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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Owners With Defective Airbags Urged To Take Action To Avoid Injury Or Death

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
Consumers that are uncertain whether their vehicle is impacted by the Takata recalls, or any other recall, can check onwww.safercar.gov/vinlookup. On the site, consumers can search by their vehicle identification number (VIN) to confirm whether their individual vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed. In addition, consumers can sign-up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners.

2014 Toyota Prius: A Future-Forward Gas Saver

Highlight:  A Prius Plug-In hatchback and a crossover are now available for short commutes.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $26,868 (base model $24,025)

Seating Capacity: Five

Standard Safety Features: airbags; Daytime Running Lights; rear spoiler with LED stop lamp; ABS; stability control; electronic brake distribution; a brake assist system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and side impact beams
Standard Equipment (base model): 15-inch wheels; 4-way adjustable cloth seats; automatic climate control ventilation system; multi information display center; push button keyless starter; a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and power mode indictors (electric, economy and power)

Upgraded Standard Features On Test Model: 17-inch wheels; pseudo leather seats; a nav system; a rear camera; a keyless entry system; and a steering wheel mounted voice command controls

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: special color exterior paint

Monday, October 20, 2014

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

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, High Tech And Elegant

Highlights: The fourth-generation Escalade offers the segment’s first front-center air bag and a new wireless charging station.

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

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.
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



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.
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!