Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NHTSA: TOYOTA AVALON RECALL




U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you.

The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your vehicle is listed below. Click on the NHTSA Recall ID Number below to read more about the safety issue and the reason for the recall.
To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use our VIN Look-up Tool.
NHTSA Recall ID Number :18V569
Manufacturer :Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Subject :Inner Seat Belt Buckle Magnet Missing
MakeModelModel Years
TOYOTAAVALON2012
What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.
What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.
Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America's roadways.
Thank you,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation







Saturday, September 8, 2018

NHTSA: TOYOTA PRIUS RECALL




U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you.
Why am I getting this email?
You are receiving this message because you requested to be notified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if there is a safety recall that may affect your vehicle.
The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your vehicle is listed below. Click on the NHTSA Recall ID Number below to read more about the safety issue and the reason for the recall.
To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use our VIN Look-up Tool.
NHTSA Recall ID Number :18V579
Manufacturer :Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Subject :Engine Wire Harness May Chafe and Short
MakeModelModel Years
TOYOTAPRIUS2016-2018
What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.
What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.
Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America's roadways.
Thank you,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation




Saturday, March 3, 2018

Model 3 problems at delivery - poll




Model 3 problems at delivery - poll

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by MonopsToday at 1:45 AM.

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Did you notice any problem in your model 3 at delivery?

  1. Yes

    4 vote(s)
    30.8%
  2. No

    9 vote(s)




hhttps://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/model-3-problems-at-delivery-poll.109775/




vModel 3 problems at delivery - poll
Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Monops, March 3, 2018 at 1:45 AM.
Monops
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Monops, March 3, 2018 at 1:45 AM  #1
Hello!
I noticed a good amount of threads reporting issue on model 3 from day 1. I'm quite sure that it's one
of those cases when you stay silent if everything good and speak up when not, but I'd like to get
some numbers :)
Cheers!
Alex
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DrLegoHair, March 3, 2018 at 2:45 AM  #2
I’m not sure how to vote on this. Everything was absolutely perfect at delivery but my drive unit failed
the next day :p
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Monops, March 3, 2018 at 3:39 AM  #3
DrLegoHair said: ↑
I’m not sure how to vote on this. Everything was absolutely perfect at delivery but
my drive unit failed the next day :p
OPS :D Well, it sounds close enough :D I'm asking because I'm reading many complaints of day-
one issues and wanted to understand if they are the norm or if it's just someone who's unlucky :)
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 My drive unit failed, pyro fuse blew,
both brake calipers were replaced
and boy do I LOVE this car!
Discussion in 'Model 3' started by DrLegoHair, March 3, 2018.
(Tesla Model 3)
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My drive unit failed, pyro fuse blew, both brake calipers were replaced and
boy do I LOVE this car!
Discussion in 'Model 3' started by DrLegoHair, March 3, 2018.
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Location:Orlando, FL
DrLegoHair, March 3, 2018  #1
I posted a while back about my car failing to start - some called me a troll/shill haha! My Model 3
was in service for a very depressing 12 days! (invoice attached) Yes, I had a nice Model S (70D :/) to
drive, but I wanted MY car back. And let me tell you - to me - this car is absolutely worth the wait and
worth the headache!
I'm sure this is a personal preference but after being in the 3, the model S cabin just feels so, dated.
The 3 is sleek, modern, minimal. I absolutely prefer having the big, beautiful center screen and
leaving the space in front of me free and clear. I think its actually easier to see pertinent info. The 3
somehow feels more spacious than the S. I felt too big for the Model S cabin (I'm 6'1), I feel right at
home in the Model 3. And the drive - wow! The reviews were right, this car is exciting to drive. The
AWD Performance is going to be something else - I may need to upgrade in two years.
How about the screen? oh my. This thing is smooth as silk, FAST and beautiful. The way the
navigation maps work to follow your route, zoom in and out when needed, all so smooth and perfect
is amazing. By the way, the new maps - same route as google every time - not like the useless
routing in the my wife's Model X. Oh and by the way - the EAP 2.5 in the Model 3 functions better
than the AP 2 in our Model X AND the AP 1 in my loaner Model S.
I don't seem to have any of the common complaints:
Rough ride? - Nope not to me, feels low and sporty
Wind noise? - Not more so than any other car I have driven, including my wife's X.
Fit and Finish issues? - I'm not the most picky person but other than one small thing (which
I'm not even sure is an issue) everything is perfect
Missing Alcantara - I was bummed about this at first but after driving a 4 year old Model S
and seeing the way it aged, I think I prefer the new material
Touch Screen Controls are Clumsy / UI sucks - Not at all. Again, maybe personal preference,
but after a few days in the car, I love the UI. Much better to me than the S / X UI. Even
adjusting the cruise speed is really very easy now. I love no buttons, I love minimal stalks.
This car is the future. Now I just hope it doesn't strand me 200 miles from home again! :cool:
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ford Customers concerned of exhaust fumes in vehicles


