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NHTSA Releases Apology for Mishandling Takata Recall

by on October 24, 2014

David Friedman, NHTSA’s acting administrator, has offered an apology for releasing false information in a Monday statement about Takata airbag inflators. The U.S. agency published a list of affected vehicles on Monday, which incorrectly included some vehicles and excluded others. NHTSA’s recall search tool has also been down, leaving consumers to second guess the validity of NHTSA’s list.

“We greatly regret that the information provided in our initial safety advisory was inaccurate and that we have experienced significant problems with our website,” Friedman said in the statement.

NHTSA’s most recent list, published on Wednesday, claims → Read More


EPA Pressures BMW to Fix Mini MPG

by on October 23, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ordering BMW to revise their mpg estimates for four 2014 Mini Cooper models after they were found to be too high.

The EPA performed a fuel economy audit on the Mini Cooper and found that their mpg values were different than the ones advertised by BMW. The auto manufacturer conducted new fuel economy testing, with EPA oversight, and found that the mpg values were indeed too high.

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NHTSA Expands Takata Recall; 7.8M Affected

by on October 22, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the Takata recall, adding 3.3 million more vehicles to the list. The Takata inflators had been discovered to rupture unexpectedly and fling shrapnel in the cabin; at least two deaths have been linked to this defect.

“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures. However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator → Read More


Acura to Unveil Redesigned ILX at LA Auto Show

by on October 22, 2014

Acura has promised to unveil a redesigned 2016 ILX at the next LA Auto Show, the company announced yesterday. The ILX has been a slow seller for Acura; many seem to prefer the ILX’s non-luxury twin: the Honda Civic.

Acura tore it down to only a hybrid option for the 2015 model year, but the 2016 could bring a gas variant back on the table. The company said the ILX will have a “potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and → Read More


2015 “Green Car of the Year” Finalists Announced

by on October 21, 2014

Five finalists for the 2015 Green Car of the Year award have been announced today by the Green Car Journal. Finalists are selected for their achievements in “raising the bar in environmental performance,” according to the statement. This year’s top five features two diesel vehicles, one all-electric, one bi-fuel and a traditional gas vehicle.

Volkswagen Group has two cars in the top five this year: the Audi A3 TDI and Volkswagen Golf TDI.

BMW’s all-new → Read More