As parents, we have to make hundreds of decisions every day that have an impact on the safety and health of our children.
But few decisions have implications that match the importance of what cars we purchase. We want to know our vehicles will protect our loved ones as we drive back and forth from school, athletic events, friends’ houses, and vacation destinations. Read the rest »
“Hey hon. Almost ready?”
“Yeah. But I can’t get this tie right. Can you give me a hand?”
“Sure. When was the last time you wore a tie?”
“Probably the last wedding we went to.”
“You look nice in a tie.”
“Don’t get used to it.”
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Auto giant Toyota has issued a worldwide recall on millions of its cars. A defect was discovered that could cause an internal fire. As reported by the International Business Times, the recall was announced on October 21st, concerning a short circuit found in many of the vehicle’s window switches. Read the rest »
Experiencing a sudden and unexpected tire blowout is a terrifying experience. Many drivers have to learn on the fly what they are supposed to do after a blowout. It is best, however, to know what to do in the event of an accident before it happens to you. Otherwise, you could put yourself in harm’s way.
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You have decided that the old tires on your car need to be replaced, so you go to a tire store and pick some “new” tires to replace those old and potentially dangerous tires. But, are those “new” tires actually safe? What you might not know is that a tire that may have been presented as new and looks new may actually be an old tire that has been sitting on a tire store shelf for years.
Frighteningly, there are no state laws or federal legal requirements that mandate tire stores to tell customers the actual age of the tires they are purchasing.
A recent investigative report by ABC 10 in San Diego confirmed a practice that is going on in the region and across the nation. A reporter for the news station purchased two ‘new” tires at a San Diego tire store for $60 each. When the reporter asked how he could determine if the tires were brand new, the clerk said, “Look at the tread.”
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report that says that vehicle recalls in the United States topped 22 million in 2013. The top 18 automobile manufacturers issued 184 recalls in the U.S. in 2013. This was a marked increase from the 153 vehicle recalls issued in the U.S. in 2012 and was the largest tally of vehicles recalled since 2004.
Toyota led the way in 2013 recalls with more than 5 million of its vehicles affected. This was the second year in a row that Toyota was the recall leader. The NHTSA warned that there could be many reasons for the increased recalls and that too much should not be read into the numbers. Read the rest »
General Motors recently announced one of the largest auto product recalls ever, affecting nearly 1.5 million vehicles sold in the Chinese auto market, according to a recent article by Reuters.
The recall affects two of GM’s most popular Chinese models: the Buick Excelle compact and the Chevrolet Sail subcompact. Both cars are made in China by Shanghai General Motors Co. Ltd., a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor Corp. It covers approximately 1.2 million Excelle vehicles made between 2006 and 2011 and over 240,000 Sail vehicles made between 2009 and 2011. Read the rest »
The Ford Motor Company recently paid $17.5 million to settle a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning the company’s failure to launch a needed recall in a timely manner, according to a recent article in Auto Remarketing.
The recall involved more than 420,000 Ford Escape vehicles in model years 2001 through 2004. The NHTSA had initially investigated the vehicles after receiving multiple complaints that the throttle was becoming stuck in the “open” position, even after the driver took his or her foot off the accelerator. Upon investigation, the agency determined that the cause of the problem was inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector, and the problem could occur even if the cruise control was not engaged. Read the rest »
In early 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a petition from General Motors (GM) asking for a finding of “inconsequential noncompliance” in the case of 5,690 GM trucks with mislabeled tire placards. The NHTSA’s decision, which was released June 27, granted GM’s petition.
At issue in the request were Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe vehicles, as well as GMC Sierra and Yukon vehicles, manufactured in model years 2007 to 2013, according to the agency. Some of the vehicles had been sold with a tire placard that said the vehicle had three front-passenger seats. In fact, the vehicles have only two front-passenger bucket seats with a center console between, according to the automaker. Read the rest »
In March 2013, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for about 230,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. The purpose of the recall was to fix rust problems in the vehicles that could cause the third row of seats to come loose, increasing the risk of serious injuries in some types of vehicle crashes. The recall affected vehicles manufactured in model years 2004 through 2007, and it focused on vehicles sold in cold-weather areas, which were more likely to suffer rust problems due to regular contact with rock salt used to melt snow and ice on roads.
Now, although no recall has been issued, the NHTSA is urging owners of Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans who live in warmer areas like San Diego to keep an eye on their own vehicles, as rust could also cause problems in these minivans even without regular contact with road salt and other chemicals. So far, the agency has received only a single complaint about rust problems in a minivan used in warm-weather areas. Read the rest »