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  • Worst auto recalls of all time

    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),...

  • Prevent heatstroke deaths of children left in cars

    Prevent heatstroke deaths of children left in cars

    Since 1998, there have been 680 deaths in the United States from adults leaving a young child in a hot vehicle. That is 37 deaths per year that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says are "100 percent preventable." The number appeared to be on the decline thanks in part to NHTSA's...

  • 'Star Trek' actor's death hastens Fiat Chrysler gearshift probe: 266 crashes, 68 injuries

    'Star Trek' actor's death hastens Fiat Chrysler gearshift probe: 266 crashes, 68 injuries

    A government investigation into confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin found 266 crashes that injured 68 people. The numbers are in documents posted Tuesday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The agency...

  • 5 ways to save money on car insurance

    5 ways to save money on car insurance

    Only a few auto insurance companies currently offer discounts for new electronic safety devices such as autonomous emergency braking. But there are other ways you can save money on insurance: COMPARE COMPANIES: Get at least three quotes before you choose a company, and check every year or so to...

  • Trouble driving at night? Study suggests it's the headlights

    Trouble driving at night? Study suggests it's the headlights

    There may be a reason why people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it's not their eyesight. A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of "good." Of the rest, about a third were rated "acceptable," a third "marginal" and a third...

  • Automakers agree to put automatic braking in cars by 2022

    Automakers agree to put automatic braking in cars by 2022

    Automatic braking will be standard in most cars and light trucks within six years and on heavier SUVs and pickup trucks within eight years under an agreement that transportation officials and automakers announced on Thursday. The voluntary agreement with 20 car manufacturers means that the important...

  • How to safely jump-start your car

    How to safely jump-start your car

    What is the right way to jump-start your car? Before we go into the details, we must give you the safety lecture because batteries can have the explosive potential of three sticks of dynamite! Wear eye protection whenever you work around a battery. And follow the sequence for connecting and disconnecting...

  • 9 reasons why your car won't start

    9 reasons why your car won't start

    You skipped that second cup of coffee. You are running late. To make matters worse, your car won't start. Why? What can you do? No-starts fall into two basic categories: 1. The engine will not crank or cranks slowly 2. The engine cranks, but does not run No or low cranks Dead battery A dead battery...

  • Automatic braking up to 40 percent safer than human drivers: IIHS

    Automatic braking up to 40 percent safer than human drivers: IIHS

    Vehicles equipped with automatic braking or front-collision warning are less likely to cause a rear-end crash, according to a study released Thursday by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says automatic braking — which can bring the car to a stop if it senses an...

  • Automakers agree to share info to improve safety, reduce recalls

    Automakers agree to share info to improve safety, reduce recalls

    The U.S. government and a group of 18 automakers said Friday they are committed to exploring new ways to improve automotive safety and expressed a willingness to share information and best practices about ways to track data and defects. The commitment comes on the heels of a two-year period of...

  • Toyota, Honda, Subaru top 2016 safest cars list

    Toyota, Honda, Subaru top 2016 safest cars list

    Japanese brands dominate the insurance industry's rankings of the safest vehicles for the 2016 model year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that 48 vehicles earned its highest rating of "Top Safety Pick Plus." That's up from 33 a year ago. Toyota, Honda and Subaru had the...

  • Tesla autopilot turns driver on to not driving

    Tesla autopilot turns driver on to not driving

    The semi started to roll half of its 18 wheels over the line into our lane. Normally, I might've sped up, slowed down, changed lanes, honked or cursed. This time, I did nothing but watch. I watched the steering wheel turn on its own, watched the Model S veer to the edge of our lane, watched as...

  • How and when should people take over a self-driving car?

    How and when should people take over a self-driving car?

    New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students...

  • List of vehicles affected by Takata air bag recall

    List of vehicles affected by Takata air bag recall

    Takata auto parts company is at the center of the biggest auto recall in history. Approximately one in seven vehicles on U.S. roads have been affected by the recall of a faulty air bag inflator that can erupt and shoot metal shrapnel into the faces and chests of drivers and/or passengers. Nearly...

  • New technology could put an end to drunken driving, federal officials say

    New technology could put an end to drunken driving, federal officials say

    A technological breakthrough that could virtually eliminate the drunken driving that kills 10,000 Americans each year was announced Thursday by federal officials, who said it could begin appearing in cars in five years. The new equipment won't require a driver to blow into a tube, like the interlock...

  • What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

    What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

    A recall of air bags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history. The number of vehicles in the U.S. being recalled because of the defective air bags is doubling to 34 million, safety regulators said Tuesday. Here are some...

  • Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

    Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

    Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much...

  • How to minimize damage from potholes

    How to minimize damage from potholes

    You have just hit a pothole with enough force to shake the fillings from your teeth. Sure, it shook you up, but what about your car? Rough roads take a big toll on automobiles, especially the steering and suspension components. And it is not only potholes. Hitting curbs, blasting across rough railroad...

  • Chevrolet offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

    Chevrolet and Hyundai will become the first auto brands to offer customers the option of plugging either Google's Android Auto or Apple's CarPay into the touch screen of their vehicle. The decision, which General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced Wednesday afternoon in California, gives the technology...

  • Automakers grapple with selling the joy of self-driving cars

    For a glimpse of one of the auto world's thorniest modern dilemma, look no further than two contradictory TV ads for Infiniti's new Q50. In one, a narrator mocks the biggest trend in cars, self-driving technology, as boring and overbearing, taking "the wheel right from your very hands." In another,...

  • Self-driving semi licensed to drive in Nevada

    Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig Tuesday night with a drive...

  • Drivers more willing to pay for safety technology than fuel-saving devices

    Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay. Blind spot detection, night vision and collision avoidance systems — which automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time — are the top three technologies drivers...

  • Motion sickness more likely in driverless cars

    Hitching a ride in a robotic car may cause motion sickness, according to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. That’s because the very thing self-driving cars free people to do – text, read, watch videos and work – are the activities that make some individuals...

  • Robotic taxis to replace cars: analyst

    The automotive industry is entering a period of deep disruption that will make it unrecognizable, according to a new analysis from Morgan Stanley. “The auto industry is a century-old ecosystem being ogled by outside players hungry for a slice of a $10-trillion mobility market," warns Adam Jonas,...

  • Orphan cars make great used-car deals

    Mercury. Pontiac. Saturn. Hummer. Suzuki. SAAB. All these names are now mere memories in the new car marketplace. But millions of their descendants are still on the road today, and these "orphan cars" can offer consumers an unusually strong used-car bargain. Orphan cars don't have the advertising...

  • Auto repo: how to avoid a losing situation

    When a deal goes south in the car business and a vehicle is repossessed, there is no winning, just degrees of losing. It starts with your mobility and credit rating, but it quickly snowballs from there to everyone else who has done business with you. As a remarketing rep for Capital One Auto Finance...

  • Why oil is the most vital fluid in your car

    To say that motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine seems a bit hackneyed. It is truly like blood. The base oil, be it mineral or synthetic, is like blood plasma. It carries all of the other components through the lubrication system like blood through the vascular system. As motor oil circulates...

  • Nine thoughts about the Jeep Cherokee's nine-speed transmission

    One of the most ambitious features of the Jeep Cherokee's rebirth in 2014 was its standard and highly technical nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In fact, one of the reasons Cars.com purchased the redesigned Cherokee as a long-term test car was to test this new unit...

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