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More Drivers Want High-Tech Safety Features

Advanced automotive safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and rearview cameras, are finding favor among an increasing number of distracted drivers, according to a recent poll by market research firm Harris Interactive. The survey found that new-car buyers are more interested in high-tech safety features than infotainment features, like satellite radio and voice-controlled audio systems. New-car buyers also admitted in the poll that in a four-week time span, they engaged in some sort of ... continue reading»

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Chrysler 200, Ford Explorer Under NHTSA Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2011 Ford Explorer and 2011 Chrysler 200 for separate issues related to power steering loss and engine stall. More than 87,000 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible models with a 3.6-liter V6 engine are under investigation following reports alleging engine stall. According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, there are 15 owner complaints that the engine stalled unexpectedly while the driver was decelerating or applying the ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Model News, Office of Defects Investigation, 2011 Chrysler 200, 2011 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Taurus EcoBoosted to 32 MPG Highway

The 2013 Ford Taurus offers more than just refreshed exterior styling. Ford has added an optional 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine to the Taurus lineup for 2013, and the automaker states in a press release that the Taurus is EPA-certified at 32 mpg on the highway with that engine. Ford has not provided estimates for city fuel economy, and data on the 2013 Taurus is not yet available on the EPA website. However, Ford says that the Taurus 2 ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Taurus, Model News, Fuel Economy

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Estimated at 40 MPG

For 2013, Toyota is adding a hybrid version of its Avalon large sedan to the model lineup, and the automaker says in a statement it should achieve 40/39 mpg city/highway. Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2013 Avalon at the New York Auto Show in April, and it is scheduled to go on sale later this year. The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine for a total of ... continue reading»

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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cruze for Fire Risk

General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars that pose a risk of catching on fire. About 53,200 Cruzes from 2011 and 2012 could potentially have a loose fuel tank strap, while more than 413,100 of the same models may be leaking flammable liquids. In the first case, a missing weld on the metal strap that holds the fuel tank may cause the tank to come loose during an accident. If this happens, fuel may ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Safety, NHTSA, Chevrolet Cruze, Model News, General Motors

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