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Ford recalls 423k vehicles for power steering woes

Power steering woes are causing Ford to recall nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America, according to an Associated Press report.

Cruisin' Nationals Drives Custom Cars To Santa Maria

The popular annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin' Nationals car show brings in hundreds of cars and thousands of dollars to Santa Maria.

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Monaco car collector profits from 'flipping' Ferraris

Pieter van Naeltwijck is no ordinary car collector. The Monaco millionaire makes his money in real estate, but brings in a little extra by buying and selling some of the newest, most exclusive cars on the planet.

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NHTSA: 100 million cars have been recalled since 2014

There have been roughly 100 million vehicle recalls in the United States since the start of last year.

And most of the affected cars have yet to be repaired.

There were a record 74.2 million recalls in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Sa...

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Good news for drivers ahead of Memorial Day

Gas prices have been steadily climbing, but with the summer driving season starting with the Memorial Day weekend, drivers could soon begin to see some relief at the pump.

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Exploding airbag fix may take 5 years

It will take at least two years, and perhaps as many as five, to replace all the Takata airbags in the record number of cars being recalled.

Part of the problem is that it will take a long time to make all of the replacement airbags for the 34 million...

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Airbag maker Takata announces largest auto recall ever

Takata is nearly doubling the size of its already massive recall for faulty airbags, making it the largest auto recall in history.

The company has already recalled airbags used in about 18 million vehicles for the problem. This move will bring that nu...

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Stunning retro cars sell vintage British cool

In 1969, at the height of his powers and with "Sympathy for the Devil" filling dancefloors, Mick Jagger drove with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull to a London court to face the latest in a series of drug charges in a lemon yellow Morgan Plus 8 sports c...

Consumer Reports locked out of new Tesla

Consumer Reports never spent more on a car than on the all wheel drive version of the Tesla Model that it bought to review.

But its reviewers soon ran into a unique problem - they couldn't get in the car.

The $127,000 Tesla Model S has door handles th...

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Flying car companies aim for takeoff in 2017

Get ready for flying cars to take off in 2017... Maybe.

A surprising number of small companies around the world are vying to be the first to bring flying cars to customers, and many are predicting that 2017 will be a turning point for the industry.

Ter...

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Government says Chrysler foot-dragging on recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles isn't working fast enough to fix recalled cars, according to the government, and on Monday regulators announced a rare public hearing to look into the matter.

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Google's new self-driving cars hit the road

Google's cute-as-a-button, fully autonomous cars are hitting the road this summer.

If you're in Mountain View, California, you'll be among the first to see them pass by.

Google says it's now ready to test-drive the gray and white prototype vehicles aft...

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Good news for drivers ahead of Memorial Day

Gas prices have been steadily climbing, but with the summer driving season starting…

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What a gas: Using water and air to run a car

Researchers at Audi are making synthetic diesel fuel using only water and air.…

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U.S. takes $35 billion hit from falling oil

With gas prices plunging, you're probably happier every time you pull up to a pump…

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Kia Soul now plugs in

On the outside, it looks much like the conventional Kia Soul. However, this version…

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Nevada driver charged $975 for gas

Imagine you put $10 worth of gas in your car using your debit card and got billed…

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Glitch leads to 1-cent gas at Illinois station

An Illinois gas station caused traffic jams over the weekend when it accidentally…

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Rescuers Safely Capture Sea Lion Stabbed in Oxnard

Rescuers Safely Capture Sea Lion Stabbed in Oxnard

After hours of searching a sea lion attacked with knife in Oxnard has been rescued…

Esau's Cafe Closes in Santa Barbara After 76 Years

Since 1939 Esau's Cafe in Santa Barbara has been serving up hearty breakfast and…

Volunteers Needed For Refugio Beach Cleanup

Volunteers Needed For Refugio Beach Cleanup

Volunteers from the public will now be used to help with beach cleanup and other…

Atascadero Biker Rescues Man from Rip Current

Boyd Tarwater says he was in the right place at the right time.

Oil Company defends remote controlled valves

Oil Spill Briefing Sheds Light On Valves

Plains All-American Pipeline workers said an automatic shut-off valve would not have…

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Santa Barbara Man Accused of Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend

A 24-year-old Santa Barbara man is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed his…

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Grand Jury Report Backs Up NewsChannel 3 Investigations

A Grand Jury launched its investigation after we aired a series of reports exposing…

NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Los Alamos Restaurant Settles Complaint Over ADA Dispute

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, has been the law since 1990. But,…

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NewsChannel 3 Investigates: Guitar Man Strikes Wrong Chord with Customers

A Santa Barbara guitar company and its owner are striking the wrong chord with…

Tipline Investigation Craigslist Rental Scam

Tipline Investigation: Craigslist Scam Targets Desperate Renters

In this Tipline investigation we expose a rental scam that will have you doing a…

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Tipline Investigation: Charities Struggle with Run or Dye Broken Promises

Trouble is brewing for the company that puts on the popular Run or Dye events. …

Santa Barbara City Council Agrees to ZIR Changes

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving ahead with changes to its Zoning…

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FLOWER EMPOWER LUNCHEON

Summerland Hosts Annual Flower Empower Luncheon

NewsChannel 3's own Shirin Rajaee and Alan Rose were invited to M.C. the 5th annual…

Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

Red Cross Breakfast Honors Local Heroes

The American Red Cross of Santa Barbara County hosted its first-ever Heroes…

Cooking Up Dreams to benefit local at-risk children

Chefs to "Cook Up Dreams" At New Culinary Competition

You're invited to a new event in Santa Barbara that will tickle your taste-buds and…

Red Cross Hereos Breakfast Preview

Red Cross to Celebrate Community Heroes Thursday

This week you can help celebrate our local, every day heroes at a special event in…

Isla Vista Tribute Garden To Fallen Shooting Victims

Isla Vista Garden Remembers Massacre Victims

The Isla Vista Love and Remembrance Garden at People's Park needs your help to bloom.

Wallace Dawson Funeral Service

Community Comes Together To Honor Sgt. Wallace Dawson

After 64 years Sgt. Wallace Dawson, who was a prisoner of the Korean War has finally…

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