Recall Alert: 2013 Infiniti QX56, 2014 QX80

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Infiniti QX56 SUVs manufactured between Sept. 1, 2012, and April 26, 2013, and model-year 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs manufactured between June 18, 2013, and Feb. 11, 2014

The Problem: The driver's frontal airbag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part. In a crash necessitating the deployment of the driver's airbag, the incorrect part may block the flow of propellant to the airbag and the inflator may rupture, which could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially seriously injure vehicle occupants. This latest action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall affecting nearly 8 million vehicles from 10 automakers.

The Fix: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners in late December, and dealers will replace the front driver airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or to go www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Is Driving a Certain Car Your Ticket to Traffic Court?

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Look, just because you drive a Subaru WRX doesn't mean you're more likely to be the type of person who exceeds the speed limit or breaks other traffic laws. OK, it actually does mean that, but we're not the ones saying it, Insurance.com is. The auto-insurance rate-comparison website analyzed online quote info from more than half a million drivers and more than 500 car models between January 2013 and July 2014, and identified the cars most likely to be used in the commission of a traffic offense. Coincidentally, a fifth of the list is composed of competitors in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge in which the WRX scored the fastest times.

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According to the study, one in three drivers of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX compact performance sedan has had a traffic violation for an offense such as speeding, failure to yield or drunken driving in the past three years, making it the No. 1 most-ticketed car.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Infiniti QX80 Photo Gallery (32 Photos)

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It's no secret that we think Infiniti's large SUV is awkward looking — and that's putting it nicely. The QX80 (previously the QX56) gets a mild exterior styling update for 2015, which should help soften it a bit.

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In front, a curvier lattice-style grille is new, and other changes include revised LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights and a restyled bumper — and don't forget the bling; there's even more chrome trim this year.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

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