Archive for February 2016

Breakdown bust-up: RAC gets the AA's TV advert banned after crying foul over

Breakdown bust-up: RAC gets the AA's TV advert banned after crying foul over
The AA and RAC have been at loggerheads for the best part of a century, but the scrap for dominance in the car breakdown sector has heated up after one managed to get the other's TV ad banned. The RAC complained about its closest rival's latest …
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Range Rover rips the roof off its best-selling Evoque to produce the world's
Vauxhall's British-built Astra has won the top honour for best compact car at Germany's automotive Oscars – a prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award – in Berlin this week. 'Vauxhall can be extremely proud of this Golden Steering Wheel,' says Vauxhall …
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Toyota and Nissan expand Takata airbag recall

Toyota and Nissan expand Takata airbag recall

Japanese automakers Nissan and Toyota are expanding a recall on airbags linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries. CBSN’s Gigi Stone Woods reports which models are impacted.
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Scientists Find Cause of Takata Air Bag Explosions

Scientists Find Cause of Takata Air Bag Explosions
… from intruding in very humid conditions. The coalition said its findings apply to around 23 million of the 28 million Takata air bag inflators that have been recalled by the U.S. government. … Frustrated by the numerous explanations and the slow …
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US auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't
The Focus latches are a similar design to those on the recalled cars, but they were made by a different parts supply company, Ford spokesman John Cangany said in an email. "We are working with the agency to understand how these differences may affect …
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Ford Can't Trim Claims In Power Steering Suit, Judge Says
Law360, New York (February 23, 2016, 3:54 PM ET) — A California federal judge on Monday denied Ford's third attempt to trim claims involving some of its vehicles from a proposed class action over an alleged power steering defect, saying a recent …
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Latest Five Biggest Auto Recalls News

Takata Airbag Failures Caused by Design, Chemistry, Climate
Automakers including Honda Motor Co. have recalled more than 19 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags, the largest automotive safety recall in U.S. history. The exploding air bags have been linked to at least 10 deaths, most involving vehicles …
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India: United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya steps down. Diageo to pay him m
He controls holding company United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd whose ownership in India's largest spirits maker United Spirits has fallen to less than 3%; he's no longer the largest shareholder in United Breweries Ltd; and he has lost management control …
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Death of Lancaster man sparks national auto part recall

Death of Lancaster man sparks national auto part recall
The death of a Lancaster County man sparked a national recall of airbag inflators, federal officials announced. Joel Knight from Kershaw was killed on December 22, 2015 after his Ford Ranger collided with a cow. Federal officials with the National …
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Ford fixing 130k vehicles in three recalls
Ford is issuing three new safety campaigns that cover a total of 130,801 vehicles in North America, but the company has no reports of accidents, injuries, or fires from any of these issues. The largest of these campaigns covers 128,823 examples of the …
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2014 Nissan Rogue Recalled for Possible Fuel-Pump Failure

The Power Comes from the Inside:U.S Army Japan connects with Nissan community
Nissan Recall
Image by usarjnco
Zama, Japan – When Army Sgt. Jery L. Hernandezpilier stepped off the tour bus and onto Nissan’s Zama Operations Center, he expected to see a few concept cars and a maybe a compact rolling lazily off an assembly line.

It didn’t take long for Hernandezpilier and his fellow Soldiers from U.S. Army Japan’s motor pool in Camp Zama who joined the June 18, 2015, tour to realize that their hosts had a special way to show their distinguished guests in uniform what their corporate motto, “The power comes from the inside,” defines the Nissan community.

“This was more than your typical tour of an assembly line,” said Hernandezpilier, a power generation equipment repairer for Headquarters & Headquarters Company USARJ. “Nissan didn’t just showcase their machines. It introduced to the very people who build these machines.”

Shuji Narazaki, manager of Nissan’s human resources division, welcomed his honored guests with an introduction of four of the company’s finest technicians.

“These young men before you will represent Japan in the 2015 WorldSkills Olympics in Brazil,” said Narazaki to the small but lively crowd of Soldiers and cameras. “Today they will demonstrate their craftsmanship as they prepare to compete on the world stage.”

According to its official website, the WorldSkills Olympics stands as the largest professional conference in world history. Thousands of technicians hailing from more than 50 countries converge in one city every two years to compete in one of dozens of career specialties from manufacturing and mobile robotics to hairdressing and graphic design. In August, four of Nissan’s young professionals will join Team Japan as they pursue bronze, silver and (preferably) gold medals through their engineering expertise.

After watching a brief video summarizing Nissan’s achievements in previous WorldSkills Olympics, the hosts divided their guests into three groups and led them to one of three rooms. There, the troops witnessed firsthand the stellar speed and pinpoint precision exemplified by these automotive savants.

“Never in all my years working in and around vehicles have I seen a single person disassemble an entire engine, diagnose the problem, fix it and reassemble the engine in 45 minutes,” recalled Hernandezpilier, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “Amazing still is the fact that this man is not yet old enough to legally drink [alcohol] in the U.S. His skills and knowledge showed us that youth and inexperience are not always related.”

While Shintaro Matsumoto manipulated the engine with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew, his companions – Shogo Abe, Mizuki Tatsuno, Daiki Wada – toiled in separate rooms with their unique projects.

“[Abe] was busy designing a complex part with finite resources using a CAD (Computer Based Design Program) while [Tatsuna and Wada] were busy building an assembly line that would soon produce [Abe’s] design,” said Hernandezpilier. “Their speed and precision brought shock and awe to our group.”

