Throughout The Car Industry
Nissan is recalling a small number of vehicles due to a possibility of leaking transmission fluid. The affected vehicles are limited to 3,065 2013 Pathfinders equipped with a continuously variable transmission or “CVT”.
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My boyfriend’s mode of transportation in high school was a late 60s Volkswagen Beetle. If you moved the floor mats in the back you could see the road go by. It got great gas mileage but it ran only about half the time and needed constant mechanical upkeep. My boyfriend liked to work on it, but it was frustrating not to have the use of it when we needed it. One of our friends skirted this common problem by purchasing an extra engine. He had one in the frame running the car and one in the garage being repaired at all times. But those were simpler times and cars had simpler engines.
Ah, the Dutch! We have them to thank for red light cameras. Good thing they aren’t close by. I don’t think many of us are happy with that invention. Daan Roosegaarde (boy, the Dutch love double letters!) may have an idea to make up for the dreaded cameras.
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I’ve been lucky enough to have never had a flat tire on a roadway. I’ve found my tire flat in my driveway, having run over a nail the day before which produced a slow leak. I came close to a flat while driving only once and that was scary enough. My tire had a small football-shaped bubble on the side which made a funny noise. This caused me to stop to investigate and replace it with my spare. On the way home from my destination the tire exploded in the back of my car. There was no damage but it sounded like a gunshot inside the car, producing some extraordinary emotional discomfort.
Tags: bridgestone, tires, run flat, driveguard
In a few years, all new cars will be required to have rear-view camera systems, based on a recent ruling by the NHTSA. Nissan's getting a head start by showing its new Smart Review Mirror in the US for the first time at this week's New York International Auto Show. Equipped on a Rogue crossover, the dual-mode mirror combines traditional mirror view with an LCD display showing video feed from the camera mounted in back.
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When I had my first child I was 22 and I weighed less than 100 pounds. Getting from one place to another in my car was quite a feat for me. It required lugging my purse, diaper bag, infant seat/ car seat, and my son to my vehicle and then, once at my destination, lugging all of it out again. It was cumbersome and heavy. I hate to think what a spectacle I made in the process.
Thanks to General Motors and Toyota, recalls are standard fare in the world of automotive news. The effects of the delay in reporting potential life-threatening flaws in their products is having a domino effect in the industry.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration routinely runs new cars through a series of tests and rates them with stars according to how well they perform. These tests are designed to determine how the occupants of the vehicle will fare in front end crashes along with side impact and rollover crashes. The highest rating given is five stars. If safety is the most important criteria when you are looking for a car, here are some of the top performers for 2014.
GM has cars with faulty ignition switches. Toyota has airbags that don’t work properly. Chrysler has accelerator problems. Mazda has an insect infestation.
The sun came up this morning which is the cue for GM to issue another recall. This one affects 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014. All the cars have a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. One of the axles can fracture and separate without warning during normal driving.
Toyota has issued a voluntary recall on 119,000 '03/'04 model year Avalon sedans. The problem with these vehicles,according to a statement made last week by Toyota, is that the “front airbag or seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy.”