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Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia is recalling 1626 four-wheel drive diesel-powered Outlander and ASX SUVs due to a possible fault with the vehicles’ transfer cases that could lead to a loss of drive...

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Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism
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Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism

ANCAP has lashed out at Nissan and South Korean brand Ssangyong following its latest round of safety testing, the results of which were published today.  A trio of new models were subjected to the safety body’s regimen, with two — the Nissan Qashqai crossover and new Mercedes-Benz C-Class — scoring the maximum five stars, and Ssangyong’s Stavic people-mover falling short with a four-star result...


Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit
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Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit

The Victorian Government and the Opposition have both rejected calls from Victoria Police and road safety experts to reduce the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.02. Victoria Police this week reopened the debate over the current 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, claiming that reducing the legal limit would cut the number of deaths and the level of trauma caused by drink-drivers...


Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled

More than 3000 LPG-powered Holden Commodore and Caprice vehicles have been recalled over two separate issues relating to their fuel systems. The recall affects approximately 3472 vehicles in Australia and 124 in New Zealand built between February 10, 2011 and June 19, 2014...


GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles
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GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles

General Motors has expanded its 2014 global recall count past 28 million vehicles following the recall of a further 8.4 million vehicles worldwide. Spread across six campaigns and covering model-year vehicles from 1997 to 2014, the latest crop of recalls, which takes GM's 2014 recall tally to 54 campaigns and around 28...


Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities
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Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities

Renault has released a new interactive game intended to educate younger children on road safety and sustainable mobility. Dubbed "Safety and Mobility for All", the new digital game is part of an expansion of Renault’s own identically named road safety program initiated in 2000 – aimed at helping to achieve the United Nations’ objective of halving road fatalities by 2020...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...


Mercedes-Benz E400 : Distronic Plus with Steering Assist demonstrated
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Mercedes-Benz E400 : Distronic Plus with Steering Assist demonstrated

Demonstrated here in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E400, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist is designed to help drivers not only maintain a safe, and pre-set, distance to the vehicle ahead of them while travelling at a desired speed, but also stay within their lane with the aid of automated steering inputs. Mercedes-Benz have always lead the world in terms of safety technology in their cars...


Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time
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Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time

Almost 20,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled last year over an airbag defect will be forced back to dealerships to have the issue addressed a second time. Toyota Australia says the issue affects approximately 19,600 Toyota Corolla and Avensis Verso and Lexus SC430 models produced between January 2001 and May 2003...


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over unintended acceleration threat
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over unintended acceleration threat

More than 400 Jeep Grand Cherokees have been recalled in Australia over an issue with the SUV’s adaptive cruise control that can cause it to accelerate unintentionally to “very high speeds”. The recall affects 423 model year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT models in Australia...


Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message
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Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message

Volkswagen has taken a bold step in its attempts to stop drivers from using their mobile phones at the wheel, surprising cinemagoers at a packed Hong Kong theatre with an interactive shock campaign. The ad, which was shown as a trailer to a feature film at the MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, shows a point-of-view account of a person getting into their car and setting off on a drive...


Euro NCAP slams quadricycle safety
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Euro NCAP slams quadricycle safety

Euro NCAP has slammed the safety of quadricycles after modified crash tests revealed very poor safety standards that seriously risk life-threatening injuries...


BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz top IIHS auto-brake tests
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BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz top IIHS auto-brake tests

The BMW 5 Series and X5, Hyundai Genesis and Mercedes-Benz E-Class have earned perfect scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest round of auto-brake testing...


Pregnant women are 42 per cent more likely to crash - report
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Pregnant women are 42 per cent more likely to crash - report

Expectant women are almost twice as likely to crash their cars than women who aren't pregnant, a study has found. The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Canada conducted research involving 500,000 women over a five-year period and found that in the second trimester of pregnancy, the risk of being involved in a car crash rose from 4...


Drink-drivers face stricter interlock laws in Victoria
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Drink-drivers face stricter interlock laws in Victoria

Drink-drivers who record a blood-alcohol reading of 0.07 and above will be forced to fit ignition interlock devices to their vehicles under new laws announced by Victoria’s transport minister today. From October, first-time offenders who blow 0.07 or above, and probationary and professional drivers and those caught driving on a cancelled licence who blow between 0...


Volvo V40 Safety Video Review
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Volvo V40 Safety Video Review

The Volvo V40 combines sleek looks with high-tech safety.


ANCAP secures $2.2m funding for next two years, though future remains unclear
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ANCAP secures $2.2m funding for next two years, though future remains unclear

The Federal Government has announced a $2.2 million investment into ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program), reaffirming its commitment to the local independent vehicle safety tester for at least the short term. Infrastructure and regional development assistant minister Jamie Briggs announced the two-year funding boost in Melbourne today...


Texting while driving: Irish motorists face jail time for second offence under new laws
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Texting while driving: Irish motorists face jail time for second offence under new laws

Motorists in Ireland will face jail time if they are caught texting and driving more than once. New laws introduced at the beginning of the month state that Irish drivers caught texting or accessing information on their phones will get a 1000 euro ($1465) fine for their first offence and a mandatory court summons...


Euro NCAP crash tests: Hyundai i10 scores four stars, Mercedes-Benz C-Class achieves five stars
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Euro NCAP crash tests: Hyundai i10 scores four stars, Mercedes-Benz C-Class achieves five stars

The latest batch of Euro NCAP crash tests has seen the Hyundai i10 city car manage a four-star rating, while the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class scored the maximum five-star rating...


Suzuki Jimny steering recall : more than 1200 baby SUVs affected
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Suzuki Jimny steering recall : more than 1200 baby SUVs affected

More than 1200 Suzuki Jimny SUVs have been recalled in Australia due to a fault with the baby four-wheel-drive's steering system. The recall affects a total of 1288 Suzuki Jimny models built between May 7, 2012 and March 24, 2014. The reason for the recall is due to a potentially defective fastening bolt located where the lateral rod and axle housing meet...