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Uber to ban low-rated riders from its ride-share service
Uber to ban low-rated riders from its ride-share service

Uber will ban low-rated riders from its service in the U.S., a move the ride-share company has already made in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement released Wednesday, Uber said the policy change puts the same level of accountability on riders as it does on drivers. Any rider who falls into a...Read More»

Motor Authority builds a 2019 Volvo S60
2019 Volvo S60 recalled over incorrectly tightened suspension part

The 2019 Volvo S60 has been recalled to address suspension components that may not have been tightened correctly on the assembly line, according to filings released Monday by the NHTSA. According to the filings, the recall will address suspension toe links, a relatively small but important...Read More»

2020 BMW X1
2020 BMW X1 updated with new looks, bigger screen

The 2020 BMW X1 has a new front end that makes it look even more like the automaker's larger crossover SUVs. BMW revealed the 2020 X1 on Tuesday, and it's hard to miss its enlarged kidney-style grille. The headlights are also treated to hexagonal LED designs, while the front and rear bumpers boast...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape
2020 Ford Escape costs $25,980 to start

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape will cost $780 more to start than last year's model when it goes on sale this fall. Order guides for the new compact crossover show the 2020 Escape S base model will start at $25,980 including a mandatory destination charge, which is more than some of its closest...Read More»

TuSimple self-driving semi truck
USPS to test autonomous long-haul delivery trucks

We've come a long way from the Pony Express. The U.S. Postal Service said last week that it will test autonomous long-haul mail delivery trucks in the relatively remote stretch between Phoenix and Dallas. The USPS said that San Diego-based TuSimple won the contract to self self-driving semi trucks...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
49K Mazda 6 sedans recalled over rust risk

About 50,000 Mazda 6 sedans registered in states with wintry weather have been recalled to address a rust-prone structural component. The NHTSA last week published the recall, which will begin June 24. Mazda said that road salt may corrode a crossmember that serves as both a structural component...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Many ride-share cars have open safety recalls

Nearly one sixth of all ride-share vehicles in two major U.S. markets are subject to safety recalls that haven't yet been performed. Consumer Reports reported last week that one in six ride-share vehicles in a study of vehicles in the New York City and Seattle areas had an open recall. The issues...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster
2019 Hyundai Veloster recalled to fix doors that may open during crash

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster coupe has been recalled to fix door latches that could open in the event of a crash. The fault was discovered during crash testing. Hyundai said Thursday that 12,438 Velosters are part of the recall, which will begin June 14. At fault are bad door latch housings and...Read More»

Lyft
Lyft adds 911 call button, other app features in new rider-safety push

Lyft passengers will be able to dial 911 directly from the ride-sharing company's smartphone application. The company said Tuesday the in-app emergency service contact is one of several ways it aims to boost rider safety. Using the 911 feature within the Lyft app provides a police dispatcher...Read More»

2012 Honda Accord
19K Honda, Acura models recalled for the second time to fix airbag inflators

Honda and Acura recalled about 19,000 sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, and crossover SUVs to replace passenger-side airbag inflators that may have been installed improperly during an earlier recall. DON'T MISS: 119K 2019 Honda CR-V crossover SUVs recalled to fix airbags Each car was previously recalled...Read More»

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