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Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Air bag inflator recall to grow by 35 million to 40 million

Published May 04, 2016 Associated Press Facebook88 Twitter191 Email Print  (IIHS graphic) Takata has agreed to recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators, a stunning increase that will more than double what already is the largest automotive recall in American history. The recall expansion would bring to as many as 69 million the total number of inflators to be replaced, a task that will take until the end of 2019 to complete, according to a statement Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force and injure people. So far, at least 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been reported worldwide. Replacing that many inflators will be a daunting task because automakers involved in the current recall of 28.8 million inflators have only been able to fix 28 percent of the cars involved after more than two years. Air bag manufacturers have had trouble ramping up to make enough replacement inflators, and automakers have had trouble finding owners and persuading them to get their cars repaired. “The acceleration of this recall is based on scientific evidence and will protect all Americans from air bag inflators that may become unsafe,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, whose department oversees NHTSA, said in the statement. Under...

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$50,000 reward offered for stolen rare Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on $50,000 reward offered for stolen rare Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Published May 04, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook632 Twitter343 livefyre65 Email Print  (Hagerty) This may be the easiest B.O.L.O. (be on the lookout) ever. Hagerty Insurance is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading the return of a stolen one-of-a-kind 1970 Plymouth Barracuda…with flowers on the roof. The green coupe is the only 426/425 Hemi Cuda in existence that’s fitted with the floral “mod top” vinyl roof option offered that year. Hemi Cudas of all stripes sell for the biggest bucks these days, and this very unique one is easily worth more than $1 million, hence the huge reward. At a recent auction not one, but two Cuda convertibles were sold for over $2 million each, while another went for $3.5 million in 2014. The fully restored car was snagged from its owner’s garage in Pelham Manor, NY, just after midnight on April 26th, according to Hagerty investigator Joe Stephenson. Authorities have no solid leads on its whereabouts, but it shouldn’t be hard to spot if it surfaces. If you see it, Hagerty is accepting tips — of the informative kind —...

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1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 up for sale after 40 years in storage

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 up for sale after 40 years in storage

By Noah Joseph Published May 04, 2016 Facebook1028 Twitter0 Email Print  (Bonhams) Dreaming of picking up a classic Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, but can’t afford the lofty price? Early models are selling for well over $200,000 these days, but this one is expected to go for far less. This Shelby-tuned Mustang fastback was originally used for demonstration and competition, logging 55,000 miles over the course of a decade before being put into storage in 1976. There it has sat...

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Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

Published April 12, 2016 Associated Press Facebook1155 Twitter94 Email Print  (IIHS) The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry. Rival pickups from Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Toyota didn’t fare as well, according to results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute evaluated 2016 models in a small overlap crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle runs off the road and...

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The scariest and most dangerous roads in the world

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on The scariest and most dangerous roads in the world

Published March 29, 2016 Facebook60 Twitter0 Email Print Imagine driving in a beautiful country and enjoying the spectacular scenery when out of nowhere you hit a sharp turn and the railings disappear. If that’s not terrifying, we don’t know what is! Hazardous roads such as Old Yungas (“The Death Road”) in Bolivia and Perdikaki Road in Greece are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. They are so unsafe that the risk of driving off the...

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Roborace autonomous race car concept revealed

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Roborace autonomous race car concept revealed

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran Published March 31, 2016 Facebook25 Twitter0 Email Print  (Roborace) The first race between fully autonomous cars is coming—and much soon than you think. A championship called Roborace is being established and if all goes to plan will host its first race later this year. Roborace will be an exhibition-style event supporting the Formula E Championship and hosting up to 10 teams, each with a pair of fully autonomous cars. Teams will use identical cars, previewed today...

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Jerry Seinfeld and the $121,000 Beetle

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Auto News | Comments Off on Jerry Seinfeld and the $121,000 Beetle

By Larry Webster Published March 14, 2016 Hagerty Facebook439 Twitter0 livefyre60 Email Print “Thank you, crazy car people!” exclaimed Jerry Seinfeld as he walked on stage at today’s Gooding & Company auction. Next to Sunday’s Amelia Island Concours, the Seinfeld show was the weekend’s most eagerly anticipated event. The “Show” was a lot of 18 cars — mostly Porsches — that the comedian was selling from his collection. By 1 p.m. on Friday, the large Gooding tent held a...

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