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1 in 7 Cars on Road Have Unrepaired Defect

Even with U.S. auto recalls on pace to reach the highest level in a decade this year, there’s a good chance many of the vehicles won’t get fixed. About a third of all recalled cars and trucks don’t get repaired, …

Auto Recalls On Rise Following Toyota-GM Cases

Recall first, ask questions later. After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. — two of the largest carmakers — were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls …

For Safety Advocates, GM Recall Highlights Cuts in Government Investigations

The U.S. office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it. While no one has connected cuts …

Insurance Institute Cites Top Cars for Crash Avoidance

Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Subaru earned the highest marks in a new front crash avoidance test program developed for the U.S. insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, rated 2013-2014 vehicles …

Maine Car Buyers Warned to Avoid Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True

Maine residents in the market for a new car are being warned to stay away from deals that appear too good to be true. Experts say some of the estimated 250,000 vehicles damaged during flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy are …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Va. Plans $30M Expansion

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is planning a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus. Chief administrative officer Joe Nolan tells The Daily Progress that the project includes a new, larger outdoor test track and a new indoor test …

Top 10 Car Technologies For Mature Drivers

Smart headlights, emergency response systems and reverse monitoring features rank highest in car technologies that benefit mature drivers, according to researchers at The Hartford and the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Since drivers over the age of …

Luxury Cars Lag in Frontal Crash Safety: IIHS

Only 3 of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars evaluated earned good or acceptable ratings in the insurance industry’s latest tests designed to help consumers pick the safest vehicles. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 earned good ratings, while the …

New Crash Avoidance Features Reduce Claims, Says Insurance Safety Institute

Advanced crash avoidance technologies include some clear success stories when it comes to preventing crashes, insurance claim analyses by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) show. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that can brake autonomously, along with adaptive headlights, …

U.S., European Union Struggle to Overcome Regulatory Barriers

The United States and the European Union, stung by past failures to liberalize trade, are struggling over how to tackle regulatory barriers in areas ranging from financial services to chemicals that pose the biggest obstacle to a transatlantic free trade …