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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
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BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
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AUTOS
February 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
For the second consecutive year, Toyota Motor Corp. won the recall crown, according to federal safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Toyota recalled nearly 5.3 million vehicles last year. The Japanese automaker topped Chrysler Group, which came in second by calling back almost 4.7 million vehicles. Overall, automakers recalled almost 22 million cars last year, the NHTSA said. That was 34% higher than the previous year and the most since 30.8 million vehicles were recalled in 2004, according to agency.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
After years of delays, U.S. safety regulators have announced that backup cameras will be required in new U.S. vehicles by May 2018. The move comes just a day before a court of appeals was to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought against the government by safety groups and families of children injured and killed in back-over accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that "rear-visibility technology" must be standard equipment in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hertz is rolling out a new Dream Cars service that rents high-performance vehicles such as Aston Martins, Porsches, Ferraris and even a Tesla Model S to mere mortals who have money to burn on their next trip. The selection of luxury cars will vary at each location, but the company plans to introduce the service to 35 markets nationwide, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Orange County. And this comes with what Hertz describes as VIP perks too: "Additionally, the Dream Cars experience extends from special reservation channels to being greeted by a Hertz representative at the airport terminal, to a rental vehicle in pristine condition," Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said in a statement last week announcing Hertz Dream Cars.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. recalled an additional 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. as it continued to deal with the fallout of a faulty ignition switch linked to a series of crashes and at least 12 deaths. The automaker said it is calling back Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s and Solstices as well as Saturn Ions and Skys from the 2008-11 model years. It also recalled the Chevrolet HHR from the 2008-11 model years. Although the cars were built with an ignition switch that has had no problems, they might have been repaired with faulty switches left in the parts bins at dealers and auto shops, said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010
Current plug-in and alternative-fuel vehicles eligible for a $5,000 California rebate: Honda FCX Clarity Nissan Leaf Tesla Roadster Upcoming vehicles expected to qualify : Chevrolet Volt (second generation) Ford Focus Ford Transit Connect Electric Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 EV Tesla Model S Partial list Source: Center for Sustainable Energy
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Own a Ford Mustang or F-Series truck? How about a Scion FR-S? Maybe a Jeep Wrangler? Then congratulations, you are a trendy person. These four vehicles won Hottest Vehicle honors for their respective segments at this year's SEMA Show. The annual gathering of thousands of automotive aftermarket manufacturers is currently under way in Las Vegas. Photos: The Hottest vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show The Ford Mustang won Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S won Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler won Hottest 4x4 SUV. The award goes to the vehicle in each segment that aftermarket manufacturers believe is the best platform for customization and offers the latest products.
AUTOS
January 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Subaru on Thursday announced that it was recalling 633,842 vehicles to check for a problem with a fuse in a puddle light that could short-circuit and lead to a fire. The move affects Subaru Legacy and Outbacks made in 2010 and 2011, Tribeca models made from 2006 to 2012, and Forester models made from 2009 to 2012. The company believes that only 54,000 vehicles are actually equipped with the small accessory lamps under the side of the vehicle, said Subaru spokesman Michael McHale.
AUTOS
June 6, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 630,000 Jeep SUVs for transmission and restraint system problems just two days after it refused a federal request to recall 2.7 million vehicles for faulty fuel systems. In the U.S., the automaker will recall 254,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from model years 2010 to 2012. Chrysler said it was doing this to fix a software error that can delay the firing of curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners. In a statement, Chrysler said "the upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain air bags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators twice declined to investigate faulty ignition switches in General Motors Co. cars that led to 13 deaths - even though one official found "a pattern" of problems, according to a new congressional report. The report, released Sunday, added fresh details to a controversy that has shaken the revitalized automaker. Already under fire for lengthy delays in recalling the vehicles, GM also was accused in the report of allowing the defective part to be installed in millions of vehicles after testing showed it did not meet the company's own specifications.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. recalled an additional 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. as it continued to deal with the fallout of a faulty ignition switch linked to a series of crashes and at least 12 deaths. The automaker said it is calling back Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s and Solstices as well as Saturn Ions and Skys from the 2008-11 model years. It also recalled the Chevrolet HHR from the 2008-11 model years. Although the cars were built with an ignition switch that has had no problems, they might have been repaired with faulty switches left in the parts bins at dealers and auto shops, said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman.
OPINION
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Shermer
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission last week voted to prohibit Tesla from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers, a decision endorsed by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers and Gov. Chris Christie. New Jersey is the third state, after Texas and Arizona, to block Tesla from direct sales, all under the guise of protecting consumers. Some free market. Of course, auto dealers prefer an arrangement in which they have exclusive rights to sell a certain manufacturer's product.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In its latest reaction to a mounting safety scandal, General Motors Co. recalled 1.5 million more vehicles and set aside $300 million to pay for repairs. The move follows the automaker's apologies over delays in fixing a deadly ignition switch problem. The new recalls - for unrelated issues, mostly involving air bags - stem from a top-to-bottom safety review ordered by GM's new chief executive, Mary Barra. GM released a video of Barra's frank comments to GM employees Monday, hammering home the gravity of the automaker's mistakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Scott Gold
GROVER BEACH, Calif. - For a long time, even as hotels rose in nearby towns and posh homes went up along groomed fairways down the road, it seemed that this sleepy town might never move beyond an old real estate slogan: "Home of the average man. " Then Debbie Peterson ran for mayor. She was a real estate agent, a single mom and a free spirit, known to wear a business jacket with running shoes. She had moxie and business experience. Voters in 2012 chose her by a wide margin. They expected a jolt - but nobody expected this.
AUTOS
March 11, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Chrysler Group has announced it is issuing two separate recalls that will affect nearly 37,000 vehicles in the U.S. The first recall affects 18,700 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The vehicles are being recalled to correct an issue with the software in an optional emergency braking system. The system's factory settings restrict the flow of brake fluid too much, causing customers to complain about an odd feeling in the brake pedal, according to Chrysler.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, David Undercoffler and Brian Thevenot
Consumer confidence, job growth and low interest rates are fueling the growing and profitable U.S. auto industry, the economic pundits say. We see another reason - great cars. So we've selected our 10 favorite vehicles of 2013. Our list might seem heavy with expensive cars, but it's not because we're snobs. We judged only models that were new or redesigned this calendar year - a group that tilted toward luxury and performance vehicles. Among the few new economy cars this year was the Toyota Corolla, which made this list.
AUTOS
June 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
More than 200,000 vehicles made by automaker Suzuki are the subject of a federal investigation into faulty warning lights, The Times has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe on June 14 to look into the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV made from 2006 to 2011 and the Suzuki SX4 hatchback made from 2007 to 2011. The agency said it had received 128 complaints from owners who had experienced trouble with their vehicles' warning lights. This included passenger airbag off lights that would indicate the seat was empty (potentially disabling the airbag)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Two people were killed and a teenager was critically injured in a high-speed crash in Anaheim, officials said. One vehicle appeared to have crashed into two parked cars Sunday night, flipping over and into a brick wall and landing in the backyard of a home, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt said. The driver and a passenger were ejected from the vehicle in the crash, which was reported about 10:40 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of East and South streets, Schmidt said. A woman in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene and a man was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to Orange County coroner officials.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Border Patrol announced new rules Friday to limit agents from shooting at moving vehicles or people throwing rocks or other objects at agents, reversing a controversial policy that has led to at least 19 deaths. Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher ordered customs and border agents not to step directly in front of a moving vehicle, or use their body to block it, in order to open fire on the driver. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
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