Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ford urged to recall 1.3M Explorers amid carbon monoxide poisoning concerns



October 17, 2017

Ford urged to recall 1.3M Explorers amid carbon 

monoxide poisoning concerns


There is a new push Tuesday morning for the  Ford Motor Company to recall its Explorer SUVs over carbon monoxide poisoning concerns. The Center for Auto Safety is urging Ford to pull more than 1.3 million Explorers off the road.
Ford announced it is offering free inspections and repairs to reduce the potential for exhaust to enter vehicles. But the company insists its Explorers are safe and said the offer is "for our customers' peace of mind."
The Center for Auto Safety is calling on Ford to recall all of its 2011 through 2017 Ford Explorer SUVs, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more than 2,700 complaints about possible carbon monoxide in Explorers, including reports of 41 injuries and three accidents that may also be linked.
In July, police in Austin, Texas, parked more than 400 Explorers after nearly two dozen officers were found to have high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood.
Across the country, Ford has been repairing the Explorer police cruisers at no cost, but the company says the issue is separate from the complaints in civilian models and due to modifications of the vehicles after they were purchased -- like installing emergency lights.
In a statement, Ford said they are "confident in our current methods for quickly identifying and addressing potential vehicle issues."
The company says it will send letters next month to owners of the 2011 through 2017 Explorers, urging them to take their SUVs to dealers for inspections, so any necessary repairs can be made.
Customers can take their vehicles, regardless of mileage or warranty status, to a Ford dealer to have this service performed, starting Nov. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018. Customer mailings will begin the week of Nov. 13, 2017, and be completed by Dec. 22, 2017.  Customers with questions also can call a dedicated hotline at 888-260-5575.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ford-explorer-models-2011-to-2017-center-for-auto-safety-recall-urged/


Toyota recalls 310,000 Sienna minivans to fix shift lever problem



Toyota recalls 310,000 Sienna minivans to fix shift lever problem


October 18, 2017



The recall affects 2005-07, 2009 and 2010 Siennas. Pictured 
is a 2010 Sienna.

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 310,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. to fix shift levers that could move out of park, perhaps causing the vehicle to roll away.
The recall affects 2005-07, 2009 and 2010 Siennas, the automaker's North American unit said Wednesday in a statement.
"Grease inside the shift lever assembly could transfer to other internal components," causing them to malfunction, Toyota said. The problem may cause the shift lever to slip out of park without the brake being pressed. This could cause the vehicle to roll away and may lead to a crash.
The company said Toyota dealers will remove and replace an "appropriate amount" of grease and replace the shift lock solenoid.
Last year, Toyota pulled about 744,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. because of a problem that causes sliding doors to open while the vehicle is moving.
A Toyota spokesman declined to comment on whether the company is aware of any injuries or accidents related to the shift lever problem. Toyota said owners will be notified via mail by mid-December.

Ford says recall of F-150, Super Duty pickups to cost $267 million in Q4



Ford says recall of F-150, Super Duty pickups to cost $267 million in Q4


October 18, 2017


DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday recalled 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty pickups to fix faulty side door latches.
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford said the recall would cost it $267 million and will show up on the company's fourth quarter income statement. 
Ford said dealers will install a water shield in affected vehicles for free. Without the shield, the doors may not open or close properly and may open while driving, Ford said.
A Ford spokeswoman, Elizabeth Weigandt, said customers would be notified next month but did not have a timetable for when parts will be available. 
Affected F-150s were built from March 12, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016, at the Dearborn Assembly Plant and from Aug. 11, 2014, to Dec. 30, 2016, at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
Affected Super Duty pickups were built from Oct. 8, 2015, to Sept. 1, 2016, at the Kentucky Assembly Plant.
Ford said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
This is not Ford's first door latch problem.
It took a $295 million hit in the first quarter because of two recalls, one of which involved the expansion of a door latch recall to nearly 211,000 vehicles including 2014 Fiestas, 2013-14 Fusions and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZs.
Ford has now recalled more than 5 million vehicles for varying door latch-related issues since 2016, but the company said the issue in the new recall is different from prior ones.
Weigandt said Ford's decision to issue a recall is driven by data. "When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly," she said.
Reuters contributed to this report.
http://www.autonews.com/article/20171018/OEM11/171019669/ford-truck-recall-earnings


