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    Recalls: Zero Motorcycles announces small recall for potentially catastrophic motor failure
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    Bad news for those rooting for electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero - the brand is recalling 94 bikes built between December 26, 2013 and February 18, 2014. This is the second recall for the small-scale manufacturer in the past year, following a larger, 268-unit recall in August. More ...

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    Report: Chevy issues stop-sale order for turbocharged Cruze
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    According to a recent report in Automotive News, General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on some of its 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze models. No reason has been given, although this is hardly good news for GM - the Cruze was the automaker's best-seller in 2013. The order affects models with ...

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    Report: NHTSA has just 51 investigators tracking America's 250M cars
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    How many people do you think the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has investigating automotive defects? 5,000? 2,500? 1,000? You'd be well off on all counts. It has 51. 51 investigators covering America's pool of 250 million vehicles. That shocking stat comes courtesy of ...

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    Official: Barra answers FAQ about GM recall [w/videos]
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    General Motors may remain in hot water with the federal government due to the handling of the ignition switch recall, but there aren't a lot of bad things we can say about its public relations efforts following the 1.6-million-vehicle fiasco. We've already discussed its robust social media ...

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    Official: IIHS bestows 2015 Audi A3 with Top Safety Pick+ [w/video]
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    There's some good news for Audi today, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the all-new A3 one of its Top Safety Pick+, the institute's highest award for safety. While there are no shortage of cars that can handle the standard IIHS trial, the tough small overlap test needed to ...

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    Official: 2014 Nissan Rogue earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ [w/videos]
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    The 2014 Nissan Rogue has scored a Top Safety Pick+ award following positive crash test results by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The new crossover scored good results (the highest rating) in the group's five crashworthiness checks and a basic rating for front crash prevention. The ...

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    Study: IIHS says rearview cameras more effective alone than with parking sensors
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    Rearview cameras sound like a good bet if you're concerned about safety, but a new study just published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that their benefits may be limited. Parking sensors, says the study, provided drivers with no more safety protection than using just your ...

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    Video: Self-slapping wipers could take the sting from snowy mornings
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    Let's file this one away in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A Detroit company called has built a set of wiper arms that will smack themselves agains the windshield, shaking ice and snow loose. It's a product of a company called Motor City Wiper. These systems aren't for sale yet, ...

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    Report: Deborah Hersman, head of NTSB and vocal critic of auto safety efforts, stepping down
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    The National Transportation Safety Board will be getting a new boss, as the current head has announced she'll be stepping down. Deborah Hersman had a controversial tenure as head of the NTSB, strongly criticizing efforts in automotive safety. Hersman was a vocal opponent of talking and texting ...

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    Video: Learn how Béla Barényi championed passenger safety with Mercedes-Benz
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    You've probably never heard of Béla Barényi, but you've almost certainly been impacted by him in some way, shape or form. The Austro-Hungarian engineer had a huge effect on the automotive industry, most notably during his 33-year tenure as the head of pre-development for ...

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    Report: GM knew about fatal Chevy ignition problem decade before recall
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    Well, this is not good for General Motors. Following a report last week that GM was recalling 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compacts over concerns that the ignition could switch out of the "run" position without warning, USA Today reports that the Detroit-based behemoth knew about the ...

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    Report: Finnish spraying reindeer antlers with glow-in-the-dark paint to curb accidents [w/video]
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    Drivers throughout the US are familiar with the dangers of deer crossing the road, especially at night. A 2012 report from State Farm Insurance found that from 2011-2012, there were 1.23 million deer/vehicle collisions in the US, and the stakes are even higher for those in areas with larger ...

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    Study: The most dangerous countries for drivers
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    You are over ten times more likely to die of cancer or heart disease in the US than die in an auto accident – at least, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The examination uses World Health Organization data to compare the rates of ...

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    Recalls: Car seat manufacturer Graco recalling 3.8-million toddler and booster seats
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    Parents that move their tykes around with the help of a Graco car seat should take note - the company has announced that it's recalling 3.8-million units from model years 2009 to 2013, over concerns that children could become trapped. The problem rests with the harness buckle that latches the ...

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    Official: Subaru updates EyeSight system with color-detecting cameras
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    Subaru is giving its EyeSight driver assistance camera system a major upgrade for the 2015 model year with new color cameras, as well as reducing its size by 15 percent over the rather bulky original system. Subaru locates its EyeSight hardware inside the vehicle at the top of the windshield, ...

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    Report: IIHS tests 11 minicars, finds them wanting in small-overlap crash test
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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its challenging small-overlap crash test have passed judgment. In testing of nearly a dozen minicars, only one vehicle scored an acceptable rating on the ultra-tough test, which was instituted in August 2012. The Chevrolet Spark was the only car out ...

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    Followup: Driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass sees charges dismissed
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    The California woman who was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving has had her ticket dismissed. The Verge, which originally broke the story we reported on at the end of October, reports that Cecilia Abadie's case was dismissed because it couldn't be proven that the device was actually ...

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    Video: Life and death hangs in the balance in '51 Borrowed Power PSA
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    What was happening in 1951? Among other things, the Korean War, Mickey Mantle's first game for the New York Yankees, average home prices of $9,000, gasoline prices of 19 cents a gallon and the AC Ace and Ford Country Squire greeted the world. It was also the year for this public service ...

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    Official: New Michelin tire improves as it ages
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    We don't often cover tires, but a new model from Michelin, Premier A/S with EverGrip, has us at least a little curious. That's because the French tiremaker claims they're not just new tires, but offer "truly revolutionary advancements in tire technology" that are "...able to break the traditional ...

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    Report: Automakers lobby to harmonize US-EU safety regulations
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    The 28-member European Union and the United States are currently negotiating a free trade agreement that, if successfully concluded, would rewrite the rules of international exchange for 46 percent of global trade. The magnitude of the potential deal means just about everyone is trying to ...

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