Standing alongside Hernandezpilier and his motor pool companions was Army Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion, command sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison Japan. As she admired Nissan’s prodigies, Dumont-Carrion could also sense where Nissan’s philosophy and the Army values intersected.

“Nissan and the Army cherish commitment and uphold integrity,” said Dumont-Carrion, a native of Apopka, Fla. “We both respect those who serve us with honor and award them with limitless opportunities to grow in their profession thanks to a diverse career plan that spans several decades.”

After shaking hands, posing for group photos and wishing one another the very best in their career endeavors, the tour guides led their American guests to the Nissan Heritage Museum. A narrow hallway partially disguised as a modest warehouse entrance unveiled an eclectic collection of Nissan’s diverse line of vehicles dating as far back as the 1930s.

“The site almost brought a tear to my eye,” said Hernandezpilier. “It’s hard to imagine how much time and talent was required to build, maintain and restore these vehicles … Fair Ladies, Skylines, [Datsun] Roadsters … It’s a dream come true.”

Ayaro Eguchi, the group’s tour guide, explained that a majority of the the more than 350 cars, trucks, vans and even race cars were donated by private owners or collectors, and approximately 70 percent of them remain in operable condition. A 1935 Datsun Roadster pulling up to the tour group punctuated her point.

“Nissan is a brand that has literally made its way to every major road in the world,” said Dumont-Carrion. “The Japanese people have every right to showcase this achievement. The fact that Nissan personally invited us to see this speaks volumes of their respect for the U.S. Army.”

As the Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians bade farewell and boarded the Nissan tour bus bound for Camp Zama, Hernandezpilier and Dumont-Carrion reflected on the long-term impact of their visit.

“It was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandezpilier. “We got exclusive access to Japan’s master craftsmen who have inspired me to master my craft.”

“I cannot be more proud of my fellow Soldiers as they show our gracious hosts what it means to be a professional in the United States Army, said Dumont-Carrion. “The heart of the Army lies with its Soldiers and families, and here at Nissan, I saw the same relationship between the company and its community.”

Photos and story by Sgt. John L Carkeet IV, U.S. Army Japan

2014 Nissan Rogue Recalled for Possible Fuel-Pump Failure
"If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in its recall summary. The affected vehicles were built from June 11, 2013 to June 7, 2014. Nissan told federal safety regulators it is not …
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Nissan recalls vehicles with OCS issue
Photo source: Nissan Nissan North America is recalling 919 model year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles.
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Jeep Wrangler Fire – SAFETY RISK – Jeeps catch fire – WATCH BEFORE BUYING

Jeep Wrangler Fire - SAFETY RISK - Jeeps catch fire - WATCH BEFORE BUYING

jeep wrangler /jeep wrangler fires

Unresolved by Chrysler – THESE VEHICLES ARE NOT SAFE and banned by China

Jeep Fires, Jeep Fire – 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon – Jeep Fire 3/13/2012 – Brighton, Michigan

Stock Jeep, 25,000 milles

As seen on Jalopnik, WCNC

http://jalopnik.com/5898058/exclusive-nhtsa-to-launch-jeep-wrangler-fire-investigation

http://jalopnik.com/5894966/did-jeep-offer-an-owner-hush-money-to-keep-quiet-about-fire-risk

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Jeep-fire-143976616.html

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/results.cfm?odi_ids=10451570&SearchType=QuickSearch&summary=true&refurl=email

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/ – search for wrangler fires
http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/jeep-wrangler-fire-risk-investigated-by-nhtsa-5715/

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-11/16/c_131250995.htm

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/china-bans-wrangler-imports-for-fire-risk-wheres-the-fix/

http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/my-jeep-wrangler-caught-on-fire-then-expolded-in-m-648361.html

Other jeep fires:

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Latest Dodge News

Crashes blamed on confusion over gear shifters in some Jeep, Dodge, and
The probe now covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans with 3.6-liter V6 engines. The safety agency says in documents posted Monday that it's upgrading the investigation to an …
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Man arrested after chase, knife attack on Lithia Dodge employees
MEDFORD– An alleged car thief has been arrested after a chase involving police and Lithia Dodge dealership employees and a knife fight, according to a press release from Medford Police Department. Police say a stolen car was found in the 3000 block of …
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San Diego Jeep owners react after Chrysler agrees to recall

Chrysler says it has resolved its differences with the government and will recall older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs that could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.
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Dodge Charger Burnout

World famous Dodge Charger 68!

Short edit about Johan Eriksson and his brutal car!
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Stock Challenger Hellcat VS Stock Dodge Viper
Results:
Hellcat: (Best run: 156.3586)
154.7455, 150.6024, 155.0655, 155.2795, 155.4941, 155.3867, 155.2795, 154.7455, 154.6392, 155.6017, 156.3586, 155.1724, 153.8988, 154.7455, 154.8520, 154.5330, 155.8172, 156.3586, 155.3867, 156.0333,

Viper: (Best run: 155.2795)
155.0655, 155.2795, 154.8520, 149.5017, 154.5330, 154.6392, 152.7495, 152.6459, 154.3210, 153.3742, 155.2795 , 153.3742, 152.7495, 151.4132, 49.1588 148.2213, 150.7033, 151.4132, 153.1654, 152.2327,

Running the 1/2 mile at Sulphur Springs Airport in Texas. At the WannaGoFast event
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