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SUVs second biggest cause of emissions rise, figures reveal

If SUV drivers were a nation, they would rank seventh in the world for carbon emissions

Growing demand for SUVs was the second-largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions from 2010 to 2018, a new analysis has found.

In that period, SUVs doubled their global market share from 17% to 39% and their annual emissions rose to more than 700 megatonnes of CO2, more than the yearly total emissions of the UK and the Netherlands combined.

No energy sector except power drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, putting SUVs ahead of heavy industry (including iron, steel, cement and aluminium), aviation and shipping. read more »

Subaru recalls cars, SUVs for engine control, debris trouble

Subaru is recalling over 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix problems with engine computers and debris that can fall into motors.

The first recall covers 466,000 Imprezas from 2017 through 2019, and 2018 and 2019 Crosstreks. Subaru says the engine computer can keep powering the ignition coil after motors are shut off. That could cause a short circuit and blown fuse.

The second covers 205,000 Imprezas from 2017 through 2019 and 2018 Crosstreks. The aluminum positive crankcase ventilation valves can fall apart. Debris can enter the engine and cause power loss. read more »

Automatic Emergency Braking Will Be Standard In Most Cars Despite Complaints From Drivers

The technology is expected to reduce the number of rear-end crashes by half, but many say the system occasionally hits the brakes unexpectedly.

Automatic emergency braking, which will be standard in most vehicles by 2022, is already resulting in complaints from drivers. The technology is expected to reduce the number of rear-end crashes by half, but many say the system occasionally hits the brakes unexpectedly.

CBS News found reports of numerous accidents and injuries that drivers blamed on faulty activations of emergency automatic braking systems. Safety advocates and automakers say in most cases the system works correctly. read more »