Detective Dave Wells plugs his laptop into a car's event data recorder. A large portion of new cars are equipped with the device, and the government is considering making them mandatory in all vehicles. But some say there should be an "off" option. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Newly redesigned for the 2010 model year, the Buick LaCrosse was found to be one of the most reliable midsize cars, in a study released by J.D. Power and Associates. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Former British politician Ann Widdecombe tests Ford's active park assist feature in the U.K. in July 2011. Ford Motor Co. hide caption

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The Environmental Protection Agency found Hyundai and its sister company, Kia, overstated the fuel economy ratings on about 900,000 cars. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Connected car technology could warn drivers when vehicles ahead of them suddenly brake. hide caption

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For the second year in a row, the Ford Fusion won J.D. Power's dependability prize in the mid-size sedan category. Pictured is the 2013 model of the car, unveiled in January. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A Jeep Wrangler is seen at a dealership in Chicago. Powered by a newly designed fleet of vehicles, the brand saw a sharp rise in sales in 2011. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A 1981 DeLorean is seen in a commemorative cruise in Michigan. A Texas company plans to make electric versions of the iconic car.

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White is the favorite color for 2011 cars like these Ford sedans on a dealership's lot in California, according to a market study.

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