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GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM ignition recall starts slow: Just 2% fixed as crash count rises

GM has fixed just 2-percent of the millions of cars it's recalling over the ignition switch issue, blaming a bottleneck in replacement parts and driver apathy for the slow start. Repairs began six weeks ago, after GM admitted that around 2.6m cars could inadvertently lose power - as well as safety features like airbags - thanks to the ignition key twisting too readily while the vehicle was in motion.

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No, Nest isn’t making you yank Nest Protect from your ceiling

No, Nest isn’t making you yank Nest Protect from your ceiling

Nest's Protect smart smoke alarm is in the headlines again, after an official US recall notice prompted panic that owners would have to pull the flawed detector from their ceilings and return it. The warning follows Nest's mandatory software update back in April which disabled the wave-to-silence feature, after it was discovered that it could inadvertently stop the alarm from sounding in the case of a real emergency.

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GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM cops record car safety fine as NHTSA switch saga settled

GM has inked a $35m settlement with the US Department of Transportation, conceding to record fines and stringent oversight after failing to react sufficiently to the ignition switch issue that left millions of airbags potentially deactivated. The penalty is the current maximum the NHTSA can fine in civil penalties - though GM will in fact pay more, for sluggishness in handing over evidence during the investigation - while the agency describes GM's concessions for monitoring as "unprecedented".

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GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM recalls 2.7m cars over lights, steering, brakes and more

GM has announced a fresh batch of recalls, calling in around 2.7 cars at a predicted cost of $200m for repairs and fixes, though insisting that no fatalities have resulted from the problems. Most significant of the five different issues is one affecting over 2.44m Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models, to address a fault which GM says has already caused thirteen known crashes and two injuries.

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Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick ticks reversing camera option box across the board

Buick is jumping the gun on rear-view camera tech, making a reversing camera standard-fit kit on all of its 2015 cars, despite NHTSA legislation not demanding it until 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled back in March that all new cars, sold from mid-2018 onwards, must beam a view from behind the car to the dashboard display, as part of an attempt to cut accidents where careless reversing runs over pedestrians or causes vehicle collisions.

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Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

One of the biggest problems with conventional child car seat is its weight. You can expect them to weigh close to the 25-pound range and besides being bulky; they are highly inefficient as travel luggage. Parents of toddlers can heave a sigh of relief as an inflatable and lighter version is being worked upon by Volvo. Called the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, this rear-facing child car seat is a little over 10 pounds and fits into your travel bag with ease.

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