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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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