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Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Red light camera companies’ profits are falling far below expectations all over the country. The cash cow is drying up for the cities because of the citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.


Toyota To Reshape And Replace 3.8 Million Gas Pedals.

On: Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:23AM | By: Drew Christy


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Toyota has announced they will replace the gas pedals on 3.8 million vehicles. This announcement is part of the largest recall in Toyota's history and affects both Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. The company said it will reconfigure the shape of accelerator pedals to cut down on the risk that they may be jammed in the floor mat. In addition, it will replace original equipment floor mats with redesigned mats.

The following models are affected:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

 

Toyota will start notifying owners of the involved vehicles via first-class mail by the end of this year.  Owners of the involved vehicles are asked to take out any removable driver’s floor mat and not replace it with any other floor mat until the pedal is replaced or modified.

Initially (beginning of 2010) dealers will reshape the current accelerator pedal until a replacement pedal is manufactured. As replacement pedals become available (around April 2010)  customers will have the opportunity to receive a new pedal if they desire.

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1-800-255-3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

We have posted the press release from Toyota after the jump.


Bad Driving: Where Do They Grow You People?

On: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 5:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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If you spend enough time on the road you will see drivers involved in all sorts of behaviors from applying makeup, doing hair, eating a Dagwood, watching a DVD, changing clothes, and some unmentionable things. The other day I was driving to work and noticed the person in the lane next to me reading while they were driving, Yes, reading a book while driving, not a map, not a scrap of paper with a note on it, but a freaking book. Looking back I wish I could have gotten a glimpse at the cover or at least the author because that must have been a great book if the driver could not peel his eyes away from it to run to the grocery store. I am jealous; I have not read a book that gripping in a long time!


Red Light Cameras: Solutions Require Cities To Use Common Sense

On: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:48PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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In my last post on RLCs I talked about how when a city decides to install these devices their concerns are not about safety because the studies show that they increase the chance of accidents. If you have any doubts, ask yourself why would a city install the RLCs and then reduce the yellow light timing to less than the federal or state guidelines unless they wanted only to produce more red light violations. In order to get the cameras installed, the city has to write the ordinances so that the violations do not put any points on drivers’ licenses. Why would the city decriminalize a violation as serious as running a red light? It's really not that complicated. Red light cameras are used only to create a revenue stream for the incestuous relationship between money-hungry cities and money-grubbing RLC companies.


 

Red Light Cameras: Show Me The Money

On: Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:16PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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I have not put much thought into the whole “red light camera” topic until my town decided to place these autonomous ticket printing machines up in strategic places that will Make Money. Make no mistake about it that when a town decides to use an independent company that has incentives to write tickets without the discretion of a police officer at the scene to take in the whole situation and use his judgment, they are in it to make money. I must say that in no way do I advocate reckless driving or breaking the laws, but If Big Brother is going to start writing tickets from an armchair in Arizona for your front tires being over the white line then I must protect myself.


Toyota Issues its largest recall ever in the U.S. over floor mats, 3.8M vehicles affected.

On: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 11:37PM | By: Drew Christy


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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a safety alert to the owners of particular Toyota and Lexus models from 2004-2010. This recall affects 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the United States. The alert reports of accelerator pedal clearance issues which provide the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position. A stuck accelerator may result in very high vehicle speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death.

The following models are affected:

  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 ES 350
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350

Toyota has announced that it will soon launch a safety recall to address the problem with the vehicles listed above. The NHTSA is asking owners of specific Toyota and Lexus models to take out any removable driver’s floormat immediately and NOT replace it with any other floormat until Toyota develops a solution (see photo above?).

Owners with questions or concerns, are asked to please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1-800-331-4331) or Lexus Customer Assistance Center (1-800-255-3987), or consult the information posted at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.

We have posted the press releases from both the NHTSA and Toyota after the jump. Toyota's press release includes instructions on what to do if your gas pedal gets stuck due to floormat interference.


Big Crash For Acura, Scott Sharp

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:29PM | By: John Welch


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The Acura not mentioned in our last post took a whale of a spill today during practice for the Petit Le Mans. The crash was severe enough to shake up the chassis's designer, Nick Wirth.

"I am in a bit of a state of shock at the moment," he said. "I am delighted to see him walk away apparently OK from such a big crash. He appeared to hit the Porsche. I've not seen one that big before here.

"I'm just proud of the team that the car stood up to such a big impact. Don't know yet whether the car can be rebuilt; we need to get it back."

Details are sketchy; it appears the car was launched into a horrifying series of flips and a violent impact with the barriers at Turn 2 when driver Scott Sharp clipped Dirk Werner's Farnbacher Loles Porsche, which was coming out of pits.

Driver Scott Sharp was able to escape unharmed, and the team are scrambling to put the stricken ARX-02a back together.

 

 

Source: Racer.com


Nissan Recalling over 26,000 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima Sedans

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:15PM | By: Drew Christy


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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall (campaign ID #09V358000) for 2009 and 2010 Nissan Altima and Maxima models to correct a problem with faulty suspension components that may contribute to an accident. This recall involves up to 26,398 vehicles. The problem component has been identified as the upper front strut insulators. The poorly designed insulators may crack, allowing the struts to move out of position which could cause vehicle instability and potentially lead to a crash.

Nissan will replace both the left and right side front strut insulators at no charge to the customer.  The recall is expected to officially begin on October 5; consumers may contact Nissan at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261), or the NHTSA's Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (1-800-424-9153) for more information.


Just Say No To The '59 Bel Air

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 4:28PM | By: Nick Truden


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Remember the lectures from grandparents you used to receive, or perhaps still do? They would begin by uttering the clichéd “back in my day!” introduction leading to a story that made whatever it was that you were going through seem like a walk in the park. Well, the following video of a 1959 Bel Air colliding with a 2009 Malibu is proof enough that if your parents, or your parent’s parents, were to get into a collision, chances were slim for anyone to make it out alive or with minimal injury.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 12:02PM | By: John Welch


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The Good: Turbine-powered race cars. They're good, promise. In 1967 and 1968 several took to the track attempting to break the piston-engine stranglehold on motor racing. Howmet Corporation, a metal fabrication company, built two Le Mans style protoypes and entered them in the 24-hour races at Le Mans and Daytona. Howmet manufactured intricate aluminum parts used in military turbines and saw a turbine-powered sports car as an excellent marketing tool. And so, the Howmet TX was born. The advantages of the turbine were obvious: it produced (the equivalent of) 325 brake horsepower, yet due to its aluminum construction it weighed in a feathery 170 lbs. Unfortunately the Howmet team suffered mechanical issues and were never able to finish a race.


Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls

On: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:56AM | By: John Welch


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After posting the 'Rally Insanity' video yesterday I took a minute to peruse the other videos that came up in the original 'search'. The 2009 Rally Finland was the first big-league rally event that F1 ace Kimi Raikkonen has participated in. It is widely believed that Raikkonen will leave Ferrari after this season to go rallying full time. His first race didn't end so well, and the video after the jump says it all.