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2017 LA Auto Show: 2018 Hyundai Kona | Consumer Reports

The Kona is Hyundai’s entry into the competitive field of subcompact SUVs, and aims to stand out with available features like all-wheel drive and wireless phone charging.

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Bundle up for this week’s episode as we share expert advice on how to get the most out of your car in frigid temps. Two new giant SUVs make their debut at our test track and we answer viewer questions about all-weather tires and cruise control.

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1:05 – Warming up your car

5:51 – Frozen windshield wipers

6:23 – Tire pressure

7:46 – Winter Car Emergency Kit

8:47 – Is it safer to fly or drive?

11:00- Lincoln Navigator & Ford Expedition Max

12:35 – CR Build & Buy

13:45 – Viewer Question, all-weather tires

17:06 – Viewer Video Question, cruise control

Winter Car Care Tips: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/winter-car-care-tips-frigid-weather/

How to Get the Most Out of Your Car’s Heater: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-driving/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-car-heater/

Be Prepared With a Winter Car Emergency Kit: https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/winter-car-emergency-kit-be-prepared/

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2017 LA Auto Show: 2018 Jeep Wrangler | Consumer Reports

The Jeep Wrangler has been a favorite among CR subscribers, despite its lackluster performance in our road tests. The classic SUV gets a 2018 redesign with a retuned suspension, new powertrain and interior refinement.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a more contemporary replacement for the polarizing Juke. Included in the updated styling is a 7-inch touchscreen, more mature styling and added cargo space.

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5 most notorious auto recalls

From the Ford Pinto to Toyota’s ‘sticky’ gas pedals, here’s our list of the most infamous recalls in automobile history.

Largest auto recall ever could exceed 100 mllion

AAA Nebraska says the Takata airbag recall, blamed on 10 US deaths, could soon exceed 100 million vehicles worldwide.
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2017 Fiat 124 Spider – 2015 L.A. Auto Show

The Fiat 124 Spider has returned nearly 50 years after its original introduction. Story and gallery here: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/11/fiat-124-spider-revealed-think-of-it-as-the-miata-s-italian-cousin.html

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AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.

Insight into Auto Supply Chain Management

UK-based luxury automaker Aston Martin’s recent recall debacle in which it falsely accused a Chinese supplier (not even associated with the company) raises questions about auto supply chain management. To investigate the issues, anchor Anand Naidoo is joined by Liu Baocheng, Dean of the Center for International Business Ethics at the University of International Business and Economics.

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Latest Get Notified For Auto Recalls News

Airbag recall is complex, confusing and 'most terrifying'
ANSWER: It is possible that you may have to bring your vehicle in again for a new air bag. If that's the case, you will receive another letter from the manufacturer notifying you of the recall. When you receive that notification, please call your local …
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Ford's Side Airbag Defect Issue Leads to 37000 Transit Vans' Recall
The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru …
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Honda says new Takata airbag death reported in Texas
"This incident highlights that the conventional approach to recall notification alone is inadequate. NHTSA is renewing its call to all auto manufacturers involved in the Takata airbag recall to intensify and expand their outreach to affected vehicle …
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Manufacturing Minute: Record Auto Recall Fine

Manufacturing Minute: Record Auto Recall Fine

In this episode, the cities driving industrial growth, an electric flying car and a record recall fine.

Mfg. Comeback

America has been hard at work regaining the manufacturing jobs lost during the recent recession. Forbes released a list of the top U.S. cities driving industrial growth and leading the nation’s manufacturing renaissance.

Michigan, the state hit hardest by the industrial decline, accounts for the top three cities on the list and has managed to regain about 40 percent of the manufacturing jobs lost in the recession.

The Rust Belt isn’t the only region experiencing a major revival — America’s Southeast is another hub of skilled workers, foreign investments and massive manufacturing employment. Check out the full list at Forbes’ website.

Taking Flight

Although the idea of a flying car sounds more like science fiction, automaker Terrafugia is turning this fantasy into reality. The company’s TF-X is a four-seat flying electric car that looks like a sedan but with pods on each side that hold 600 hp engines with folding propellers. These allow this “off-road” vehicle to reach an estimated speed of 200 mph.

Still in development, the manufacturer says the autoplane likely won’t be hitting the market until 2021, bring us one step closer to the overhead traffic jams of tomorrow.

Record Automaker Fine

Federal authorities imposed a record 5 million fine on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after the automaker failed to complete 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler will also be required to buy back up to half a million vehicles with defective suspensions, while more than a million Jeeps with fire-prone gas tanks can be traded in for a price above market value or repaired at FCA’s expense.

Also part of the settlement, Fiat Chrysler has agreed to “submit to rigorous federal oversight” for three years and to hire an independent monitor.

So What Do You Think?

This settlement really indicates that the NHTSA is taking a more aggressive approach toward companies that fail to disclose defects or don’t properly conduct a recall.

Earlier this year, the NHTSA fined Honda million for failing to report accidents and safety issues while GM got hit with a million fine for its 10 year delay on reporting the infamous faulty ignition switches.

Do you think fines will get automakers to pay greater attention to quality and safety issues? Or are companies just playing the odds and hoping for the best when it comes to recalls?

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Latest Five Biggest Auto Recalls News

Takata Airbag Failures Caused by Design, Chemistry, Climate
Automakers including Honda Motor Co. have recalled more than 19 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, the largest automotive safety recall in U.S. history. The exploding air bags have been linked to at least 10 deaths, most involving vehicles …
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India: United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya steps down. Diageo to pay him m
He controls holding company United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd whose ownership in India's largest spirits maker United Spirits has fallen to less than 3%; he's no longer the largest shareholder in United Breweries Ltd; and he has lost management control …
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Death of Lancaster man sparks national auto part recall

Death of Lancaster man sparks national auto part recall
The death of a Lancaster County man sparked a national recall of airbag inflators, federal officials announced. Joel Knight from Kershaw was killed on December 22, 2015 after his Ford Ranger collided with a cow. Federal officials with the National …
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Ford fixing 130k vehicles in three recalls
Ford is issuing three new safety campaigns that cover a total of 130,801 vehicles in North America, but the company has no reports of accidents, injuries, or fires from any of these issues. The largest of these campaigns covers 128,823 examples of the …
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