Category: Consumer News

ONE IN FOUR PRIVATELY SOLD USED CARS HAS BIG ISSUES

A report has found that nearly a quarter of used cars in Australia sold privately come with potentially serious hidden issues. The CarHistory.com.au report said almost a quarter of the used cars on the market that underwent a vehicle history…

TAKATA AIRBAGS RECALL GOES TO NEW LEVEL

The Takata airbag recall continues to expand, now affecting 53 million vehicles and dozens of brands all over the world. Eleven people have been killed by the defective airbag inflators, the latest a 17-year-old driver in Houston in March. As…

MAZDA CX-3 NAMED AUSTRALIA’S BEST CAR

The Mazda CX-3 has won the title of Australia’s Best Car, the small SUV beating vehicles across 15 categories. Judges from Australia’s motoring clubs, including the RACV, NRMA, RACQ, RACT, RAA, RAC and AANT, rated the CX-3 for its resale…

HONDA TO RELEASE CLARITY LATER THIS YEAR

For years we have heard that hydrogen fuel cells were the clean energy engines of the future, converting hydrogen gas into electricity, with heat and water the only by-products. That future comes a step closer in 2016, when Honda releases…

ANOTHER MASSIVE AIR BAG RECALL

Hot on the heels of the Takata air bags recall comes another one, this time involving Continental Automotive Systems (CAS) and affecting up to five million vehicles worldwide. CAS has filed documents with the US Government declaring that its air…

INSURERS WARNED OVER AUTOMATIC RENEWALS

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has ordered six car insurers to inform customers about automatic policy renewals after receiving complaints from consumers. An ASIC review found that insurers didn’t always clearly inform new customers that policies would automatically renew…

CALL FOR NEW LAWS AS PETROL PRICES FINALLY FALL

Two Australian senators have called for new laws to protect drivers from being ripped off at the bowser as crude oil prices fell to their lowest level in 13 years. Senator Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party said…

CYBER SECURITY – HOW SECURE?

Readers might be aware that many major car companies are being sued in California over deaths allegedly caused by the lack of adequate safeguards for keyless ignition systems. The suit alleges that 10 of the world’s major car-makers are culpable…