Suit blames Ford for Austin police officer’s carbon monoxide illness



Suit blames Ford for Austin police officer’s carbon monoxide illness



By Nolan Hicks - American-Statesman Staff

TAMIR KALIFA
Police Interceptors are parked outside of the Austin Police Department’s downtown headquarters on 8th Street as officials prepare to move the vehicles off-site on July 29. The Austin Police Department pulled all 400 of its Ford Explorers from patrol amid concerns of carbon monoxide releases into the passenger compartment of the cars. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Highlights

Ryan Hancock and his wife allege that a police SUV’s flawed exhaust system led to damage to his nervous system.
The suit asks for unspecified damages to pay for medical bills, lost wages and future earnings.
An Austin police officer and his wife are suing Ford Motor Co., alleging that its Explorer SUV’s flawed exhaust system led to the officer’s carbon monoxide poisoning and subsequent damage to his nervous system.
The lawsuit is at least the second filed by an Austin police officer that accuses the automaker of negligence, saying that it knew of the problems, failed to fix them and failed to alert the public. The suit asks for unspecified damages to pay for medical bills, lost wages, future earnings and for the couple’s pain and suffering.
“We’re suing Ford because they designed, manufactured and sold a defective product,” said Brian Chase, an attorney representing officer Ryan Hancock. “It’s important to get the word out that these Ford Explorers have a problem leaking carbon monoxide and Ford hasn’t been able to fix it.”
Chase said the Austin police cases are two of the roughly 30 he has across the country stemming from reported Ford Explorer-linked carbon monoxide poisonings.
The Austin Police Department parked its nearly 400 Explorer patrol vehicles in July for emergency inspections after dozens of officers were potentially exposed to the dangerous and odorless gas. Over four days in July, at least five police officers were hospitalized.
None of the Explorers has been returned to service so far, though some are currently undergoing testing, a City Hall spokesman said Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Ford declined to comment on the pending litigation, but said the automaker’s own testing showed the leaks might be caused by modifications ordered by police departments to get the SUVs ready for law enforcement duty. Ford announced earlier this month that it was offering to inspect and repair Explorer SUVs at no cost to owners.
But Austin police aren’t alone in reporting problems with the Ford Explorer. Between 2011 and 2015, 154 people across the country reported their Explorer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, largely complaining about problems with the exhaust system.
A July report from the federal agency found cracks in Explorer exhaust manifolds as a possible culprit for the carbon monoxide leaks in the police Explorers. The agency said it would continue to investigate to determine how common the cracks are and whether it affects civilian models, too.
But for Hancock, the warnings and investigations came too late, the lawsuit alleges. According to the suit, Hancock became nauseated and light-headed, then his head began to hurt and his vision became blurred as he patrolled the city on July 21. When he reported for duty the next day still feeling sick, he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, the suit says.
The lawsuit claims that Ford was aware of problems with the Explorer’s exhaust system as early as December 2012, when the company issued a bulletin to dealers acknowledging that the smell of exhaust was getting into the cabins of the SUVs.
“In sum, Ford knew that its Ford Explorer vehicles and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, (including Hancock’s APD cruiser), were defective in that the design of those vehicles allowed deadly exhaust fumes, including poisonous carbon monoxide, to enter the passenger compartment,” the lawsuit claims. “(T)he suggested repairs failed to fix the problem.”
The lawsuit contains testimony from a Ford representative in a Florida case, who suggested in 2015 the exhaust problems were caused by a design flaw in the popular SUV.
“It doesn’t seem to be a problem with an individual part or an individual vehicle that was misbuilt,” the representative, Bob Gray, said. “It does seem to be a design issue.”
The suit, filed Monday in Travis County state District Court, also names Leif Johnson Ford of Austin and Silsbee Ford, a dealership in East Texas, as defendants, claiming they and five other unnamed businesses failed to fix the patrol SUV.
A Leif Johnson representative declined to comment. No one from Silsbee Ford was immediately available to comment.


