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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs over faulty Tesla-supplied components

Toyota has announced plans for another recall this year, this time to fix an issue resulting from components supplied by Tesla Motors, the auto maker has announced. The RAV4 EVs are the only model affected by this, and a software issue in the propulsion system is pegged as the root cause, potentially resulting in the affected vehicles shifting themselves into neutral -- something that'll make the car stop accelerating, and could cause a crash depending on the driving situation when this happens.

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UK safety tests show smartwatches more distracting to drivers than phones

UK safety tests show smartwatches more distracting to drivers than phones

Transportation safety agencies have long said that using a handheld device such as a smartphone is a dangerous distraction to drivers. You pay less attention to the road, and reaction times are greatly slowed. But what about the continually growing presence of wearables like smartwatches? Surely they must be much less distracting than a phone, and with their heavy reliance on voice controls, they should be about as distracting as standard timepieces, right? Well, the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) says just the opposite.

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Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia Soul recalled due to bendy gas pedal

Kia has announced plans to recall its Soul SUV due to a bendy gas pedal, which can end up bending or breaking when the car is being driven. It's a fairly large recall at about 209,000 vehicles, but still smaller than some of the other automotive recall numbers we've seen thus far this year. Both the Soul and its electric counterpart have been included in the recall, both of them of the 2014 and 2015 model years. Fortunately, there are no known injuries or wrecks that have resulted from this problem.

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Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

Toyota recalls 110k cars over software, power steering problems

In case you haven't yet tired of automotive recalls, we have another one that has surfaced in the pipeline, this one from Toyota affecting in excess of 110,000 cars. The recall was announced today, and includes its Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, RAV4 EV, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid models. There are two different issues at play, though they don't affect all of the models equally. Fortunately, no known injuries or wrecks have resulted from either problem, says the auto maker.

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Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda recalls 137 cars over stalling and fire risks

Honda has announced plans to recall 137 vehicles across three different models, the reason being due to a single issue which could manifest in two ways: the cars could stall, causing a potential crash, or they could leak oil, which could ignite and cause a fire. Fortunately, and unlike some recent recalls we've seen this month, it only affects a small number of cars, the owners of which will be notified of the issue later on this month for servicing.

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Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler recalls continue: ignition switch troubles hit 703k cars

Chrysler has issued multiple recalls this year over different automotive troubles, and it doesn't appear that'll be ending any time soon. Suffering a similar problem seen last year with General Motors, Chrysler has recalled about 703,000 vehicles over potential problems with the ignition switch, which could slip out of position, something that can cause a car to stall, among other things. This issue proved deadly when it affected GM's vehicles, and it has previously affected some of Chrysler's own cars.

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Mercedes AMG GT S safety preps for F1 2015 season

Mercedes AMG GT S safety preps for F1 2015 season

This year's season of one of the most iconic sportscar racing events is starting in a few days. To kick off that season, Mercedes-AMG is announcing two of the cars that will headline the race somewhat, without actually taking part in it. Retiring 2010's SLS AMG, Mercedes is announcing its successor, which doesn't really stray far from the tree. The new Mercedes AMG GT S, patterned after 2015 coupe of the same name, will be this season's star when it comes to safety.

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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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2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

2015 Land Rovers recalled over faulty lug nuts

Land Rover is recalling a relatively small number of its newest vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed. The reason differs from the various other auto recalls we've seen so far this year, and concerns the lug nuts (which, of course, keep the wheel on the car). Says Jaguar, the lug nuts on select recently manufactured 2015 Land Rovers could crack and come apart from the bolt, the result of which could cause the wheel to detach and the car to crash.

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Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Your Waze app will soon have AMBER alerts

Waze has come under fire lately for just being Waze. Law enforcement sees it as a possible threat to safety, where the police reporting feature is seen as a way for those who want to attack police a heads-up on where they might be. The scope of Waze is to encourage better driving and faster travel time, but a new feature might also bring in a lot of goodwill. Now, you may see AMBER Alerts pop up on your Waze app.

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