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DOT Officials Take Unprecedented Actions To Speed Repairs

As investigators searched for clues about why certain airbags showered motorists with deadly amounts of metal fragments, the company that made the defective devices thwarted their queries.

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Costumes Test Ability Of Google's Autonomous Software In Discerning Odd Shapes

Do self-driving cars get spooked by vampires? That's one of the questions Google set out to answer over the past weekend when dozens of trick-or-treaters visited the company's Mountain View, California headquarters.

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Mini is recalling 86,000 early models over concerns that the power steering can fail, and this isn't the first time the automaker has had problems with the steering gear on first-gen Coopers.

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Nissan expands a recall over potential fuel line leak to include more than 46,000 Altimas and Maximas from the 2013 to 2016 model years.

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Maserati and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have expanded an earlier recall of the 2014 Quattroporte GTS to include nearly 1,000 units that could have problematic starter-motor cables.

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Mercedes-Benz and the National Highway Traffic Administration have issued two recalls affecting certain examples of the 2015 S-Class over seat belts and starter motors.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is holding off until Thanksgiving to make a decision on the next step in the Takata inflator recall. It could compel automakers to speed up the repair process, though.

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Mazda is recalling 1.37 million vehicles in the US that date back decades because a short circuit in their ignition switch could cause a fire.

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NHTSA appears very likely to add even more automakers to the Takata airbag inflator campaign in the coming days.

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Acura is now one of the safest brands on the market, after its entire lineup has been awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA five-star crash ratings.

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GM is recalling 10,000 examples of the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and GMC Envoy because they don't have the right fix for an earlier safety campaign.

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Nearly 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia crossovers from 2016 face a recall because of a fire hazard with their windshield wiper motors. GM is asking owners not to use the wipers until the problem is fixed.

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As Copyright Process Nears End, Mark Rosekind Unsure of Independents' Role

The chief of the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe said Thursday there's no way his agency could conceivably evaluate millions of lines of software code for cyber-security deficiencies. At the same time, he's not sure he wants outside help.

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CEO Embraces Responsibility, Presses Federal Governent For Consistency

Volvo has an easy answer for all the hand-wringing about whose responsible when self-driving cars crash.

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Honda is recalling about 6,800 examples of the 2014-2015 Accord hybrid because a problem with a voltage sensor can put them into fail-safe EV mode. The issue can eventually cause them to stall.

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Nissan is recalling about 320,000 examples of the 2007-2012 Versa in North America because the salt on the roads could lead to their front suspension coil springs breaking.

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Feds Seek Assistance From Some Experts, Ignore Help From Other Ones

Cars have become hacking targets, but documents show the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is struggling to address automotive cyber threats.

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Honda is recalling over 143,000 examples of the 2014-2015 Civic and 2015 Fit to fix a problem that could lead to the CVT's drive pulley shaft breaking.

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With Marijuana's Rise, More States Find Firm Answers Are Hard to Come By

As more states consider rescinding bans on recreational marijuana use, lawmakers, police officers and transportation officials are urging each other to prepare for an increase in drugged drivers. Exactly how should they brace for a siege of stoned drivers? No one is quite sure.

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Like The EPA, DOT Officials Chill Hope For Protections In Copyright Law

Independent researchers have uncovered major cyber-security weaknesses and emissions scams, but the government agencies that benefit most don't appreciate the help.

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NHTSA says that flaws in the FCA US Early Warning Report data resulted in under-reported death and injury claims. The automaker says that it told the regulator as soon as the problem came to light.

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