Throughout The Car Industry
There are more and more stories concerning new automobile technology. President Obama even recently “test drove” new vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. He wasn’t on the road or even in a real car but he virtually tested some technology of the future and gave it his seal of approval. Autonomous vehicles are also hot topics and are seen as an inevitable advancement in personal travel.
Tags: technology, autonomous, self-driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation concerning 2004-2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles, all produced by Ford. The investigation stems from five complaints received by the NHTSA stating that the vehicles became difficult or impossible to steer while driving.
Tags: ford, crown victoria, grand marquis, marauder, steering
Don’t you love it when someone tells you that you look good or pretty or, best of all, hot? If someone happens to tell you that while you are driving a Grand Cherokee or Durango, you might want to do more than blush and smile. They could be clueing you in on a more serious matter.
Tags: chrysler, grand cherokee, durango, recall
Ford is recalling 92,022 vehicles due to a defective part which could cause a “loss of drive function” and carries a rollaway risk if the gearshift is placed in park without using the parking brake also.
Ford is recalling 2,124 Escape SUVs for a problem with the glass roof panel which “may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket,” according to Ford, which may “result in noise, water leakage or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, potentially increasing the risk of accident or injury.”
This story is about another Tesla Model S fire. It seems like this happens frequently but does it really, or is it just that we don’t hear about the “other” vehicles that catch on fire? Tesla says its vehicles are safer that gas-powered cars and it seems that even with more safety modifications being made to the Model S, news reporters want to point out every instance of the electric car catching fire.
Tags: tesla, honda, toyota, corolla, fire
You know how when one kid at school gets a cold, lots of kids at school end up with a cold? I don’t know the precise location of General Motors factories in relation to Chrysler’s, but it seems like GM’s ignition switch disease is spreading.
Tags: chrysler, dodge, ignition switch
Nissan is issuing a recall on 196 2014 Leafs (Leaves?) because there is a problem with the vehicle shutting down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the problem is with the motor control circuit board which can cause the inverter to fail. If the inverter fails the vehicle will shut down thereby increasing the risk of crashes and injuries.
Tags: nissan, leaf, recall, inverter
Fourth of July is almost here and many of us will hit the road to visit relatives, go to the beach, or see fireworks displays. It should go without saying that if you’re taking a trip in the summer you should check fluid levels for your A/C and coolant, and check your tire pressure. Low tire pressure combined with a hot road is a flat just waiting to happen.
Facial recognition is the new craze in automobile technology. Mercedes-Benz has a camera that can tell if the driver is getting drowsy and warn him to get some rest. Peugeot Citroen has one that can detect the emotions of the driver. Not sure what your car can do about your anger though.