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Mini recalls select 2015 Cooper Hardtops over seats

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Noah Joseph

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2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop interior

The new Mini Cooper Hardtop only recently reached the market, but already BMW is having to recall a limited number of the hatchbacks.

The problem revolves around the front seats, whose adjustment mechanism may not fully lock into place. In the event of an accident, that could lead to the seatback folding unexpectedly, which carries with it an increased risk of injury for the driver and front passenger.

The issue only affects the new 2015 Mini Cooper, specifically two-door Hardtop models manufactured in the short window between August 12 and September 2, 2014. That amounts to only 846 units, according to the notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which you can read below.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified to bring their Minis into their local dealership to have the seatback adjustment mechanisms realligned and tightened to remedy the problem.

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Mini recalls select 2015 Cooper Hardtops over seats originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Heads continue to roll at Scuderia Ferrari

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It's a year of restructuring at Ferrari - especially when it comes to the Formula One department. Dissatisfied with the team's performance of late, parent company Fiat fired Ferrari's chairman, replaced its team principal twice and brought in another multiple world champion to replace the one it already had. But that's not the end of it.

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Heads continue to roll at Scuderia Ferrari originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This dream home theater and office happens to be in a Cadillac Escalade [w/video]

Posted on by Chris Bruce

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Lexani Concept Curve One Cadillac EscaladeNeed to take a ride cross country in the lap of luxury while still getting some work done? Short of a tour bus, the Concept One Curve from Lexani Motorcars might be one of the most comfy options imaginable.

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Bernie Ecclestone’s Christmas card pokes fun at his legal issues

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Brandon Turkus

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Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is now poking fun at the settlement he made with the state of Bavaria following his bribery trial earlier this year. His chosen avenue for this jest? A Christmas card.

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Bernie Ecclestone's Christmas card pokes fun at his legal issues originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jaguar recalls 1,500 XJ sedans over brake issues

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2014 Jaguar XJ L

A problem with the hydraulic brakes on the flagship XJ sedan has prompted Jaguar to issue a recall. The issue, as publicized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the notice you can read below, revolves around the brake line junctions underneath the affected vehicles, which may leak fluid, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the braking system.

The problem only affects an estimated 1,571 units from the 2014 and 2015 model years, manufactured between February 6 and July 23, 2014. Owners of those affected units are being notified to bring their vehicles in to their local Jaguar dealers to have the brake line junctions inspected and tightened.

This issue appears to be unrelated to Jaguar's recent recall of several model lines, the XJ included, over a problem with the power steering system.

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Ford GT successor to debut in Detroit and go racing

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Anticipation for all of the exciting reveals at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show just a few weeks away is building to a fever pitch, and rumors are mounting that Ford has a big surprise in store in the shape of a future performance halo model.

Ford GT successor to debut in Detroit and go racing originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Valet mode captures joyride in red Corvette

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A man in California is among the first to catch a valet behaving badly in his 2015 Corvette using a controversial built-in recording feature.

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2016 Kia Sorento

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2016 Kia Sorento

Teenagers are awkward, predictably provocative and generally horrible to be around - at least unless you, yourself are one. There's just something about those angst-ridden years spent trying on identities, none fitting quite right. Luckily for Kia, the automaker has just celebrated its 20th birthday in America, and fresh out of the driver's seat of its 2016 Sorento - dare we say it - we sense a touch of self-assured maturity. Don't worry; we expect the automaker's antics - including super-freak athletes jumping over an Optima at the NBA All-Star game and the employment of urban hamsters - to continue. Thankfully, offering unremarkable vehicles in pretty competitive segments seems officially a thing of Kia's history e-book.

To be fair, we've seen a pleasing Korean Renaissance for a few years now, and we're not just talking hot pots and bulgogi - 2015 Hyundai Genesis, anyone? Kia Optima SX? Soul? So where exactly does this third-gen 2016 Sorento fit in? Actually, we're not sure Kia knows that either; its product planners tell us that this miraculous crossover competes with variously sized vehicles including the compact Jeep Cherokee, markedly larger Grand Cherokee, and even the family-hauling three-row Toyota Highlander. But Kia is also not completely off its rocker, because the Sorento suffers (benefits?) from severe bipolar disorder in terms of pricing. While you can get a base L model for $25,795 after delivery - there are five trim levels including L, LX, EX, SX, and top-of-the-line SXL - the fancy SXL 2.0T with all-wheel drive we tested was priced at $45,305. That's a difference of almost $20k, with the latter model reaches a completely different, almost premium demographic.

And there's more. Sometimes the Sorento seats five, other times it can party hard with seven. There are three very different engine flavors to choose from: a carryover 2.4-liter four-cylinder will greet entry-level buyers with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. A meatier V6 - good for 290 hp and 252 lb-ft - will come on three-row models only, while the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four option, good for 240 horses and 260 lb-ft comes on two-row models exclusively.

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2016 Kia Sorento originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford blows up Takata airbag recall by over 447k vehicles

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Ford GT

Ford is the latest automaker to announce an expansion to its Takata driver-side airbag inflator recall, and the latest increase adds an additional 447,310 vehicles to the nationwide total. The company says that this expansion comes at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The expanded recall campaign covers:
  • The 2005-2008 Ford Mustang built between August 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, at the at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
  • The 2005-2006 Ford GT built between February 11, 2005, and January 30, 2006, at the at the Wixom Assembly Plant
As of December 18, Ford knows of a total of 502,489 vehicles in need of replacement driver side inflators. Of those, 462,911 are in the US, 27,516 in Canada, 7,578 in Mexico and 4,484 outside of North America. The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to these exploding parts.

Earlier in December, the automaker issued an expanded recall covering passenger side Takata airbag inflators for the Ranger pickup and Ford GT. When taking this into account, the grand total of Ford products with inflators that need replacement for the driver or passenger side is 538,977 vehicles.

Scroll down to read the company's full announcement of this enlarged safety campaign.

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This dream home theater and office happens to be in a Cadillac Escalade [w/video]

Posted on by Chris Bruce

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Lexani Concept Curve One Cadillac EscaladeNeed to take a ride cross country in the lap of luxury while still getting some work done? Short of a tour bus, the Concept One Curve from Lexani Motorcars might be one of the most comfy options imaginable.

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