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Monday, September 1, 2014

Recall Mondays: GM Recalling 120,426 Vehicles


No. Of Units Affected: 120,426

MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Buick Regal and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two front turn signal bulbs burn out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
CONSEQUENCE:
If the driver is not aware that a turn signal is not functioning properly, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other driver's may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2015 Mazda6 Grand Touring: A Stylish And Sporty Premium Family Sedan


Highlight: This is the only vehicle in the segment offering an i-Drive-like rotary dial system similar to that found in the BMWs. This rotary dial system controls everything from the audio system to the navigation system.



Test vehicle’s MSRP: $33,345 (Sport Model starts at $21,985)

Seating Capacity:  5

Standard Safety Features: airbags (front, side-impact, rear-side); ABS; stability control; traction control; hill launch assist system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a blind spot monitoring system; a rearview camera; an auto driver side mirror; and a rear traffic cross alert system

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Technology: A Baby Monitor For Your Baby, Your Vehicle


Check out this feature. Every car should be equipped with this feature, right?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Moment In Automotive History


In 1985, Advertising Age, one of the industry trade magazines, declared that
a new importer plans to recapture the low-price, but lovable, marketing image of the Volkswagen Beetle this summer when it starts marketing a Yugoslavian-built auto.
The Yugo, announced as a $3,995 basics small car, must be marketed as a fun vehicle with good value because too many low-end competitors will soon crop up for price advertising alone to work, said John Slaven, senior vice president of marketing for Yugo America.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Besides Design, Technology And Price Wars, Long-Term Loans Driving Sales



There are just a few ways consumers are pushed into new car showrooms. Its 

due to a new design, price wars, consumers seeking the latest tech features 

or the need to replace an aging vehicle. However, Experian Automotive says 

cheap payments are driving loans due to 1 in 4 customers in the first quarter

stretching new-car loans from 60 to 72 months up to 73 to 84 months, up 27.6 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Recall Mondays:Jeep, Ram And Chrysler Spotlighted


MANUFACTURER: Fiat-Chrysler

NO. OF VEHICLES AFFECTED: 15,956
SUMMARY:

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500 and 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles. Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components, the tire or result in reduced braking.
CONSEQUENCE:

Damage to the tire or reduced braking increases the risk of a vehicle crash.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Government Website Allows Owners To Track All Recalls By Vehicle Identification Number


Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal safety standards. To help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been address, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.
The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup and provides consumers with a quick and easy way to identify uncompleted recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.
“Safety is our highest priority, and an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed – using our free online tool."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Recall Mondays:Announcements From Ford, GM And Jaguar Land Rover

1. Manufacturer: Ford Motor Co.
Affected Customers: 83,250
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
Consequence:
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.