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Categories: Safety

Gas Pedals Not Up To Caliber

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:14AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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The Dodge Caliber is being probed for sticky pedal issues. Chrysler says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a problem with sticky accelerator pedals in the 2007 Dodge Caliber. The NHTSA said, in a document posted on its Web site, five consumers reported that the accelerator pedal became stuck and would not return to the idle position when released. But it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage.

Chrysler says in a statement that the problem is limited to a small number of vehicles built during a five-week period in March and April of 2006. The automaker says the problem appears to be with a parts supplier and is mechanical, not electronic. The parts in question were made by CTS Corp; if that name sounds familiar, it should. CTS is the supplier of pedals involved in Toyota Motor Corp.'s January recall of some 2.1 million vehicles. Chrysler says it will cooperate fully with the investigation. There has been no recall of the vehicles.

Honda Recalls 167,000 Acura Sedans

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In car news this week, according to a recent press release, Honda has recalled over 160,000 Acura TSX Sedans due to a potential safety hazard—a faulty power steering hose and o-ring gasket which has the potential to deteriorate prematurely, possibly resulting in a fire hazard.

When It Comes To Future Cars, Lighter Is Better

On: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 5:22PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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One of the major ways to save on gas is to shed the weight in an automobile. The less weight there is to carry around, the less energy is needed to do the hauling. Over the years as the automobile has evolved, the average weight has increased, not only to provide more space and comfort, but also to help to increase safety ratings in crash tests.

Toyota Recalls Sequoia SUVs To Address Stability Control

On: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:21AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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We all heard about Toyota's problem with unintended acceleration, right? Well, now there are problems with the 2003 Sequoia's lack of acceleration. The recall is triggered by complaints that the stability control activated at times it should not. In such cases, the vehicle's stability control system—which regulates the vehicle's brakes and engine to help control a lack of traction while cornering—can needlessly kick in at lower speeds, thus making the truck go slower than the driver wants. This sounds like a big safety issue to me; can you imagine trying to merge into heavy traffic, and you hit the gas, and you are going nowhere—fast? I can see the dump truck in my rearview mirror now…

Apparently this problem has been going on since the fall of 2003 and Toyota has been replacing the skid control units when customers complained. If you own a Sequoia, have no fear; starting in late May, Toyota will send letters to all affected Sequoia owners included in this recall. The automaker is also will reimburse customers who were charged for the fix when the work was done after their warranty ended.

Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America, said, “Toyota is committed to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles. As a result, we are voluntarily launching this recall to ensure that as many 2003 Sequoias as possible are serviced to the full satisfaction of our customers.”

More details and answers to questions are available to customers at http://www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. You can read the press release after the jump.


The BMW 335i Voted Must-See

On: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 8:21AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The 2011 BMW 335i's Limited Edition was one of the cars selected for the “must-see” list of automobiles that debuted at the 2010 New York Auto Show that premiered recently. This sporty sedan features a single-turbo engine boosted to 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Other than embellishing the car with the extra power, there is an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission, which is a first for a BMW that is not an M model; the front and rear fascias of the 335i were revamped as well as the entire M-sport interior.

Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In recent car news, it seems that Toyota may be under the microscope again.  After many months of scrutiny, and several recalls for issues such as defective accelerator pedals, Toyota Corporation recently announced that they will recall the Lexus GX 460.  The SUV will be recalled after Consumer Reports rated the Lexus SUV a safety risk, issuing a “don’t buy” recommendation on April 13th.

Toyota AgreesTo Pay $16.4 Million U.S. Fine

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to pay the largest fine in history, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for allegations of not reporting safety problems in vehicles with defective accelerator pedals for 4 months. According to the NHTSA, the law states that any safety issue must be reported within 5 business days. Since Toyota failed to do so, a monetary fine was assessed for $16.4 million, the maximum penalty that NHTSA can assign.

Roll Over, Little Samurai, The Lexus GX 460 Is Here!

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 7:35PM | By: John Welch

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I was reading this article in Consumer Reports this one time; I had been in the market for a new blender for several months. Being of small mental stature, I just couldn't make up my mind. CR instructed me to specifically avoid the blender named "The Furnace Blast-O-Matic" but the packaging was just sooo damn intriquing . . . I bought the most expensive Blast-O-Matic I could find.


Wouldn't you know it; CR alleged that the Blasto-O-Matic had a faulty wiring system and would throw sparks from its blades at any speed higher than "frappe". Lo, they were correct, and now I am rebuilding my kitchen and having work done to the houses' foundation. Sum . . . bitch.


Ever since that fateful blender incident I have taken Consumer Reports at their word. They say a new Lexus model, the GX 460, might be a bit tippy in the turns. Might bob and weave a little too much for the average Soccer Mom's driving skill set. Might just go "turtle", and kill all the little munchkins inside. Important news, assuming this isnt a Toyota Witch-Hunt . . .

American Mini, Not Muscle

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 2:19PM | By: Benjamin Roussey

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The New York International Auto Show seemed to be less of an auto show than it was an extravaganza for environmentally friendly automobiles. To be more accurate, it seemed to be a display for mini-mobiles. The self-propelled cars in the Flintstone’s cartoon had more power than some of these cars. This timing could not have come at a worse time for these auto companies. This winter tossed a monkey wrench into the spokes of the Al Gore global warming crusade and an increasing number of people are questioning the global warming rational.

Creed, Phil Collins, And How Listening To Them May Cause You To Wreck Your Car

On: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Nick Truden

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Greetings, fellow drivers. First off, my apologies for not being around as often as I should be on this blog. Various circumstances have prevented me from being a regular contributor. But fear not, I will be making myself known more often than before to give you a dose of the entertainment side of driving. I’m talking about that one medium of art that ties us all together regardless of religion, race, or creed. I’m talking about music. Everyone loves listening to music while driving. It passes the time in those long hauls between point A and point B. It also serves as a catalyst for varying types of behavior while driving. I’m talking about this guy…

Cities And States Consider Measures To Squeeze Money Out Of Motorists.

On: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:45AM | By: Clay Ritchings

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Adding insult to injury, cash-strapped California is seeing some of the most aggressive efforts to squeeze money out of motorists by considering plans to send accident cleanup bills to drivers involved in a crash, according to the Association of California Insurance Companies. Many insurance companies do not cover cleanup fees. Drivers are already being double-tapped by a budget deal that increased the vehicle license fee owners pay to register their cars every year. A significant portion of the revenue goes to the state's general fund, and the rest to local crime prevention programs.