The fines charged to automakers for failing to conduct timely recalls of unsafe models had been doubled to $35 million in a compromise bill agreed on by the House and Congress last week.  The Senate originally asked those penalties to be upped to $250 million. Recall fines The current maximum the government can charge for Read on! →


A couple decades ago or so, the standard refrigerant for air conditioners, R-12, was replaced, with R-134a. R-134a is likely to be replaced soon by R-1234yf, though concerns over the safety of the refrigerant have been raised by Daimler. Daimler finds R-1234yf refrigerant slightly susceptible to fire The auto industry is poised to introduce a Read on! →


If you believe economic expert Peter Schiff, the U.S. economy is going to collapse again on Aug. 1, an economic collapse “worse than 2008,” reports Money Morning. There are numerous signs of economic growth that would seem to contradict Schiff’s prophecy, but tell that to some businesses related to the auto industry who are seeing Read on! →


If you’re a gearhead or just someone looking for a vehicular project, you might be thinking about converting your car to electric. Electric car conversion is a project that some say could save you money and carbon footprint. There are advantages and disadvantages of electric car conversion to consider. What is electric car conversion? Rather Read on! →


New car sales and new car financing are all the rage in Chengdu Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, is an important economic center and communication hub of Southwestern China. Chengdu has a total population of around 11 million, and a broad industrial base of light and heavy manufacturing, aluminum smelting, chemicals, and textiles, Read on! →


A woman who won a judgement against Honda in small claims court has had the case overturned. Not only does the automaker not have to pay a nearly $10,000 judgement, but the woman has been ordered to pay Honda $75. Judgement won in February Heather Peters, a former corporate lawyer and the owner of a Read on! →


Car makers have been trying to find ways to lighten up their cars, as part of the quest to get more fuel-efficient. Never the company to show restraint, Land Rover has lightened the 2013 Range Rover quite a bit, shaving nearly 1,000 pounds off the curb weight. Just do not expect 2013 Range Rover to Read on! →


If you are thinking of filing a car insurance claim, you must check your policy first and verify what is covered. If you have a comprehensive or collision coverage, your insurer will likely pay for the claim, even if you are at fault. But you should also keep in mind that since you are at Read on! →


Illegal sovereign license plates prompted a traffic stop in Eastern Washington that led to a three-hour standoff with police. The most recent incident of its nature, it highlights a defiant extremist movement that, according to the FBI, has been linked to domestic terrorism. Latest sovereign license plates encounter Earlier this month two men in a Read on! →


After a meeting with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has  introduced legislation that would reduce federal funding for states that do not ban texting while driving. However, many families who have lost members because of distracted drivers say this is not enough. Drunken drivers face very stiff penalties, as they should. Read on! →