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Spiders Spark Suzuki Recall

by zAutos.com on August 30, 2014

Suzuki Motor of America is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles because spiders have made their homes in the canister vent hose. Approximately 19,249 vehicles are now moving spider nests, which may result in a fire.

Suzuki received the first case back in March of 2011, when a driver complained of a crack in the fuel tank. The auto manufacturer examined the vehicle and found a spider web in the evaporative canister vent line. Five more drivers complained of spiders in their vehicles before Suzuki decided to order the recall.

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Ford Begins Production on 2015 Mustang

by zAutos.com on August 29, 2014

Some of the first 2015 Mustangs have rolled off the line at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The sixth-generation sports car will be available in more than 120 countries–the most in its 50-year history.

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles recently said: “I don’t think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known.” And he may be right, especially with Ford’s latest announcement.

Just last week, Ford announced that they were producing–for the first time–a right-hand drive variant of their popular car. Drivers in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and → Read More

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Back to School Driving Tips

by zAutos.com on August 28, 2014

School is back in session! That means more teens and parents are on the roads, and children are flooding sidewalks as they walk home. The DMV noted that over 55 million kids will be walking, biking or driving to school for the first time this year, which can bring about a whole new set of issues.

“We recently conducted a distracted driving study and quickly realized that we need to not only educate drivers about risky behaviours but also ensure parents are vigilant in protecting their children from pedestrian and → Read More

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General Motors’ compensation program for victims of the ignition switch recall has received claims for 107 deaths, a spokeswoman for the program said. The compensation program began accepting claims on August 1 of this year.

Amy Weiss, a spokeswoman for Kenneth Feinberg who heads the GM program, told Reuters that the deaths were among the first 309 claims they have received so far, as reported by AutoNews. This is a startling development as only 13 deaths have officially been reported by General Motors.

Feinberg may ultimately decide that some of the death claims will not → Read More

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India Tackles Spare Part Monopoly

by zAutos.com on August 27, 2014

The Competition Commision of India (CCI) is penalizing 14 major auto companies for violating competition norms, the Press Trust of India reported on Tuesday. CCI said each company would be fined 2% of their annual revenue in India, totaling about $224 million.

An investigation found that the fined companies, which includes Volkswagen, BMW, and GM, “imposed absolute restrictive covenants and completely foreclosed the aftermarket for supply of spare parts and other diagnostic tools”, CCI said in a statement. The fined companies created a monopoly in the spare part market, allowing them to sell their goods at “arbitrary and → Read More

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