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  • NHTSA to investigate Hyundai Sonata air bag problem Jul 25, 2014 8:22 PM
    U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas. The probe announced Friday covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 83 complaints about the problem. The agency says a sensor inside the seat belt buckle might fail. This can cause the air bags to malfunction or not inflate if there’s a crash. The problem also can affect the mechanism that tightens the seat belts before a crash. The problem can happen in either the driver or passenger buckles. In most cases the air bag warning light came on. Investigations can lead to recalls but none has been issued so far in this case. Hyundai will cooperate with the NHTSA in its investigation, company spokesman Jim Trainor said in an email.

  • Feds probe Dodge Charger alternator complaints Jul 25, 2014 3:10 PM
    The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans. The probe covers about 123,000 Chargers from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 14 complaints of alternator failure and stalling. All the cases happened while the cars were going 40 or more miles per hour. In one case a car stopped in traffic with smoke coming from the alternator, which generates electricity to recharge the battery and run other devices. No injuries have been reported to the agency. Chrysler says it’s cooperating in the probe. Investigations can lead to recalls but there haven’t been any so far.

  • Tesla Model S Considered as U.K. government eyes greener fleet Jul 20, 2014 7:34 AM
    Tesla Motors Inc., a month after starting Model S deliveries in the U.K., said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.

  • Daimler launches new version of tiny Smart car Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Germany’s Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model in hopes the car won’t just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well. The new version is the same length as its predecessor at 8 feet 10 inches but has a short front hood where the old model had none, the front end sloping directly down from the windshield.

  • 1965 Lincoln Continental symbolizes “family” to loving grandson Jul 18, 2014 2:44 PM
    Shared stories were king once again at the Randhurst Village Cruise Night, the second of three summer car shows in Mount Prospect. Louis Modesti of Glenview and his 1965 Lincoln Continental took home the show's top honor.

  • 2005 Ford Mustang Saleen transforms into Barricade Jul 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Michael Stragand of Plainfield is no stranger to Mustangs. He’s owned nearly a dozen versions of Ford’s darling sports coupe. In fact, he drove out to Virginia when he learned that a 2005 Saleen version from the movie "Transformers" was available. “I caught wind of it being for sale in 2013,” Stragand said. “On a whim, I decided to go for it.”

  • Daily Herald column wins auto media award Jul 11, 2014 2:42 PM
    Matt Avery, writer of the Daily Herald's weekly Classic Recollections feature on collector cars and their suburban owners, was named a silver medalist in the 2013 International Automotive Media Awards.

  • Car club calendar Jul 18, 2014 10:01 AM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Patriotic Jeeps are treasures that arose from tragedy Jul 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Nick Priola loves Jeeps. The off-road enthusiast has owned more than 20. Each one has been a blast, the Lake Bluff resident says, but there’s just one that “will always have a special place” in his heart: his 1976 CJ-5.

  • No harm in changing fluids early Jul 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My dealer recomends I change my transmission fluid and coolant. I checked the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual, which states these items don’t need attention with 34,000 miles. The dealer says the owner’s manual is written for several models and that the engineers recommend these items be done now. Is he correct?

  • Zeigler Chevrolet manager says mentor’s words sparked career Jul 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    The automobile business has always been good to Frank Psyhogios of Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg. It has given him much success and many of his life’s accomplishments.

  • Blue Bird recalls school buses Jul 4, 2014 4:39 PM
    Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust Jul 3, 2014 9:21 AM
    Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles. For about half the vehicles, it’s the second recall for the same problem. Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and Outback, the 2008 through 2014 Impreza and the 2009 through 2013 Forester.

  • Pontiac Gran Parisienne shows its Canadian roots Jun 30, 2014 9:21 AM
    Right out of the gate, Tom Mianulli of Rolling Meadows was a full-size car kind of guy. As a child, his parents toted him around in a colossal 1967 Buick LeSabre. So his eyes were drawn to this Canadian-built, 1968 Pontiac Gran Parisienne when he saw it at an auction.

  • Websites can take some hassle out of car-buying Jun 29, 2014 8:00 AM
    Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet. Auto Web sites — once filled mostly with reviews and advice — are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees.

  • GM crash victim payment plan won’t have limit Jun 28, 2014 7:21 PM
    The GM compensation likely will be limited to victims of crashes of older small cars, of which GM recalled 2.6 million earlier this year because the switches can cause engines to stall, shutting off power steering and brakes. That can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and also disables the air bags. The cars include the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, both of which are no longer made.

  • Feds probe Nissan cars for unwanted acceleration Jun 28, 2014 1:56 PM
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Saturday on its website that four drivers have complained that a trim panel near the gas pedal can trap the edge of a driver’s shoe. This can stop the driver from releasing the gas pedal quickly and delay braking.

  • GM issues 3 more recalls covering 474,000 vehicles Jun 27, 2014 6:09 PM
    The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company’s total for the year to 48, covering more than 20 million cars and trucks. That beats GM’s old full-year record of 10.75 million in 2004.

  • Car club calendar Jun 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Honda, Mazda, Nissan issue recalls over airbags Jun 23, 2014 9:18 AM
    Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. No accidents have been reported related to Monday’s recalls. Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan.

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