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Autonomous Car Appetizer: Ford and Postmates Link

The Postmates pilot now underway in Miami and Miami Beach has more than 70 businesses participating, including local fast-food pusher Coyo Taco. For residents in the area, when they order tacos , or something else from Postmates, they may be given the option to have it delivered by a self-driving like research vehicle. Continue reading

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles for Runaway Acceleration Caused by Cruise Control Software

This appears to be a re-run or sequel of Chrysler’s long-running horror movie on safety. (See AutoInformed/com on: NHTSA Whacks Chrysler with Record $105m Safety Penalty, Hack Attack! FCA Recalls 1.4m Vehicles Because Outsiders Can Take Control Remotely by Exploiting the Software, US DOT Fines Fiat Chrysler $70 Million more, NHTSA Blasts FCA Recalls – Big Fines, Maybe Criminal Charges Coming for Italian Automaker? Litigation Ongoing.) Continue reading

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Ford Enlarges Transit Fire Recall in North America

In potentially unsafe Transits, water intrusion into the module may result in rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air conditioning controls, and loss of multimedia including radio, screens and the SYNC system. Continue reading

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Shift Indicators Bad on Ford F-Series, Lincolns, Mustangs

On the affected vehicles, the transmission can be in a gear different from the gear shift position selected by the driver. Ford said it is aware of one reported accident and injury related to this safety defect. Continue reading

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Luck o’ the Irish is a Sober DD

The traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, such as corned beef and cabbage and shamrocks, accompany the tradition of drinking Irish beer and/or whiskey. These days prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and illegal drugs may cause impairment alone or in combination with each other and/or with alcohol. Continue reading

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Clocks Spring Forward as Recalls Tick On

During 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. Continue reading

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Ford Issues Takata Safety Recall on 2006 Ranger Trucks

Another two fatalities caused by driver airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators have been recorded. In these sad, and possibly preventable, deaths. On Dec. 22, Ford was notified of a crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017 involving a 2006 Ford Ranger built in North America with a ruptured non-desiccated Takata driver-side inflator. Ford eventually inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified NHTSA. This is the second fatality reported to Ford due to a Takata inflator rupture. The prior fatality was reported in January 2016, which Ford apparently ignored. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

This latest recall addresses model year 2010 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Autoliv Air Bags on 2018 Escapes

Owners are given no warning about the shrapnel that results, increasing the risk of injury. This of course is like the ongoing Takata airbag shrapnel recall. Continue reading

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Bad Breaks, err Brakes – 640,000+ Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs Recalled for Brake Failures. Again.

Affected vehicles – and the failure rate is a, gulp, non-skid-mark producing 41%, yes 415 – may have had incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154). Continue reading

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Mega Recall from Chrysler for Fires

On June 16, 2016, through active field report monitoring, it was discovered that two Ram vehicles with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines experienced fires which appeared to originate around the water pump. Continue reading

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Mazda Recalls Takata Airbag Inflators with New Supplier As Replacement

The remedy parts for replacement are an air bag inflator that is manufactured by different part – unnamed – supplier and is free from phased stabilized ammonium nitrate that Takata uses. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 2017 Takata Airbag Inflators on F-Series, Mustang!

In a terse statement that raises unanswered questions as to why Ford is using a discredited, criminal supplier responsible for the largest recall in U.S. history, Ford claimed it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this blatant safety defect. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Recalls F-150 for Bad Seat-belt Fasteners

Ford Motor Company is recalling ~117,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles to replace improperly tempered seat, seat-back, seat-belt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts. In short, fasteners that are the nuts and bolts of the business that Ford has been in for more than 100 years. Continue reading

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Silly, but Serious Safety Recalls from Mercedes and Kia

Recalls continue to bedevil automakers as airbag and software issues at Mercedes-Benz and a bad brake vacuum hose at Kia show. These are the result of quality control and development issues in what are admittedly complex automobiles. Continue reading

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