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Jeep Owners Sue for Flaw That May Have Killed Star Trek Actor

Suit claims Fiat Chrysler should have done more to remedy gear shift issue

(Newser) - First came last year's hefty $105 million fine for recall lapses affecting more than 11 million vehicles. Then came the death Sunday of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin , whose recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled and pinned him, per Jalopnik . Now Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have lobbed a class-action lawsuit against... More »

Jeep That Killed Star Trek Actor Had Been Recalled

It's not clear whether Anton Yelchin got the notice

(Newser) - The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly, government records show. Yelchin, 27, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died Sunday... More »

Towing Company Charges Man $48K to Remove Jeep From Mud

It probably would have been cheaper to just leave it there

(Newser) - “I thought they made a mistake," Massachusetts resident Joel Ramer tells WFXT-TV about the moments after he received a $48,000 towing bill. Ramer was off-roading with his girlfriend when his Jeep got stuck in a mud pit. Assured Collision responded to tow Ramer's vehicle, and spent... 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 »

Hackers Hijack a Jeep —From 10 Miles Away

Downside of cars that resemble smartphones? Control can be grabbed

(Newser) - In a stunt arranged by Wired , two "security researchers" hacked their way into a Jeep Cherokee carrying writer Andy Greenberg in St. Louis and, from a basement 10 miles away, took over the vehicle and steered it into a ditch. And it's not a one-off. Charlie Miller and... More »

Behind Deadly Haunted Hayride: Mechanical Problem

Officials investigating whether 1979 Jeep was overloaded

(Newser) - A mechanical problem caused a 1979 Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep Maine hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities say. Investigators are inspecting the Jeep... More »

Toddler Crashes Jeep, Runs Home to Watch Cartoons

3-year-old knocked Jeep Wranger out of gear, police say

(Newser) - Another reason toddlers need guardians: A 3-year-old in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, climbed into his aunt's Jeep Wrangler on Tuesday night and drove it through an intersection into a house, KPTV reports. Earlier on, a police officer had spotted the boy playing by himself in the parked Jeep and woke... More »

Chrysler Recalls 2.7M Jeeps

Automaker reverses itself on fire risk

(Newser) - Chrysler avoided a showdown with government safety regulators today, agreeing to recall 2.7 million older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire. Earlier this month, the company defiantly refused the government's request to recall the Jeeps. But Chrysler now... More »

Chrysler Refuses to Recall Jeeps Over Fuel Tank Fires

NHTSA urges automaker to recall 2.7M vehicles

(Newser) - Chrysler has rejected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's request to recall 2.7 million older Jeeps, saying that it believes the agency's concerns about fuel tank fires are unfounded. The NHTSA asked Chrysler to recall 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys after a probe into... More »

Gizmodo: Twitter Hacker Is a Boston-Area DJ

Culprit is Tony 'iThug' Cunha, says website

(Newser) - Gizmodo says the hacker who took over the Twitter feeds of Burger King yesterday and Jeep today also left an "Internet paper trail" that reveals his identity. Introducing Tony "iThug" Cunha, described by Gizmodo's Sam Biddle as a DJ in the Boston and Providence areas and... More »

Jeep's Twitter Feed Gets Hacked, Too

Burger King gets some company

(Newser) - We have a new hacking victim on Twitter: Jeep. The company's feed got hacked by pranksters this afternoon in much the same fashion as Burger King's got hit yesterday, reports Business Insider . In this case, the joke is that Jeep has been taken over by Cadillac, notes Jalopnik... More »

919K Older Jeep SUVs Recalled Over Airbag Issue

SUVs from 2002 through 2004 affected

(Newser) - Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep SUVs worldwide because the airbags can inflate while people are driving. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years. Also covered are Jeep Libertys from model years 2002... More »

Chrysler CEO: No, We're Not Moving Jobs to China

Romney releases controversial ad aimed at Ohio

(Newser) - Sandy can't keep all the politicking tamped down. The latest fuss centers around Mitt Romney's recent comments in Ohio—followed by an ad—about Chrysler and China. "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians,... More »

Car With Highest Injury Rate Is ...

Toyota Yaris, with Suzuki SX4 right behind

(Newser) - Driving a Toyota Yaris? Be cautious: At 28.5 injury claims for every 1,000 of the vehicles insured, the car boasts the worst rate of any vehicle, says a new study. The runner-up was the Suzuki SX4, with 26.6 injury claims per 1,000 insured vehicles, the Los ... More »

Prefer Dunkin Donuts? You Might Be a Republican

Are you Team Subway or Team Wendy's?

(Newser) - If you love BMWs, Dunkin' Donuts, and Subway, you just might be a Republican. Democrats, meanwhile, prefer Jeeps, Starbucks, and Wendy's, a study finds. Researchers clocked 4,000 people's reactions to various brands to the millisecond, and found a divide between left and right, ABC News reports. "... More »

Chrysler Launches Massive Recall

Order covers hundreds of thousands of Jeeps, minivans

(Newser) - Chrysler is recalling almost 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers in the US and another 100,000 elsewhere because of brake or wiring problems that could create safety issues, the company and federal regulators said today. The company is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model... More »

Chrysler Adds Fiats, Dumps Dodge, Jeep Models

Revamped automaker will reintroduce Alfa Romeo to US

(Newser) - Now four months out of bankruptcy, Chrysler is set to unveil a new business plan that relies heavily on models from Fiat, its Italian partner, and abandons many American cars. The company will reintroduce the luxury Alfa Romeo to the US and also bring in a Mexican-built Fiat 500, the... More »

Jeep Wrangler Is Star of Reborn Chrysler

Sales actually up for 'original sport-utility vehicle' with WWII roots

(Newser) - With the Fiat-Chrysler alliance finalized, workers must get hopping to churn out more Jeep Wranglers, the military-vehicle-turned-adventure-ride that’s one of just three American cars whose sales are up this year. It’s “probably one of the main reasons why Chrysler is still here,” an auto analyst tells... More »

Wanted Prof's Jeep Found in Ga. Ravine

Zinkhan, suspected of killing wife and 2 others, still at large

(Newser) - The University of Georgia professor suspected of shooting and killing his wife and two others last weekend remains at large, but authorities have finally found his car, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Jeep was discovered “well off the beaten path” in a wooded ravine near George Zinkhan’s house.... More »

Haters, Gas Fail to Crush Hummer Pride

Soaring fuel may be stunting sales, but owners won't surrender

(Newser) - Sure, the Hummer may be going the way of the dinosaur: Sales are down 40% this year on soaring gas and an eco-image problem, and GM is looking to ditch its troubled brand. But for owners, the AP reports, outsized pride remains part of the package. "It definitely sparks... More »

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