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Takata airbag death in Ford Ranger

WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015.

Ford said both Takata deaths occurred with inflators built

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Early pothole season plagues eastern U.S.

In suburban Detroit, frustrated residents
filled potholes in the dark with sand and gravel, with police following up to put out cones and flares to keep them safe. Across town on I-94, as many as
15 cars were idled in a row on the shoulder, damaged by potholes that prompted the closure of a freeway entrance ramp. In Pittsburgh, a
three-fold spike in complaints from motorists has prompted 12-hour shifts for crews to take advantage of dry weather to patch monstrous craters.

Pothole season has come early to the eastern U.S., which has seesawed between freezing conditions and temperatures pushing

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Consumer Reports car rankings puts Genesis brand on top

Hyundai’s Genesis topped the annual ranking of new vehicle brands by influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports, while General Motors’ electric Chevrolet Bolt was named top pick for compact green car.

Millions of prospective auto buyers consult the magazine’s rankings, which are based on road testing, reliability, safety and owner satisfaction scores.

The top 10 brand rankings (for the whole list, check out CR’s website):

1. Genesis
2. Audi
3. BMW
4. Lexus
5. Porsche
6. Kia
7. Subaru
8. Tesla
9. Honda
10. Toyota

Reliability, customer satisfaction, road-test performance and safety are components in Consumer Reports’ rankings. CR points out

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2017 Ford GT recalled for hydraulic leak and fire risk

Ford GT is
a really hot car, and apparently it can get hotter.
Ford announced a recall for 2017 and 2018
Ford GT
supercars for an issue that can lead to a fire. Apparently some valves at the base of the hydraulically actuated rear wing can start leaking fluid. This fluid can then drip down to the exhaust where it can ignite and start a fire.

According to Ford, one GT has caught fire, in Germany. The company said no one was hurt.

The recall is for Ford GTs built between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018, which

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Metal shortage could put the brakes on electrification

As more and more electric cars are travelling on the roads of Europe, this is leading to an increase in the use of the critical metals required for components such as electric motors and electronics. With the current raw material production levels there will not be enough of these metals in future – not even if recycling increases. This is revealed by the findings of a major survey led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, on behalf of the European Commission.

Electrification and digitalisation are leading to a steady increase in the need for critical metals* in the EU’s vehicle

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ChatGPT added to Hireology’s auto retailing HR tech platform

Hireology is debuting a brand new expertise device designed to carry ChatGPT’s synthetic intelligence chatbot to automotive retailers’ human assets operations.

The Chicago dealership recruitment expertise firm is launching a beta check of Beaker, which is designed to hurry the hiring course of by producing high-quality job descriptions in seconds. It depends on ChatGPT, a type of AI developed by OpenAI that may course of language and talk as an individual would.

“Velocity is a very powerful consider filling open positions,” Hireology CEO Adam Robinson instructed Automotive Information. “This expertise will assist sellers shave day without work their hiring

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