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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
April 25, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Cars and light-duty trucks for the 2012 model year exceeded new federal standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2012 fleet averages 23.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.4 for the previous model year - one of the greatest improvements in fuel economy in 30 years, according to a report released Friday. And the cars and trucks pump out an average of 286 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, nine grams less than the EPA standard.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors' giant recall scandal looks to have a silver lining for GM dealers - millions of dollars in lucrative repair bills that their service departments can charge back to the nation's biggest automaker. The car company will pay dealers - independent businesses licensed to sell and repair GM vehicles - to fix up to 6 million vehicles recalled so far this year. The total includes 2.2 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
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.
November 21, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Jay Kvapil's new, variably intriguing ceramic work at Couturier is largely about surface -- viscous, painterly glazes and cratered shells. With only a few exceptions, the vessel forms are understated and conventional. They call little attention to themselves and instead serve as vehicles for potent color and assertive texture. Kvapil titled an earlier series "Pictorial Vessels," making explicit the priority given to surface as bearer of image or mark. Several works here continue in that vein, their glazes like thick, draping garments extending below the cylindrical body of a cup or vase.
January 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
General Motors announced a pair of recalls Thursday covering more than 12,000 vehicles. The first recall is for 8,519 Chevy Malibu sedans from the 2013 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said one or more bolts in the vehicles' rear suspension may not have been fastened tight enough. This could cause "sudden changes in the vehicle handling" which may lead to a crash, NHTSA said. No injuries or crashes have been reported as a result of this issue, said GM spokesman Alan Adler.
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)
June 19, 2013 | Ken Bensinger
Less than a day after announcing a massive recall of 1.56 million Jeeps, Chrysler again struck a defiant tone, saying that the trailer hitches it agreed to install won't protect motorists in high speed crashes and that the recalled vehicles are not, in fact, defective. In two letters submitted late Tuesday to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the nation's third-largest automaker said it would continue to deny NHTSA's request to recall vehicles prone to fires after high-speed rear-end collisions.
November 25, 2013 | By KTLA
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible for tagging seven cars in Pacific Palisades with swastikas and racial slurs on Sunday. Seven cars parked curbside in a 3-square-mile area north and south of Sunset Boulevard were defaced between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. Maritza Roberts, whose car was among those targeted, told KTLA that she felt “violated, invaded, disgusted” after she discovered a swastika and an apparent misspelling of the word “fuhrer” spray-painted on her vehicle.
April 13, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- An unmanned underwater vehicle will be deployed to look for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on the floor of the Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said Monday, and investigators have collected samples from an oil slick discovered in the search area. With six days having passed with no further detection of “pings” from what may have been the plane's black boxes, searchers on the Australian ship Ocean Shield will cease using the U.S. Navy's towed pinger locator and deploy the Bluefin-21 underwater search vessel, officials said.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian
State and federal investigators probing the cause of the fiery collision between a FedEx big rig and a charter bus in Northern California will delve into a wide range of factors from the health and rest of the truck driver to emergency exits and fire protection for bus passengers. "This is a very significant and unfortunate tragedy," said Jim Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The NTSB is going to have its hands full on this one. " Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Hall and other safety advocates say it could focus new attention on the NTSB's efforts to improve bus safety and the behind-the-scenes battle over safety standards for motor coaches and other commercial vehicles.
April 10, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Matt Stevens and Stephen Ceasar
At least nine people died Thursday after a bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students planning to tour Humboldt State was struck head-on by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 in Northern California, causing a fire that badly burned both vehicles. For unknown reasons, the truck crossed over the landscaped center median and crashed into the tour bus, which was traveling north on I-5 near the town of Orland in Glenn County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The drivers of the bus and truck were killed, officials said.
April 9, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. will recall more than 6 million vehicles worldwide to fix a variety of problems, including a wiring issue that might disable airbags and a glitch that could trigger the driver's seat in some cars to suddenly shift. It's just the latest in a parade of massive recalls by manufacturers this year, especially in the U.S. Toyota's announcement Wednesday brought the number of vehicles called back by automakers in the U.S. to nearly 13 million so far this year, on pace to surpass the record 30.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004.
April 7, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Automakers are on a torrid recall pace this year. Car companies have recalled about 11 million vehicles in the U.S. so far this year. General Motors Co. has called back the most: 6 million, including more than 2 million for an ignition switch issue linked to 13 deaths. That's already half the 22 million cars recalled in all of 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and more than a third of the recent high of 30.8 million vehicles in 2004. Other big recalls this year include 650,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, 1 million cars from Nissan - including its popular Altima and Sentra sedans - almost 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and about 700,000 Toyota Prius hybrids.
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.
September 27, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The four largest U.S. rental car companies have agreed not to rent or sell vehicles that have been recalled. The companies - Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. - agreed to the request from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who are pushing legislation to prohibit companies from renting or selling cars until they repair safety defects that triggered recalls. The companies also said they would support the legislation, which would put them under federal oversight on recalls for the first time, after Boxer and Schumer agreed to some changes.
June 9, 2010 | Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. will pay out as much as $150 million to owners of vehicles that are being recalled because it can't fix a flaw in the system that squirts heated cleaning fluid on the windshield. In one of the largest recalls this year, GM said Tuesday that it was recalling about 1.5 million vehicles, including certain Cadillac and Buick sedans as well as several sport utility vehicles, because the problem could cause the vehicles to catch on fire. The recall of many 2006 to 2009 model-year vehicles will involve disabling the heating mechanism and paying $100 to the owner.
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.
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.
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