Ford Customers concerned of exhaust fumes in vehicles

Center for Auto Safety director demands recall

Potentially deadly gas is leaking into vehicles.
You may have heard reports of Ford Explorers in police departments having problems, but our I-Team found consumer complaints are sky rocketing.
Frustrated Florida customers are speaking out about the smell of exhaust fumes inside their Ford Explorers.
"My oldest son at one point got sick and nauseated and threw up in the back there," says Andrew Zellner a South Florida customer.
Zellner tell us despite several attempts to fix the issue he still had exhaust fumes in his SUV.
Megan VanOrden in St. Pete has 5 kids, she notices the smell every time she accelerates.
"I have all the kids with me all the time. And to be like 'oh I'm not going to use the interstate because of this stupid smell' is frustrating."
 In describing the smell she says, "I don't know if you've ever smelt burning hair or someone getting a perm in a salon but it is like you are emersed in a cloud of that smell."
Larry Kent in Largo is not taking any chances, he has 2 children. He bought a carbon monoxide detector after he says Ford tried fixing the problem 4 times, and he still smells the exhaust.    
"You spend 40 thousand dollars on a car you expect it to not kill you. Ya know I wish Ford would take ownership of the problem, I don't understand how they can sell a family vehicle that can potentially harm my family," he tells us.
It's a problem ford recognized in their police vehicles.
Police interceptors, a version of the explorer, have been taken off roads by the hundreds across the country.
In a dash cam video, a California police officer swerves off the road, over several lanes, before crashing into a tree.
Over the summer, Austin pulled its fleet of nearly 600 modified explorers after 60 officers filed official complaints about fumes in their vehicles.
Florida drivers say it's not just police vehicles.
According to a report from the Center for Auto Safety in Washington D.C., complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, have increased 900 percent since the feds began investigating Ford in July of 2016.  
The 48-year-old consumer group's Executive Director, Jason Levine, sent a letter to Ford's CEO demanding a recall of the 1.3 million vehicles potentially affected. Explorers from 2011 to 2017.
"We don't need to wait for a body count to see Ford do what it needs to do," says Levine
He warns the public, "carbon monoxide is not something that's a piece of mind problem. It's a dangerous problem that kills over 400 people a year. We'd like to see Ford take this more seriously and recall the vehicles."
In Florida, we found more than 170 complaints to NHTSA, Tampa Bay had at least 44.
The I-Team spoke to more than a dozen in our area all complaining of headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
One driver we found crashed two Ford Explorers after passing out. He says he's never had any other health issues.
Megan VanOrden says it's frustrating. 
"I don't think it's fair for them to just kind of shrug it off and walk away."
Ford continues to dismiss the need for a recall. In our request for an interview the company responds in a written statement:
"Can’t make someone available for this, but I can share this statement:

Explorers are safe. Ford’s investigation and extensive testing has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day. The safety of our customers is paramount. We encourage customers with carbon monoxide concerns to bring their vehicle to their local Ford dealer for a free service designed to reduce the concern. If they are not satisfied with the service, we encourage them to call our dedicated hotline at 888-260-5575."


Daniel Barbossa | Ford Communications
But the owners we spoke to say despite several attempts to fix the issue they continue to smell the exhaust fumes.
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Jarrod Holbrook is an Emmy and AP Award-winning Investigative Reporter for the ABC Action News I-Team. 
VIDEO ON LINK:

