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September 19, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda will recall 374,000 Odyssey minivans and Acura MDX sport-utilities in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause the airbags to deploy without warning. The airbag system in such vehicles can trigger due to electrical interference, the company said. To prevent the malfunction, Honda plans to install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the system's control unit. Honda said it has logged 23 cases of inadvertent airbag deployment in such vehicles in the U.S. and has seen an increasing number of complaints in recent months.
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.
January 31, 2010 | By Tony Perry
Weighing 70 tons, traveling up to 45 mph and possessed of a smash-mouth name, the Assault Breacher Vehicle is the Marine Corps' latest answer to a perennial problem of offensive warfare: how to push through the barriers and booby traps of an enemy's outer defenses. Over the decades, Marines have used various strategies to breach defenses, involving heavy vehicles or, in some cases, sending Marine engineers into minefields to set, by hand, line charges loaded with explosives. "Breaching is always the hardest part of an assault," said Sgt. Carl Hewett, a breacher operator stationed here.
August 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
About 3,000 vehicles equipped to share information about their speed and location have hit the roads in Ann Arbor, Mich., as part of the largest road test to date of so-called connected vehicles. The wireless technology enables the vehicles and the traffic infrastructure to talk to one another in real time to help avoid crashes and improve traffic flow, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is running the test in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
June 5, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a bizarre high-speed chase in which the suspect punched several vehicles and eventually ended up off-road in a freeway construction zone in Sun Valley. The pursuit of the orange motorcycle began about 3:30 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway near Mills Avenue in San Bernardino after the driver failed to pull over when he was observed speeding, according to CHP officials. The pursuit, which hit speeds of 85 mph, took a bizarre turn when the suspect drove through Los Angeles County and television footage appeared to show the man punching at several vehicles.
March 9, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times
The brightly colored vans advertising "Topless Maids $99" caused a stir in Burbank last year when they were seen parked on city streets for days on end, prompting officials to publicly denounce them as eyesores and visual blight. Last week, the City Council voted to ban vehicles whose main purpose is advertising. There are some exemptions, such as pizza and mail delivery vehicles. "What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in the public right of way," Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott said at Tuesday's meeting.
June 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The price of used cars posted its biggest drop since October, according to an industry guide, an indication the tight market for late-model-year vehicles is starting to ease. The NADA Used Car Guide said prices for cars and trucks up to 8 years old declined 2.1% in May.  “While prices this year have held up well, a growing supply of 3-year-old vehicles is applying downward pressure on prices for late-model used vehicles,” said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide.
June 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ford is recalling nearly 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. for a potential fuel tank leak that could result in a fire. The automaker said the recall affects the Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility, Interceptor Sedan, and Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ. All of the vehicles are from the 2013 model year. At issue is a part within the gas tank that may fail and leak fuel onto the ground. If the spilled fuel catches a spark, a fire could occur. Ford said it is not aware of any fires, accidents, or injuries as a result of this defect.
December 30, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Orange County coroner officials on Monday identified a 28-year-old man who was fatally struck by two vehicles in Huntington Beach. Matthew Aguilar of Costa Mesa was pronounced dead Saturday after he was struck by two vehicles in the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Brookhurst Street. According to the Huntington Beach police, Aguilar was walking along the roadway when he was hit around 4:30 a.m. by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS. The man was then hit by a second car, which did not stop at the scene as required by law. Police said they didn't know why Aguilar was on the road.
July 22, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
For all those people who have forgotten whether they locked their car doors or can't find their vehicle in a parking lot, OnStar has a new application that lets drivers use their smart phones like a remote key fob on new General Motors Co. vehicles. The technology will be available for most models in the 2011 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC lineups. Customers with a basic $18.95 subscription to OnStar will be able to start their cars, activate the horn and lights and lock and unlock doors from a distance using a mobile phone.
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