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Teen Traffic Deaths Rose in 2012

The Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit that represents state and local road safety offices in all 50 states, reports that deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased 19 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared with the first six months of 2011. The report, which is based on a survey of GHSA members, found that 25 states reported an increase in 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths, while 17 states saw decreases. Eight states and the District of ... continue reading»

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BMW, General Motors and Toyota Issue Recalls

BMW 3-Series E46 BMW is recalling 42,080 3-Series models for a potential issue with the front airbag on the passenger side. The recall affects 2002-03 3-Series convertibles, coupes, sedans and wagons, as well as M3 coupes and convertibles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the airbag “may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag.” In the event of a collision, metal fragments from the inflator could strike vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Safety, BMW 3 Series, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Buick Regal, Model News

The Best New Car Deals in May

2013 Volkswagen Passat If you plan on buying or leasing a new vehicle this month, we’ve tracked down lots of great car deals that can help you save money. We found interest-free financing, low interest rates, thousands of dollars in cash back rebates, low monthly payment leases and lease deals that don’t require a down payment. Automakers had strong new car sales last month, and these May car deals should help keep the sales momentum going. Lease Deals Check out May ... continue reading»

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Could Ford Overtake Toyota in Total Hybrid Sales?

Ford C-Max Hybrid Since the early 2000s, Toyota has dominated the hybrid vehicle market, with a 71 percent market share last year, according to The Detroit News. However in the last year, Ford has introduced the all-new C-Max along with an electric version of the redesigned Ford Fusion, the Fusion Energi. The Detroit News says Ford Fusion hybrid sales (not including the Fusion Energi) beat out sales of the Toyota Camry hybrid in April. In particular, Fusion sales are high in the Los ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Ford C MAX, Ford, Toyota, Hybrid Cars

Are Car Radios on the Way Out?

IntelliLink infotainment system If you remember when cars came with eight-track or cassette players, you know that technology has had an impact on how you listen to music in your car. Tape decks gave way to compact disc players, and now, many drivers listen to music through their smartphones or MP3 players. Radios have been available in cars since 1930, according to Car and Driver, and unlike these newer audio technologies, AM/FM radio has endured through the audio technology changes of the ... continue reading»

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