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AutoAnything Infographic: What’s The Maximum Speed Limit by US State?


Maximum Speed Limit by US State – An infographic by the team at AutoAnything

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Top Holiday Shopping Ideas


It’s that time of the year again.  The holidays have arrived and that means travel, family, friends and gifts.  Yes, time to empty your bank account and top off your credit card while dealing with the throngs of shoppers, foaming at the mouth searching desperately for the best deal.  Sounds awful, right?  I’ll tell you a secret, there’s this thing, it’s called the internet.  Using it will save you money, time and your precious sanity.  Here at AutoAnything, we have your best interests in mind and that’s why we’ve pulled out all the stops this holiday season.  We’ve put our best products on sale and made them easy for you to find.

Do you need to give a gift that packs a leonine roar?  Snag a Magnaflow exhaust system, one of the most trusted names in aftermarket performance accessories.  After giving this gift and witnessing its unequivocal power, you’ll be installing one on your vehicle before the New Year.


And if you’re looking for exhaust components, our exhaust headers are ready to ship—from the best manufacturers, including Magnaflow, Borla and Flowmaster—straight to your door, with a more dependable delivery date than Jolly ‘Ol Saint Nick.  They’re built to last, and designed specifically to increase your vehicle’s power and performance.  How many gifts boast that much potential?  Not many, that’s for sure.

Not all power rests in exhaust components. Performance chips, specifically Bully Dog Chips, install within minutes and add an extra punch to performance, horsepower and torque.  Adding one of these to any ride will make it like driving a brand new vehicle.

Beside power, everyone needs a stable and comfortable ride.  A pair of KONI shocks will ensure smooth driving no matter the terrain.  These adjustable shocks make it a breeze to shift from casual country driving to high profile racing and everything in-between.


Stop, you almost forgot about brake pads.  No way you can stop on a dime with your basic factory braking system.  With performance brake pads from Hawk, Posi or EBC, you’ll have no issues this winter season when the roads transmorph into sheets of ice.

A hard tonneau cover is the ideal gift for any truck-driving gear head in your life.  Not only does it protect cargo, but it increases gas mileage.  With this economy, every penny counts, so give the gift that keeps on giving month after month.

No matter what part of the country you live in, whether it’s upstate New York, the cold prairie of Kansas or the sunny streets of SoCal, all weather floor mats are a must have.  Easy to clean, affordable and made for every make and model, these mats keep your interior clean and the grit of the outside world off your floor boards.


Another dirt deterrent are Garage floor tiles.  They keep oil stains (you should get that checked out), mud and other muck off your garage floor.  Like all weather floor mats, garage floor tiles are easy to clean and a snap to install.


If you’re looking for something easy, like a gift for White Elephant, a specialty license plate frame is your best bet.  It’s affordable, personable and great way to show your vehicle loyalty.

For great deals on these products and more, come over to AutoAnything.com.  We have the answer to all your holiday shopping questions and needs.

Are you there, Flying Spaghetti Monster? It’s me, New Accessories.


There comes a time in every new accessory’s life when it blossoms from Not on AutoAnything to on AutoAnything. It might be a little scary at first for the new accessory. It suddenly has words where there weren’t words before. Its itty-bitty schematic images have ballooned into full-sized heroes. And, it starts daydreaming about what it would be like being sold to a dapper gent in Tallahassee. This crop of 11 accessories went through the change, and they’re all ready for action.

Hella Optilux 1100 Series Fog LightsWhen the robot apocalypse goes down, don’t get caught with these WALL-E-esque peepers bolted to your bumper. Your merciless new overlords won’t take too kindly to your use of robotic eyeballs for fog lights.

Hella Optilux 2550 Angel Eye Driving LightsYou can slip into a set of these haloed Hella driving lights, but only the most near-sighted Bavarians are going to mistake your Ford Probe for a 5-Series.

Hella Optilux 1502 Driving LightsIf these blue and chrome automotive lights had red adjustment bolts, G. Gordon Liddy would feel compelled to salute them before heading out on his nightly hippie-skull-crackin’ regimen.

Hella Optilux 1372 Driving LightsOh, you’ve got green eyes. Oh, you’ve got blue eyes. Oh, you’ve got graaaaaaaaay…no, wait. You’ve got blue eyes, you Hella automotive lights.

