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Toyota reaches largest settlement in U.S. history for vehicle defects

Toyota Motor Corp. announced in December 2012 that it reached a settlement for more than $1 billion over hundreds of lawsuits from Toyota owners who claimed their vehicle’s value dropped severely due to complaints of unintentional acceleration. A lawyer representing the owners told the Associated Press the settlement is the largest in U.S. history for vehicle defects. The AP reported …

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Driver error more common in fatal car crashes than semi-truck crashes

Driver error is cited more frequently in fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles than commercial trucks, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The newest statistics, culled from driver-related factors in police accident reports during 2010, show about one-third of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes were cited, compared to about two-thirds of passenger …

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Kia Rio Recall

Do you own a 2006-2008 Kia Rio? Korean auto maker Kia Motors America is recalling more than 72,000 Rio small cars to fix a problem with the front-passenger air bag that could harm children. A sensor mat inside the front passenger seat of 2006-2008 Rios has the potential to crack from fatigue, failing to recognize whether a child is in …

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AAA Warns: Check Your Tires This Summer

We love our cars. They get us everywhere we need to go in relative comfort. In return, we wash them, wax them, regularly change the oil, and keep them well-fueled. But when is the last time you checked the air in your tires? According to a recent survey by AAA Arizona and the Rubber Manufacturers Association, “52 percent of drivers …

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