Two New Teslas - Terrible Reliability Hits New Records



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Two New Teslas - Terrible Reliability Hits New Records


Tesla has now acheive a number of new records.

Record #1 and #2 - As of today my Model S which I took delivery of 30 days ago and my Model X that we took delivery of 16 days ago have both now individually each spent more days in the Service Center (5 days each, but S clock is still running as it is still there) than the combined total days of all new cars I have bought in the last 30 years. 

Record #3 - Tesla service has put more miles on my Model X than my wife and I have since delivery.

Record #4 - I have now had 7 different Tesla loaner cars over the past month. That is 7 more than any car I have ever bought (although I tend to wait for service even when Porsche oil change took 4+ hours).

That is quite an amazing streak over such a short period. When I drive my Telsas I love them, just wish I got to more often. 

Joking aside it has come to the point where I worry about my wife taking her X too far right now and I am docmuenting everything on both cars in the case I have to Lemon Law them. Really a shame and starting to feel foolish for purchasing two in such a short time period.



Wow, who changed the title of my Thread? I did not label it Lemon Law.

Model S - Air Suspension Leak - Brought it in on 10/10 for Service and notified Service that the air compressor went on for long period of time after car sat at rest for while. They kept it overnight and they claimed could not replicate the issue. Picked the car up on Wednesday the 11th and the next morning when I went out to the car it did the same thing, so I videoed it and then later in the day when I went to drive the car I got a warning "Air Suspension Needs Service". I called service and they were going to send a flatbed, but given my last experience when they picked up my X, I decided to drive it there after the code cleared when I next went out and started the car. Dropped the car off Thursday the 12th. They replaced a stuck air valve on Friday and tested over night on Friday and Saturday they said Drivers side strut leaked completely down so needs to be replaced and part will not arrive until Monday the 16th.

Model X - Parking Brake Needs Service - Fully documented in my other thread where the Technician who picked up my X decided to take it home 70 miles from the Service Center. Tesla Service Experience Takes a Strange Turn

I am sorry that yours broke down.

Let's take a look at lemon law:

  • The warranty for the vehicle must be current:
Checked for both S & X
  • The vehicle must be taken in for repair to an authorized dealer, for the same problem, at least 3-4 times. NOTE: For California law specifically, the law includes that if a certain repair may cause death or serious injury, 2 attempts to repair is sufficient cause to qualify a vehicle as a lemon. For example, brake failure would qualify after two repair attempts, as it is a major safety defect.

May be not 3 to 4 times so far?

  • The vehicle must have been inoperable for a total of 30 days (the days do not need to be consecutive).
May be not. Yours have been in the shop since October and now is still the same month.
  • The defect or malfunction in the car must be of severe impact either impairing the safety, value or use of the vehicle.
Checked for both S & X
  • In order to qualify, all cars must be leased or purchased in California and used for personal, family or business use.
Checked for both S & X

So, for Lemon: You got 3 checked off but the other 2 are not?



I recently saw a thread about parking brake messages. There's a firmware glitch that as far as I know Tesla's still working on.
"Parking Brake Needs Service"
All the service centers really should know about this, no surprise if they don't though.



When buying Tesla's, it may be a good idea to space the purchases out and let the first one go through the break-in period, fix everything, before buying the next one. For all 3 Tesla's that we bought the break-in period was under 6 months (actually, the oldest - 2013 - was the best in that respect). Knock-on wood, once all fixed they've held up great so far.


https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/two-new-teslas-terrible-reliability-hits-new-records.100099/

Power steering failure




Power steering failure
Submitted by chayan.b
on October 12, 2017
(3-week old Tesla Model X)
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Power steering failure
Submitted by chayan.b on October 12, 2017
 
Is anyone else seeing the errors below pop up?
 
