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FIAT CHRYSLER RECALLS 1.3 MILLION VEHICLES FOR DEFECTIVE BRAKES AND AIR BAGS

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 1:22 pm    

Fiat Chrysler recently issued 2 recalls which affect more than 1.3 million vehicles worldwide.

One recall is related to a defect that could potentially cause an inadvertent deployment of the driver side front air bags. According to Chrysler, this recall is a result of wiring that may chafe against pieces of the steering wheel trim which could potentially cause a short that might lead to a short circuit which could result in the inadvertent deployment of the driver side air bag. This recall affects about 770,000 vehicles worldwide including certain 2011 – 2015 Dodge Journeys sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The second recall relates to an anti-lock braking issue involving approximately 565,000 vehicles. According to the USA Today article reporting on the recalls, the alternators in the vehicles must be replaced as a defect in the alternator can cause a compromise in the vehicles anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control. However, the company notes that basic brake function is not effected by the defect. And, the company says that while it has identified 2 accidents that could possibly be linked to the defect, no injuries have been connected with this defect. This recall affects certain 2011 – 2014 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Charger Sedans, Dodge Challenger Coups, Dodge Durango SUVs and 2012 – 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering.

Dealers will repair the vehicles for free and Fiat Chrysler will notify owners when they can get the repairs done.

Source: An article appearing in USA Today on July 14, 2017 entitled “Air Bag, Brake Defects Trigger Fiat Chrysler Recalls of 1.3M Vehicles” by Eric Lawrence.

CITIES WITH THE WORST TRAFFIC JAMS IN AMERICA

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 1:55 pm    

According to a recent study by transportations analytic firm, Inrix, United States is the most congested developed country in the world. It is estimated that congested roads cost U.S. motorists almost 300 billion dollars in wasted time and fuel in 2016. A recent article in USA Today says, based on postings on Instagram, Santa Monica came out as the city with the worst traffic jams in the country.

Rounding out the top five are:

Miami/Miami Beach:
Atlanta:
San Francisco;
New York.

The Inrix study on INRIX named Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Miami as the top five. And the worst day of the week was Friday. Sunday was reported to be the most relaxed day with respect to traffic.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on May 20, 2017 entitled “Top 5 Cities with the Worst #TrafficJams in America” by David Carrig.

IIHS ANNOUNCES 3 LARGE CARS RECEIVE ITS TOP CRASH RATING

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 2:06 pm    

According to a recent article in USA Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that 3 large automobiles received its Top Safety Pick following recent crash tests. Those vehicles are:

• The Lincoln Continental
• The Mercedes Benz E Class
• Toyota Avalon

Cars tested that did not receive the top rating included:
• Tesla Model S
• Ford Taurus
• Chevrolet Impala

According to a spokesman for IIHS, the Tesla, Impala and Taurus all had difficulty with the small overlap front crash test.This test was introduced in 2012 to test the cars ability to handle a collision on its front driver side corner as if it were hitting a telephone pole. The Kia Credenza also recently received the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.
David Zuby, vice president of IIHS, noted that although IIHS rates cars in all size categories, the top safety designation in a large car category is typically safer than the same rating in a small car category. Large cars by virtue of being large, are safer than smaller ones. “Large cars, by virtue of being large, are safer than smaller ones,” Zuby said.

In order to earn the Top Safety Pick, the car must pass 5 safety tests which measure how a car responds to small overlap frontal crash, moderate overlap front and side crashes as well as roof strength and effectiveness of the headrest.
Additionally, as of 2017, cars must also have a good or acceptable headlight rating.

Source: An article appearing in usatoday.com on July 6, 2017 entitled “Three Big Cars Get Top IIHS Crash Rating – – Not Tesla” by Diana Kruzman.

1.5 MILLION HONDA ACCORDS BEING RECALLED TO PREVENT POSSIBLE ENGINE FIRES

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 1:51 pm    

According to an article appearing at USAtoday.com, Honda is recalling about 1.5 Million new model Accords globally to prevent possible engine fires that may result from a defect in the vehicle’s battery system. Honda stated that it has linked 4 reports of engine fires to the defects.

This recall covers model year 2016 Honda Accords which were sold in the United States.

Honda stated that the defect involves a 12-volt sensor that monitors the battery’s charge level. According to Honda, the sensor may not be properly sealed off from moisture or road salt which could cause corrosion or electrical shorting. This could result in engine smoke or a fire.

Honda stated that it will notify owners when they can visit their local dealerships for repair and that repairs will be free. However, because of the size of the recall, if upon inspection dealers determine that the battery sensor is in good condition, a temporary repair will be made until enough parts are available to replace the sensors in all vehicles.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on July 14, 2017 entitled “Honda Recalling 1.5M Accord Cars to Prevent Potential Engine Fires” by Nathan Bomey

TRAMPOLINE INJURY LEADS TO BODY CAST FOR 3-YEAR-OLD BOY

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 8:05 pm    

According to an AP article, a 3-year-old Florida boy is in a cast from the waist down as a result of an injury suffered while jumping at a trampoline park. The boy’s mother stated that her 3-year-old son fractured his thigh bone while bouncing on a trampoline at an indoor park in Tampa, Florida which promoted the use of trampolines by toddlers. As a consequence, the 3-year-old has been placed by orthopedic surgeons in a Hip Spica cast for 6 weeks.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that children younger than 6 years old should not be permitted on trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends against trampoline use for any age but notes the smaller children are at a greater risk. The American Academy of Pediatricians also reports that Emergency Room visits from trampoline park users have soared from 581 in 2011 to 6,932 in 2014 as the popularity of trampoline parks have grown nationwide. Injuries from home trampolines are approximately 90,000 per year. This number has remained steady for the past several years.

According to the article, researchers have called for further investigation and actions to prevent injuries at such trampoline parks noting that there are no consistent guidelines for businesses to follow.

Interestingly, the International Association of Trampoline Parks is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Source: An article appearing in the LNP on July 12, 2017 entitled “Boy, 3 in Body Cast From Trampoline” by Adriana G. Licon