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GM poised to deliver far-off future — next year

DETROIT — General Motors is on the cusp of delivering a transportation future that many of its competitors are only beginning to envision. The automaker on Friday announced plans to launch public ride-hailing services with autonomous vehicles that don’t have manual controls such as steering wheels and pedals. The proposed starting date: …

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Chrysler Pacifica Minivans in Recall Over Engine Stalling

After scores of owners filed safety complaints or shared concerns through social media, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday that it was recalling nearly 154,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to fix an issue that has caused some to stall suddenly while being driven. The company discovered that under rare conditions the minivan’s engine control …

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Goodyear Treading Hot Water Over RV Tire Probe Lawsuit

Tire manufacturer Goodyear is in hot water in the wake of an investigation launched by federal safety officials on allegations that some older Goodyear motorhome tires are susceptible to fail and cause deadly crashes. The probe is being conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which started its investigation after …

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Tennessee law fuels used-car recall fight

Proponents of a new Tennessee law regulating sales of recalled vehicles call it a step forward in closing what some call the used-car loophole. Consumer and safety groups call it a sham that’s written not to protect consumers from dangerous cars, but to shield dealers from lawsuits. At issue is …

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Consumer Group Bashes Voluntary Crash-Avoidance Pact

Allowing automakers to voluntarily comply with an agreement to equip most new vehicles with crash avoidance technology by 2022 is putting the lives of those who can’t afford luxury models at risk, according to a consumer advocacy group. The Center for Auto Safety, which for years has urged automatic emergency …

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On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

WASHINGTON — It took a while for Honda Motor Co. to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but after it started issuing recalls, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs. The automaker has …

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