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  • Worst auto recalls of all time

    Worst auto recalls of all time

    Volkswagen, General Motors, Toyota, Takata — fiasco, debacle, scandal, cover-up — we’ve had 'em all in a record-setting run of recalls in recent years.  The industry as a whole recalled a record-setting 50.99 million vehicles in 2014 (revised down from 63.5 million), and then topped that again...

  • Inside and out at La Porte's annual Old Car Show

    Inside and out at La Porte's annual Old Car Show

    Car lovers can double dip on Saturday with a dynamic classic car show outside and a permanent car exhibit inside at the La Porte County Historical Society musuem.  The ninth annual Old Car Show will feature an estimated one hundred classics, muscle cars, and collectible cars of all eras on display...

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family car hill

Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan. The details of the wager are vague, like most things from college, but it...

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  • Fuel efficiency standards could run out of gas under midterm review

    Fuel efficiency standards could run out of gas under midterm review

    The Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks are about to undergo a major reassessment - something that could end up unraveling one of the president's signature achievements. After weeks of wrangling, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National...

  • Consumer Reports tells Tesla to get rid of 'Autopilot'

    Consumer Reports tells Tesla to get rid of 'Autopilot'

    Consumer Reports this week called for electric automaker Tesla to disable its semi-autonomous "Autopilot mode" in the wake of a May crash fatality in which Autopilot failed to alert a driver of an oncoming vehicle. "While the exact cause of the fatal accident is not yet known, the incident has...

  • Fiat Chrysler will pay you $1,500 if you can do this one thing to its cars

    Fiat Chrysler will pay you $1,500 if you can do this one thing to its cars

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin to reward hackers who expose deficiencies in its car's software, the company announced Wednesday. Using BugCrowd, a platform that connects researchers to firms looking to eliminate technical defects, FCA will award hackers up to $1,500 for reporting vulnerabilities...

  • GM must defend ignition-switch suits affecting used cars, court rules

    GM must defend ignition-switch suits affecting used cars, court rules

    A federal appeals court upended General Motors Co.'s plan to shed hundreds of lawsuits over a deadly ignition switch defect found in millions of cars, ruling that such cases aren't automatically barred by the company's 2009 bankruptcy sale to a new corporate entity.The decision Wednesday by the...

  • Despite technology, drivers look to St. Christopher for safekeeping

    Despite technology, drivers look to St. Christopher for safekeeping

    Crash-prevention technologies keep evolving, from automatic emergency braking to blind spot detection, but many drivers believe in a different kind of power — St. Christopher — to keep them safe on the roads. With crashes killing about 35,200 people in 2015 and injuring tens of thousands more,...

  • Replace head gasket or buy new car?

    Replace head gasket or buy new car?

    Q: I have a 2007 Subaru Forester with about 170,000 miles. It runs and performs well. No major problems, but now it is using about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of antifreeze every five or six days. No sign of puddling under car and no visible sign by just looking under the hood. My mechanic noticed a sign of...

  • After the fatal Tesla crash, I still feel safe in my self-driving car

    After the fatal Tesla crash, I still feel safe in my self-driving car

    At first, the thought of letting my car drive itself seemed rather frightening. But the highway was almost empty and the lanes were clearly marked, so I took the risk and engaged the autopilot function in my new Tesla Model X. Yet I couldn't let go of the steering wheel. I didn't want to put my...

  • Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

    Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

    The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the investigation covers 430,000 motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011. The investigation covers...

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