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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...

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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...


ANCAP praises improved Honda Accord, criticises five-star Nissan X-Trail
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ANCAP praises improved Honda Accord, criticises five-star Nissan X-Trail

The latest round of ANCAP safety testing has delivered a full house of five-star results, with the Honda Accord and City, Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 308 and Toyota Prius C all netting top scores. ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said the highlight of the latest round of testing was the Honda Accord, which bettered its four-star rating from 2013...


Ford MyKey expands with lower speed limit settings
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Ford MyKey expands with lower speed limit settings

Ford Australia has given a big push to its MyKey system with the introduction of the software on the entire Fiesta range. MyKey, which was previous available on the Ford Fiesta ST, has been revised begins a wide spread implementation starting with the entire Fiesta range this year and Focus, Mondeo and Mustang next year...


Ford MyKey Demo - Safety System for Young Drivers
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Ford MyKey Demo - Safety System for Young Drivers

www.caradvice.com.au/312873/?yt_desc - Read the article here. Ford Australia has given a big push to its MyKey system with the introduction of the software on the entire Fiesta range. MyKey, which was previous available on the Ford Fiesta ST, has been revised begins a wide spread implementation starting with the entire Fiesta range this year and Focus, Mondeo and Mustang next year...


Lexus CT, IS, ES refreshed: safety, specification and price increases headline update
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Lexus CT, IS, ES refreshed: safety, specification and price increases headline update

Added safety, increased pricing and minor specification tweaks lead changes to a refreshed Lexus CT, IS and ES line-up. As reported by CarAdvice back in August, the latest update sees Lexus boost the active safety package of certain models to include Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – a system designed to alert drivers to oncoming traffic from the rear...


Jeep Patriot gets ANCAP five-star rating, Great Wall under-performs with three
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Jeep Patriot gets ANCAP five-star rating, Great Wall under-performs with three

The Jeep Patriot has become only the second model from the American off-road specialist to get the almost requisite ANCAP five-star rating, following in the wheel-tracks of the new Cherokee. But struggling Chinese company Great Wall has again picked up a sub-par score, with its V200 diesel ute managing only three stars in a class increasingly focused on safety...


Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats
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Britax Safe-n-Sound unveils ISOFIX child seats

  Parents across Australia have been waiting, some with bated breath, for the approval and arrival of ISOFIX car seats. Now, Britax Safe-n-Sound has revealed its ISOFIX-compatible models which will hit the shelves in Australia from mid-October. Three seats will be available: The Unity Infant Carrier will now come with ISOFIX attachment arms...


First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days
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First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) - and they'll be on the shelves in selected baby stores from 27 September 2014...


Device to help police catch motorists texting while driving "close to production" - report
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Device to help police catch motorists texting while driving "close to production" - report

A technology company in the US says it is almost ready to release a handheld device that would allow police to catch drivers illegally using their mobile phones. The Virginian Pilot reports ComSonics, which specialises in cable television installation and calibration of speed detection equipment, is “close to production” with a radar gun-style device that can identify phone use within cars by detecting the unique radio frequencies they emit when active...


ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place
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ISOFIX : Australian safety clicks belatedly into place

Parents rejoice! The clever ISOFIX child seat restraint system will be available in Australia within days after the rubber stamp from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It’s still worth asking the question why it has taken so long for ISOFIX to be approved for use in our country...


ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia
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ISOFIX child seats legalised for Australia

After years of waiting, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finally approved ISOFIX child seats for use on Australian roads. With 88 per cent of infant car seats said to be installed incorrectly in Australia, the introduction of ISOFIX seats (which are either plugged in or not) will be a leap for child safety for Australian motorists...


DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)
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DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

What do you do when you get in the driver's seat of a new car for the first time? Make sure you’re comfortable, right? Wrong. There’s a process you need to follow to ensure you’re in the best position to control the car, and stay as safe as you can in the event of a crash. Have a chat to any crash investigator, emergency response person, doctors or nurses...


DIY: back to basics
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DIY: back to basics

What do you need to check when you sit in the drivers seat of a car for the first time? Driving position, steering wheel position, where to put your hands on the wheel and adjusting your mirrors - all explained.


Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden
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Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden

Volvo says the opening of the AstaZero advanced proving ground in Sweden brings it a step closer to realising its dream that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. AstaZero, which stands for ‘Active Safety Test Area’ and represents the vision of zero traffic fatalities, claims to be the world’s first full-scale proving ground for testing future traffic safety solutions...


Lexus to roll out more safety tech
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Lexus to roll out more safety tech

Lexus is seeking to bolster its safety credentials with the rollout of several “visibility technologies” on its sedan and SUV lines by early 2015.  The Japanese premium brand will make both blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) — a sensor-based system that alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space — either standard or optional on its exiting and future models...


DIY: Engine Oil Explained

DIY: Engine Oil Explained

  Last week we ascertained that engine oil isn’t the only vital fluid integral to your car’s mechanical systems. While there’s various other fluids helping things work, engine oil is most commonly misunderstood. In addition to engine oil, other crucial lubricants your car uses include transmission fluid (commonly called gearbox oil) and differential fluid...