Airbag Recalls, Bond's New Aston, 85-MPH Speed Limits: The Week In Reverse

December 6, 2014

Japanese airbag maker Takata is resisting the Federal government's call that it replace faulty airbags--and for owners of vehicles like the mid-2000s Chrysler 300, Ford Mustang, and Honda Accord, it spells out confusion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has looked into the growing problems with Takata airbags and has demanded a nationwide recall for driver-side airbags to be replaced. So far, Takata has refused to admit that the airbags are faulty, or that its passenger-side airbags might also pose a risk. While the company and the safety agency remain at loggerheads, millions of vehicles equipped with the suspect airbags remain on the road.

Depending on the car you own, that check-engine light could be a big hit to the wallet--or not. A new CarMD study finds that when it comes to engine repairs, not all cars are created equal. It reports Honda has the lowest number of check-engine incidences in its Vehicle Health Index ratings--and Mazda as a brand had the lowest average repair cost, at just over $300. Overall, the most reliable cars in the CarMD survey were the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Honda Civic, and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Only Japanese and Korean cars placed in the top ten.

A new James Bond movie is coming next year, and with it a brand-new Aston Martin developed exclusively for the world’s most famous spy. The Aston Martin DB10 isn't a regular production model but a special, limited run of 10 cars that will be used for filming of the new Bond flick, which will be called the Spectre. The new DB10 was revealed today at special event in the U.K. where much of the filming will take place. Daniel Craig returns to play the title role. As for the DB10, it continues a partnership between Aston Martin and the James Bond franchise that spans 50 years--one that started with the appearance of a DB5 in 1964's Goldfinger.

And finally this week, if you want to drive fast--and to do it legally--the state of Montana continues to be your friend. A group of states including Texas, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming allow 80 mph on some roads--but now some Montana lawmakers are hoping to raise Montana's limit to 85 mph. Lawmakers have pointed to those neighboring states, noting that none of the three has seen a dramatic increase in accidents or fatalities because of their higher speed limits.

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