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Automotive News: 50K Chrysler minivans recalled because fast driving could unbuckle seat belts, New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts German officials say

by Hagens Berman

09/21/2017
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50K Chrysler minivans recalled because fast driving could unbuckle seat belts

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 Pacifica vans in the U.S. and Canada after the company determined that "sporty" driving might cause the vehicles' second-row seat belts to unbuckle.

The recall involves the Pacifica's 2017 and 2018 models with an eight-passenger seating option, according to The Associated Press.

During fast driving, the center buckle could hit the release button on the left buckle and cause it to unlatch, the AP said. read more »

New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts German officials say

New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than gasoline vehicles, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying on Wednesday, in a potential further headache for the auto sector.

The automotive industry is Germany's biggest exporter and employs more than 800,000 people. It was plunged into crisis two years ago when Volkswagen admitted to cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests.

The Funke group of newspapers cited an answer from the Transport Ministry to an inquiry from the opposition Greens as saying diesel cars registered in 2016 emitted 128 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer on average compared with 129 grams from new petrol cars. read more »

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