Hella Optilux 962 Driving LightsThey might look like some Star Trek alien’s buggy eyes, but that’s the driving light look kids are after these days. Get hip or get hit.

Hella Optilux 1900 Single Driving LightSo these Single lights from Hella have a little extra padding around their mounting brackets and some spare change in the back pocket. So what? They’ve got an amazing personality, a beautiful mind and an old soul.

Hella Optilux 1900 Driving Light KitHeadlights and high beams alone aren’t going to get the message across when you’re trying to warn the driver in front of you that there’s an axe-wielding maniac in her back seat. Flash her in the face with these powerful off-road lights.

Hella Optilux 4″ HID Driving LightDon’t get spooked if Zelda Rubenstein shows up and starts screaming at Carol Anne to come towards these off-road lights. They’re just that powerful, and she’s still living in the past—that poor poor woman.

Nifty Catch-It Carpet Floor MatsYour son may not be able to catch a fly ball to save his life, but it’s nice to know you have a set of carpet floor mats from Nifty that can catch whatever falls from your mouth.

Access TonnoSport Tonneau CoverIs it a coincidence that these soft roll up tonneau covers from Access give you easy access to your truck bed? We think not.

Kurgo Cargo CapeTry not to get your hopes up. Kurgo isn’t making superhero-themed car costumes just yet. They’re still busy building the best dog beds & cargo liners in town. Once they conquer the pet travel market, though, costumes could be right around the corner.


Kurgo Backseat Pet BarrierThese pet barriers from Kurgo keep the peace between hairy, slobbering passengers and their pets.


Gorilla SafetyWeb Cargo NetIf King-Kong drove a pickup truck, he’d be using one of these cargo nets & tie-downs from Gorilla Net to secure his banana, bamboo and starlet smorgasbord.

Coverking Neoprene Seat CoversNo one expects his or her colostomy bag to burst while merging onto the freeway, but you want to be prepared for that eventuality. These waterproof Coverking neoprene seat covers are an excellent line of defense against bodily fluids.

Banks Ottomind ProgrammerCashin’ in on some out-of-this-world power is a hop, skip and an OBDII port away. These deluxe power programmers & performance tuners from the bad boys at Banks unlock ferocious horsepower and torque, yet take mere minutes to install.

For Your Consideration: 19 Deluxe New Accessories at AutoAnything


Mother, do you wanna bang heads with me

According to my mother, the following 19 new product blurbs are on par with the comedic stylings of Mr. Red Skelton. Also, I’m not eating enough. And, I owe her some grandchildren already.

Clingo Universal Hands-free Mobile Device MountIn Klingon, the Clingo sales literature reads, “baQa’ ghuy’cha’ Qovpatlh vatlh Clingo jIH nuqneH petaQ taHqeq!” Roughly translated, it means, “From the eye sockets of our enemies springs forth these fearful Clingo mobile electronics holders with their dreaded, sticky green pad that grips phones, MP3 players and daggers without leaving behind a residue.”

Clingo Universal Hands-free Mobile Device Mount

Thule Slipstream Kayak RackSeven out of eight members of Slipknot agree on these two points: 1) this Thule kayak rack makes single-handed kayak loading a cinch, and 2) M.A.C’s Haute & Naughty mascara won’t run when you’re in a tour bus toilet weeping about being in Slipknot.

Thule Slipstream Kayak Rack

KONI Special D Red ShocksYeah, it’s cold in the D, but these KONI Special D Red Shocks are sure to warm you and your shorties right up.

KONI Special D Red Shocks

KONI Classic Red ShocksIn 1985, KONI changed the formula of their shocks, calling them “KONI New Red Shocks.” Immediate consumer backlash demanded a return to the original formula, thus “KONI Classic Red Shocks.”

KONI Classic Red Shocks

KONI STR.T Orange ShocksHieronymus Bosch has the Oranges triptych, REM has Orange Crush, and KONI suspension systems has Orange shocks, now with extra STR.T-ness.

KONI STR.T Orange Shocks

BedRug VanRug Cargo MatBecause lying down your area rug with crème-colored fringe definitely doesn’t make your van look chic, carpet your workhorse with one of these durable cargo & trunk liners from BedRug.

