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Senate & House Consider Bills To Force Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars

Senate & House Consider Bills To Force Rental Companies To Repair Recalled Cars

Rental car companies like Avis and Hertz aren't required to fix recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers. Several years ago, that yielded tragic results for Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, two sisters who were killed after unknowingly renting a recalled car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The... read more

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U.S. Capitol

Federal Bill Would Force Owners To Get Recalled Cars Repaired (But Is It Legal?)

Many have dubbed 2014 "The Year of the Recall", but in fact, recalls have been on the minds of legislators for a very long time. Now, two U.S. Senators -- Richard Blumenthal... read more March 18, 2015 by 


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Is Tesla Finally Coming To Texas? (And If So, Is It Thanks To The Gigafactory And The Hyperloop?)

Across much of America, it's cold today. Newscasters explain that by pointing to a blast of icy air swooping in from the North Pole, but others might think that the chill is... read more February 23, 2015 by 


 
UberCab app

Uber Updates Ridesharing App Following Sexual Assault Charges In Boston, Chicago

We weren't invited to Uber's New Year's Eve party, but we have to imagine that company execs were double-fisting the Dom Perignon to blot out the memory of 2014. A new... read more January 2, 2015 by 


 
Texting while driving

Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A... read more October 24, 2014 by 


 
Railroad map prepared by the Michigan Railroad Commission, circa 1876.

GM Announces Support For Michigan's Anti-Tesla Bill, Governor Then Signs It

Last week, we told you about a hastily amended bill in Michigan that would prevent Tesla from setting up shop in the Wolverine State. It had passed both houses of the... read more October 22, 2014 by 


 
Michigan State Flag

In Michigan, Bill To Ban Tesla Sales Heads To Governor's Desk: Will He Sign It?

In Michigan, a recently passed bill could prevent Tesla Motors from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers. Tesla says that the hastily approved legislation... read more October 16, 2014 by 


 
Gavel. Image: Brian Turner

Judge Cuts Hyundai's Fine To $73 Million In Montana Wrongful Death Suit

In May of this year, a jury in Montana ruled against Hyundai, siding with the families of two teenage boys who died in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. The jury set a massive, $240... read more September 24, 2014 by 


 
Google Self-Driving Car Prototype

Not So Fast, Google: Autonomous Cars In California Still Need Steering Wheels, Brakes

In May of this year, California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving cars. A few days later, Google unveiled a... read more August 26, 2014 by 


 
Parking ticket (via Flickr user Paul Henman)

Traveling In Canada This Summer? Don't Park With Your Windows Down

In states and towns across America, you can find plenty of dumb laws on the books. In Washington state, for example, it's illegal to harass Bigfoot. In Louisiana, stealing an... read more June 20, 2014 by 


 
2014 Tesla Model S

Tesla Poised For Triumph In New Jersey, Could Relaunch Sales Next Month

In the not-too-distant future, someone is going to make a documentary about electric automaker Tesla. It'll be weightier than the one National Geographic put together, and... read more June 9, 2014 by 


 
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

Recalled Used Cars: CA Law Would Require Fix Before Resale

Vehicle recalls seem to be happening with more frequency this year, and one California lawmaker is trying to prevent these potentially unsafe vehicles from making it into the... read more May 15, 2014 by 


 
Police officer with radar gun

Missouri Judge Says, 'Yes, You Have A Right To Warn Other Drivers About Speed Traps'

Over the past couple of years, drivers in Florida and Texas have been ticketed for notifying their fellow motorists about speed traps. In Florida, Ryan Kintner simply flashed... read more February 5, 2014 by 


 
David Hasselhoff and KITT from Knight Rider

Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety... read more February 4, 2014 by 


 
Google Glass

Google Glass Driver Cleared Of Wrongdoing: This Is Why Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work

In November of 2013, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving. However, Abadie insisted that she wasn't using Glass at the time, even though the... read more January 17, 2014 by 


 
Google Glass

New York May Nix Google Glass For Drivers

Unless you've been living under a rock -- a rock without wi-fi -- you know that wearable technology is the Next Big Thing. From rings to running shoes to the fabrics in our... read more January 15, 2014 by 


 

 
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