Officer’s ‘Dream Job’ Ripped Away Following Seizure & Crash







February 26, 2018

LONE TREE, Colo. (CBS4) – Childhood dreams became reality for Robert Chamberlain when he became a Lone Tree police officer 10 years ago.
“This is what I planned on doing,” he said. “It’s pretty awesome.”
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Robert Chamberlain (R)
(credit: Shanna and Robert Chamberlain)
Yet his dream became a nightmare on Nov. 30, 2017, while responding to a call.
“I took off, looked to the left to turn out on Ridgegate Parkway and that’s the last thing I remember,” Chamberlain told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann.
While behind the wheel of his patrol car, he had a severe seizure, causing him to crash. Minutes later, his wife received the heart wrenching call her husband was in the ER.
“I’ve never driven faster in my life,” Shanna Chamberlain said.
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(credit: Shanna and Robert Chamberlain)
When she arrived to the hospital, Shanna said her husband looked like he was dead.
“Standing there with a lot of cops tearing up was impossible for me,” she said.
With five fractured vertebrae, a bruised heart and bleeding on his brain, Chamberlain spent nearly a week in the ICU. He said he has no previous conditions and has never had a seizure before.
“On Nov. 29, the day before, my partner and I got carbon monoxide poisoning,” Chamberlain said, adding they were in one of Lone Tree’s Ford Explorers, a vehicle with a history of carbon monoxide issues.
“One of the doctors said carbon monoxide poisoning can cause seizures like that,” he said.
Nearly three months since the crash, Chamberlain still feels the pain while recovering at home.
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CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann interviews Shanna and Robert Chamberlain. (credit: CBS)
“It feels like I’m getting stabbed in the back right now by knives,” he explained.
But the sharpest pain, he and his wife said, came from Lone Tree’s police chief.
“Immediately his chief of police said, ‘The accident wasn’t that severe. We’re not liable for this,’” Shanna said of Chief Kirk Wilson’s visit to the hospital.
Not only was Chamberlain denied workman’s comp, he said he was forced to resign last Wednesday.
“What they said was, ‘Turn in all your stuff. We don’t have anything for you,’” Chamberlain said.
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(credit: CBS)
According to a letter from Chief Wilson, Chamberlain exhausted all of his leave time due to the November crash and a previous medical issue earlier that year.
“In this current climate,” the chief wrote, “it is imperative that we remain at full staff in the police department as much as possible. The absence of a full-time police officer for eight months’ time has resulted in the Department being short staffed on shifts, which creates safety concerns for our other officers… We can no longer hold your position vacant.”
With his dream job ripped away, Chamberlain said he is in shock and wondering what else he can do other than the career he loves.
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(credit: CBS)
“I put myself out there on the line for 10 years, and I just get booted out the door because I got injured on the job,” he said. “I hope this doesn’t happen to the brothers I worked with.”
The couple has hired an attorney to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the department.
CBS4 reached out to Lone Tree’s chief for comment and received the following statement:
“The City of Lone Tree is aware of recent allegations being made by former Officer Robert Chamberlain.  While the City would like to substantively respond as to what transpired, because this involves a personnel matter the City unfortunately cannot comment further.”
Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team as the morning reporter in 2012. After serving as weekend morning anchor, Kelly is now Covering Colorado First for CBS4 News at 10. Connect with Kelly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @KellyCBS4.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Takata agrees to $650-million settlement over air bags but will pay only a fraction of it



Takata agrees to $650-million settlement over air bags but will pay only a fraction of it



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Takata agrees to $650-million settlement over air bags but will pay only a fraction of it
  (Los Angeles Times)




Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has reached a $650-million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C., but only a fraction of the money will be paid because of Takata's financial problems and bankruptcy.

In an agreement announced Thursday, the states said they will not collect the settlement so victims of Takata's faulty air bag inflators can get a bigger piece of the company's remaining money. The exception: South Carolina, which led the states, will get just over $139,000 to cover costs of the investigation.

Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 22 people have died worldwide, and more than 180 have been hurt.

Attorneys general for the states alleged that Takata concealed air bag issues and failed to disclose safety defects.

Takata was forced into bankruptcy last year amid lawsuits, multimillion-dollar fines and crushing recall costs involving air bag inflators that use the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate as a propellant. The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and then burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.

A reorganization plan was approved last week by a federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware.

Under Thursday's deal, Takata agreed not to represent its air bags as safe unless supported by scientific evidence, not to falsify any testing data and to keep cooperating with automakers to make sure replacement inflators are available. It also agreed not to sell any air bags that use ammonium nitrate unless it's for recall replacement parts. Some of the provisions already were included in an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A Takata spokesman did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

As part of a criminal plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, Takata agreed to pay victims $125 million and to pay $850 million in restitution to automakers that bought its inflators and are stuck with recall and litigation costs. Under the restructuring plan, Takata will sell most of its non-air bag assets to a Chinese-owned rival for $1.6 billion.

The inflator problem touched off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. As many as 69 million inflators in the U.S. and an additional 60 million worldwide are being recalled, according to court documents and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-takata-settlement-20180222-story.html


TOYOTA RECALL: PONTIAC VIBE, TOYOTA COROLLA MATRIX, TOYOTA YARIS


U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you.
Why am I getting this email?
You are receiving this message because you requested to be notified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if there is a safety recall that mayaffect your vehicle.
The following may apply to one or more of your vehicles if your vehicle is listed below. Click on the NHTSA Recall ID Number below to read more about the safety issue and the reason for the recall.
To find out if your specific passenger vehicle is included in the recall, use our VIN Look-up Tool.
NHTSA Recall ID Number :18V025
Manufacturer :Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Subject :Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode
MakeModelModel Years
PONTIACVIBE2010
TOYOTACOROLLA MATRIX2003-2008
TOYOTAYARIS2010-2012
What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. That can be done by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund (for equipment) or, in rare cases, repurchasing the car.
What should I do if my vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, please call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.
Thank you for your attention to this important safety matter and for your commitment to helping save lives on America's roadways.
Thank you,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation