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Recalled Used Cars: CA Law Would Require Fix Before Resale
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 hands of unaware owners. While there are laws in place that prevent customers from taking delivery of new vehicles with open...Read More»

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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 his high-beams to oncoming cars -- the international "Police ahead!" signal -- but in Texas, Ron Martin went so far as to...Read More»

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 Administration, which has yet to determine when V2V will be required on new passenger vehicles. At long last, however, the...Read More»

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 device was turned on. She fought the ticket in court, and yesterday she won. But here's the interesting part: the court didn't...Read More»

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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 clothes, we'll soon carry around a host of gadgets that record our lives, monitor our health, and, of course, pester us with...Read More»

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Uber Driver Kills Pedestrian, Uber Denies Fault: What Will The Courts Say?

On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, a six-year-old girl was killed and her family members were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to TechCrunch, the driver of that vehicle, Syed Muzzafar, worked for Uber. Uber has caused a big stir the past few...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
10 Laws That Drive Drivers Crazy

Motor-vehicle laws are intended to keep everyone safe, without unnecessarily hindering or restricting. At least in the purest intent, that's how they're supposed to work. But as you've probably found, there are plenty of driving-related laws that can push drivers to fits—whether it's for the...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
20 Parts-Makers Fined $1.6 Billion For Fixing Prices & Making Cars Pricey

No doubt about it: cars are expensive. Along with your home and your education, a car is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some of us have been paying even more for our cars than we should've, and it's because 20 companies that supply parts for those cars have...Read More»

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Would You Rather Buy A Car On Sunday Or Simply Shop In Peace?

Like many other states, New Jersey is a study in contrasts. It's the birthplace of the working man's hero, Bruce Springsteen, and the appallingly self-entitled cast of Jersey Shore. It's home to some of America's finest educational institutions and the glittery, mindless joys of Atlantic City. It's...Read More»

Snail crossing the road [by Flickr user schristia]
Florida Does Something Un-Crazy, Tickets Slowpoke Drivers

Let's face it: Florida is a little eccentric. Not crazy eccentric, like your loose-cannon uncle who makes everyone cringe when he opens his mouth at Thanksgiving dinner. No, Florida is like your amusingly eccentric third cousin who throws big, elaborate birthday parties for her pet iguana. (Except...Read More»

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Tesla Fan Petitions White House To 'Allow Tesla Motors To Sell Directly To Consumers'

Since President Obama launched Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov in 2011, scores of Americans have filed petitions with the federal government. Some have been fairly straightforward, like the one hoping to raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour, and another asking the U.S. to formally condemn the Turkish...Read More»

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New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

Memorial to motorcycle accident victim, Augusta Township, Michigan (photo by Dwight Burdette)
Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal Could Cost Michigan Taxpayers Money

On April 12, 2012, Michigan's longstanding helmet law went down in flames. Many motorcyclists were happy to see it go, but others might not be singing the same tune, since the move could cause an insurance rate hike. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, only 19 states require all riders to...Read More»

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Automakers & Auto Dealers Oppose Recall Bill For Rental Cars

For years, advocates have been pushing for legislation that would require rental car companies to fix recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers. The rental car industry helped kill such a bill last year, but a new version has been drafted, and it's now working its way through Congress...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Autonomous Cars Will Probably Hit China First -- And That's Okay

Here's what we know about autonomous cars: A. They're coming. B. They'll wreak havoc among automakers, with upstarts like Google emerging as viable competitors. C. They'll have an effect on related sectors, too -- like auto insurance. What we don't know about autonomous cars is when they'll arrive...Read More»

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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, causing the sisters to lose control of the vehicle and collide with an 18-wheeler. Later, the Houck's family and friends learned...Read More»

Google Glass
Google Glass: Not Yet Available, But Possibly Banned In West Virginia

We've all heard about Google Glass, we've all seen it, we all know (vaguely) what it's capable of doing. And that has encouraged one state legislator in West Virginia to propose banning Google Glass for drivers long before the device goes on sale. Like many Americans, Republican Gary G. Howell has...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
When Autonomous Cars Collide, Who's At Fault? Vaccines Could Provide An Answer

The matter is settled: autonomous cars are coming. But they raise a serious question that no one's been able to answer: when a self-driving car is in an accident, who's to blame? The manufacturer? The software engineer? The owner? Earlier today, the folks at NPR addressed this very issue, and they...Read More»

Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)
Everything's Bigger In Texas -- Even Privacy Protections

If you're worried about personal privacy in the digital age, keep reading: there may be some good news ahead. Cell phones, laptops, and other modern conveniences have been a boon to civilization, but they've also put our lives on display. Sometimes we're active participants in that process, like...Read More»

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