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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 Read More

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

Nearly 570,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in May

490,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles recalled for cruise control problem 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 Read More

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

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Nearly 150,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in April

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Toyota recalling 53,000 vehicles over airbag issues

2016 Prius, 2016 Lexus RX, 2015-16 Lexus NX airbags may not deploy

Airbag system sensors may develop an open circuit, which might prevent side-impact, side air curtains and/or front airbags from deploying in a crash. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Feb 1, 2018, 3:30 AM

Mazda issues "stop drive" recall for B-Series

2006 pickups recalled following driver airbag fatalities in Ford Ranger

Recall affects trucks with non-desiccated Takata driver airbags not covered under the original recall that affected millions of vehicles worldwide. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Jan 19, 2018, 3:30 AM

Ford Ranger airbag ruptures claim two lives; force recall

Affected 2006 pickups fitted with Takata airbags built on the same day

Ford requests that owners stop driving their vehicles and make arrangements to immediately have dealers pick up the trucks to replace airbag modules. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Jan 14, 2018, 6:50 PM

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Chrysler recalls more than 162,000 minivans

Pacifica minivans may have software glitch that causes engine to stall

Recall affects 2017 Pacifica minivans (but not Hybrid models), whereby the engine control module could incorrectly assess the engine’s operating status. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Jan 12, 2018, 5:30 PM

14 ways to prepare for driving in extreme cold

Your vehicle doesn't like really cold temperatures any more than you do

Knowing what to expect and being prepared just might make the difference between a bit of discomfort and deadly disaster. Read More


More than 235,000 vehicles recalled in Canada

Hyundai Elantra tops numbers game with nearly 105,000 cars recalled

Most year-end recalls affected motorhomes and bikes, but 237,105 passenger vehicles were named in 23 recalls concerning 29 models from nine brands. Read More

Car Safety Jan 1, 2018, 9:10 PM

Chevrolet adds protection to police Tahoes

Enhanced Driver Assist Package is first of its kind in pursuit vehicle

Safety package includes five core technologies: automatic braking, collision alert, safety alert driver's seat, lane keep assist, and adjustable pedals. Read More

Car Safety Dec 7, 2017, 9:30 PM

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Motorists would be okay with frequent driver retesting

UK survey shows motorists would welcome driver restesting every 5 years

Rapid pace of auto technological advancements cited as primary reason for retesting drivers who may not completely know how their vehicles' systems work. Read More

Car Safety Dec 5, 2017, 9:30 PM

More than 125,000 vehicles recalled in Canada

Honda Odyssey, Nissan Micra account for 86% of total vehicles recalled

Nearly 70,000 Odysseys recalled to fix issue with outboard second row seats, while over 39,000 Micras must counter inadvertent side airbag deployment. Read More

Car Safety Dec 4, 2017, 9:30 PM

Ford recalls over 206,000 vehicles for various issues

Ford Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Transit Connect and motorhomes affected

Issues range from loose or incorrectly positioned seats, brake lines that could leak or suck in air, and side curtain airbags that could have tears. Read More

Car Safety Dec 1, 2017, 10:10 PM

Toyota recalls nearly 70,000 vehicles

28,600 2018 C-HR and 39,900 2012-2015 Prius Plug-In Hybrids affected

C-HR recalled due to a faulty electronic parking brake; Prius Plug-In has issues with the EV fuse, if it is repeatedly operated in EV mode under load. Read More

Car Safety Nov 16, 2017, 9:30 PM

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33 models of the 60 recalled in Canada in October

Nearly 630,000 vehicles were named in recalls during October in Canada

Thirty-three recalls issued in October for 628,884 vehicles, citing 60 models from 23 brands over issues ranging from incorrect labels to fire risks. Read More

Car Safety Used Cars Nov 4, 2017, 12:30 PM

Ford recalls over 103,000 vehicles over various issues

Ford F-150s from various model years, and Ford Trasits from 2015-17 affected

Among the issues are a potential electrical short, improper gear selection from an automatic transmission, and an inoperative shift lever in another. Read More

Car Safety Oct 26, 2017, 10:20 PM

Latest Japanese scandal affects global automakers

Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota may be affected by Kobe Steel woes

Kobe Steel reported that employees had falsified data on grades of metals, inferior to what companies requested, supplied to over 500 companies. Read More

Car Safety Oct 20, 2017, 6:15 PM