Auto News: Takata Admits Defect, KBB’s Coolest Cars Under 18K

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Takata Air Bag Recall

It’s the largest auto recall in U.S. history. Japanese air bag supplier Takata admits 34 million of its air bags, supplied to multiple automakers, are defective with the potential to explode. The admission nearly doubles the size of recalls already underway in the U.S.

The expanded recall was announced Tuesday by the NHTSA and follows increased pressure by U.S. auto-safety regulators on Takata to do something about the safety issue, which is now linked to six deaths globally. Until now, individual automakers were issuing their own recalls, while Takata fought demands to issue its own recall from the start.

“Today is a major step forward for public safety,” Secretary Foxx said. “The Department of Transportation is taking the proactive steps necessary to ensure that defective inflators are replaced with safe ones as quickly as possible, and that the highest risks are addressed first. We will not stop our work until every air bag is replaced.”

Head to the government’s SaferCar website for more details on the recall.

BMW Donates Cars For NYC Tree Count

You could soon see some special BMW’s out and about in the big apple. The automaker is donating 20 BMW i3 vehicles to the New York City Parks for its TreesCount! 2015 program now underway throughout NYC neighborhoods. They’ll be used to help map out more than 600,000 street trees in efforts to green up the city.

“BMW’s vision for a more sustainable future aligns closely with New York City Parks’ TreesCount! mission. We are proud to donate 20 BMW i3 vehicles to help the City collect data that will enable it to understand the environmental and economic benefits of the street trees and inspire a new generation of New Yorkers who care about their city,” said Manuel Sattig, Head of Brand Strategy and Communication, BMW of North America.

Coolest Cars Under $18K

Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 is out.  Number one on the stylish, fun yet budget-friendly list for 2015, the redesigned Mazda3, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Kia Soul.

Two criteria, fun-to-drive and fun-to-own, are critical among the deciding factors of what the editors freely admit is a very subjective “cool factor,” the over-arching number-one criterion for a vehicle to place on this list.

Check out the top ten list is below.

  1. Mazda3
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. Kia Soul
  4. Jeep Renegade
  5. Honda Civic Coupe
  6. Ford Fiesta
  7. Honda Fit
  8. Chevrolet Sonic
  9. Suburu Impreza
  10. Fiat 500
Photo Credit: Mazda


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