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2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

2015 Ford F-150 beats competitors with top safety rating

Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup truck has been bestowed with a top crash rating from federal regulators, it has been announced, showing that the switch to aluminum hasn't resulted in any safety compromises. It earned the score while elbowing out some competing trucks, including those from General Motors, which scored a single star lower than the newest F-150. This is also an improvement over the crash test safety rating of its previous steel pickup, promising good things for the auto maker's future.

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Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

Chevy Malibu hit with GM’s latest sunroof recall

General Motors is the latest auto maker to recall some vehicles due to overly sensitive controls -- in this case, the problem affects the Chevrolet Malibu. The affected cars span the 2013 to 2015 model years, and are afflicted with a problem we've been seeing a crackdown on lately: controls that are too sensitive, causing a setting to be changed (in this case, the sunroof to close) with only the slightest touch. Almost 92,000 of the Malibu vehicles are affected.

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Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan investigated by NHTSA over possible failed recalls

Nissan is being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the possible failure of two past recalls to properly fix the issues they were meant to cover, it has been announced. The investigation covers nearly a million cars, and concerns the front airbag seat sensors which have been covered by two recalls -- one in 2013 and one in 2014 -- which may still be faulty. This potentially concerns several car models, including the Altima, which has been subjected to multiple recalls in the recent past.

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Nissan expands hood latch recall with 640k more cars

Nissan expands hood latch recall with 640k more cars

Nissan has expanded a previous recall to include about 640,000 more vehicles, the reason being due to a potentially faulty hood latch that could allow the hood to fly upwards onto the windshield when the operator is driving. This includes some of the auto maker's newest Altima sedans, and brings the recall total -- including the previous recall -- to nearly 1.1 million cars across the globe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released documents related to the recall.

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Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

Last year’s auto recalls hit new record high

It's official: last year's auto recalls hit a record high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes as no surprise to those who were monitoring the auto industry. Many car makers were swept up into recalls of all sizes spanning numerous issues and parts. Some, like GM, were slammed with huge recall numbers, while the Takata airbag issue has had its own substantial effect. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled in 2014, and if previous statements by the NHTSA prove true, 2015 will see even higher numbers.

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NHTSA to factor automatic braking into star rating system

NHTSA to factor automatic braking into star rating system

Earlier today, the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx revealed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will start factoring automatic braking into its star rating system, giving points for having a technology that is believed to be a boon to driver safety. In addition, the regulator will also begin to list vehicles on its website that offer these types of safety technologies, making it easier for consumers to select cars with these additional safety features. These measures will help encourage the further development of such technologies.

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NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

NHTSA investigating Ford recall for possible expansion

Adding to the list of vehicles it is investigating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it is probing a previous Ford recall to see whether it should be expanded to cover quite a few additional vehicles. Ford has previously recalled 3,000 trucks in October of 2013 over troubles with the exhaust gas temperature sensor, and the NHTSA is looking into whether that recall needs to be boosted to include 200,000 vehicles. The affected model years are 2011 and 2012.

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Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

Jeep Cherokees under investigation following fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs following complaints about fires in the engine compartment. About 50,415 Cherokees are being probed as part of the preliminary investigation, which will look into a possible defect that has caused multiple newer Cherokees to go up in flames for no readily discernible reason. The NHTSA is said to also have some field report data from an Early Warning Reporting program on the matter which will be factored in.

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NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

NHTSA hints at uptick in auto recalls this year

Last year was rough for auto makers, some more than others, as numerous recalls were made spanning a wide range of issues and models. The nature of the recalls were particularly interesting given the number that concerned older models, but that might prove to be a trend in the long run. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's chief Mark Rosekind warned 2015 could end up having more recalls than 2014, doing so despite claims and concerns expressed by others who feel the recalls last year were excessive.

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Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Ford recalling cars over poor start button location

Many modern cars have a modern design twist, eschewing the levers and gear shifts from days gone by in favor of touchscreens and buttons. Too many ambiguous buttons can confuse anyone given enough time, however, and it only takes one wrong push to do something you really, really didn't intend to do -- like sending a moving car to a sudden screeching halt. Such is a problem being experienced by some 2015 Lincoln MKC owners, who have complained that a poorly located start button means potentially dangerous mistakes are happening.

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