BedRug VanRug Cargo Mat

BedRug VanTred Cargo LinerSick and tired of your stuff slippin’ and slidin’ around your van’s cargo area? You could either give up your dreams of becoming an internet sensation by posting your homemade hooning videos, or you could turn to BedRug and score one of their custom-sized all-weather cargo liners.

BedRug VanTred Cargo Liner

Covercraft Gust Guard—In case of a hurricane, batten down your home, fill your bathtub with water and secure all car covers with this handy car cover accessory from Covercraft.

Covercraft Gust Guard

Premium Licensed Hitch Covers by PilotStudies show that if you add the word “premium” to a product title, it’llsell faster than Sproles returning a kickoff. (Look, I’m not exactly sure what a “Sproles” is because someone else wrote that line, and I’m too hopped up on Juan Valdez’s secret sauce to write something original about these hitch covers from Pilot.)

Premium Licensed Hitch Covers by Pilot

College Helmet Hitch Covers by PilotIt’s a twofold hitch cover: protection for your head and your hitch.

College Helmet Hitch Covers by Pilot

College Logo Hitch Covers by PilotBecause some cities actually have college teams worth cheering for, Pilot developed a bruiser line of covers for trailer hitches with officially licensed collegiate logos.

College Logo Hitch Covers by Pilot

Cool Cap Heat Reflective Car CoverFinally, a way to block those invasive mind-control transmissions from the government and/or the aliens. Plus, these car sun shades from Cool Cap drop your interior temperatures by up to 100 degrees.

Cool Cap Heat Reflective Car Cover

InstaJack 12V Automatic Car JackGetting a flat tire might be more enjoyable if you had Elvis Costello standing behind you playing Pump it Up. But, that cat’s busy. So, hum that track and use one of these ingenious tire-changing tools from InstaJack.

InstaJack 12V Automatic Car Jack

InstaWrench 12V Automatic Impact WrenchToday’s world is all about instant gratification. Scratch your “I want it now” itch with this 12V impact wrench from InstaJack that’s sure to pop stubborn lug nuts off lickety-split.

InstaWrench 12V Automatic Impact Wrench

InstaJack and InstaWrench Combo KitIt Takes Two, Two is Better Than One, One is the Loneliest Number—you know the songs. Now, put their message to good use and get both the InstaJack and InstaWrench together.

InstaJack and InstaWrench Combo Kit

Rugged Ridge Interior Trim & Dash KitsBecause some Jeeps like to feel strong, rugged and pretty all at the same time, dress your dune surfer with one of these deluxe dash kits from Rugged Ridge. They come custom configured with all the pieces you need to transform your barren cockpit into a harem on wheels.

Rugged Ridge Interior Trim & Dash Kits

Rugged Ridge Off Road Fender FlaresJust because these off-road fender flares from Rugged Ridge are specially made for trail rats doesn’t mean you need to start taking fire roads and bike trails to Grandma’s house…but, we won’t judge you for it.

Rugged Ridge Off Road Fender Flares

Rugged Ridge Flat Style Fender FlaresIn the past, the word “flat” has had negative connotations—flat soda, flat hair, flat tires. Rugged Ridge is turning “flat” around, though, with these pancake-esque fender flares.

Rugged Ridge Flat Style Fender Flares

RBP RX-2 Side StepsYou don’t have to boogie down in a honky-tonk to enjoy these RX-2 Steps from RBP. You just need a boss belt buckle, a steely stare and the will to upgrade with wheel-to-wheel nerf bars.

RBP RX-2 Side Steps

Choosing the Onboard Air System That’s Best for You


If you drive in a variety of conditions – off road in hard-pack, off road in dunes, highway travel, etc. – then you’re probably constantly tampering with the air levels of your tires. While it’s easy to let some air out of the tires, putting air back in can be a bit more challenging unless you’re equipped with a high-quality onboard air system. There are several onboard air systems that will get the job done, but when choosing one, you need to make sure it will work with your size tires and perform to your standards. Here are some specs on some of the top-selling models to help make your decision easier.

