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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.
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AUTOS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. recalled an additional 824,000 vehicles in the U.S. as it continues 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, Saturn Ions and Skys from the 2008 through 2010 model years. It also recalled the Chevrolet HHR from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Although the cars were all built with an ignition switch that has had no problems, they might have been repaired with faulty switches left in the parts bins at dealerships and auto shops, said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman.
AUTOS
March 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
An insurance industry study found that repairing recalled vehicles can reduce dangerous incidents for drivers. The Highway Loss Data Institute - an arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - looked at claims for car fires that were not caused by a crash.  These are fires that start with electrical issues and fuel system defects, problems that are a fairly common source of manufacturer recalls. The insurance industry research organization compared the rate of non-crash fire claims for vehicles during the period from 2007 to 2012.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Nikola Tesla would be proud. In May, Croatia will host its first electric car rally that winds from the northern coast to the capital Zagreb through some of the country's most scenic spots. The route includes a visit to electricity pioneer Tesla's hometown too. The Nikola Tesla EV Rally 2014 starts May 27 and will be divided into five legs that cover some 530 miles. It starts in the coastal town of Pula in the north, heading south to the mountain village Smiljan where Tesla was born, Krka National Park and Zadar on the coast before heading inland and north to the capital Zagreb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Anh Do
A 5-year-old girl was killed and three other youths injured when the speeding vehicle they were riding in struck a curb and plunged down an embankment in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said Sunday. Driver Antolin Brito, 30, was speeding in a Ford Explorer shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when he raced through an intersection in the 30300 block of Camino Capistrano and hit the curb, said Lt. Jerry Carlson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle hurtled down an embankment, coming to a stop at some railroad tracks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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