"Car needs service - steering assist unavailable"
"Park assist unavailable"
 
The primary issue is that the power steering is not engaging. Given the 6,000 lb beast the
MX is, it is essentially not maneuverable without power steering. The falcon doors have
become nonfunctional too. All this on a 3-week old Tesla! My MX was sitting pretty in the
local SC for the better part of this week. I called in today and they said all was looked at
and fixed. Initial diagnosis I was provided was that the connectors on the relays and EFuse
were lose and were torqued to company specification. Upon further probing, I was told that
the problem is more software related. They have introduced a new module and the
software needs to be fine-tuned. It was also mentioned that the issue could recur and the
only solution as of now is to hard-reboot (disengage 12V battery). This ultimately will only
be fixed with the next software update. 2 hours out of the SC and few miles on, I'm back to
square one. Errors pop up and the steering is stiff again. Luckily I could get home. Quite
irritated with this right now.
 
If it is a software calibration issues/bug, then someone else must have experienced this
too. If not, did I get a lemon?
 




FEDS CLOSE INVESTIGATION INTO BMW'S RECALL FAILURES





FEDS CLOSE INVESTIGATION 


INTO BMW'S RECALL FAILURES



Investigation closed after BMW pays $40 million consent order and answers for recall failures.

Posted in Investigations
 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed an investigation that was opened in 2015 concerning BMW and how the automaker conducted recalls and filed federal reports.
In 2014, the feds had tested two MINI Coopers to see how the cars handled side impact crashes and following the tests, NHTSA said it looked like BMW ignored problems that should have been addressed.
Following an additional test, BMW told NHTSA that certification for 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtops was based on the testing of 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtops, even though the Cooper S is a heavier car.
In January 2015, BMW recalled certain MINI Coopers to install foam patches in the rear door panels, then another MINI recall was ordered to change vehicle weight and capacity information on the tire labels.
But what got the attention of NHTSA was when BMW said a "service campaign" would be performed to add padding to the rear side panels of 2015 MINI Cooper 2-door Hardtops, but the automaker never started the campaign. To top it off, the automaker didn't mention anything to the government about failing to conduct the campaign.
NHTSA said BMW should have known about rear passenger safety problems in MINI vehicles and should have known those problems needed to be fixed. In addition, safety regulators said BMW failed to notify them about recalls in a timely manner.
BMW was hit with a consent order in December 2015 after the automaker admitted it failed to conduct timely recalls, failed to file quarterly reports in a timely manner, failed to contact owners about safety defects, failed to tell NHTSA about delays in sending dealer notices and failed to submit copies of recall-related documents in a timely manner.
That's a lot of failures, and NHTSA imposed a $40 million civil penalty against BMW for those failures.
The consent order also required BMW to appoint an independent safety consultant to assist in creating better methods for complying with the Safety Act and evaluating safety issues.
BMW was also told to create a program to train dealers on the importance of not selling vehicles with unrepaired safety defects and to improve dealers' access to information necessary to increase completion of open (unrepaired) recalls.
NHTSA says it is closing the investigation because by agreeing to the consent order, BMW has admitted to violating the law and so far has played by the rules. However, by closing the investigation, NHTSA says it has no bearing on BMW's responsibility to follow terms of the consent order.

6 injured as car plows into shop in Gangnam




6 injured as car plows into shop in Gangnam
By Korea Herald

Published : Oct 18, 2017

A car plowed into a shop on a busy shopping street near Gangnam Station in southern Seoul on Wednesday. 

It smashed into a storefront, injuring six people, including one who was severely injured, according to local fire authorities.

Among the six injured people were customers inside the store and pedestrians at the storefront.



A car plowed into a shop near Gangnam Station in 
southern Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

The 57-year-old driver of the car, surnamed Jang, reportedly did not suffer any injury. Jang told police the cause of the accident was a sudden unintended acceleration of her car.

Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash based on testimony from Jang, who was driving on her own at the time. 

A car plowed into a shop near Gangnam Station in 
southern Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)


http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171018000807


The findings of the research team at
the National Forensic Service in Seoul, Korea concerning
SUA; published on pages 35 – 41 of Volume 267, October
2016 of Forensic Science International magazine

Forensic Science International
Volume 267, October 2016, Pages 35–41
Experimental study for the reproduction of sudden unintended
acceleration incidents
Sungji Parka, Youngsuk Choib, Woongchul Choib
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LVTGO-VBS
Low Voltage Tester -
Ground Offset &
Vehicle Battery Simulator
(47 pages)  (What the Korean researchers used.)
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Experimental Study for the Reproduction of Sudden
Unintended Acceleration Incidents
Sungji Park,  Youngsuk Choi,  Woongchul Choi
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Highlights
 
•Efforts were made to reproduce some cases of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA).
•One possible cause of the SUA were carefully investigated.
•Supply voltage level to the ECU was perturbed to mimic unstable power supply.
•The wide open throttle occurred without intention with the unstable supply voltage.
•Current research reproduced the SUA and provided a possible clue to the SUA.
 
Abstract
 
A few cases of the sudden unintended acceleration have been reported over the last few years [1–11] and
some of them seemed to be somewhat related to an electronic throttle control (ETC) system [11,12] . In this
experimental study, efforts were made to reproduce the cases of sudden unintended acceleration possibly
related to the ETC. Typically, an ETC of the engine is managed based on signals from airflow sensor, throttle
position sensor and acceleration pedal sensor. With this typical sensor configurations in mind, these sensor
signals were checked for noise levels. However, none of them showed any clear relationship with the sudden
unintended acceleration mainly due to the robustness of the ETC logic software. As an alternative approach,
supply voltage to an engine control unit (ECU) was tempered intentionally to observe any clues for the
incidents. The observed results with the supply voltage drop and fluctuation tests were rather astonishing. The
throttle valve position went all the way up to 100% for around one second when the battery voltage plunged
down to 7 V periodically despite that the acceleration pedal position was kept steady. As an effort to confirm the
case, multiple tries were made systematically on a chassis dynamometer as well as on the test road. In this
paper, detailed procedures and findings are reported accordingly.
 
Keywords:
Sudden unintended acceleration (SUA), Supply voltage drop, Engine control unit (ECU), Electronic throttle
control (ETC), Wide-open throttle
 
© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Please cite this article as:S. Park, Y. Choi, W. Choi, Experimental Study for
the Reproduction of Sudden Unintended Acceleration Incidents, Forensic Science
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EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF REAPPEARANCE FOR SUDDEN ACCELERATION INCIDENTS
Presenter: Sungji Park
Forensic Engineering, National Forensic Service, Seoul, Korea (South)
SESSIONS
Oral Presentation 05
10/15/2014 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
(excerpts):
The input voltage of ECU(Electronic Control Unit) was fluctuated from 7V to 14V periodically
and the all of the engine data like throttle valve position, acceleration position, engine RPM,
brake pressure and maximum torque of wheel were recorded.
 
As results of this study, we found that the periodical low voltage could make the throttle
valve fully open and the car would reach the maximum performance condition. So, the
unintended acceleration could happen without pressing acceleration pedal.
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Simulation of Sudden Acceleration
in a Torque-Based Electronic Throttle Controller
by Ronald A. Belt
Plymouth, MN 55447
30 January 2015
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(excerpts):
(from page 9 of 25):
IV. Experimental Evidence for Sudden Acceleration
Caused by Low Battery Voltage
 
Experimental evidence that supports the author’s theory of sudden acceleration has been obtained recently by a research team at the National Forensic Service in Seoul, Korea. This organization is the Korean government’s official automobile accident investigation team in Korea, and it has been looking into the cause of the epidemic of sudden acceleration incidents in Korea for the last several years.

