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Although most motorists never think about it, sometimes tires can actually be the cause of winter safety issues. Imagine that your car is traveling on a neighborhood road, a road you have driven so many times that you can describe it in your sleep, when suddenly the car’s front right wheel catches a sandy patch covering a bit of ice and your car pivots, out of control, into a skid. Careening to the left, your car continues to skid, out of control, as you fight the wheel to control theRead More
Here Are Some Winter Driving Tips
If you read and use the following driving tips and advice you will be safer driving when it next snows and every storm after that. With the northern hemisphere caught in the grip of a severe winter season, it makes sense, even a month-and-a-half into the season, to review some of the basics of safe winter driving: 1. If a snowstorm or blizzard is forecast stay home and don’t drive. Exercising this commonsense advice is the best way to remain safe and sound when snow is flying. If you areRead More
Honda yesterday expanded the scope of its driver-side-only airbag recall while Takata adamantly refused to expand its recall program. Turning to Swedish airbag manufacturer for assistance, Honda yesterday expanded its driver-side-only airbag recall. Formerly, the recall had been limited to high-humidity areas, however, in response to requests from federal regulators, the automaker expanded its recall. Loaners To Be Offered At the same time, Honda acknowledged that the added burden of a nationwide recall is taxing its ability to provide repair parts. Rick Schostek, an executive vice president, told a subcommitteeRead More
Imagine an automotive safety system that works, but not quite well enough. That is the case for 100,000 Mazda6 tire pressure monitor systems. Who would have imagined a safety system that fails but doesn’t realize it? That is the case with 100,000 tire pressure monitoring systems used in 2014 to 2015 Mazda6’s. According to, the 100,000 vehicles involved were built from Oct. 25, 2012 to Oct. 10, 2014. The problem lies in the tire pressure monitoring programming. If one tire loses pressure suddenly, the tire pressure monitoring system willRead More
Chrysler will begin replace the Takata-made airbags in 371,309 vehicles made from 2003 to 2008 in December. The recall was announced in June. The airbag recalls continues to mushroom as Chrysler became the latest automaker to announce specifics of the recall of Takata-made airbags. The automaker, which announced the recall last June, will begin replacing the airbags in effected vehicles next month. Beginning in December, the automaker will recall vehicles in the South, Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Guam and other high-humidity areas. The reasonRead More
Honda has expanded its recall of vehicles equipped with Takata-made airbags as it faced a new round of questions. Honda, Japan’s third-largest automaker, has expanded the scope of its recall of vehicles equipped with suspect Takata airbags to include 2001-2006 products. No specific number of vehicles was recalled at the time by the manufacturer. According to Reuters, the automaker’s action, upgrading its “safety campaign” to a formal recall, comes in the wake of Honda’s second appearance before highway safety regulators who are seeking more information on Honda’s airbag program. RegulatorsRead More
One of the things that follows the calendar change to November is earlier sunsets. Early dusk and dark require different driving techniques. In the United States, the first weekend of November this year means that you should have turned your clocks back an hour. This means that while morning sunrises are later, sunsets are now earlier by one hour. So, if, yesterday, the sun set at 5:07 pm, it will set at 4:07 pm. Earlier dark, says the American Automobile Assn brings with it a different quality of light. Now,Read More
takata airbag recall
Auto industry watchers wonder how the airbag recall will affect Takata, the manufacturer. Honda may also feel sting. As the airbag recall continues to gain traction, industry insiders are wondering what it will mean for the manufacturer of the system that is central to the whole issue, Takata. Is it also possible that the popular automaker, Honda, will also feel the sting, one way or another? According to a report on the Reuters news wire, Takata is unlikely to feel any major impact from manufacturers in the short to mediumRead More
airbag recall
The airbag recall continues to mushrooming as the number of vehicles involved in the current recall rises to 7.8 million. Like the subject of the most current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall, the number of vehicles included in the safety agency’s latest round of callbacks has now reached 7.8 million vehicles. In a series of escalating recalls since last week, the number of vehicles recalled due to defective Takata airbags has blasted from 4.74 to 7.8 million vehicles in under six days. The action of the industry is unparalleledRead More
Buoyed by a 300 percent increase in the small-vehicle market segment in four years, Chevy will expand its share further with the new Trax. When the Chevrolet Trax goes on sale in January, it will be the third time the General Motors division has used the Gamma II platform in its small-car lineup. So far, the Gamma II platform has been employed by Chevrolet as the basis of its Sonic and Spark (it is also the underpinning of the Buick Encore). Officially, the name of the platform is the GammaRead More