2009

2008-2009 Kia Sportage recalled: nearly 72,000 U.S. vehicles affected
2008-2009 Kia Sportage recalled: nearly 72,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Kia has announced a recall of the 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage crossover. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could create a fire hazard. The problem is rooted in the Sportage's hydraulic...Read More»

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2009 Volkswagen Routan Recalled For Airbag Problem (Not The One You Think)

Volkswagen has issued a recall for the 2009 VW Routan to repair its airbag system. Despite Volkswagen's involvement in the massive Takata recall scandal, though, the Routan's troubles have nothing to do with the struggling Japanese supplier. Instead, they're related to a growing problem with...Read More»

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2008-2009 Honda Accord Recalled For Sudden Airbag Deployments

Honda has issued a recall for select 2008 and 2009 Honda Accord sedans affecting more than 300,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those cars may suffer from a software problem that could cause their airbags to go off without...Read More»

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Nissan GT-R, Infiniti EX, FX Recalled For Defective Steering Column

Nissan North America is recalling thousands of Infiniti EX and FX models, as well as the Nissan GT-R. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles may suffer from design flaws that inhibit drivers' ability to steer. ALSO SEE: Six Vehicles With The Most...Read More»

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1.4 Million Toyota Models Now Included In Door-Fire Probe

Yesterday, we told you about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's beefed-up investigation of door fires in General Motors SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. According to the Wall Street Journal, NHTSA has just announced a different probe into a different door-fire problem --...Read More»

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Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Brake-Override System

If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, new cars, trucks, and SUVs will soon come with brake-override systems. That's according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the agency has posted to its website (PDF). If you follow the news, you can probably guess the...Read More»

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Toyota Recalling Some Camry, Venza Models For Stop-Lamp Switch

Toyota is recalling 186,500 vehicles—including some 2009 Toyota Camry models and some 2009-2011 Toyota Venza models—for an issue with the stop lamp switch that could cause a range of issues. The description of the problem sounds simple: “During installation of the contact-type...Read More»

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Lexus, Porsche, Cadillac Top J.D. Power 2012 Dependability Study

The results of J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study have just been released, and there's plenty of good news for auto fans. Power's Dependability Study looks at problems associated with vehicles that are three model-years old (so the 2012 study examined rides from the...Read More»

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2008 - 2009 Pontiac G8 Recalled For Airbag Delay

General Motors is recalling Pontiac G8 vehicles from model years 2008 and 2009. In certain circumstances, the airbag systems in those cars can suffer from a slight delay, meaning that the airbags deploy more slowly and offer less protection during crashes. According to a bulletin from the National...Read More»

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Toyota Camry, Audi S8: Top Targets For Car Theft

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released new data on U.S. car theft, and the statistics aren't especially surprising. According to the report, more Toyota Camrys were stolen than any other vehicle in America, but performance models like the Audi S8 actually had the highest...Read More»

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Rental Agency Recovers Stolen SUV With Facebook

Jennifer Marshall Hansen seemed like any other Affordable Rent-A-Car customer when the 42 year old woman rented a 2009 Ford Explorer from the Salt Lake City company. When Hansen failed to deliver the vehicle on its September 1 return date, the Utah-based rental car company went through the normal...Read More»

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Toyota Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit For Stalker-Themed Ad Campaign

Toyota's "Your Other You" ad campaign for the 2009 Matrix was supposed to capitalize on the "punking" trend popular at the time. But when a woman got unknowingly dragged into the mix, things went off the rails. Now she's seeking $10 million in damages from Toyota, the company's ad agency Saatchi...Read More»

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2012 Infiniti FX Gets Updates And A New Model

If you’re looking for a luxury crossover vehicle that caters to both drivers and passengers, it’s hard to ignore Infiniti’s FX series. Like the 2011 BMW X3, the Infiniti FX models manage to blend comfort with driving dynamics that make them entertaining to pilot. The styling may...Read More»

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What Happened To Honda? #YouTellUs

Remember the NSX? What about the S2000 and the CRX? These are all hallmarks in Honda's history. Today they are merely relics of what Honda used to be. Now we have the Crosstour and nearly full-size Accord. Honda just launched the ninth generation Civic. Can you tell it is a new generation? What...Read More»

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Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Crash At 58

"Macho Man" Randy Savage, one of the most famous professional wrestlers of the 1980s, if not all time, died in a car accident today in Tampa, Florida. According to his brother, Lanny Poffo, Savage suffered a heart attack while driving and lost control of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler around 9:25 a.m. EST...Read More»

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After 26 Months, Hyundai Assurance Program Gets Its Walking Papers

Hyundai's popular Assurance Program debuted during the dark days of the recession, promising shoppers that Hyundai would buy back their vehicles if they lost their jobs, went bankrupt, or became disabled. That proved a hit with customers, and paired with Hyundai's new-found notoriety for vehicles...Read More»

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Video: Honda's New Film, 'The Undying Dream', Plays Sundance

While much of America's attention this weekend was focused on a certain football game, for a handful of film buffs and car fans, the center of the known universe was the Sundance Film Festival. That's where Honda unveiled the latest short in its "Dream the Impossible" film series -- this one dubbed...Read More»

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7 Worst Cars To Gift Anyone, For Any Reason

We are finally at the season of giving once again. A time to reflect on the things we wish we had, then again, it can also be a time for thinking about the things you are thankful you don't have. Funny thing about gifts, most are given with good intentions. Sadly, not all gifts can be a blessing...Read More»

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IIHS: Some Replacement Bumpers Protect Like Originals, Others Don't

Aftermarket repair parts are almost always much cheaper than original-equipment (OEM) parts, so if you're in a minor fender-bender, going with a budget replacement part—like a bumper—instead can be tempting. But there's a lot to be wary of. Turns out, many parts don't comply completely...Read More»

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