Their results show that the electronically operated throttle valve in a late model car with electronic throttle can be made to open to the maximum opening position by voltage fluctuations of 14 to 7 volts on the battery supply line without pressing on the accelerator pedal. Their results were described in an oral presentation given at the World Forensic Festival 2014 meeting in Seoul, Korea on October 12-18, 2014. An abstract of their presentation appears in the published abstract book for the meeting.
 
7 This abstract is reproduced in its entirety in Figure 5 below. A paper describing their complete findings has been submitted to an international journal and will be published soon after going through the peer review process.
 
Figure 5. Abstract of an oral presentation at the World Forensic Festival 2014 meeting in Seoul, Korea on October 12-18, 2014
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Dr. Ronald A. Belt’s Sudden Acceleration Papers
Dr. Ronald A. Belt: Why I Publish Here
Some Facts About Sudden Acceleration in Mitsubishi Montero Sport Vehicles - 1/1/16
Answers to Some Remaining Questions On Belt’s Theory of Sudden Acceleration - 12/1/15
Unintended Acceleration with a Confirmed Cause – Smaller Tires in Front – 8/1/15
Sudden Acceleration in Vehicles with Mechanical Throttles and Idle Speed Actuators - 7/1/15
Sudden Unintended Acceleration in an All-Electric Vehicle - 2/27/15
Simulation of Sudden Acceleration in a Torque-Based Electronic Throttle Controller - 1/30/15
Dr. Ronald A. Belt: Comparison of Two Electronic Theories of Sudden Acceleration - 9/30/14
Further Details on an Electronic Mechanism for Sudden Unintended Acceleration - 1/6/14
A More Detailed Electronic Mechanism for Sudden Unintended Acceleration - 8/4/13
Sudden Acceleration Without an Accelerator Input - 11/1/12
A Detailed Electronic Mechanism for Sudden Unintended Acceleration - 8/2/12
An Electronic Cause for Sudden Unintended Acceleration - 4/11/12
A Layman’s Account of Dr. Belt’s Theory
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[excerpts from page 3:  A Layman’s Account of Dr. Belt’s Theory]
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Dr. Belt’s theory also explains why loss of brake function occurs in some vehicles undergoing
sudden acceleration. It is not due merely to the loss of vacuum boost as the engine operates at
high RPM during a sudden acceleration incident. This would cause a hard pedal feel to the driver.
It may also be caused by negative voltage spikes affecting the operation of the ABS brakes, whose
operation is known to depend upon the vehicle’s supply voltage. It is possible that these negative
voltage spikes cause the ABS controller to reset, and that coming out of reset the controller enters
into a temporary diagnostic test mode as it is designed to do each time that the vehicle’s ignition
is turned on. During this test mode, the ABS brakes are cycled through all the normal modes to
see if they operate properly, one of which is a mode that reduces pressure on the brake lines. This
could cause a soft pedal feel to the driver by which the driver’s brake pedal may to go to the
floor as many drivers have contendedThis condition could be caused by a single negative voltage
spike, which also initiates the sudden acceleration, if it is sampled by the microcontroller and used
for calculating the throttle motor voltage correction coefficient
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Dr. Belt’s theory also explains why the sudden acceleration incident rate is higher for older people,
and especially for older women. The reason is that many of these people are retired, and hence make
infrequent shorter trips with their vehicles to the grocery, library, mall, and church, instead of commuting
longer distances each day to places of employment. This means that their vehicle’s batteries run down
more easily because they never get charged back up properly, causing a lower voltage on the vehicle’s
voltage supply line. This lower voltage makes the supply line more susceptible to negative voltage spikes
produced by the inrush currents of radiator fan motors, ABS pump motors, and stop lights. Such negative
voltage spikes are the cause of most sudden acceleration incident.
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Artificial intelligence
DEMAND AND SUPPLY
By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star)
Updated December 16, 2015 - 12:00am
(Michael. Barr and Dr. Belt information)  (Should have had an SUA-related title)
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(selected comment):
 
Dr Antony Anderson • (16 December 2015)
Your former colleague Engineer Marcial Ocampo provides some constructive
suggestions as to possible contributory causes of SA incidents when a vehicle
is at or near standstill. [“..traffic draining the battery” ] What he suggests
regarding the role of the battery very much complements what Dr Ronald Belt
says in his various memoranda, which you mention later in your article.
 
