Throughout The Car Industry
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
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