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Toyota Issues Its Second Largest Recall This Year

In October, Toyota recalled 2.5 million vehicles in the United States, affecting 12 models ranging from one of its smallest, the Scion xD, to one of its largest, the Toyota Sequoia. According to NBC News, the October recall proved to be Toyota’s largest individual recall since it flagged millions of vehicles for unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010. Yesterday, Toyota announced a different voluntary recall impacting 670,000 Prius hybrids from the 2004 to 2009 model years, which ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, Toyota Prius, Model News, Toyota recall

Ford Transit Connect Wagon Promises 30 MPG Rating

Ford introduced the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon Tuesday, saying in a press release that it expects “to break the 30 mpg-plus highway barrier with the all-new Transit Connect Wagon, which drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup.” The automaker says that the Transit Connect Wagon will be smaller than the current stable of seven-seat vans, and that it should beat the Toyota Sienna’s fuel economy by at ... continue reading»

Tags: Minivans, Model News, New models, Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Drowsy Driving Plagues Young Drivers

A new AAA study finds that drivers age 16 to 24 are more likely to doze off while driving than older drivers. According to the study, about 14 percent of licensed drivers in this age group admitted that they fell asleep “at least once” in the past year while driving. When looking at licensed drivers of all ages, AAA found that 10 percent owned up to the same dangerous behavior. “Research shows that fatigue impairs safe driving, with many symptoms ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Distracted Driving, drowsy driving

Nearly 745,000 Grand Cherokee, Liberty SUVs Recalled for Defective Airbags

Last Week, Chrysler Group announced that it will recall about 745,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs because of faulty airbags. The recall applies to 2002 to 2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002 to 2003 Liberty models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a part of the airbag control module may not work properly and could deploy the front and side airbags without warning while the vehicle is being driven. Seatbelt pretensioners could also be triggered if the ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Model News

Hurricane Sandy Drives Used Car Prices Up

SVLuma / Shutterstock.com Hurricane Sandy’s trail of destruction hasn’t left used car shoppers unscathed. The National Automobile Dealers Association reports that used cars that are up to eight-years old could see prices rise 0.5% to 1.5% in December. “The loss of used-vehicle supply and the increase in replacement demand after Hurricane Sandy will have the greatest impact on used-vehicle prices in December,” says Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide. In comparison, NADA says that ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Used Car Prices, flood damaged cars

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