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Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans

Toyota Sienna Toyota is recalling approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States to fix an issue with the gearshift selector that could allow the vehicle to roll away. The company says that the affected vehicles, from model years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009, have a defect which could allow someone to move the gearshift selector out of the “Park” position without pressing the brake pedal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, “If the shift lever is moved out of the Park ... continue reading»

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IIHS Adds Tests of Crash Prevention Systems

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is adding an evaluation of automatic crash prevention systems to its criteria for a Top Safety Pick+ award. In a press release, the IIHS says that the rating includes models equipped with forward collision warning and autonomous braking systems. The new tests evaluate how effective these systems are at reducing speeds and preventing a front-to-rear collision with another vehicle at speeds of 12 and 25 mph. IIHS says there are three rating levels: "superior ... continue reading»

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Backup Camera Recommendation Causes Uproar Among Consumer Groups

2013 GMC Acadia rearview camera For five years, safety advocates have been asking the federal government to make backup cameras mandatory on new vehicles. These safety groups were expecting a decision two and a half years ago, but that ruling has been delayed several times. Instead of mandating the cameras, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added backup cameras to its recommended features list Tuesday. In 2008, congress passed a law requiring that NHTSA set rear visibility requirements by Feb. 28 ... continue reading»

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2014 BMW M3 and M4 Get Twin-Turbo Power

2014 BMW M3 Testing at Nuerburgring BMW has released more information on its upcoming 2014 M3 sedan and M4 coupe, which will debut in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. “The BMW M3 and BMW M4 take motor sport technology from the track to the road, and thousands of laps of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife – the world’s most demanding race track – have readied the new models for that transition,” says Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, president of BMW M GmbH in a press release. “Meticulous ... continue reading»

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Pricing and Shipping Date Announced

Honda announced that its Honda Accord Hybrid will start shipping this Halloween, with a starting price of $29,155 (plus a $790 destination charge). In its announcement, Honda writes, "Fuel prices can be scary, but the EPA-rated 50 mpg city 2014 Accord Hybrid will take some of the fright out of going to the gas pump when it debuts at U.S. dealers nationwide on Halloween (October 31)." The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will have three trims when it goes ... continue reading»

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