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Legislators Want Nationwide Recall Of Takata Airbags, Introduce New Whistleblower Protections

Legislators Want Nationwide Recall Of Takata Airbags, Introduce New Whistleblower Protections

By almost any metric, the long, drawn-out, still-evolving Takata airbag recall has been a disaster. But a push to simplify the patchwork of recalls and protect auto industry employees who expose internal problems could alleviate confusion now and prevent similar troubles in the future. For... read more

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money

Fed Shutdown Slowed Auto Sales, Especially On The East Coast

People don't like buying cars during economic uncertainty—or when they're not getting a paycheck. Although we'd argue that it didn't take any massive number-crunching... read more October 28, 2013 by 


 
Vince and Larry, the crash-test dummies

NHTSA's Safety Tests & Other Programs On Hold During Shutdown

Well into week two of the federal government shutdown, we're noticing some inconsistencies in what's truly been shut down and what's still up and running. In the latter... read more October 10, 2013 by 


 
Money and car keys

Nissan & Hyundai Use Government Shutdown As Selling Tool

Remember the Super Bowl blackout? Of course you do. But you probably don't recall its effect on gameplay so much as the comments it inspired in the media. And of those, none... read more October 7, 2013 by 


 
U.S. Capitol

GOP: Forest Fires Trump Fuel-Efficient Cars

Late in the administration of President George W. Bush, Congress created the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. According to Detroit News, some of the... read more July 23, 2013 by  1


 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Beware: Rental Companies Can Still Rent Recalled Cars -- For Now

Nearly ten years ago, Raechel and Jacqueline Houck were killed in a horrific accident when the Chrysler PT Cruiser they'd rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car caught fire... read more May 10, 2013 by  0


 
Gas pump

Gas Tax Hikes Or Pay-Per-Mile: How Should The U.S. Fund Roads?

After 20 years, we may finally be getting a raise -- and by "raise", we mean "an increase on the federal gas tax". A growing number of voices suggest that, though not... read more February 18, 2013 by  4


 
U.S. Capitol

Hyundai, Kia MPG Flap Reaches Congress, May Spark Other Probes

Is your car as efficient as it's supposed to be? Can you achieve the EPA estimates found on its window sticker? The Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy flap has many drivers -- and... read more November 30, 2012 by  0


 
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Responding To Pressure, Chrysler Posts Advice On 'Jeep Death Wobble'

Last month, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Chrysler to issue guidance on a phenomenon known as the "Jeep Death Wobble". According to Detroit News... read more August 10, 2012 by  16


 
U.S. Capitol

House Debates Drastic Changes To Auto Patents: Good Or Bad?

When we think of patents, we often think of things like drugs and cell phones -- things perfected in high tech labs over many, many years. But patents and patent law affect... read more August 2, 2012 by  4


 
Traffic

Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to... read more July 2, 2012 by  0


 
Distracted driving

Fed Might Offer Incentives For States' Crackdown on Distracted Driving

When Congress votes this week on the $109 billion transportation bill that has already passed the Senate, some lawmakers expect to fight to keep $78 million in... read more June 26, 2012 by  1


 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise, Avis, Dollar Thrifty Balk At Repairing Recalled Cars

Should rental car companies be required to repair recalled vehicles before loaning or selling them to the public? That may seem like a no-brainer, but according to Detroit... read more June 13, 2012 by  3


 
U.S. Capitol

Consumers Union Pushes Car-Safety Rules On Capitol Hill

The surface transportation bill that's been slowly and not-so-surely winding its way through both houses of Congress has been called many things. Notably, Transportation... read more June 5, 2012 by  0


 
Texting while driving

Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received... read more July 12, 2011 by  0


 
Representative Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner: Shoulda Stayed Off Twitter, Kept On Twaffic

By now, the travails of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)--and the photo of a bulging male crotch in gray underwear that may or may not be his, which he may or may not have Tweeted... read more June 2, 2011 by  0


 
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