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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.
It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.
Tags: recall, gm, pontiac, chevrolet, ignition switch
Toyota is moving closer towards resolution over their last big legal battle concerning the now infamous issues concerning their vehicles that accelerated without intention. The problem has already cost the automaker billions of dollars and caused the recall of millions of their vehicles during 2009 and 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.
Posted In: Exotics, Car Reviews, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Ferrari, 458, Speciale