Google key words “RONALD BELT AUTO SAFETY”
 
Your readers might also find this reference from the UK Automobile
Association (AA) regarding automobile batteries useful:
 
Google key words : “AA FLAT BATTERY ADVICE”
 
The AA roadside fault finding technique, when going to the help of a
stranded motorist, is to immediately fully test the battery condition, in
accordance with international standards, to see if it is able to hold charge
before doing anything else. If the battery is judged to be in poor condition by
the automated test equipment the AA replace immediately with a new high-quality
battery correctly sized for the vehicle and then carry on fault finding. If the
battery is in good condition they charge it and then carry on fault finding.
What they avoid doing initially is to jump start the engine. The right kind of tester has
to be used, otherwise the battery may appear to be alright when actually it is not.
Being able to start the car with the battery is no evidence of its capability to hold
charge and act effectively in its role of smoothing out transient current demands and
limiting transient voltage drops.
 
It would be very interesting to know what test protocol Mitsubishi use when
they test vehicles that have experienced an SUA and whether or not it includes
testing the battery BEFORE anyone either starts the engine or charges the
battery.
 
It would certainly be worth establishing what Mitsubishi's policy is regarding the
quality and CCA rating of the batteries that they install in Monteros exported from
Thailand to the Philippines. Owners should most certainly check the manufacturing
date, CCA rating and make of their batteries.
 
Another related area that SUA investigators ignore at their peril is intermittent
electrical contacts in the main 12V supply - battery terminals and ground terminals.
Also intermittent sensor contacts. Most of the fault detection strategies followed by
the automotive industry assume that a sensor fault is either an open circuit or a short
circuit. In some cases there may be an intermittency - at a relatively high frequency -
which may not be detected as a fault.

Google the key words: “IEEE ACCESS SUDDEN ACCELERATION”
 
This pdf article has some practical suggestions about ways and means of
reducing the likelihood of electrical/electronic intermittencies and discusses
various options for independent fail-safes that would help reduce engine power
in an emergency.
 
Nearly all auto manufacturers have filed patents for reducing the risk of a
sudden acceleration in the event of an electronic engine control computer
malfunction. If the designers believed in the perfection of their software and
that SUAs were caused by driver error then they would not spend precious time
designing countermeasures to a supposedly non-existent problem. If the DTI do
get around to doing an investigation, they could do worse than visiting the US
PATENT OFFICE and doing a search on fail-safes for SUAs and also on measures
to control runaway diesel engines. Patents often reveal what problems a company
has and what measures they propose to overcome them. Whether or not a particular
patent ever gets implemented is another.
 
Copyright © 2012. Philstar. All Right Reserved
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[Patent for a problem which “doesn’t officially exist” – eh?]
Unintended acceleration detection and correction
US 8775046 B2
ZUSAMMENFASSUNG
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Monday, August 22, 2016
Korean study demonstrates 100% wide
open throttle SUA reproduced by auto
voltage drop
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(Notice image:  TPS (throttle position sensor) is 100%,
while the APS (accelerator pedal sensor) is only 35.5%.)
[Automakers “would claim” the 100% EDR readout from
the TPS “PROVES” the driver MUST HAVE DEPRESSED THE
ACCELERATOR PEDAL TO 100%.   NOT TRUE !!!)
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Anyone experience Sudden Unintended Acceleration in a Santa Fe?
bryancosbryancos   in Hyundai
December 2009
(2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
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Crash victims file $95 million suit against Kia Corp.
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:33 am
EDITOR
brian justice
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NHTSA ASKED TO INVESTIGATE FATAL KIA OPTIMA CRASH
Government asked to investigate Kia Optima crash after twin boys killed in Winchester, Tennessee.
By David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com Posted in News
January 6, 2016
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Winchester, Tennessee Police Chief, Dennis Young
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2008 KIA OPTIMA Vehicle 

