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Will Heated Seats Burn Your Backside?

Yesterday, we told you how that new car smell could be harmful to your health. Now, it appears that a new menace is on the loose inside your car’s interior: the heated seats. MSNBC reports that if you overuse heated seats, they could cause erythema ab igne, or toasted skin syndrome. This condition can result in a rash as well as mild itching or burning, which is caused by long-term exposure to heat from sources such as hot water ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tips and Advice, Health, Heated Seats

Honda Odyssey Recalled for Defective Liftgate Struts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Honda is recalling nearly 46,000 2008 and 2009 Honda Odyssey minivans for defective power liftgate struts. “The gas-filled struts that help to raise and support the liftgate of vehicles equipped with a power liftgate system may be prone to early life failures due to a manufacturing flaw,” says NHTSA. “The flaw can result in a leak of the pressurized gas, leading to reduced strut performance.” While liftgate struts don’t pose ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Recalls, Honda Odyssey, Model News

2013 Fiat 500L Announced Before Geneva Motor Show

Last month, we told you that a five-door version of the Fiat 500 was slated for the Geneva Motor Show next month. Now, more details have emerged on the new model, which will go on sale in the U.S. next year. “With its Italian design and city-friendly functionality, FIAT’s new five-passenger model expands the brand’s style and efficiency in the growing B-segment,” says FIAT in a press release. “Making its formal introduction at the Geneva Motor Show ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Auto Shows, Model News, Geneva Auto Show, Fiat 500L

Researchers Name New Cars with the Most Toxic Interior Materials

That new car smell can be appealing. You can even buy air fresheners in a new car scent. But researchers say that you’re actually breathing in toxic materials that can be harmful to your health. A recent study by the Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit environmental organization, says that chemicals like lead and chlorine are found in many new vehicle interior materials and parts, like on the armrests, steering wheel, dashboard and seats. CNET says, “These ... continue reading»

Tags: News, 2012 Honda Civic, most toxic vehicles, least toxic vehicles, 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

BMW Announces New Engine and Pricing for 2013 X3

The BMW X3 xDrive28i sport utility vehicle is getting a new engine for the 2013 model year that BMW says will increase the model’s fuel economy. The new power plant is the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the BMW 328i and 528i, replacing the 3.0-liter six-cylinder as the base engine. “The new 4-cylinder engine, which provides noticeably livelier power for more driving enjoyment, also comes with lower fuel consumption (preliminary) than its predecessor,” BMW says in a ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, Model News, Fuel Economy, x3

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