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Chrysler Recalls More Than 50,000 Jeep and Ram Models

2013 Ram 1500 Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram 1500 trucks in the U.S. due to a software issue that can disable the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The recall affects 2013 model-year trucks with four-wheel drive. ESC systems use sensors to detect when a vehicle is losing control, and then helps the driver maintain control by applying the brakes to certain wheels to keep the car moving along its intended path. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “A ... continue reading»

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Federal Government Delays Rule for Mandatory Back-Up Camera in New Vehicles

Back-Up Camera A possible requirement for automakers to put standard back-up cameras in all their new vehicles has been delayed again. This time, the deadline for the federal government to determine the requirements will be pushed back to 2015. According to Bloomberg, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent a letter to Congress last Thursday informing members of this decision. Congress originally passed a law back in 2007 for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to come up with requirements on ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Releases New Guidelines to Combat Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released voluntary guidelines Tuesday to help automakers minimize the risk of distracted driving. The new guidelines are designed to reduce distractions created by technology that’s built into vehicles, such as navigation and infotainment systems. “Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation's roadways," says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a press release. "These guidelines recognize that today's drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with ... continue reading»

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Honda Odyssey and Pilot Recalled for Missing Airbag Rivets

Honda is voluntarily recalling Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Pilot crossover SUVs because some models may lack rivets that hold the driver airbag’s plastic cover in place. In a statement, Honda says that the recall includes about 748,000 vehicles. Pilot models included in the recall are from the 2009 to 2013 model years, while Odyssey models are from the 2011 to 2013 model years. Honda says it is not aware of injuries or accidents, but missing rivets could ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Fines Toyota a Record $17.35 Million

In June, Toyota recalled the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and 450h SUVs because the floor mat could get caught under the accelerator pedal and cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that Toyota recalled those vehicles too late and is fining Toyota a record $17.35 million. According to federal law, automakers must “notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect exists or that the vehicle is not in compliance ... continue reading»

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