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Move Over Mel Torme—The PlasmaGlow Scat Master Cometh


Mel Torme Master ScatterSome say scatting is a dying art, but I beg to differ. Sure, your father’s generation of scat men are dying away, but their squidally-bop-squidally-bop-squidally-bop-skeet-skeet legacy lives on. Want proof? Just check out this new install video from PlasmaGlow. The man slings scat like a short-order cook slings hash browns. The throbbing electric organ and bumping bass line are nothing to scoff at, either.

Good news: these boss LED lights are coming your way soon, so stay stuuudally-doot-stuudally-doot-stuudally-doot-dee-dee tuned.

Looking for a new job? AutoAnything is Hiring!


AutoAnything is a San Diego-based, rapidly expanding, leading e-commerce company. We merge the high-speed lane of custom automotive parts and accessories with cutting-edge internet technology and top-notch customer service. Our adherence to sound business principles, entrepreneurial style, knowledge of the competitive landscape and innovative business model has allowed us to excel in the industry since 1979. AutoAnything is currently ranked #204 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide of e-Tail companies. Much of our success in the market can be directly attributed to the energy, dedication, passion and inventiveness of our Team.

If you’re interested in a career opportunity at AutoAnything, the following positions are now open!

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Customer Service/Inside Sales Specialists (Hybrid)
  • Sales Specialists
  • Live Chat Specialists
  • Fulfillment/Vendor Relations Specialist
  • Pricing Specialists
  • Customer Service/Inside Sales Supervisor
  • QA Analyst – Contact Center
  • Data Specialist

Drop off your resume and fill out an application with us. For more detailed information on our open positions, please visit our website at www.autoanything.com/careers.

Come see an AutoAnything Representative on Tuesday – June 29th.

RSVP at the official Event Page on Facebook

One New Product And Some Love For Old Favorites


headgearI wonder: would North Korea have lost 7 : 0 to Portugal had their top striker, Kim Jong Il, not fallen ill? According to state sources, the Pyongyang Pele averages 37 goals a game, more than enough to have shifted the team’s fortunes in their favor. Oh well. As a consolation, we’ve got the digital equivalent of orange slices and Capri Sun waiting on the sidelines—a new product.



Rampage Frameless Jeep Soft TopRampage did for Jeep soft tops what children with London smiles wish their orthodontists could do for them: eliminate the headgear. These frameless tops mount to your roll cage, so there’s no clunky frame to adjust and no embarrassment at sleepovers.

Rampage Frameless Jeep Soft Top

Now, we spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the all the shiny new automotive toys we’ve added up. But, we started hearing some squawking coming from the stock room. Apparently, some of our best-selling accessories and brands are jealous about all the attention the upstart accessories have been getting. So, to stave off a mutiny, we’re giving a special shout-out to all the unsung heroes:

Seat Covers

Seat CoversWe all sit on mustard packets from time to time, but your auto’s upholstery should not have to suffer because of the office hazing we’ve been enduring for the past five years. Wait, am I the only one? Hey, Jerry! WTF?

  • Sheepskin Seat CoversIf you’ve walked through downtown Manhattan, shopped at American Apparel or read the latest issue of Vice, you know ’80s fashion is back. Nothing complements your Yaz reissues and neon sunglasses like vintage sheepskin seat covers.
  • Rampage Seat CoversJeep heads know that Rampage crafts seat covers that are tough enough to keep up with their busy rock-crawling schedules and mud-bogging appointments.

Brakes

Brakes. They’re the invaluable parts that keep you from plowing into the Benz in front of you when you’re rubber necking that Brazilian barista brewing up café con leche at her sidewalk cart.

  • Brake PadsBrake calipers without quality brake pads are like two slices of buttered Roman Meal without the bologna. Complete the sandwich.
  • Brembo BrakesThe pros know that Brembo Brakes are the bee’s knees. They come from Italy, for Mama Celeste’s sake. What more has to be said?

Car Covers

Car CoversIn a garage or out on the street, stray cats will find your warm hood and will knead biscuits with their paws and claws on your finish. Protect your investment from felines by slipping on a car cover and throwing out your catnip air freshener.

  • Outdoor Car CoversThey’re the thin grey line between your ride’s pristine finish and a sludgy slurry of bird squeeze.
  • Covercraft Car CoversThe biggest cheese in the car cover fromagerie is none other than Covercraft, who’s been crafting artisanal covers for decades.

