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Ford Plunges and Toyota Soars in Consumer Reports' Reliability Survey

Toyota is selling the most reliable cars on the market – at least according to Consumer Reports' 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which saw Scion, Toyota and Lexus take the top spots as the most reliable brands. “Toyota is clearly setting the pace in reliability,” says Consumer Reports in a press release. “Of the 27 models in the brand’s lineup, 16 earned the highest rating.” Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura took fourth through seventh place, in that order. Consumer Reports ... continue reading»

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Hurricane Sandy Churns Up the New and Used Car Markets

Hurricane Sandy not only scored a direct hit on one of the most populated regions of the country, it also landed a blow to the part of the country that accounts for about 20 percent of all car and truck sales in the United States, according to Edmunds.com. "The storm likely will have an impact on October sales, especially since it comes at the end of the month, but those sales won’t disappear altogether,” says Edmunds.com Sr ... continue reading»

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IIHS Rates Top Child Booster Seats

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released child booster seat ratings last week, with 47 making the Best Bet list. The IIHS says, “manufacturers are designing seats to provide good safety belt fit for booster-age children.” The Wall Street Journal writes, “Recent improvements mean top-rated seats outnumber seats with lesser ratings for the first time since the safety group released its first booster ratings in 2008." Out of the 17 new booster seats that hit the market this year, 15 ... continue reading»

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Your Next Volvo May Drive Itself

If you’re sick of slogging through bumper-to-bumper traffic, Volvo may soon have a solution to offer. The automaker recently announced that it is developing a traffic jam assistance system that will allow a vehicle to pilot itself in at speeds up to about 31 miles-per-hour. In a press release, Volvo declares that the system “will be ready for production in 2014.” In the statement, Volvo says that the new system is an evolution of its current partially-autonomous driving systems ... continue reading»

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Nissan Altima Recalled for Loose Bolts

Nissan is recalling 13,919 Nissan Altima sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because certain suspension bolts could come loose and fall off. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recalled vehicles were built from May 10 to July 26, 2012. In a document sent to the federal government, Nissan says, “A rattling noise and vibration would give the driver notice that one of the bolts may be loose. If the driver continues to drive the ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Safety, NHTSA, Model News, Nissan recall, 2013 Nissan Altima, 2012 Nissan Altima

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