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(Van Swearington)

Hyundai Recalls 1 Million Cars With Possibly Defective Seatbelts

After at least two incidents where Hyundai seatbelts detached during a collision, the carmaker is recalling nearly one million sedans to address a possible defect. [More]

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BMW Recalls 121K SUVs Over Defect That Could Render Vehicle Useless

Just like a pathogen can infect a tiny cut in your skin and end up wreaking real havoc on your body, if a bit of water starts getting into the wrong place on your car it could set off a chain of events that leaves you with a car that won’t move. [More]

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Mercedes Recalls 354K Vehicles Over Fire Risk

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: You don’t want your vehicle to catch on fire. For that reason, Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 354,000 vehicles. [More]

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Dodge, Chrysler Recall Nearly 70K Vehicles Over Possible Loss Of Power

Driving down the road and losing power doesn’t sound like a good combination. Yet, it can happen to nearly 70,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles now being recalled. [More]

Van Swearingen

Mazda Recalls 174K Vehicles Because Seats Shouldn’t Unexpectedly Move

Adjusting your seat position while driving can be dangerous, but it can be even more hazardous if you don’t know your seat is going to move. That’s why Mazda has recalled nearly 174,000 vehicles with seats that can unexpectedly change position.  [More]

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BMW Reaches $478M Settlement Over Water Damaged Cars

More than 300,000 BMW owners will soon be eligible to claim their portion of a $478 million settlement over allegations that a design defect resulted in water damage to electrical components in vehicles’ trunks. [More]

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Nissan Recalls Altimas, Because Rolling Down The Window Shouldn’t Open The Door

We’re all used to the idea of pressing a button to roll down your car window. What we’re not used to — because it would be insanely dangerous — is pressing the window button and having the door open instead. [More]

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600,000 Audi Vehicles Recalled Over Fire Hazard, Airbag Issues

Audi’s parent company Volkswagen is kicking off the week in style, announcing two separate recalls — one involving a potential fire risk, the other for faulty airbags — covering a total of nearly 600,000 vehicles. [More]

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Investigation Finds Tesla’s Autopilot Functioned Properly In Fatal Crash

As expected, federal safety regulators closed a months-long investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot feature after the fatal crash occurred when the semi-autonomous driving feature was activated, finding that the collision was not the result of a defect in the feature. [More]

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Feds Set To Close Investigation Into Fatal Tesla Autopilot Incident Without Recall

UPDATE: NHTSA has indeed closed its investigation into this collision and found that the driver was at fault. Click here for more details. [More]

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3 Takata Execs Face Criminal Charges Over Handling Of Deadly Airbag Defect

For the second time in one week federal authorities have taken the rare step of bringing criminal charges against auto industry executives for alleged wrongdoing. Today, the Justice Department announced criminal indictments against a trio of execs at auto parts maker Takata for their involvement with the shrapnel-shooting airbags that have been linked to at least 11 deaths. [More]

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Toyota Adds 544K Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall

With Takata’s supposed $1 billion criminal settlement looming, another automaker announced plans to expand the number of its vehicles affected by the massive shrapnel-shooting airbag defect: Toyota will add 543,000 cars to the recall list. [More]

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Guilty Plea, $1 Billion Penalty Expected In Deadly Takata Airbag Debacle

When it rains criminal settlements it apparently pours: auto parts maker Takata will reportedly plead guilty to criminal wrongdoing in the handling of its years-long shrapnel-shooting airbag defect debacle by the end of the week.  [More]

Van Swearington

Ford Adds 816K Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall List

After what seemed like months with no additional vehicles being added to the ongoing shrapnel-shooting Takata airbag recall, we now have two in two days. The most recent coming from Ford, which added 816,000 vehicles to the list.  [More]

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Honda Adds 772K Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall

Just when it seemed like carmakers had run out of vehicles to recall related to the deadly Takata airbag defect, more are added to the list: 772,000 Honda and Acura vehicles.  [More]

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Honda Recalls 650K Minivans Over Concerns About Second-Row Seats

If you’re ever in a car crash, you don’t want your seat sliding around in its tracks. Which is why Honda is recalling nearly 650,000 minivans with second-row seats that can come unlocked and move around after a collision. [More]

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Braking Failures In Older Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan Vehicles Under Investigation

When driving in certain weather situations — like a snowstorm or when it’s raining — it’s important to leave enough room between you and other vehicles to lessen the chance of an accident. But that space may not be enough when it comes to nearly 475,000 Ford and Mercury vehicles now under investigation for brake failure.  [More]

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Smart Cars Under Investigation After 8 Reports Of Engine Fires

There are a lot of things you don’t want to happen to your car, but having it go up in flames for no apparent reason is likely close to the top of the list. Yet, that’s apparently occurred to eight Smart vehicles in the last two years.  [More]