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Is Your Car's Interior a Bacteria Breeding Ground?

Ford partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan to analyze bacteria-breeding hotspots in company- and employee-owned Ford vehicles. After evaluating their samples, the researchers found a special paint that can decrease microbe growth and may be used in future Ford models. Researchers collected samples from 10 areas in vehicle cabins, including radio buttons, window switches, gear shift knobs, door handles and the steering wheel. Of the 10 areas, the steering wheel and the area around the cup holders had ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Ford, Cabin cleanliness

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

Goodbye, Volvo C30

After the 2013 model year, you won’t be able to purchase a new Volvo C30 because Volvo is discontinuing the hatchback worldwide. In an email to Inside Line, Volvo Spokesman Jawanza Keita says, “We have made the decision to discontinue C30 production to better position Volvo for the future and the next stages of our model portfolio.” The automotive press speculates that the C30’s low sales led to its discontinuation. “The C30 was head-turner, but its evocative styling ... continue reading»

Tags: Volvo C30, Model News, Discontinued models

Used Car Shoppers Should be Wary of Counterfeit Airbags

If you’re shopping for a used car that was in an accident and received new airbags within the last three years, it could be equipped with counterfeit airbags.  Although less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet is at risk, the National Highway Traffic Administration says vehicles with counterfeit airbags are a safety hazard. According to NHTSA, counterfeit airbags look just like the original airbags and often have the appropriate automaker label. “The group's tests ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, NHTSA, counterfeit airbags

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is Back

Volkswagen introduced a restyled, more masculine version of its iconic VW Beetle for the 2012 model year. The automaker has continued to round out the model line with a TDI Clean Diesel version, and by the end of 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will return to showrooms. Aside from its retractable soft-top roof, which lowers in about 10 seconds, according to Volkswagen, the 2013 Beetle Convertible’s exterior doesn’t stray from the redesigned coupe model. “Based off of the ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Model News, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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