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MILTON – The owner of a Milton used car dealership has pleaded guilty to several identity fraud charges after registering cars to people who did not own them.Halton Regional Police say they began investigating the Incarnet dealership after a man allegedly received notices for traffic violations and parking offences for a car he did not own.Police eventually arrested …

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Volkswagen is recalling more than 280,000 model year 2009-2016 Volkswagen CC, 2006-2010 Passat and Passat Wagon cars that can stall because of fuel pump failures.
Volkswagen learned of a Chinese investigation related to fuel pump control modules on 4-cylinder gasoline engine cars that caused the automaker to order a recall for the affected cars in China.
Volkswagen ordered the U.S. recall after learning…

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German motor manufacturers are regarded as among the very best in the world for quality and innovation, but a leading government official has been bemoaning the lack of any significant German challenge to Tesla in the all-electric vehicle segment. Peter Altmaier, the Chief of Staff to the German Chancellor, has called on the country’s motor industry to invest more in electric vehicle technology, and has even outlined a challenge.Following the much-publicized diesel emissions scandal, Altmaier is said …

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The 2018 Kia Sorento, a midsize SUV, qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, thanks to newly available acceptable-rated headlights.

The 2017 Sorento qualified for the TOP SAFETY PICK award but fell short of the “plus” designation because it came only with poor headlights.

Like the previous model, the new Sorento has good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and has an optional front crash prevention rating that earns a superior rating.

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Uber has deployed two self-driving cars to Toronto streets as the company continues to research the technology but the vehicles will have a human driver behind the wheel, at least for now.The vehicles are being driven by specially-trained operators from Pittsburgh and are primarily being used to complete mapping work in and around the University of Toronto’s campus, according to Uber spokesperson Susie Heath.

The testing comes about a year-and-a-half after the province enacted legislation that allows on-road testing of autonomous vehicles, so long as approved groups follow a list of precautions, including having a human in the driver’s seat at all times.

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A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association reports that bicycle traffic deaths increased by 12.2 percent in 2015 — the largest uptick in two decades. The GHSA report includes 30 actionable steps that can be taken by state agencies to reverse this trend, as well as tips to help drivers and cyclists share the road safely.

According to the GHSA’s “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety,” 54 percent of bicyclists killed in traffic collisions in 2015 were not wearing a helmet. Drawing on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the study also reveals that…

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Nissan Canada is taking the uncommon measure of offering longterm “alternate transportation” to Nissan owners affected by the latest round of Takata airbag recalls.

The automaker said in July it was recalling 111,141 Versa cars from the model years 2007 through 2012 because new testing prompted Takata Corp. to declare millions more airbag inflators defective.
Replacement parts aren’t expected to be available until 2018, so the automaker is offering loaned replacement Nissan vehicles to owners who don’t feel comfortable driving their vehicle equipped with faulty Takata parts.

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