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Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways

The boss of Mazda Australia has defended his company’s decision not to equip the entry-level Mazda 3 with a standard reverse-view camera, saying that drivers need to take more care and parents need to keep children out of driveways...

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Suzuki Celerio gets four-star ANCAP rating amid braking issue
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Suzuki Celerio gets four-star ANCAP rating amid braking issue

The Australian-market Suzuki Celerio has managed to outperform its European counterpart with a four-star ANCAP safety result announced overnight. The news comes just hours after Suzuki Australia confirmed it had delayed the launch of its new micro car due to a brake issue detected overseas. The four-seat Celerio replaces the Alto in the Japanese car maker's line-up...


Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists
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Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists

Jaguar Land Rover is trialling a new advanced safety system to help warn drivers of nearby cyclists and motorcycles in a number of unique ways, including making sounds like ringing bells and physically tapping drivers on the shoulder. The technologies form part of the British luxury car maker’s ‘Bike Sense’ project that is currently being conducted at its Advanced Research Centre in the UK...


Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise
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Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise

Young Queensland drivers who complete their learner and provisional licence periods with a clean record will be rewarded with a free three-year licence if the Liberal National Party is re-elected. Under the scheme, any driver under 25 about to graduate to their open licence who hasn’t picked up any demerit points will be rewarded with a three-year licence, saving them $118...


2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945
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2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945

Australia’s road toll fell to its lowest level in almost 70 years in 2014 and the national rate of road deaths per 100,000 people dipped to the lowest level since records began 90 years ago. The total number of road deaths last year was 1155 – down 3.1 per cent from 2013 – marking the lowest road toll since 1945...


Honda Accord Euro, Civic, CR-V, Jazz : 21,752 vehicles recalled as Takata airbag defect grows
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Honda Accord Euro, Civic, CR-V, Jazz : 21,752 vehicles recalled as Takata airbag defect grows

Honda Australia is recalling a total of 21,752 vehicles across four key models as the fallout continues from a widespread fault related to airbags manufactured by Japanese auto parts company Takata. Already affecting millions of vehicles from a gamut of manufacturers worldwide, the latest addition to the Takata airbag recall includes 8233 CR-Vs, 5908 Jazzs, 5106 Honda Accord Euros and 2505 Civics, all built between 2003-2004...


Australian engineers develop reverse auto-braking system to prevent driveway deaths
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Australian engineers develop reverse auto-braking system to prevent driveway deaths

A team of Melbourne-based Bosch engineers have designed a new reverse auto-braking system designed to prevent driveway accidents and deaths that it hopes will rollout within two years.  The system is called Back Over Avoidance, and it works by applying radar and ultrasonic sensors to detect a small object behind a reversing car — such as a child — and apply the car’s brakes automatically...


Mitsubishi recalls more than 106,000 Lancer, Outlander, ASX models
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Mitsubishi recalls more than 106,000 Lancer, Outlander, ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia has recalled more than 106,000 vehicles to correct three safety issues, including more than 73,000 Lancer small cars and 28,000 Outlander SUVs over an engine belt defect. The recall is the company's second massive recall in four months, after it called back 114,862 vehicles in August over a issue with the turn signals and lighting switches of a range of models...


Ford EcoSport recalled over wiring defect
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Ford EcoSport recalled over wiring defect

Almost 3000 Ford EcoSport SUVs have been recalled in Australia to correct a wiring defect that may cause the side airbags to not deploy correctly. A total of 2804 EcoSport models produced between June 15, 2013 and August 26, 2014 are affected by the recall...


Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern
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Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern

Toyota Australia has announced a recall for RAV4 and Echo models built in the early 2000s over concerns about the driver's side airbag assembly. The recall affects 260 RAV4 models built between July and August 2003, as well as approximately 8000 Echo models built between December 2002 and September 2003...


Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia

Almost 13,000 Nissan Micra hatchbacks in Australia have joined the Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles from multiple manufacturers around the world. The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website states 12,859 current-generation (K13) Nissan Micra models built between September 2010 and October 2011 have been recalled to correct the airbag defect...


Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria
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Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria

Every Year 10 student will be enrolled in a free defensive driving course as part of a $146 million proposal by Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews to invest in young driver training and education. Andrews unveiled his ‘Road Safety Starts Early’ program today at the Metec Driver Training facility in Bayswater North, emphasising the importance of arming young Victorians with the skills and support they need to become safe drivers...


DIY: tyre changing tips

DIY: tyre changing tips

Chances are we'll all eventually find ourselves in this sticky situation - stranded on the side of a busy road with a flat or punctured tyre. No need to panic. Most people, whether they know it or not, are more than capable of changing a tyre - provided of course, the spare and tools haven't been long ago ditched to make way for more boot room...


Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra
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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...


Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance
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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them. In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors...


Audi A4 airbag recall affects 850,000 vehicles
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Audi A4 airbag recall affects 850,000 vehicles

About 850,000 Audi A4 models have been recalled around the world to fix faulty software that may prevent the front airbags from deploying in a crash. The recall affects current-generation Audi A4 sedan and Avant and Allroad wagon variants produced between November 2011 and this month. The issue is unrelated to the multi-million-vehicle Takata airbag recall that has impacted several car makers around the world...


Honda CEO and executives take pay cuts over recent recalls
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Honda CEO and executives take pay cuts over recent recalls

The president of Honda Motor Co. and 12 other top executives will take unprecedented pay cuts after the company announced the fifth recall for its new Jazz Hybrid in just 12 months. Reuters reports the latest recall affects 425,000 Honda Jazz Hybrids (badged Fit Hybrid in other markets) and other models in Japan, and relates to two noise-related defects...


Hyundai Genesis breaks ANCAP record
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Hyundai Genesis breaks ANCAP record

The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan has scored the highest ANCAP rating since testing began 21 years ago.  Announced this morning, the Korean company’s much-hyped flagship managed to score an almost-perfect 36.88 points out of 37 against ANCAP’s regimen, ousting the 36.78 achieved by the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in 2012. Naturally this equates to five stars...


Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall
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Isuzu MU-X joins Colorado 7 in third-row seatbelt recall

The Isuzu MU-X has been recalled to correct a defect with its third-row seatbelts. The recall affects 4703 Isuzu MU-X SUVs in Australia, and follows a notice issued by Holden last week calling back 3116 of its related Colorado 7 models to address the same problem...


Toyota recalls 1.75m vehicles around the world : 10,800 Lexus IS, GS, LS models affected in Australia
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Toyota recalls 1.75m vehicles around the world : 10,800 Lexus IS, GS, LS models affected in Australia

Toyota Motor Corporation has recalled 1.75 million vehicles around the world over three separate defects, including more than one million cars in Japan. The first recall relates to the fuel pipes of 759,000 Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta and Mark X models and Lexus IS, GS and LS vehicles produced between January 2005 and September 2010...