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Categories: Safety

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix. 


Can You Text in a Self-Driving Car?

On: Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:03AM | By: Karen Cook


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When is it ok to text and drive? Obviously, the answer is never! But what if you aren’t actually driving? What if your car is driving for you? I always picture George Jetson and hear his iconic “future car sound” when I think of the new technology of self-driving vehicles. (Funny though. He never had a cell phone. Even he didn’t text and drive.)


How To Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

On: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Labor Day us almost upon us, and some parts of the country are already feeling the first cool breezes of fall. Autumn is a great time for raking leaves, getting ready for the holidays, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. It’s also perfect for getting your car or truck ready for the coming winter. Here’s a look at how to make sure your vehicle runs trouble-free throughout the cold months ahead.


Some Small Cars Score Poorly in IIHS Testing

On: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 7:04AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Bad news for smaller car owners: you might be driving a car that did very poorly in crash tests! Results of a new series of crash tests were released last Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and some very popular models did not fare well. Half of the smaller model cars tested didn’t yield results that many would feel confident with.


 

Do Insurance Companies Offer Cheaper Rates on Safer Cars?

On: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:59AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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The safer the car, the cheaper the insurance, right? Possibly, but the car you drive is only a part of the equation when it comes to insurance premium rates.


Are Your Passengers Stressing You Out?

On: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 11:28AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Backseat drivers are perhaps the most irritating part of any trip. Backseat driving is basically when a passenger nags the driver about how they are driving, the route they are taking, and even the radio station they choose. So, who makes the worst backseat driver? No surprise to any married couple: it is most certainly the backseat driving spouse!


Should You Replace Airbags That Haven't Ever Deployed?

On: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 12:18PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Airbags are an odd part of the car. They spend most of the time hidden away until springing into action for a few seconds, and that’s it. Luckily for some drivers, their airbags never have a reason to deploy and so the car’s airbags never see the light of day. So if the airbag never deploys, you can just leave it and forget about it, right? Not true; your airbag might actually be expired!


Dodge Recalls 45,000 Ram Trucks

On: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you just purchased a new 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, you may want to swing that bad-boy right back around towards that dealership.  Why, you ask?  Well, Dodge has issued a recall of 45,961 new Ram trucks that were built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013.  This is because the Electronic Stability Control may not work when the truck is operational due to a defect in the software that controls the ESC module.  If the ESC doesn't work at all, or work properly, the truck may lose control in adverse conditions and could result in an accident or potential fatality to the driver, passengers, or pedestrians.

Dodge has said it will begin its recall this month by contacting owners and repairing the defective software for free.  Owners can contact Dodge at 1-800-247-9753 to schedule their free fix or with questions.  Read on for the full report ...


City Driving is Actually Safer Than Rural Driving

On: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Most people envision the backroads of this country to hold charm and easy driving, but they also hold something else: the title of being the most dangerous place to drive! It’s true, the deadliest roads in this country are in rural areas, not urban streets like you might think.


Can Your Car Be Hacked?

On: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:30AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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New videos have made their way around the internet over the last few weeks that show a startling reality for drivers: the technology in our cars has made them hackable!


Help Your Car Stay Cool & Survive the Summer Heat

On: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:10AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Heat waves are plaguing parts of this country, or as people from the southern states call it “the middle of summer”. Many parts of the nation are dealing with extreme heat and unpleasant humidity, and drivers dread getting into their cars. Going for a ride can feel like torture, even to the people who normally love driving their cars around. There are a few things you can do to minimize your discomfort when you have to drive somewhere this summer—hopefully the tips below will get you through the extreme heat. Learn about keeping the cabin cooler for your comfort as well as keeping your car from overheating.