Speed Control Problems  (as of: 10 Jul 2017)

http://www.arfc.org/complaints/2008/kia/optima/vehicle_speed_control/problem.aspx     (6)

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Feb 01, 2016 - Winchester, TN - Vehicle Speed Control
LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN DESJARLAIS RE THE WINCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT REQUESTING ASSISTANCE WITH AN ISSUE INVOLVING THE
DOT. THE OPERATOR OF THE IMPACTING VEHICLE STATED HER 2008 KIA OPTIMA ACCELERATED OUT OF CONTROL. PLEASE MARK THIS DOCUMENT
FOR DELETION. IT IS BEING REPLACED WITH DOCUMENT NUMBER 10838296. THE CONSUMER REAR ENDED A MINIVAN AND WAS PUSHED ACROSS THE
INTERSECTION, INTO A THIRD VEHICLE. UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF THE KIA OPTIMA, THE SPEEDOMETER WAS STUCK AT 93 MPH AND THE
RMP'S WERE STUCK AT 4500. THE IGNITION WAS STUCK IN THE ACCESSORY POSITION AND THE GEAR SHIFT WAS IN NEUTRAL.
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Jan 19, 2016 - Winchester, TN - Vehicle Speed Control
POLICE REQUEST FOR VEHICLE INSPECTION OF 2008 KIA OPTIMA. THE INFORMATION IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE DETECTIVE OF WINCHESTER POLICE
DEPARTMENT IN WINCHESTER TN...UPDATED LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WITH AN ALLEGED SUDDEN UNINTENDED
ACCELERATION INCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN MULTIPLE FATALITIES. THE DRIVER OF THE 2008 KIA OPTIMA WAS TRAVELING AT A HIGH SPEED IN THE
AREA OF 90 MPH. THE DRIVER TRAVELED DOWN THE TURNING LANE AND STRUCK A 2003 FORD WINDSTAR FROM THE REAR. THE FORD WINDSTAR
WAS PUSHED ACROSS THE INTERSECTION INTO A THIRD VEHICLE WHICH WAS STOPPED IN THE TURNING LANE. THE KIA OPTIMA CAME TO REST IN
THE LEFT HAND LANE. THE DRIVER STATED THE VEHICLE ACCELERATED OUT OF CONTROL AND IT COULD NOT BE STOPPED. UPON FURTHER
INVESTIGATION, THE SPEEDOMETER WAS STUCK AT 93 MPH AND THE RPM'S WERE STUCK AT 4500. THE IGNITION WAS STUCK IN THE ACCESSORY
POSITION AND THE GEAR SHIFT WAS IN NEUTRAL.
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Hyundai sudden acceleration kills family
Raw Leak
Published on Aug 2, 2016
(0:26 sec video)
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Published on Aug 2, 2016
Korea - This happened yesterday, which caused a huge uproar among Koreans against Hyundai, the make
of the car in accident.
 
The footage shows the driver yelling "what's going on with the car?!", as the car accelerates out of control
and heading straight to nowhere. Meanwhile In the background you can hear the grandmother repeating
"the kids, the kids" referring to the two grandchildren sitting at the back.
 
The footage ends right before the car crashes into the back of a ferry truck that was parked on the
roadside. The accident caused the car to go straight under the truck, stripping off the rooftop and causing
unimaginable injury to the passengers.
 
The driver (grandfather of the two children) survived but others including the grandmother, the mother,
and the two toddlers to died at the scene.
 
Many are suspecting a major flaw in the Hyundai's engine system, dubbed "κΈ‰λ°œμ§„"(aka "sudden
acceleration), caused the accident and waiting for Hyundai to make a statement regarding the accident.
 
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