleet. The Japanese automaker is targeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 305, which covers the packaging of high-voltage parts in ...

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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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    Recalls: Honda, Nissan and Mazda recalling 3 million vehicles for airbag inflators [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Honda, Mazda and Nissan have all issued statements about the airbag issue, which you can now find below. Interestingly, only Honda is actually using the word "recall" in its statement, with Nissan calling it a "field action" (like Chrysler), and Mazda referring to it as a "special service ...

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    Report: Feds looking into Ford Explorer exhaust leak complaints
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    There may be a burgeoning problem with exhaust leaks in the 2011-2014 model year Ford Explorer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is examining multiple complaints of a gasoline smell in the cabin of these SUVs. However, the exact cause of this problem is still unknown. "The ...

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    Recalls: Kia recalls 2014 Cadenza over wheel fractures
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    Kia is officially recalling just over 3,100 2014 Cadenza sedans. While that might not seem like a lot of vehicles, the reason for the recall is particularly troubling – the optional 19-inch wheels on these cars are prone to cracking. Doubly troubling? Cold weather tends to make things ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating Chrysler for airbags, ignition switches
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    Chrysler is being targeted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million Jeeps, minivans and crossovers. The first is a "preliminary investigation" that focuses on an airbag issue afflicting the Jeep Commander built in model years 2006 ...

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    Report: Honda may recall up to 1M vehicles for airbag issue, following Toyota's lead
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    It seems Toyota won't be the only one recalling the faulty Takata airbag inflators for long. Honda insiders in Japan claim that the company is getting close to announcing its own worldwide campaign that would begin before the end of June. Unnamed sources close to Honda in Japan tell Automotive ...

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    Recalls: Five automakers now being investigated by NHTSA for airbag woes
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    It appears that Toyota's renotification to owners of recalled vehicles from last year is just the tip of the iceberg for what could potentially be a much larger industry-wide recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation investigation into roughly ...

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    Report: NHTSA ends $7,000 daily GM fines
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    General Motors will be saving a little more money everyday from now on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided that the automaker is now finally in compliance with the regulator's records requests and ended the automaker's $7,000 a day in fines to the feds. The charges ...

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    Report: Airbag fault on 1M recalled Jeeps getting second look from NHTSA [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: Here is the statement we received from Chrysler regarding NHTSA's query: "Chrysler Group LLC advised the National Highway Traffic Administration of the six reports and, in accordance with the Company's long-standing practice, is cooperating fully with the resulting investigation. Customer ...

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    Study: NHTSA says car accidents cost every American about $900 in 2010
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    Car accidents carry a heavy price tag for Americans, regardless of whether or not they've been involved in a crash themselves. Economic burdens associated with crashes cost every person in the United States about $900 per year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway ...

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    Report: NHTSA chief says it's 'likely' more than 13 died due to GM ignition switch
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    One of the major points of contention in the GM ignition switch debacle has centered around just how many people were killed due to the problem. GM claimed, and continues to claim, that 13 people have been killed. Safety advocates and lawyers, though, are arguing that the final total will likely ...

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    Recalls: 2014 BMW X5 recalled over faulty child-safety locks
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    BMW is set to recall some 6,400 of its new-for-2014 X5 SUVs built between December 12, 2013 and March 10, 2014 due to concerns that the child safety locks, if set, might deactivate without warning. The problem affects only those vehicles with the automatic soft-closing option. According to the ...

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