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BMW i3s traction control tech going in all BMW, Mini cars

It responds 50 times faster than conventional systems, company says

Here's how the BMW i3s's stability control takes full advantage of its instantaneous torque, and why it'll make its way into ICE BMWs and Minis.

How to Replace a Yaw Rate Sensor

Yaw rate sensors are designed to keep the vehicle within certain safety parameters by tapping into the stability, abs, and traction control systems on most modern vehicles.

How Long Does a Yaw Rate Sensor Last?

While taking a curve at a high rate of speed seems like fun, it can also be quite dangerous.

How Long Do Stabilizer Bar Bushings Last?

A stabilizer bar is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a metal bar that helps to stabilize your car.

How Long Does a Steering Angle Sensor Last?

Once upon a time, your car’s steering system was pretty straightforward.

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Yaw Rate Sensor

One of the newest monitoring systems on cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in the US is the yaw rate sensor.

How to Buy a Good Quality Wheel Speed Sensor

For vehicles that have anti-lock brakes, the wheel speed sensor plays an important role.

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NHTSA mandates stability control for big rigs and large buses

NHTSA is publishing its final mandate to add electronic stability control to semi trucks and large buses. The rule takes effect for big rigs in two years. Depending on size, buses get three or four years to comply.

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Updated 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee aces same controversial moose test it failed in 2012 [w/video]

Some background: one of the more scandalous international incidents of he-said/he-said from 2012 was when Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld put the Jeep Grand Cherokee through its "moose (or elk) test" and reported that the SUV nearly rolled over. That lead to a whole lot of accusations and rebuttals: more than one website and

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Honda recalls 2012-13 Fit Sport models over stability control issue

Honda is recalling 43,782 examples of the 2012 and 2013 Fit Sport in the US and close to 2,000 more in Canada. During federal compliance testing it was discovered that the software for the Vehicle Stability Assist allows an excessive tilt angle before applying the brakes to prevent a crash. The issue only affects Fit Sports equipped with a certain kind of tire.

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Honda recalling 183k cars and crossovers over unintended braking issue

A recall has been issued for nearly 183,000 Honda and Acura brand vehicles from the 2005 and 2006 model years. The problem stems from a potential malfunctions to the vehicles' stability control and braking systems.

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Watch a Jeep Grand Cherokee fail Sweden's Moose Test *UPDATE

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven to be a rock-solid off-road-capable SUV with a dose of civility on public roads. But while the top Jeep has a terrific reputation and a long list of accolades, at least one model apparently didn't have the chops for the Teknikens Moose (or Elk) test over in Sweden.

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NHTSA proposes mandatory stability control on big rigs, busses

Stability control was made mandatory on passenger vehicles for this current model year, but it's still not a requirement for semis and busses. But that could soon be changing, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring the technology on all new large commer

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NHTSA may add extra credit to 5-star crash rating system

Do the star-based safety ratings of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration work? We'd point out that automakers work hard to ensure the best ratings possible, and recent data shows that our roads are now safer.

NHTSA angling to make stability control systems mandatory on big rigs?

Automakers are legally required to install stability control to all new cars and trucks for sale to the public, but as of yet, there is no such law for commercial tractor trailer trucks. That may soon change, however, as the Associated Press is reporting that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is studying whether to mandate the safety system for all big rigs. Stability control systems utilize an array of sensors to detect imbalance and possible rollover. If a risk is de

Video: Citroën Nemo fails European "moose test," highlights value of stability control

Citroën Nemo on its tippy toes – Click above to watch the video after the break

Consumer Reports puts Lexus GX on "Do Not Buy" list due to rollover fears

2010 Lexus GX460 – Click above for high-res image gallery

2009 Mazda3 recalled over stability control software concern

If you own a 2009 Mazda3 with stability control, you may need to schedule some time at the local Mazda store for repairs. Mazda is recalling 7,100 2009 models for a problem with its Dynamic Stability Control system that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says is not in compliance with federal motor safety standards. NHTSA says the issue is that "the yaw rate measured after completion of the sine with dwell steering input exceeded the test standards." Sounds complicated.

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