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Hate Blind Spots While Driving? This Teen Has a Solution

14-year-old Alaina Gassler created innovative workaround

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teen has won $25,000 and, perhaps soon, the gratitude of every driver in America with what Mashable calls a "simple but innovative" invention that gets rid of blind spots. A release from the Society for Science & the Public announced that the "girls shine" in... More »

Her Car Wasn't Acting Right. Then: 'My Jaw Hit the Floor'

Squirrels hid hundreds of walnuts under hood of woman's car, did a number on hubby's truck

(Newser) - When nuts fall off a tree, they usually accumulate in piles at the tree's base—which is why Chris Persic found it odd that underneath the black walnut tree in the yard of his Pittsburgh home, there were very few walnuts. CBS Pittsburgh reports that mystery was solved this... More »

Teen's Beauty Product Explodes, Blows Hole in Car Roof

Mom warns about keeping cans of dry shampoo, and other aerosol cans, away from heat

(Newser) - Dry shampoo can be handy on the go, but that doesn't mean it should be stored in your car. A Missouri teen learned that the hard way after an aerosol can of dry shampoo exploded in her car's center console, smashed through the sunroof, and landed 50 feet... More »

World's Only 'Nazi Porsche' Was Set to Sell for $20M. It Didn't

'Unfortunate confusion' at auction of Porsche Type 64 irritated potential buyers

(Newser) - In the late '30s, Adolf Hitler commissioned a special "people's car" to be built for a Berlin-to-Rome road rally, and what resulted was the 1939 Porsche Type 64, or what Jalopnik calls the "missing link between Porsche and Volkswagen." Only three of these vehicles were... More »

America's 'Safest Vehicle' Has the Most Accidents

Insurify lists the most accident-prone cars

(Newser) - A vehicle trumpeted for its safety features is also the most accident-prone car in America, CarBuzz reports. According to data culled by Insurify , an auto insurance comparison site, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek tops the list of vehicles with at-fault accidents. In fact nine of the top 10 are imports, with... More »

Woman Enters Car Dealership With $16K in Home-Made Bills

But her plan didn't exactly work out

(Newser) - A woman who tried buying a car with home-made money ended up leaving the dealership in the back of a police car, Fox News reports. The 20-year-old German, who remains unidentified, carried the equivalent of $16,830 into a dealership in the city of Kaiserslautern on Friday. But the 50... More »

Gender Reveal Goes Horribly Awry

Things didn't go quite as planned in Australia 'burnout'

(Newser) - It's natural to wonder about your baby's sex before the birth, and increasingly common to hold gender reveal parties. But as a story from Down Under shows, some of these revelations are getting out of hand, even downright dangerous. The Washington Post reports on a stunt in Australia'... More »

Trump Makes 2 Big Moves on Tariffs

He lifts them on Canada and Mexico and postpones action against Japan, Europe

(Newser) - Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with US rival China, President Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies—lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe. By removing the metals tariffs on... More »

Seinfeld Returns Fire in Suit Over $1.5M Porsche

Says dealer should be held responsible if car was counterfeit

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld wants no part of a lawsuit accusing him of selling a counterfeit 1958 Porsche Carrera Speedster for $1.54 million. The comedian, who previously requested proof of the buyer's claim, is now suing the California dealer that sold him the classic car said to have been factory-made... More »

Tesla's Model 3 Had 'Recommended' Status. Not Anymore

'Consumer Reports' pulls back coveted designation after customers complained of reliability issues

(Newser) - Consumer Reports giveth, and Consumer Reports taketh away—and this time around, it's Tesla who's losing out. New Atlas documents the "love-hate relationship" between the consumer advocacy group and the electric-car maker, with the former either not offering its coveted "recommended" status to Tesla's cars... More »

Pet Owners Will Love Tesla's New Features

'Dog,' 'Sentry' modes unveiled Wednesday

(Newser) - Now that it's achieved farting cars , Tesla is ready to show off new features that are more functional than funny—including one catered to pet owners. " Dog Mode ," revealed in a Wednesday software update, ensures a vehicle's air conditioning stays running after the driver exits, and... More »

We Haven't Been This Behind on Car Loans Since 2010

NY Fed says more than 7M Americans are 90 days or more behind

(Newser) - Borrowers are behind in their auto loan payments in numbers not seen since delinquencies peaked at the end of 2010, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York . More than 7 million Americans were 90 or more days behind on their car loans at the end of last year,... More »

New $110K Lincoln With 'Suicide Doors' Sold Out in 2 Days

Only 80 people got their hands on the new model

(Newser) - The most expensive Lincoln model sold thus far is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week—and if you're not one of the dozens of people who've already nabbed one of the $110,000 luxury cars, you're out of luck. Per... More »

Here Are 14 Cars That Are Getting the Ax

Say goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle, the Ford Focus, and a dozen others

(Newser) - If you think you're seeing more SUVs and crossovers on the road, you're not imagining things. That's because automakers are making what USA Today calls a "sweeping shift" into those types of vehicles—which also means they're dumping more-traditional passenger cars from their lineups. The... More »

'Fart on Demand' Is Now a Feature in Tesla Vehicles

Impress your friends with a 'Short Shorts Ripper' every time you put on your turn signal

(Newser) - As if we needed any more proof that Elon Musk is as guylike as guys can get , Tesla has unveiled a new Easter egg—a surprise bonus feature—that's sure to please everyone's inner Cletus Klump . TechCrunch reports on the company's new "Emissions Testing Mode,"... More »

Trump Issues New Threat in Wake of GM Closures

Says 25% tariff on imported cars 'is being studied now'

(Newser) - In the wake of General Motors' restructuring and layoffs, President Trump has followed up his threat to slash GM subsidies with a suggestion of new auto tariffs. If the 25% US tariff on small truck imports was also applied to imported cars, "many more cars would be built here... More »

A 'Surprise' Among GM's 6 Discontinued Cars

The Cadillac CT6 was the 'tech halo' for the brand

(Newser) - Now that General Motors' big announcement that it will be shuttering five plants in North America and slashing thousands of jobs has started to settle in, more details are emerging on the vehicle production that will be affected. Included in the business restructuring is a shift away from sedans, which... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Reliable Car Brands

Not a single one of which is a US company

(Newser) - In the market for a new car? Consumer Reports is out with a list of the most reliable brands—and none of the top 10 are American. Ford is the first US company to show up on the list, at No. 18, and the second most reliable US brand, Buick,... More »

Hundreds of Parked Teslas Raise Many Questions

The 'New York Times' delves into monthslong mystery

(Newser) - It's a mystery that's been brewing since July: Various locations around the country—including lots, garages, and industrial sites—each have anywhere from dozens to hundreds of Tesla cars parked there. Photos and videos of the numerous parked cars started popping up online back in July, and a... More »

Meghan Markle Closes Car Door, Internet Flips Out

OK, then

(Newser) - All eyes have been on Meghan Markle since her much-hyped nuptials to Prince Harry, with people commenting on what she wears , how they think she feels , and now—how she exits a car. The BBC and People report that the newest member of the royal family arrived Tuesday at London'... More »

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