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Categories: Miscellaneous

NHTSA Redesigns Recalls

On: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9:20AM | By: Karen Cook


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While we are on the subject of recalls (and when are we not?), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designed a new label for use on recall notifications in an effort to distinguish between actual federal recalls and sales or marketing junk mail. The only thing scarier than getting a recall notice is getting a recall notice and throwing it in the trash because it looked like junk.


Huge Fail for GM

On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40AM | By: Karen Cook


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It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.


Hair-Trigger Airbags

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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We all know that airbags save lives. In the event of a crash the airbag deploys, sometimes causing minor injuries of its own, but saving the occupant from being ejected from the vehicle or slamming into the dashboard or windshield and possibly being killed. Most of us are willing to put up with some scrapes and bruises if it means walking away from an accident relatively unscathed.


Court Cases Contend Continuing Courtesy Constitutional

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18PM | By: Karen Cook


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Usually it is considered a kindness or a courtesy to alert oncoming drivers to a speed trap and this is done by flashing one’s headlights. In most places across the country this practice is frowned upon by police and, in some places, it is against the law. Recently, though, motorists have begun defending their right to communicate with each other and it seems that judges are supporting them.


 

Made In The USA?

On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:51PM | By: Karen Cook


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To a large portion of the population, buying American is very important. Labels are checked; if it says “China” it goes back on the shelf. We all want to help our own economy and buying locally manufactured products seems like the thing to do. When it comes to cars, that’s easier said than done. It’s not as simple as just picking a Ford or some other “American” make.


Ram ProMaster Recall

On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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Recalls scare me. I don’t want to think that my automobile may do something unexpected that could cause injury to me or others and do damage to itself. Chrysler’s current recall is one of the scariest in my book.


Ford Rescues the Snowbound

On: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 5:04PM | By: Karen Cook


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This winter has been one of the snowiest in recent memory. I live in Florida, so I haven’t seen a flake but I watch the weather and I’ve seen the mounds blocking roadways and making driving dangerous. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own snow plow? It sure would beat shoveling snow. At least, I assume it would; I’ve never done it myself.


Help! I've Eaten and I Can't Buckle Up

On: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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One third of the population in American is overweight. Another third is obese. Why bring this up on an automotive website? People who are in this category either can’t or won’t wear seatbelts, which has been recently reported in a study published online by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Sharing Hurts Sales

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 2:46PM | By: Karen Cook


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If you live in a congested city with huge skyscrapers and tiny apartments built one atop the other, you may not have the available space to store a vehicle. Taxis have been the norm in these situations for decades. Now, though, it is easy to grab a car off the street and drive to almost any destination in comfort without having to depend on a taxi whose driver may or may not know where you need to go. (We’re talking car sharing here, not theft.) It’s definitely a convenience, but a new study by Alix Partners has the auto industry worried.


Rent Me, Test Me, Buy Me

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:32AM | By: Karen Cook


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Back in the day, my generation purchased a vehicle based on what we needed the car to do (i.e. cart family around, attract potential partners, get back and forth to work, etc). We watched television commercials, asked questions of salesmen, and took test drives ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. Then we made a decision and bought a car. The up-and-coming generation seems to have a different approach. Television commercials may still pique their interest, but research is done online instead of at a dealership—with a salesman who may or may not answer honestly depending on how many cars he still needs to sell for the month.


Italy Invites Tattle-Tales

On: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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Remember when you were young and there were those things that adults talked about and did that were either hidden from the “children” or not discussed in front of them? This covered everything from books and magazines to movies and certain topics of conversation. When I was old enough to be privy to these things, I found among my dad’s belongings a pad of “parking citations.” Now my father was a police officer, but they weren’t those kinds of citations. These were a novelty and were intended for non-police citizens to leave on the windshields of drivers who were caught doing those irritating things that we all hate (except for those who do them, I guess). There were several categories and they all came with some very adult name calling. Even without the fine I’m sure it made you feel better to leave one for the guy who took up two parking spaces.