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Women More Likely to Get Hurt in Car Accidents

According to a report by the American Journal of Public Health, women who wear seatbelts are more likely to be injured in a car crash than men who wear seatbelts. This study only included cars built between 1998 and 2008, reports Kicking Tires, so it is likely that late-model car owners may fare better. If you’re a woman who owns an older car, the study states that you are 47 percent more likely to be injured in a crash ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Crash Tests

2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

Kia released the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door ahead of the sedan, but the four-door is soon to follow. It will be available in early 2012 and will start at $13,400, according to Kia. That makes the Rio sedan just one more addition to a slew of compact cars, like the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, that are redesigned or all-new for 2012. In terms of price, the Rio is more expensive than both the Accent and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic, Affordable Small Cars

Is the Mazda Takeri the New Mazda6?

Mazda says it will introduce the Takeri, its new midsize sedan concept, at the Tokoyo Motor Show in December. Mazda’s current midsize sedan, the Mazda6, hasn’t done well in the U.S., and the automotive press thinks that the Takeri is a likely replacement for Mazda’s midsize car. Like the 2012 Mazda3, the Takeri will also have a new Skyactiv engine, which is reviewer-loved for remaining fun-to-drive even though fuel economy ratings in the Mazda3 reach 40 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Auto Shows, Mazda6, Mazda Takeri, Concepts

GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

General Motors is recalling nearly 34,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models for a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that doesn’t meet federal standards. The affected vehicles are from the 2012 model year, and were built from July 18, 2011 through September 6, 2011. The TPMS is designed to turn on a light when the tire pressure is 25 percent below the recommended cold pressure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the TPMS’s in these ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Recalls, NHTSA, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Ford Reliability Ratings Slip in Consumer Reports Survey

Until recently, Ford has been regarded as one of the more reliable American automakers, performing well in Consumer Reports reliability surveys that were dominated by competitors such as Honda and Toyota. However, in its most recent survey of 1.3 million vehicles owned or leased by Consumer Reports subscribers, the publication found that three of Ford’s new models caused the automaker’s reliability rating to slip. “The new Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus all had below-average reliability in their first ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Stats and Studies, Reliability

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