Nissan is recalling nearly 13,000 Versa Note subcompact hatchbacks because of problems with bolts in the back of the vehicle. The company said the recall affects cars from the 2014 model year that were built in Mexico before July 5. Nissan said bolts holding the rear seat back latches may not be strong enough. This could increase the injury risk for backseat passengers in a crash. Dealers will check the bolts and fix or replace them. Owners will be notified in mid-August.
Car theft favorites
Mercedes-Benz vehicles were the most sought-after luxury brand among U.S. car thieves from 2009 through 2012 and the New York City region had the greatest number of thefts, an insurance industry group said. More Mercedes C-Class cars, 485, were stolen during the period than any other luxury model, according to a report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Two other Mercedes models, the E-Class and S-Class, ranked in the top 10. The second most stolen luxury car was the BMW 3 Series, followed by Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti G Series, the bureau said.
A British university is delaying the release of an academic paper on how the anti-theft systems of millions of Volkswagen vehicles are at risk of being hacked after the German carmaker took legal action against it. In a statement, the University of Birmingham said it would “defer publication” of the paper, which explains how researchers were able to subvert Volkswagen’s security system, after an interim injunction issued by England’s High Court.
Home price recovery
Home prices rose in May by the most in more than seven years as the recovery in U.S. residential real estate gained momentum. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values climbed 12.2 percent from May 2012, the biggest 12-month gain since March 2006, after advancing 12.1 percent a month earlier.
Food safety testing
The Food and Drug Administration has enlisted Life Technologies Corp. in an effort to improve food safety, signing a five-year agreement to develop efficient ways to spot deadly E. coli and salmonella bacteria. Life Technologies will create tests to detect and identify pathogens in the food supply using genetic material provided by the agency, the company said.
Soda ban ruling
New York City’s crackdown on big sugary sodas is staying on ice. A midlevel state appeals court ruled that the city’s Board of Health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a size limit on soft drinks served in restaurants, theaters, stadiums, sidewalk food carts and many other places. The ban had been lauded by some health experts.
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