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Categories: Safety

Infiniti Q50 Excels in Safety

On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06AM | By: Karen Cook

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If safety is high on your list of requirements in a new vehicle, Infiniti has a sports sedan for you. It recently received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which is the highest possible ranking. The Q50 sports sedan was tested along with the Q50 3.7 and the Q50 Hybrid. The 3.7 received only four stars, but that’s still respectable. The final rating includes combined scores from frontal, side impact, and rollover crash tests. The tests are performed by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the testing procedures are severe and rigorous to insure passenger safety in all new vehicles.

Michelin Recalls 1.2 Million Tires

On: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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The Michelin man has decided to recall 1.2 million of its LTX M/S tires, specifically size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE. These tires have typically been used on many Fords, as well as light trucks, RVs, vans, and pickup trucks. It seems these tires may be susceptible to tread separation, which, of course, is extremely bad. If this happens, a crash will almost be impossible to avoid. The production dates for the tires in question are January 10, 2010–June 23, 2012.

Michelin has said it will notify all owner and dealers beginning next month, and will replace these defective tires for free. Owners may contact Mr. Michelin at 1-800-231-5893 with any questions.  

A Missive to American Parents

On: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 2:15PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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As I write this, it’s far too late and I should more than probably be asleep. I can’t, however, because of a few bits of news that I saw earlier today. Namely, that a couple of young folk were recently responsible for car-related deaths that gained media attention due to some Twitter posts, etc. It’s the kind of story you see all over the internet every day: someone did something horrible and then tweeted something entirely unrelated, which means they are, in essence, the devil. Jalopnik’s Patrick George posted a preliminary lambasting of the American drivers-ed system, which I fully endorse: receiving (I won’t say earning) a driver’s license in this country is far too easy, and a lot of car-related deaths could be prevented by more comprehensive, rigorous education.

Another Day, Another Recall

On: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:47PM | By: Karen Cook

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Chrysler has announced a recall of 522 vehicles of the following makes and models having 2.4-liter engines: the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot, 2013 Dodge Avenger and 2013 Chrysler 200


Odometer Fraud a Cautionary Tale

On: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:23PM | By: Karen Cook

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So you’re looking at a pre-owned vehicle and it looks pretty good. It’s in decent condition, appears to be clean and well cared for. The tires are good and the engine doesn’t seem to be in need of any maintenance. The odometer shows low mileage too. You seem to have a winner. You sign the papers, hand over the cash, and drive away with the deal of a lifetime. Within two weeks, though, you are headed to the mechanic and you leave with a hefty bill. So what went wrong?

Germans Extinguish Recent Model S Fires

On: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:39AM | By: Karen Cook

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The Tesla Model S has had its share of news coverage. The recent engine fires have been everywhere from television to You Tube. It has made for some pretty bad press for Tesla. Model S owners aren’t too happy either. Shareholders have shown their disgust. However, the news isn’t all bad. The Model S is available in Germany and the government there has done its own investigation.

Unlocking Computer Technology In Our Vehicles

On: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:41PM | By: Karen Cook

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With all the new computer technology in our vehicles driving has never been safer, right? I mean, our cars can see other cars on the road and help us avoid accidents we didn’t even see coming. They can brake for us, keep us in our lane, and keep us from backing over anything or anyone. Soon there will be those automotive wonders that drive all by themselves. So it’s all tidy, safe, and secure. Maybe not.

You Have The Right to Remain Terrified by Mecum's Fully-kitted Ex-California Highway Patrol 2002 Camaro B4C

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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No. It can’t be. NO! But it’s a… a Camaro! Then the unmistakable round red “takedown” light pops on and I know the California Highway Patrol has me dead to rights. And forget about fleeing. Not that I ever would, but the test Nissan Maxima I was bombing down I-5 in would be meat on the table for a car like what I found to be the first “B4C” (police) package ’02 Camaro in that neck of the woods.

First thing out of the officer’s mouth—hand to God—was, “Dang. I thought you were going to run. They say these Camaros’ll do almost 150, but without a suspect to chase we can’t exceed 100.” Then I, professional wordsmith that I am, offered an equally shocking, “Sorry to disappoint you.”

He laughed, I tried to laugh back, and he let me go. And as I watched his shark-like black-and-white police-package Z28 slide off into the night, I swore one day I’d have one just like it, lights, labels, and all. And if I was in Anaheim, CA during Mecum’s Nov. 21-23 auction, I really could’ve. But [insert excuse why here] someone beat me to it. And for a price I STILL can’t believe…

Ford Recalls 2013 Escapes

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:44PM | By: Karen Cook

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It’s always a little frightening when you hear of a recall on the vehicle you drive. Kinda feels like Russian roulette every time you start it up. I apologize to all of you who drive a 2013 Ford Escape.

Ford has issued a recall, which will begin in January, on all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6 liter engines. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 139,917 vehicles are capable of having the engine catch fire. These cars may “experience localized overheating of the cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak.” The oil can leak onto the hot engine and cause a fire.

Of those covered in the recall 9,469 are also involved in a secondary recall due to faulty fuel lines which may have been improperly installed at the plant. The same possibility exists. Fuel leaks onto the engine and catches a spark which leads to an engine fire.

As of November 18th, there have been 12 reported engine fires on these vehicles in the United States and one in Canada. No injuries have occurred. The fire tends to be contained in the engine compartment and there is ample time to exit your vehicle before the situation becomes life-threatening.

As is customary with manufacturer recalls, you will be notified if you are affected and all repairs will be done free of charge. In the first instance, Ford dealers can modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems. For the smaller recall, the fuel line will be inspected and replaced if necessary. If you have any questions you may contact Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332.

The official recall does not begin for about 8 more weeks, on January 23rd, but you may take your vehicle to a Ford dealership any time to have it inspected and repaired. As with any vehicle defect, the sooner the better.

D.A.R.V: Baby Steps Towards the Future

On: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 7:54AM | By: Karen Cook

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Most car manufacturers are doing research to develop those futuristic cars that can drive themselves. We have a few already that monitor the road even while the driver is in control and they have the ability to take over in an emergency. Last week at the auto show in Los Angeles, Toyota gave us a step in between. It’s not a fully autonomous car but it does provide much more interaction than anything currently on the road. And it can interact with more than just the driver.

Drivers Lament; Wait! How Did I Get Here?

On: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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A recent report by the Erie Insurance Group has uncovered some very disturbing information. 65,000 fatal accident reports were studied from a two-year period (2010 – 2011) and there was one cause of the crashes that outnumbered texting or talking on the phone by 5 to 1. Was it drunk driving? Nope. Maybe it was falling asleep at the wheel. Wrong again. Speeding? Another good guess but the answer doesn’t concern any of the irresponsible behavior we’ve come to associate with car accidents.