Exhaust Systems

Exhaust, Mufflers & TipsCar go BOOM.

  • Universal MufflersGetting 50 guys to agree on universal healthcare is impossible. On the subject of universal mufflers, though, the support is unanimous.
  • Borla ExhaustWhat sets Borla apart from other exhaust builders? Besides the generations of experience under their belts, they craft every exhaust from choice stainless steel, just like those fansy-pants Japanese kitchen knives you’re still paying off from last year.

Running Boards

Running BoardsWhile they might not be as exciting as Schwarzenegger’s classic Running Man, installing running boards won’t give you nightmares about Captain Freedom and Dynamo chasing you down.

Bike Racks

Bike RacksYou believe in the Critical Mass ethos, but you also live in the ‘burbs. What’s a sympathetic 30-something scenester to do?

  • Hitch Mount Bike RacksTired of aggravating your hernia every time you hoist your Huffy into your roof bike carrier? A hitch mount bike rack eliminates the strain.
  • Thule Bike RacksJust as Joy Division sowed the post-punk seeds and Neutral Milk Hotel fine-tuned indie-rock’s roots, Thule bike racks have laid the foundation for how a proper bike rack should be built.

Tonneau Covers

Tonneau CoversLike a toupee for your truck bed, a tonneau covers up the bald spot, boosting your MPGs and your opposite-sex appeal.

  • Truxedo Tonneau CoversPink tuxes and zoot suits  have all be done before. If you want your wedding video to go viral, try draping yourself with a Truxedo tonneau. They’re the Armani of tonneau makers.

Truck Tents

Truck TentsStaring up at the stars is fine, but being bitten on your eyelid by a centipede in the middle of the night kind of ruins the camping experience. Truck tents smooth out the rough edges of roughing it.

  • SUV & Minivan TentsWhether you’re taking the family out on a camping excursion or simply need to take a little break from your family, an SUV or minivan tent is there for you and won’t ask any questions.
  • SportzNot to be confused with Bratz, Sportz builds some of the finest truck tents around. They have nothing to do with sassy plastic dolls.

Summer Officially Arrives, Bearing the Promise of Tans and Special Savings


Summer Kickback Sale

Wiccans don’t need to be reminded that today’s the summer solstice. Not only are their crystal-clad bodies naturally in tune with Gaia’s shifting phases, but their Twilight calendars also have Crayloa-scrawled pentagrams on today’s box as a reminder. If you’re not a follower of the horned god and moon-drenched goddess and if you don’t have a pentagram-marked Twilight calendar, you at least have us. You’re welcome.

Besides spreading solstice cheer, we’re here with good news: two of the bossest brands in the business, Edge and Injen, are running summer specials.

Edge Accessories

Edge’s sale is twofold. First, we’re reducing our prices on the Juice Attitude, Evolution CS and Evolution CTS. Second, Edge is matching our cut in sales and giving you back cold, hard cash (up to $50) through a rebate when you order one of those programmers between now and August 2, 2010.

Injen Accessories

Injen’s special doesn’t require any math. Simply put: order any Injen air intake system, get a free Hydro Shield while supplies last. So hurry up because supplies will last about as long as a Big Stick at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Four Unfortunate Car Mods


Barbed Wire Tattoo

The urge to augment is universal—it’s what drove our cavemen ancestors to paint their bodies and what continues to drive broheims to get barbed wire Celtic knots inked around their biceps. Although the urge is universal, good taste is rare. Need proof? Check out this quartet of unfortunate car mods. Continue reading

Top 5 Signs That Your Car’s Computer Has Been Hacked


Computer Hackers

According to the NY Times, two groups of computer scientists are warning that the onboard computer systems in modern cars are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. The scientists claim that they were able to remotely control the test vehicle’s brake system and other critical systems, though they did not mention whether they were able to successfully tweak the car’s nav system to display unsolicited sales pitches for shockingly affordable Viagra.

