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Categories: Safety

Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas!

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas! test 2

It seems they really don't make 'em like they used to anymore. Either that or they just did a lot less recalling back in the good 'ole days. In what seems to be the summer of recalls, now it is General Motors' turn to bring some horses back to the stable. More than ten thousand 2012 Chevy Impalas are being recalled this month due to "misrouted" power steering hoses which have been placed dangerously close to the catalytic converter, thus melting the hose and igniting the power steering fluid, setting that brand new engine compartment ablaze.

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Ttraffic Safety Administraton and Safercar.gov...


Lotus Evora S Police Cars

On: Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lotus Evora S Police Cars test 2

Public service has never been a glamorous life. You either work hard for relatively low pay or you take bribes and defraud the public, get caught and go to jail. Police officers, for instance, are likely to be seen driving around in a nondescript Ford or Chevy both on-duty and off. Not exactly the "high life.” But every once in a while, police forces get a taste of the good life by getting high-tech, sporty cars to use for patrol. The Italian military police known as Arma dei Carabinieri is the latest force to have a couple sweet rides in its ranks.

Lotus donated two specially outfitted Evora S models to the police force for its Rome and Milan units. Like any good police cars, these two Lotus cruisers have all the mandatory equipment: lights, communications equipment, and a voice-recognition system called Enhanced Vehicle Automation. Because these are more than your average patrol car, each car also comes with a refrigerated compartment in the rear, designed to keep organs on ice during transport. Presumably, it could also keep the officers' soda or iced cappuccino cold when they have to unexpectedly run out on a bust—assuming that drinking something out of the organ cooler is kosher with the officer(s) in question.


Review: The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:43PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Buick LaCrosse test 2

Redesigned last year, the Buick LaCrosse has brought in a new trend for Buick, one which emphasizes modernity and performance. As opposed to the detached, floaty performance and disappointing cabin that Buicks once were known for. The 2011 Buick LaCrosse stands out among affordable midsize cars because of its sharp styling, assured performance and a cabin that's just about the most luxurious offered at this selling price. This midsize sedan's attractive styling perfectly balances classic Buick nods like the vertical lines of the grille and the sweeping line of the body with thoroughly contemporary detailing. And the car's elegant appearance is combined with surprisingly adept driving dynamics. It's enough to make you forget all about the ship-size cars in that coffee table book of Buick history.


Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-Vs and Elements!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-V's and Elements! test 2

According to Safercar.gov, Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) has issued a recall that affects specific models and years of the Accord, CR-V, and Element produced in the last six years due to faulty PCM and TCM modules that could cause injuries or even death.


 

Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 9:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans! test 2

In a recall issued this week, it seems that 2007 and 2008 weren't just about faulty Toyotas. If you own any minivan made by Chrysler in the 2008 model year, those being the Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, or Dodge Grand Caravan, it would behoove you get back to the dealer as soon as possible. It seems that nearly 300,000 vehicles may suffer an inadvertent airbag deployment.


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space!

On: Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 4:54PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe: Making Space! test 2

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe remains much as before, and that, no doubt, is just fine with a sizable number of folks who’ve grown to value its combination of truck toughness and surprisingly refined practicality. The Chevy Tahoe provides room for up to nine passengers or two passengers and a whole lot of cargo or anything in between, good towing capabilities, and a gas mileage making other large SUVs jealous.

In addition to a Hybrid version, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base Tahoe LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual heating and cooling, eight-passenger seating with front power-adjustable bucket seats and center floor console. Also standard are Bluetooth, OnStar, and a six-speaker sound system with CD and rear audio controls, satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack and an iPod/USB interface. Also available is an optional Convenience package which includes power-adjustable pedals, remote engine start, rear parking assist and a rearview camera system with mirror display.


GM Debuts New Standard Feature: Auto Insurance Coverage

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Auto Insurance test 2

Remember when you were an innocent teenager saving up for your first car? Whether by way of summer job; steady, part-time work; or birthday and Christmas presents, you tucked the money away and watched your bank account grow from double digits, to triple to quadruple. You dreamt about the sporty, luxurious used car you'd soon be able to buy.


Mitsubishi Launches Evo Experience II Add-On At Infineon

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Jim Russell Evo Experience school 1 test 2

Mitsubishi Motors America has announced the literal next level in tire-torturing with the “Lancer Evolution Experience II,” the newly-available follow-up to the carmaker’s original Evo-driving course through the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

[OK, they call it “Infineon Raceway” now, but it will always be Sears Point to me.]

Anyhoo, this offers Evo geeks—and the general public—the chance to REALLY scare the wee out of themselves behind the wheel of a specially-prepared Evolution X in an additional intensive day of instruction.

But before you go and assume that this is the typical “follow-the-leader” or “we’re lapping for fun, so no stopwatches here” driving school, I have two words for you: “Time Attack.”


2011 Hyundai Sonata Comes Into Its Own.

On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 12:29PM | By: Mary McRae


2011 Hyundai Sonata  test 2

Could there be any denying that the previous Hyundai Sonata was heavily influenced by the Camry and Accord? No, I think we can all agree on that. While the old Sonata borrowed lots of influences from the aforementioned reigning champions, the latest Sonata was completely redesigned for the 2011 model year. Now with sharply styled interior and exterior, safety features, plus the added benefit of extreme fuel efficiency; the 2011 Hyundai Sonata comes into its own.


Tech-Ghost Riding Now Legal in Nevada

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tech-Ghost Riding Now Legal in Nevada test 1-1

Not only can you play every betting game known to man and have relations with a street walker in the same night in Nevada, now you can legally ghost ride. Okay, it's not exactly classic ghost riding where you climb out of a moving car and dance like a fool on the hood or roof, but the effect is the same: empty driver's seat, moving car. After some hard lobbying by Google, the Nevada state legislature passed Bill 511, which legalizes certain self-driven cars on roadways. Google will now be able to test its fleet of advanced, autonomous cars.


Transportation Secretary LaHood Says "It's Not Necessary!"

On: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 2:38PM | By: Chris Weiss


Transportation Secretary LaHood Says test 2

You don't have to be the #1 transportation authority in the United States to know that in-vehicle Facebook and Twitter are big, unnecessary advances with "potential devestating danger" written all over them. But it's nice to have him on your side.

Ever since I saw the first mention of Facebook in a car, I've been pretty fearful of the future of our roadways. What we need is fewer distractions in cars, not more distractions with possibly safer, definitely more complicated and technological form factors. We need people focusing on road signs and surrounding traffic, not on the latest viral video or "breaking" friend news. Unfortunately, the auto industry seems determined to ride the popularity of social media in selling cars. At least Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is on our team.

LaHood told the Wall Street Journal in a succinct, definitive statement: "There's absolutely no reason for any person to download their Facebook into the car. It's not necessary."