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July 9, 2000
In parking lots, what do drivers of SUVs think the word spelled "c-o-m-p-a-c-t" means? SHIRLEY LAVENBERG Los Angeles
April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
January 3, 2003
Re "I Hate SUVs," letter, Dec. 30: I love SUVs. I love SUVs. I really love SUVs. Had my husband not been driving one recently, he would have been killed by the drunk driver who hit him. Time for a reality check. Rebecca Brusuelas-James Garden Grove
April 18, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The San Jose baby that was found dead hours after a distracted father accidentally left the child strapped in an SUV was just a few feet from where neighbors said they were working on a car and damaged sidewalk. The father, who authorities have not identified, had parked his car Wednesday morning on Payne Avenue with the 9-month-old strapped in a car seat and went about his workday until he came back to find the baby about 7:15 p.m., authorities said. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
October 11, 2004
Re "Trouble Follows Close Behind," Oct. 6: How much evidence do we need that SUVs are bad for our society on every conceivable measure? They waste gas, which leads to our subservience to OPEC. They pollute excessively. They roll over. As this article points out, their lack of federal regulation for bumper height means tailgating SUVs are more dangerous and costly than cars. Tax and regulatory subsidies artificially tilt the market in favor of SUVs. These loopholes, originally intended to assist small businesses in purchasing work vehicles, lead directly to the costs and dangers to society listed above, and must be closed for everyone but the businesses that actually need these trucks.
April 24, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING — Fuel-efficient vehicles are the rage in the United States, but in China gas-guzzling SUVs are looming large. Automakers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, Daimler and Land Rover are seizing on soaring popularity for the vehicles here, tailoring new models for Chinese consumers, and in some cases shifting manufacturing to China. Chinese drivers purchased about 2.1 million SUVs last year, according to LMC Automotive, a figure that's expected to double by 2014.
December 30, 2002
I hate SUVs. I hate SUVs. I really hate SUVs. Dare we call them weapons of mass consumption? Lee Lavallee Hollywood
January 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Buick on Tuesday unveiled a small sport-utility vehicle scheduled to go on sale a year for now, as the brand moves to broaden the range of models sold at its dealerships. The Encore, shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will be the General Motors division's second SUV, joining the much larger Enclave, which has become a popular model for the resurgent brand. The five-seat Encore comes equipped with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and features the high driving position and visibility that have made small crossovers and SUVs a growing segment of the U.S. auto market.
January 14, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
DETROIT -- Looking to fill a key hole in its U.S. lineup, Volkswagen on Monday unveiled a crossover SUV concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the CrossBlue, the vehicle foreshadows a production crossover that Volkswagen will likely bring to the U.S. market in 2014. That vehicle is to come in six- or seven-passenger configurations and target other family crossovers such as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Nissan Pathfinder. The CrossBlue concept is a plug-in hybrid diesel with two electric motors.
January 23, 2005
Re "In Pursuit of Cold Comfort," [Jan. 16]: I am weary of reading of the celebrities -- recently Blythe Danner, now Gretel Ehrlich -- who engage in passionate rhetoric to heighten awareness of global warming and other environmental needs, yet offer excuses for the SUVs they drive. I thought commitment to a cause involves personal sacrifice to draw attention to what is needed to further the cause. E. Kiszely Irvine
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Chandler Parsons probably is used to getting asked for autographs by Houston Rockets fans. But not quite under these circumstances. The Rockets' starting small forward was on his way to work a bit early Monday to see whether he'd be able to play in that night's game against San Antonio after injuring himself on a dunk Friday against Minnesota. Good thing he got off to that early start. Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he was involved in a traffic accident -- and that the responsible driver was apparently a big fan of the team.
April 15, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Sitting on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid in Manhattan on Monday night, Land Rover's Discovery Concept SUV previewed much more than just a future vehicle from the historically British brand. It signified a major reorganization for Land Rover itself. The automaker announced that the Discovery name -- previously used on a single model -- will now expand to become a range of vehicles. Similar to how Range Rover has always been Land Rover's high-end, luxury-oriented sub-brand.
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
April 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, This post has been updated to reflect new developments.
Some of the country's most popular midsize sport utility vehicles flunked a recent series of crash tests, leading the influential magazine Consumer Reports to pull its coveted "recommended" rating for three of the vehicles. The independant Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Tuesday that the Kia Sorrento, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 all earned a "poor" overall rating in the front overlap crash test. Six others passed the test. The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins scored "good" ratings from the IIHS.
April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a crash that left a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer in critical condition, police said. Qaneak Cobb of Pacoima was arrested after the collision, which took place about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, was stopped at a traffic light when Cobb's red SUV struck him from behind and pinned him to the car in front, authorities said.
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two men found fatally shot in an SUV in a South Los Angeles alleyway. Police responded to a call of shots fired near Florence and Cimarron avenues shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, said LAPD Officer Sarah Dunster of the 77th Street Division. They found the men in a Nissan Murano parked in an alley behind a home. Both had been shot in the head, Dunster said. Coroner's officials identified one of the men as Dorian Hernandez, 42, of Los Angeles.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in South Los Angeles by a gunman who fled in a silver SUV, according to Los Angeles police. Police believe the shooting was gang-related. The suspect, described as a man in his 20s or 30s, shot the victim multiple times before fleeing. The shooting took place about 1:45 p.m. in the 6800 block of 11th Avenue. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said it had no immediate information about the identity of the victim.
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