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1M GM Vehicles Are Being Recalled

Software glitch affects power steering

(Newser) - In the second massive US vehicle recall in the space of a week, General Motors is recalling around 1 million pickups and SUVs because of a power-steering software defect that causes a crash risk. The recall affects the 2015 models of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevy Suburban... More »

Ford Suspending F-150 Production

Due to a supplier fire

(Newser) - After a May 2 fire at a supplier's factory in Michigan caused a shortage of parts, Ford on Wednesday suspended production of its F-150 pickup truck—the best-selling vehicle in the US for more than three decades. Production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Mercedes was also impacted, but... More »

Ford Is Recalling 1.3M Pickups

Without fix, doors might not close properly

(Newser) - Ford is recalling about 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America because of potential door problems. The company said Wednesday that in some vehicles a frozen door latch or bent or kinked actuation cable may cause a door to not open or close, the... More »

Ford Debuts Pickup Truck That Will Cost You $94K

Yes, we said $94K

(Newser) - In a move that's being called " outrageous " and " luxury on steroids ," Ford has debuted a new pickup truck ... that costs $94,445. To be fair, you don't have to spend nearly $100,000 to get your hands on a 2018 F-450 Super Duty Limited... More »

Couple Turns Truck Into Makeshift Birthing Suite

'It's an absolute miracle'

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman delivered her baby "without doctors, nurses, or an epidural" in the front seat of a Ford pickup early Tuesday morning, WABC-TV reports. It probably wasn't part of her birth plan. When Keshia Melchoirre unexpectedly went into labor—the baby wasn't due for more... More »

Chrysler Hit With Record Fine, Buyback Order

More than 500K Ram pickups, other vehicles part of settlement

(Newser) - Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in US history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. The Italian-American automaker also faces... More »

Couple Told They Can't Park Truck in Own Driveway

Homeowners' association deems it unseemly

(Newser) - Like parking in your driveway? So do David and Arna Orlando, but their homeowners' association says they can't—and is suing to make the point, the Post-Standard reports. The Kimry Moor Homeowners Association in the town of Manlius, NY, just outside Syracuse, cites its regulations in telling the Orlandos... More »

Texas Plumber's Truck Ends Up With Syria Fighters

Business phone number is still on the side

(Newser) - Texas plumber Jeff Oberholtzer has some important advice for business owners: Take company logos off your vehicles before they're traded in. He didn't, and now a Ford F-250 pickup truck he traded in at a dealership in Houston last year has ended up in the hands of Islamic... More »

Ford's First Radical F-150 Just Rolled Off the Line

Company acknowledges taking risks with aluminum truck

(Newser) - When you've had the bestselling vehicle in the US for 32 years, why change the formula? To make it even better, Ford argues. That's why the company's 2015 F-150, which will appear at dealerships next month, will have a body made almost entirely out of aluminum rather... More »

Dodge May Have Its Own Deadly Ignition Problem

One child killed in alleged incident

(Newser) - It looks like GM has some company in the faulty ignition switch club. Regulators are investigating complaints that certain older model Dodge Ram pickup trucks may have a defect that allows them to turn on even if no one his holding down the clutch, Bloomberg reports. The National Highway Traffic... More »

Man Gets Ticket After Running Himself Over

Brakes on his pickup failed

(Newser) - In the and-you-thought-you-had-a-bad-day department: A driver in Salem, Massachusetts, managed to run himself over when the brakes on his pickup truck failed, reports the Boston Globe . Brian Reynolds tried to slow his truck by sticking out his foot and driving up a hill, the result being that he fell out... More »

Police: 5 Terrorized Jewish Camp in Pennsylvania

Adults face felony charges

(Newser) - Police nabbed three adults, ages 18 to 21, and two juveniles accused of terrorizing a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania. The assailants allegedly tore through the camp in a pickup truck, "narrowly missing several campers and staff," while damaging fences, fields, and buildings, reports CNN . They also fired paintball... More »

Coming From Ford: Aluminum Pickup Trucks

Lighter metal will help F-150 meet fuel economy standards

(Newser) - The next incarnation of Ford's F-150 will be as tough as … aluminum? By 2014 the company will be building most of the body of its signature truck out of that lightweight metal in a bid to boost its fuel economy, in what the Wall Street Journal calls "... More »

Ford Recalling 1.2M Pickups

Fuel tank flaw presents fire danger

(Newser) - Ford is recalling 1.2 million older pickup trucks—some of them for the third time. The company says the models affected, including 1997 to 2003 Ford F-150s, were sold in cold-weather states where road salt can corrode the metal straps holding up the gas tanks, potentially causing the tanks... More »

Dog Runs Over Owner With Truck

Man not seriously injured

(Newser) - A Florida man was taken to the hospital yesterday after his dog ran him over with the man's own pickup truck. Christopher Bishop, 43, made the mistake of putting his Ford F-150 in neutral as he got out to check for oil leaks, the St. Petersburg Times reports. As he... More »

Mass. Residents Want a Truck Like Scott Brown's

Dealers report rise in inquiries regarding GMC Canyon

(Newser) - Scott Brown not only dismantled the common perception of Massachusetts as a blue state, but he may also have singlehandedly turned the populace on to the Truck. The Truck, if you missed it, is the senator-elect’s 2005 GMC Canyon pickup, featured prominently in campaign ads and now poised to... More »

Most Replaced Clunker With ... Another Guzzler Like This

Most common trade was old pickup (15-17 mpg) for new (1-3 better)

(Newser) - Think most who traded in a clunker under the government’s fuel-efficiency incentive program are now driving a hybrid? Guess again: The most common swap was an old, gas-guzzling pickup for a new, just-slightly-less-gas-guzzling pickup, AP analysis finds. Ford’s F150 is a prime example—it gets 1-3 mpg more... More »

As Rivals Flail, Ford Ramps Up Production

(Newser) - Hoping to profit from its rivals' pain, Ford will ramp up this year's third-quarter production 10% over last year's, in a bid to grab market share from GM and Chrysler as they recover from bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’ll be Ford’s first production bump in nearly... More »

SUV, Pickup Sales Rebound as Price of Gas Drops

But big trucks are becoming scarce as automakers retool for fuel efficient models

(Newser) - Gas prices are down and the sales of SUVs and pickup trucks are accelerating, albeit only into second gear, reports the Wall Street Journal. As gas edges closer to $2, buyers are picking up bargains on the big gas guzzlers dealers couldn’t give away couple of months ago. And... More »

Why Dodge Drivers Totally Suck

Rams are the new Harleys, thanks to low sales

(Newser) - Of all the rules of the road, there is one cardinal, hands-down, no-exceptions tenet: “The guy who ignores the stop sign, who blasts past me in a no-passing zone, who plays chicken on a potholed strip of county two-lane, drives a Ram,” Benjamin Percy writes in Esquire. Dodge... More »

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