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Automotive and Car Safety

Mazda recalls 49,000 Mazda6s over rust issues

Lower control arm mounting-point corrosion could lead to loss of steering

Front cross members could corrode because they were not properly coated, potentially breaking if the car suffers a sudden jolt, such as hitting a pothole. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Sep 18, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls crossovers over doors opening in crashes

Recall affects 2018 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers built in Oakville Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Sep 14, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls 2 million pickups over fire worries

F-150 pickups may have faulty seatbelt pretensioners that could start fires Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Sep 7, 2018, 2:30 AM

Over 62,000 vehicles recalled in August in Canada

Brakes were main issue, resulting in 3 major recalls affecting 15 models Read More

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Fiat Chryser recalls 210,000 vehicles with brake issues

Minivans and SUVs were inadvertently fitted with faulty brake components Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Aug 23, 2018, 10:30 PM

Ford recalls more than 50,000 vehicles over fire concerns

Electrified cars need new charge cords; CUVs' power cable nuts may be loose

Two separate recalls affect 50,524 C-Max Energi, Focus Electric and Fusion Energi cars, and 94 Ford Edge and Flex, and Lincoln MKX and MKT crossovers. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Aug 23, 2018, 2:30 AM

Zanardi takes on DTM without legs

The BMW M4 DTM Zanardi is driving has been modified with hand controls

To compete in DTM, Zanardi must meet the regulations of exiting the car in less than 7 seconds on the driver’s side or 9 seconds on the passenger side. Read More


Over 340,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in July

Ram pickups accounted for bulk of the total to address tailgate unlatching

Ford Escape and Fusion, Volkswagen Golf, Golf Wagon and Tiguan, and Audi A6, A7, S6, S7 and RS7 also recalled large numbers for variety of problems. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Aug 4, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Ram recalls pickups over tailgate unlatching concerns

Recall affects Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 with power locking tailgates

A Fiat Chrysler investigation revealed a small internal component in the power-locking mechanism might fail over time, allowing the tailgate to unlatch. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Aug 3, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls half a million vehicles for shifter, wheel problems

Ford Fusion and Escape, stripped chassis trucks recalled in two actions

Ford Fusion and Escape may have degraded shifter cable bushings; F-53 stripped-chassis trucks may have improperly heat-treated front wheel studs. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jul 19, 2018, 2:30 AM

VIDEO: Ford shows how adaptive cruise eliminates gridlock

Ford and Vanderbilt University set out to explain phantom traffic-jams

Variety of factors outside of crashes and construction contribute to traffic-jams, including poor merging and overly aggressive or unnecessary braking. Read More


About 145,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in June

Kia, VW and supercar makers among the affected, while Takata impacts more

Issues over the month include damaged airbag circuits, sliding doors that don't stop for obstacles, and seatbelt buckles that don't restraint properly. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Jul 5, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Lexus recalls 120,000 models over fire risk concerns

Affects Lexus IS sedan/convertible and GS sedan/hybrid, all with 3.5 V-6

Total of 119,900 cars (2006-13 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C from 2010-14, and GS 350 and GS 450h from 2007-11) are affected in North America (4,900 in Canada). Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Jun 29, 2018, 2:30 AM

Mazda recalls CX-5 over faulty air-curtains

Air-curtain airbags might not unfold and deploy properly in a roll-over

Mazda CX-5 CUVs from 2018 may have improperly-manufactured airbags that might not deploy properly, meaning they won't protect occupants as they should. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Jun 27, 2018, 3:15 AM

Ford recalls 9,100 vehicles for various issues

1,636 of recalled vehicles from model years 2017 and 2018 are in Canada

F-Series trucks, Edge and Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and MKZ afflicted by issues with fuel pumps, braking systems and transmission torque converters. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Jun 15, 2018, 2:30 AM

Children improperly protected in child seats: report

Independent UK checks show 59% of kids in car seats not properly protected

Child Seat Safety organization found 49% of car seats not tightened up sufficiently and more than 40% fastened by seatbelts weren’t strapped down properly. Read More

Car Safety Auto Accesories Jun 5, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Nearly 570,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in May

490,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles recalled for cruise control problem

568,936 vehicles were recalled in 14 actions for 30 models from 12 brands, ranging from loss of power steering to airbags and pretentioners not deploying. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jun 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls EcoSport, F-Series for brake issues

EcoSport has incorrect bits; medium-duty trucks have brake cable issues

EcoSports have incorrect brake fluid reservoir caps and European owner’s manuals; F-650 ad F-750 trucks have parking brakes cables with inadequate tension. Read More

Car Safety New Cars May 20, 2018, 2:30 AM

Nearly 150,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in April

April recalls totalled 35, affecting 147,607 vehicles from 25 makes

Ford pickups, Audi sedans and crossovers, Smart cars, Land Rover Discoverys and VW Tiguans among largest recalls, combining for over 118,000 vehicles. Read More

Car Safety Car Care May 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

Bugatti telemetry detects car issues in real time

Feature has been available on Bugatti cars since Veyron 16.4 in 2004

About 10,000 signals from parts of the car (including engine, transmission, lights, air conditioning and infotainment) are collected and sent to Bugatti. Read More

Auto Technology Car Safety Luxury Cars Apr 16, 2018, 4:30 PM

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Will autonomous driving fatality kill system development?

