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U.S. expands investigation into air bag failures to 12.3 million vehicles

U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths. Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and...

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  • Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

    Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features

    Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry. Two of China's biggest state-owned automakers unveiled models they said can travel 600 kilometers...

  • Trump wants to end $7,500 electric car tax credits, members of Congress move to stop him

    Trump wants to end $7,500 electric car tax credits, members of Congress move to stop him

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has proposed ending tax credits to encourage the purchase of electric cars but a bipartisan group in Congress moved Wednesday to stop him. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Susan Collins, R-Maine,...

  • Genesis G70 awarded as a '2019 Best New Car' by Autotrader

    Genesis G70 awarded as a "2019 Best New Car" by Autotrader

    The 2019 Genesis G70 has been named a "2019 Best New Car" by Autotrader. The award, which was agreed upon unanimously among Autotrader editors, was presented to G70 on the basis of its class-redefining merits. Conveying the stand-out attributes of G70, they noted that its interior is "a highlight...

  • A key Tesla supplier cuts growth plans, raising red flags over demand for the Model 3

    A key Tesla supplier cuts growth plans, raising red flags over demand for the Model 3

    Panasonic is freezing plans to expand its role as Tesla’s electric car battery supplier, a move that raises new questions about demand for Tesla’s Model 3 — and the company’s future. “The Panasonic news is a gut punch. This fans the flames on overall demand worries and profitability concerns going...

  • Are we over cars? Not so fast.

    Are we over cars? Not so fast.

    WASHINGTON - The first thing you see when you enter the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for this year's auto show is a four-door Dodge Ram truck as black and shiny as a pool of Texas crude. Lined up beyond that is a cheerful-looking driverless bus called an Ollie. And then you come to a...

  • Death toll from Takata air bag inflators rises to at least 24

    Death toll from Takata air bag inflators rises to at least 24

    Another driver has been killed by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to at least 24. The latest death occurred three days after a June 8, 2018, crash in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye, Ariz., according to a statement released Friday by Honda, which made the car...

  • In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway

    In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway

    In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month. Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association's general secretary, said Monday that 58.4 percent of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, calling it "historically high." Bu...

  • Driving tips: Keep your cool when driving in a storm

    Driving tips: Keep your cool when driving in a storm

    A sudden, torrential downpour can be unnerving to drivers. Some drivers faced with heavy rain look for the nearest exit ramp to take shelter under a gas station canopy or in a nearby restaurant until the storm passes. Others turn on their hazards, reduce their speed and join other drivers in taking...

  • As New York City moves closer to congestion pricing, effort in Los Angeles gets another nudge

    As New York City moves closer to congestion pricing, effort in Los Angeles gets another nudge

    The idea that Los Angeles should tax drivers to enter certain neighborhoods got a boost Thursday as a group of local governments unveiled a new study suggesting that a $4 fee would help reduce congestion and speed commutes on the city's west side around Santa Monica. The Southern California Association...

  • Amid three crashes, revolutionary Tesla remains a work in progress

    Amid three crashes, revolutionary Tesla remains a work in progress

    We are all Tesla's beta testers. Several of Tesla's vaunted automated navigation features are labeled on its cars' touchscreens and owner's manuals as being in “beta” phase, including “Autosteer” “Navigate on Autopilot,” and “Traffic Aware Cruise Control.” In other words, Tesla — the focus of three...

  • Driving strategies to improve gas mileage

    Driving strategies to improve gas mileage

    Small yet significant changes in your driving habits can help you cut a few bucks off your monthly gas expenses. Many drivers have come to realize that subtle alterations to their driving strategies become second nature in a matter of weeks. Here are a few things you can do to increase your gas...

  • Volvo says in-car cameras will monitor drivers, take action to prevent distracted or impaired driving

    Volvo says in-car cameras will monitor drivers, take action to prevent distracted or impaired driving

    Volvo on Wednesday announced plans to install in-car cameras in its vehicles that will monitor drivers for signs of distracted or impaired driving and take action if it appears that the driver's behavior becomes dangerous. The Swedish automaker, which recently announced that it would also limit...

  • Auto review: 2019 Mercedes AMG S63: Refreshed, still in a class of its own

    Auto review: 2019 Mercedes AMG S63: Refreshed, still in a class of its own

    The 2019 S-Class from Mercedes has undergone a midlife "refresh," we're told, but a closer examination reveals it's more refreshing than one might think. Take the AMG S63 Cabriolet: At first glance, one sees the same elegant front fascia, muscular hood and smooth profile. But it also has some striking...

  • Cars are regulated for safety — why not information technology?

    Cars are regulated for safety — why not information technology?

    As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics. There is a massive rush to hire chief ethics officers, retool codes of professional ethics and teach ethics to students. But as a scholar of computing...

  • The American public is still very afraid of self-driving cars, survey finds

    The American public is still very afraid of self-driving cars, survey finds

    Seven in 10 Americans don’t want to go anywhere near self-driving cars. The portion of Americans who fear autonomous vehicles — 71% in the American Automobile Assn.’s latest survey — is virtually unchanged from a year ago and up eight percentage points from 2017. Although public skepticism isn’t...

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