Ford Says Certain Ranger Pickups Should Stop Being Driven Immediately after Second Airbag-Related Death

After confirming a second death related to a ruptured Takata airbag in a 2006 Ranger, Ford is telling owners of 2902 affected pickup trucks to stop driving them immediately. The automaker said Thursday that parts are available now for fixes, and it’s contacting the vehicles’ owners. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Ford […]

BMW Issues Stop-Sale Order and Recall of All i3 EVs in U.S.

BMW has issued a stop-sale order and recall of all of its i3 electric vehicles in the United States as it resolves what it said is “a compliance issue” with federal regulators. The move affects 30,542 cars across the 2014 through 2018 model years. It comes after the BMW i3 failed a National Highway Traffic Safety […]

Honda Recalls 900,000 Odyssey Minivans for Second-Row Seats That Come Loose

Honda said it’s recalling about 900,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2011 through 2017 model years in North America because second-row seats can come loose in “moderate to heavy braking.” Some 800,000 of those are in the United States. The issue relates to the second-row seating system’s ability to move from side to side. The system […]

Rearview Mirrors Might Evolve in a Few Years

Rearview mirrors haven’t enjoyed the same renaissance as other portions of the automobile. When the mirrors began appearing on cars roughly a century ago, wheels had wooden or wire spokes and were wrapped in organically sourced bias-ply rubber. D…

50,000 Chrysler Pacificas Recalled for Seatbelts Unlatching During “Extreme Handling“

When we first heard reports that FCA is recalling some 50,000 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacificas for a problem revealed during sporty driving, we wondered what kind of people were throwing the minivans around with abandon, considering that it’s typically seen as a mild-mannered family hauler. Turns out, the recall stems from FCA’s own testing. […]

How Long Should a New Set of Tires Last?

It may be tentative, but tires do have an expiration date. There is a general consensus that most tires should be inspected, if not replaced, at about six years and should be absolutely be swapped out after 10 years, regardless of how much tread they have left. How do you know how old your tires […]

Shopping for a Used Car? Keep in Mind That Tires Age, and Not Like Fine Wine

Say you’re in the market for a used car, and you’ve come across a gem of a 2005 model for sale. It’s clear that, with low miles and in pristine condition, the car was rarely driven and has been well cared for. There’s even a lot of tread left on the tires. Naturally, you’re interested […]

New U.S. Bill Would Update Automotive Rules, Allowing for Non-human Drivers

When the automobile came into its own, there wasn’t really a place for it. Roads had been reserved for foot traffic and horses for hundreds of years before the invention of the internal combustion engines. Pedestrian injuries were high until they were partitioned onto the sidewalk. Likewise, it was some time before the millions of horses […]

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Why a Bag of Groceries Can Turn Off the Passenger Airbag

If you’ve ever set a bag of groceries or something of a similar weight on your car’s front passenger seat and it caused an “airbag off” light to illuminate, it means your vehicle has determined that whatever is riding shotgun does not warrant a frontal airbag. More specifically, sensors in the passenger-seat cushion have sent […]

IIHS Crash-Tests Large Cars: Lincoln, Mercedes, and Toyota Get Top Marks; Tesla, Ford, and Chevrolet Fall Short

Small-overlap front crash tests and inadequate headlights tripped up half of the six large sedans recently tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Lincoln Continental, the Mercedes-Benz E-class, and the Toyota Avalon were given the group’s highest rating of Top Safety Pick+, while the Chevrolet Impala, the Ford Taurus, and the Tesla Model S failed to achieve either […]