Several Uber autonomous vehicle systems failed in pedestrial fatality

Things consumers have been told autonomous cars excel at to make roads safer — collision mitigation, pedestrian detection and automatic braking — didn’t. Read More

Autonomous Driving Car Safety Apr 16, 2018, 2:30 AM

5 things besides texting that are distracting your driving

Car controls, food and drink, even vaping can cause drivers to lose focus

Common driving occurences drivers don’t think much about, can be distracting for even a split second, which is long enough for catastrophe to strike. Read More

Car Safety Safe Driving Tips Apr 13, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls 350,000 vehicles over transmission woes

Two recalls affect F-Series, Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator

347,425 vehicles recalled over an unseated gear shift cable clip in 10- and 6-speed automatics; 161 recalled over missing roll pin in 10-speed automatics. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Apr 8, 2018, 2:30 AM

More than 158,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in March

Non-latching seats and loose steering wheels among the issues addressed

Total of 15 automotive recalls were issued in Canada over the month, involving 24 models from 16 marques, and affecting 158,301 vehicles in total. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Apr 5, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Toyota recalls vehicles over loss of braking assist

Recall affects 220 Toyota and Lexus models in Canada and 6,000 in the US

Some 2017-18 Toyota Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Tacoma, and Lexus RX350, may have a vacuum pump assembly with an incorrectly manufactured component. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Apr 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

Kids help Ford develop rain collection system

System collects water at windshield base and adds it to washer reservoir

Siblings Daniel (11) and Lara Krohn (9) came up with the idea to collect and reuse rainwater, testing it out on toys and winning the local science fair. Read More

Auto Technology Car Safety Mar 23, 2018, 1:30 AM

FCA recalls more than 300,000 Ram pickups

Pickups in snow-belt regions may have corroded fuel tank brackets

An internal Fiat Chrysler Automobiles investigation revealed a fuel-tank bracket may corrode over time, allowing the fuel tank to sag out of position. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 18, 2018, 2:30 AM

Ford recalls 1.4M cars over control, fire issues

Ford Focus and Fusion, Lincoln MKZ recalled for steering, clutch problems

2014-18 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs may lose steering control, 2013-15 Ford Focus and Fusion gearbox clutches may crack, potentially leading to a fire. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 15, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Nearly 110,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in February

Biggest recalls involved Ram pickups and Mitsubishi RVR compact SUVs

23 models from 12 marques recalled for a variety of issues ranging from fuel leaks and water drainage, to faulty shift interlocks and incorrect labels. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 3, 2018, 10:30 PM

Ford recalls Taurus models on rollaway fears

Recall affects 2,100 sedans all in the US and federalized territories

Affected cars are equipped with an ignition key that can be removed without the shift lever in Park, which might allow an unbraked car to roll away. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Mar 3, 2018, 3:30 AM

Best new automotive technologies for 2018

GM, Lexus and Toyota share AJAC’s Best New Innovation awards

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada revealed the winners of its annual awards for Safety, Green and Overall automotive innovation. Read More

Auto Awards Auto Technology Car Safety Feb 21, 2018, 3:55 PM

Ford, Lincoln recall crossovers over braking issues

Ford Escape, Lincoln MKC siblings may have incorrect front brake hoses

Vehicles might lose braking ability because of incorrect front brake jounce hoses that could wear prematurely due to contact with surrounding components. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 17, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Ram expands shift interlock recall; adds 229,000

Ram HD trucks with column shifters may shift out of Park unintentionally

The shift lever can move out of Park without the necessary safety feature of applying the brake pedal, and can even shift without a key in the ignition. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 16, 2018, 10:30 PM

Toyota recalls 23,000 cars over fuel leak concerns

Toyota Camry, and Lexus GS F, LC 500, RC F affected in separate recalls

Camrys from 2018 may have improperly connected fuel pipes and hoses; Lexus GS F, LC 500 and RC F may have cracked covers on high-pressure fuel pumps. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 15, 2018, 3:30 AM

Study shows drivers inattentive 7% of the time

Peugeot study shows drivers distracted over four minutes every hour

If distractions are broken down into 2-second chunks, a car driven at 100 km/h will cover over 55 metres in that span (longer than half a football field). Read More

Car Safety Safe Driving Tips Feb 7, 2018, 10:30 PM

Nearly 880,000 recalls in Canada on January

Over a half million vehicles added to massive Takata airbag recall

879,883 vehicles, made up of 88 models from 27 brands, were recalled for issues such as faulty engine, transmission and brake parts, to incorrect labels. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 3, 2018, 10:35 PM

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Mercedes ends 5-continent autonomous testing

Five-month Mercedes-Benz Intelligent World Drive ended at CES 2018

S-Class-based autonomous car tested in Australia, China, Germany, South Africa and USA, to deal with country-specific, real-world traffic challenges. Read More


VW diesel scandal takes on bizarre animal testing twist

Netflix documentary charges monkeys were exposed to tailpipe emissions

VW, with BMW and Daimler, reportedly helped fund firm that commissioned experiments exposing macaques in sealed chambers to diesel tailpipe emissions. Read More

Car Safety Green Cars Auto Industry Feb 1, 2018, 9:15 PM

Nissan and NASA join forces on self-driving robot car

Nissan’s end goal is to provide a complete system of seamless mobility

A robot car has to learn how to interact with people and other cars in a socially acceptable way if it is to be accepted by the community. Read More

Car Nuts Auto Technology Car Safety Feb 1, 2018, 4:00 PM