Throughout The Car Industry
Every driver wants something different from his or her vehicle. Some motorists prize economy above all. Other value looks or status. And, for many car owners, performance is their passion. This is not simply speed, but the ability to accelerate quickly, turn corners sharply, and feel that exhilarating rush that comes from driving a nimble, ultra-responsive ride.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Driving, Racing, Safety, Technology
Tags: performance, aftermarket
Life is filled with uncertainties; that’s why people have insurance and savings accounts. No matter how careful we are, however, sometimes things can knock even the most cautious person off her feet. Fortunately, if you own a reliable vehicle, you can always be reasonably safe and comfortable, even if you have only a small amount of money. Here’s why:
Road development in the US has followed the same basic pattern since the end of World War II: Add more lanes, make them wider, and increase the speed limits. It’s a good strategy, given the pace of development over the past 50 years. The nation’s expansion during that time has been explosive, even when allowing for the occasional recession.
Hyundai is issuing two recalls which will begin sometime in September. The first covers 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2001-2006 and built between March 31st, 2000 to February 15th, 2006. The front coil spring is prone to corrosion from common road salt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that if the spring fractures it could puncture a tire, which could lead to an increased risk of accidents. So far there have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities stemming from this problem, but there have been more than a thousand warranty claims. 90 of them contained reports of the spring contacting the tire. 94% have been filed in states which routinely use salt on the roads in the winter.
Toyota has issued a very small recall on some very new vehicles. Only 263 of the new Sienna minivans have been sold, but dealers have been ordered not to sell any on their lots until they have been repaired.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Recalls, Safety, Recalls
Tags: recall, toyota, sienna, NHTSA,
When my boys were small, the height of summer was going to the beach. We live in Florida so it may not seem like a big deal, but we are in the dead center of the state which means there are lots of beaches available and none of them are particularly close. We got up early on a Saturday and packed the picnic basket, put on our suits, grabbed a blanket and we were off. The salt air breeze was delicious, the water was chilly and refreshing, and the sand was made into the most pitiful sand castles imaginable. But we were in heaven. Coming home meant a car full of sand, pink noses, and Church's Fried Chicken bought on the way and eaten in the car. The grease and sand were reminders of the beach into the fall even after the car was “cleaned”.
I hate to drive on interstates. I never know when traffic will come to a standstill. I will brave the interstate that lies between home and Walt Disney World, but only because that destination is my favorite on earth. I go often, but it seems to happen pretty regularly that there will be traffic problems either coming or going. An accident will close a lane or two and vehicles will trickle through, adding an hour or more to the drive on occasion. But it really can’t be helped. Or can it?
Summer is the season for family road trips. We load up grilling supplies, bathing suits, pails and shovels, and the kids and head off for fun in the sun. Some of us take our pets along and we know they need some extra care when traveling. They need to be in the backseat, for instance. Putting your pet in the front seat can leave them vulnerable in an accident. The airbag alone can kill them when it deploys, since it was not made to protect small critters. We also never, EVER drive with our pets in our laps. It’s both dangerous and illegal. And we ALWAYS put them in a safety harness.
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