Throughout The Car Industry
When you finally decide on a new car to purchase, it is a wonderful day. The feeling of going to the dealership with a clear sense of what you want, what you’re willing to pay, and what you’re willing to walk away from if necessary is very empowering and in a way, helps you become a bit better of a functioning adult. You finally get your new keys in your hand and drive off the lot, and you don’t have a care in the world except for how far out in the work parking lot you’re going to have to leave your car in order to preserve the brand new clear-coat.
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There aren’t too many people who can argue that technology isn’t a good thing. The world has become smaller, the ease of connecting to people and information takes seconds where it used to take years, and people are living longer lives thanks to advances in so many areas. This progress has also helped our automobiles become better transportation devices. No longer do we have to stand outside and hand-crank our Model T and hope the snapback doesn’t break our shoulder. We also don’t have to suffer though painfully slow or rickety rides on wooden wheels. The advent of the transmission helped alleviate some of those problems, and gave cars significantly longer ranges, and with more gears, shifting became easier and fuel economy got better.
Sometimes, it’s hard to predict the future. Well, actually, it’s almost always hard to predict the future. Whether it’s the future of an election, the weather, who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner, or where Waldo is going to turn up. It’s also difficult for automakers to predict just where and how their cars will be located, and how they will act when they get there. A car that is sold in Minnesota is going to have to deal with much different environmental challenges than say, a car Arizona, or Florida. Each region has its own set of characteristic weather, and this can have adverse effects on cars. Such is the case for Mitsubishi Motors. They produced a number of cars, quite a number, in fact: 174,382 in all that have been subject to a voluntary recall thanks to Mother Nature.
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When it comes to building cars, there are literally thousands upon thousands of pieces that go into their creation. Engine, suspension, body, interior, exterior, there are so many areas to keep track of that it is almost mind boggling to the average human being. Beyond that, when producing cars, you then have to perfect the process, and then repeat it thousands, and even millions of times over and over. So it’s no wonder that, occasionally, some of those products come away with a defect or two, and a few cars need to be brought back for some revisions.
The dominoes are falling. On May 7th, a Tesla Model S strikes a tractor-trailer in Williston, Florida. The Model S driver is killed. On June 28th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens an investigation of Tesla in regards to the fatal accident; their main concern seems to be with the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in Telsa’s Autopilot driver-assist system.
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Technology is generally a good thing. We use it for everything. What once took us hours and sometimes weeks at the library, or making phone calls, or searching through pages and pages of dusty old documents dredged up from some dank basement in the mountains can now be done in seconds while sitting on a moving bus or train, watching television, or sitting on the toilet, and sometimes minutes, depending on the WiFi connection.
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BMW has long since lived up to its self-proclaimed "Ultimate Driving Machine" moniker. We have seen dozens of examples of BMW's ability to produce amazingly powerful, fast, luxurious, and elegant cars, while still making them fun to drive day-to-day. But even the mighty BMW is subject to a screwup here and there. It's inevitable; you build millions of cars, and you're bound to have a few that don't quite come out right. It happens to bakers, bartenders, authors, and, obviously, carmakers; the odds are that if you produce a lot of something, eventually a small percentage will be incorrect.
Following several recent reports of suspension failure in Tesla's Model S, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has closed its investigation into the matter, stating that the majority of the complaints were false; it also clarified Tesla's position regarding its scrutinized Goodwill agreements.
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For some time now, Kia has been making quite the climb up the caste system of car companies, from lowly newcomer on to serious contender for entry-level supremacy. But over the course of time, even the best efforts of things don't always go as planned. Those of you who may own a 2013 Forte model built between September 10–October 31 of 2012 may be victim to some of those unplanned events. It seems that there are a total of 5,245 Forte models that may have been produced with seatbelt retractor retainer plates that have screws that weren't properly tightened.
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People in my profession—and outside it, too, I suppose—have always railed against government “interference” in the production of vehicles. Sure, the seat belt was a good idea, but airbags, “safety” bumpers, and—more recently—the laundry list of electronic nannies like automatic braking and stability control?
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Chrysler's newest toy over the past couple years has been its acquisition of the Fiat brand. They are fun cars that rival the Mini Cooper on every possible plane of competition. But every toy has its occasional problem, and Fiat is no different. It seems that Chrysler is issuing a recall of 39,217 Fiat 500 models designated as 2012-2016 models that were produced between June 21, 2010 through January 12, 2016.