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Categories: Safety

Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.


Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 12:05PM | By: Karen Cook


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Picture, if you will, a lovely day full of sunshine and blue skies. You're gliding along a beautiful road free of traffic enjoying the view and the light streaming in through your sunroof and simply enjoying the simple pleasure of driving. Suddenly, and without warning, that gorgeous view is destroyed by the sound of shattering glass as your sunroof rains down on everyone in the car causing cuts and scrapes and possibly an accident.


GM Adds More Recalls

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:08PM | By: Karen Cook


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General Motors has released a bevy of new recalls which brings their total (for those keeping track) to 29 since the first of this year. That adds up to 13.6 million vehicles in the US which have needed some sort of repair due to factory defects. Some of those cars are counted more than once since several of the recalls covered more than one potential problem. I don't think that makes the figures any better.


Juke's Timing Chain has Problems

On: Mon, May 19, 2014 at 1:15PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nissan is issuing a voluntary recall for all 2011-2013 Juke crossovers due to an issue with the timing chain. The chain can deteriorate or distort over time and can fail due to this defect. The driver may or may not get a warning light to alert him to the problem. If a light does come on, the chain is likely to fail if not repaired.


 

I Bring You the Safety Car of the Future, Built Right Here in the U. S. of A. - in 1989!

On: Fri, May 16, 2014 at 9:44AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I call America a nation of “Missers”—people who avoid collisions through blind luck rather than awareness and talent—NOT "Drivers". Sure, there are exceptions, but we are few and far between. It is for this and who knows how many other misguided reason(s) that the government is mandating more and more “driver aids” (aka Idiot Over-Riders) tacked onto vehicles already stuffed with them in the name of "safety".

I’ve railed—admittedly, usually to myself—that the emphasis should be on driver education, not on adding electronics that make it possible for the worst-of-the-worst to not die in solo-car accidents like they should, to, as my dad would say, "thin the herd." Pumping money into education and training helps stop collisions from occurring, while the majority of electrissical bits are there to only mitigate how damaged you'll be after the fact.

I bring this up (here, anyway) only to at least tweak your thinking on what’s safe, both for you and your pocketbook.

[Here’s a hint: If you're a Driver, you were pretty much better off before today's big push towards “active” seatbelts, airbags, Traction- and Stability Control and…]


Third Time is Not Charming For Escape Owners

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 3:32PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford's Escape SUV is having a hard time. At least those from 2013 and 2014. Ford has just announced a third recall on this vehicle which will cover 581,986 of them.


Mercedes New Fancy Pants EV

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 2:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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Before the summer ends, showrooms will be getting the first Mercedes-Benz all electric compact cars. The B-Class Electric Drive will be the most expensive EV on the market to date, starting at $42,375. The question is whether or not consumers will see enough value to choose it over the less expensive Nissan Leaf or Chevy Spark, both of which are almost half the price.


GM - Delphi: Plenty of Blame To Go Around

On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 1:31PM | By: Karen Cook


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It appears that consumers and the government aren't the only ones that have issues with General Motors. Planning Perspectives, Inc recently completed a survey of suppliers who make and sell products to the biggest auto makers in the United States. The survey found that GM rates lowest on the list of customers the suppliers want to deal with.


Motorcyclist Death Decreasing in the United States

On: Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:11AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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In the United States, motorcyclist deaths decreased by seven percent in 2013, making it only the second time that’s happened since 1997. The drop may be due to the lack of the kind of weather that lures bikers out, rather than safer driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).


GM Puts the Brakes on 8,208 More Vehicles

On: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Karen Cook


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General Motors has announced yet another recall, bringing the total to 19 so far this year and five just within the last two weeks. 5.4 million GM vehicles have been involved in recalls of one kind or another this year.


Half-Empty or Half-Full?: It Isn't Just An Attitude Anymore

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook


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When I was young I bought used cars, generally from private individuals, out of necessity due to low funding for the project. It was always a risky business even with help from my father, who knew more about cars than I did. I knew there was bound to be something wrong with the car that the owner “forgot” to tell me. One vehicle had a faulty gas gauge and I ended up on the side of the road on the way home from the purchase. The gauge said I had half a tank.