Although the risk of hacking won’t be a real threat until cars are connected to the internet, you should still familiarize yourself with the telltale signs that your ride has been taken over by malicious dweebs. Here are the top five signs that they’re inside your matrix: Continue reading

The 5 Worst Foods to Eat in Your Car


Eating In The Car

True—driving and dinning go together like Chumbawamba and the socially awkward. But that doesn’t mean that all foods are suited for snacking behind the wheel. Before you order another to-go cup of wonton soup for your drive down the California coast, check out this list of the five worst foods to eat in your car. Continue reading

The 5 Best Foods to Eat in Your Car


Beltzbib

Driving and dinning go together like wrestling and armpit shaving. In fact, if I extrapolate the data gathered from an unscientific poll of three of my coworkers, then it appears that the majority of Americans spend almost as much time eating meals behind the wheel than they do square dancing (I work with grandparents). Although eating while driving is a common activity, there are certain foods that seem perfectly engineered for consumption in cars. Here’s a basic list of five of the best foods to munch while motoring. Continue reading

Uncovered: Classic Mini Commercial Featuring Twiggy


Twiggy Mini

Were I given access to a time-travelling hot tub, it’d set the dial to take me back to 1960’s London. No question about it. Not only was the love free, but British rock ‘n roll was cranked up to 11 by the likes of The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Troggs, Herman’s Hermits, Donovan, Manfred Mann, The Who and countless more seminal bands. The ‘60s were also a golden age in British car building. During this decade, limey coach builders came out with two of the coolest cars of all times: the Jaguar E-Type roadster and the Mini. Continue reading

Porsche 918 Spyder: First Look


Porsche 918 Spyder

Think hybrids are only for bookish, latte-sipping, liberal librarians from the People’s Republic of San Francisco? That may have been true before the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has redefined the word “hybrid” with the announcement of their visionary Porsche 918 Spyder. In our humble opinion, the only way this green machine could get more supreme is if they slathered some Stuttgart sour cream over the hood. Continue reading

Top 5 Rainy Day Driving Songs (Plus a Bonus Track)


Rainy Windshield

Here in our hometown of San Diego, we’re known for our biotech industry, our well-trained orca, and our dense military population. We’re not exactly a city with a reputation for rain. However, the skies sometimes like to open up and shower off our sandy streets and dusty mall rooftops. Invariably, even a light celestial tinkle leads to snarled traffic. On the bright side, those long delays give us the opportunity to get reacquainted with the soggier songs in our iPods. Here’s a quick list of 5 of our favorite rainy day driving songs, plus a special bonus track. Continue reading

Das Hot Hatch: The Audi A1 Gets Mad Love at Geneva Motor Show


Audi A1 In A Box

It’s only been a couple weeks since Audi officially announced the coming of the new A1, a spunky, compact hatchback jam-packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a car with German thumbprints under the hood and 4 magician’s rings linked together on the grille. It’s an Audi alright, and it’s getting mad love at the Geneva Motor Show. Continue reading

The 3 Best Mardi Gras-Inspired Factory Paintjobs


Mardi Gras

Grab a fistful of beads, your finest Rex costume and as much malt beverage as you can pour into your trombone because it’s Mardi Gras, I guarantee. Now, Fat Tuesday has lots of time-honored traditions (the eating of King Cake on Basin St, the vomiting of King Cake on Bourbon St), including draping everything that can be draped in the traditional Mardi Gras colors: green, purple and gold. To salute this day of devotion to deviance, we’re highlighting the 3 best Mardi Gras inspired factory paintjobs. Continue reading

5 Songs for Fast Driving


This Ride Will Rock Your Face Off

Can the cops really blame us for thumbing our noses at their speed limits? The intoxicating blend of raw power under the hood and Raw Power blasting through the stereo is enough to strip away the inhibitions of even the most defensive drivers. But, not all music inspires machismo motoring. The only reason you’d drive fast with Yani coming through the speakers is to plow harder into a brick wall to end your suffering. Here are a handful of tracks that redline our engines and eardrums.  Continue reading

Peek-a-boo: New Braking Problems Pop Up in the Prius


2010 Toyota Prius

Just when you thought that Toyota had a grasp on its malfunctioning accelerator woes, new revelations cast doubt on the brake system of their vaunted 2010 Prius (I can almost hear the muffled cries of chetsu! from across the Pacific). Before you rush out to your already besieged local Toyota dealership, know this: no recall has been announced on the 2010 Prius. Continue reading