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Monday, October 20, 2014

Recall Mondays: GM, Chrysler And Jeep Are In The Hot Seat


1. NO. OF AFFECTED VEHICLES: 97,540
AUTOMAKER: GM
SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium AWD: Refined, Elegant And Pricey



Highlights: The fourth-generation Escalade offers the segment’s first front-center air bag. And a new wireless charging station is available for the all-new Escalade.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $86,480 (base model $73,965)

Seating Capacity: 7 or 8

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, passenger, front-center, side and curtain); a rear camera with cross-traffic alert system; LED lights; ABS; electronic brake force distribution; a vehicle dynamic control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a forward collision alert system; automatic collision preparation; front and rear automatic braking; an automatic safety belt tightening; and GM’s signature OnStar safety-concierge system

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recall Mondays: Chrysler, Nissan And Mitsubishi Are In The Hot Seat


1. AFFECTED VEHICLES: 220,423
MANUFACTURER: Nissan
SUMMARY:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 6, 2012, to February 28, 2013. In the affected vehicles, interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Alternative To Taxi Cabs, Think Again?



Uber, the transportation company that rails against all forms of regulation and safety oversight, has received an ‘F’ from the Better Business Bureau.


The rating stems from 80 complaints filed in the last year alone.


The Better Business Bureau noted that the unaccredited ‘ridesharing’ company’s failing grade is prominently due to billing issues such as surge-pricing, as well as customer problems with the service. It said Uber was unresponsive to its request for “a response to the pattern of complaints.”


 The Better Business Bureau concluded:
  • “Consumer complaints further allege experiencing issues with the company’s customer service, such as having difficulty reaching a customer service representative and consumers having their issues closed despite their concerns not being resolved.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: A Stylish Value-Packed Crossover




Highlights: Hyundai no longer offers a 6-cylinder engine. A turbo charged 4-cylinder engine is now available to power this roomy crossover.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $33,385 (base model $25,825)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; electronic brake distribution; hill start assist controls; tire monitor sensors; and a vehicle stability system

Standard Equipment (base model):  17-inch wheels; 6-speed automatic transmission; cloth seats; a/c; remote keyless entry system; and a tilt-and-telescopic manual steering wheel; and sliding second-row seats

Monday, October 6, 2014

Recall Mondays: Ford, GM And Toyota Are In The Hot Seat With 1.8 Million Affected Vehicles



1. NO. OF UNITS AFFECTED: 46,873

MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NFL Player Honors Mom For Surviving Breast Cancer



When NFL player Teddy Bridgewater was in third grade, he promised his mom he would get her a pink Cadillac Escalade. "Pink is the color that represents breast cancer awareness, so I just want to get her that big pink Escalade truck and see that big smile on her face,” says the NFL player. Bridgewater's honored his mom, who is is a breast cancer survivor, with a hot pink 2015 Cadillac Escalade earlier this year. The month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Women are urged to get screened!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 NV200 Cargo SV: A Manageable And Fuel-Efficient Cargo Van



Highlights: The NV200 also offers a taxi cab version and an electric vehicle. Soon Chevy will sell a gasoline version of the NV200.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $23,645 (base model $21,350)

Seating Capacity: Two occupants (and loads of cargo)

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, passenger, side and curtain); ABS; electronic brake force distribution; a vehicle dynamic control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and convex spotter mirrors

Standard Equipment (base model): 15-inch wheels; two cloth seats; fold down passenger seat with back table; cruise control; a/c; power door locks; remote keyless entry system; six-floor mounted cargo hooks; 40/60 split rear cargo doors; and power heated exterior mirrors

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recall Mondays: Toyota's Tundra Is In The Hot Seat For Airbags



No. Of Vehicles Affected: 132,644

MANUFACTURER: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


SUMMARY:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab vehicles manufactured July 29, 2013, to August 22, 2014. Due to the possible misinstallation of the upper tab of the B-pillar interior trim, the Curtain-Shield Air Bags (CSA) may not deploy properly in the event of a crash.