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Categories: Safety

Huge Fail for GM

On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40AM | By: Karen Cook


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It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.


Toyota Wrapping Up Final Settlements Over Recall

On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:22AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Toyota is moving closer towards resolution over their last big legal battle concerning the now infamous issues concerning their vehicles that accelerated without intention. The problem has already cost the automaker billions of dollars and caused the recall of millions of their vehicles during 2009 and 2010.


Hair-Trigger Airbags

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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We all know that airbags save lives. In the event of a crash the airbag deploys, sometimes causing minor injuries of its own, but saving the occupant from being ejected from the vehicle or slamming into the dashboard or windshield and possibly being killed. Most of us are willing to put up with some scrapes and bruises if it means walking away from an accident relatively unscathed.


Court Cases Contend Continuing Courtesy Constitutional

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18PM | By: Karen Cook


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Usually it is considered a kindness or a courtesy to alert oncoming drivers to a speed trap and this is done by flashing one’s headlights. In most places across the country this practice is frowned upon by police and, in some places, it is against the law. Recently, though, motorists have begun defending their right to communicate with each other and it seems that judges are supporting them.


 

Ram ProMaster Recall

On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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Recalls scare me. I don’t want to think that my automobile may do something unexpected that could cause injury to me or others and do damage to itself. Chrysler’s current recall is one of the scariest in my book.


Help! I've Eaten and I Can't Buckle Up

On: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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One third of the population in American is overweight. Another third is obese. Why bring this up on an automotive website? People who are in this category either can’t or won’t wear seatbelts, which has been recently reported in a study published online by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Italy Invites Tattle-Tales

On: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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Remember when you were young and there were those things that adults talked about and did that were either hidden from the “children” or not discussed in front of them? This covered everything from books and magazines to movies and certain topics of conversation. When I was old enough to be privy to these things, I found among my dad’s belongings a pad of “parking citations.” Now my father was a police officer, but they weren’t those kinds of citations. These were a novelty and were intended for non-police citizens to leave on the windshields of drivers who were caught doing those irritating things that we all hate (except for those who do them, I guess). There were several categories and they all came with some very adult name calling. Even without the fine I’m sure it made you feel better to leave one for the guy who took up two parking spaces.


To Warm or Not to Warm

On: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:08PM | By: Karen Cook


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It’s cold in Ogden, Utah. It’s cold over a good portion of the United States right now. The residents in Ogden (and possibly where you live) are doing what many people do—starting their cars before they are ready to drive them in order to “warm them up.” This activity raises a few questions about the safety, necessity, and effectiveness of doing so.


NHTSA May Put the Brakes on Toyota

On: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:10AM | By: Karen Cook


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Attention, Toyota Camry Hybrid owners! The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 2007-2008 Camry Hybrids due to a possible defect of the braking system. Owners have reported that they are experiencing “delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort” meaning the brakes either don’t work or the pedal must be pushed harder to get the car to stop. So far there have been 59 complaints, 40% of which said the issue occurred at speeds of 40mph or more. It seems the problem is more likely as the car ages because 55% of the complaints have occurred in the last eight months.


GM Recalls 300,000 New Pickup Trucks

On: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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General Motors has issued a recall of a whopping number of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The affected models have been cited as only 2014 models, specifically those with 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 engines. It seems these engines have a very bad habit of having their exhaust manifolds overheat when idling in cold temperatures. Obviously if the exhaust manifolds begin climbing to extremely high temperatures, it can damage, melt, or destroy surrounding engine components in the engine bay, and render a very new engine, very obsolete, very quickly.  

GM has already begun contacting customers, and will fix the problem by reprogramming the ECU to moderate exhaust temperatures within normal ranges free of charge. Chevy owners many contact GM at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC owners can contact GM at 1-800-462-8782 with questions or to schedule their fix. Read on for the full report ...


10 Tips for Driving in Ice and Snow

On: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:59AM | By: Bill Wilson


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If this winter has proven anything, it’s that severe weather can pop up where it’s least expected. Just ask the residents of Atlanta, GA or San Antonio, TX. With spring still a few months away, now is a great time to review the following tips for driving in icy and snowy conditions.