GM names new vehicle safety chief in wake of recalls
RECOMMENDED: Car logos quiz In addition to having global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, confirmation and validation of safety performance, as well as post-sale safety activities, including recalls, according to GMs announcement, Boyer will communicate regularly with Ms. Barra and the rest of GMs senior management on matters of vehicle safety. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra in a statement. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Boyer takes on the task of helping repair a free-falling safety reputation for the worlds second-largest automaker. In addition to yesterdays recalls, Barra released a video message to employees apologizing for the companys slow response to a faulty ignition switch problem linked to at least 31 accidents and 13 fatalities. GM didnt recall the affected vehicles until last month, though it knew of the issue for at least a decade. Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened, Barra said in the video. We will be better because of this tragic situation if we seize the opportunity. And I believe we will do just that. RECOMMENDED: Get your 2014 Emerging & Frontier Markets Forecast FREE.
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GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
But when the driver was sending a text, an additional 70 feet were needed to come to a stop. Another study found that texting while driving was the likely cause of more than 16,000 road fatalities between 2002 and 2007. 4. Don’t try to multitask – put down the food, makeup and other distractions while driving. While text messages have a dramatic effect on a driver’s ability to stay safe on the road, other distractions take their toll as well. Talking on a cell phone, eating, use of in-vehicle technologies like navigation systems and other visual, manual and cognitive distractions take the driver’s eyes, hands and attention from the task of driving. Try to perform activities like setting your vehicle’s route, selecting music and making cell phone calls before you begin to drive, and pull over to handle distractions like fights between children. 5. Be aware of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
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Last month, the automaker recalled 1.6million Chevrolet Cobalts and five other vehicle models. GM has told safety regulators that it fielded complaints about the problem as early as 2001. But the company said it could not pinpoint the problem and did not issue a recall until last month. The Boyer appointment comes a day after the automaker announced three more recalls, unrelated to the faulty ignition switch. The long inaction on the ignition switch has made the company the focus of investigations by two congressional committees and federal safety regulators. The company is also the subject of a preliminary inquiry by federal prosecutors who are considering a criminal investigation, according to people familiar with the matter. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the congressional panels preparing for hearings, met Tuesday with GM officials, mainly to review the automakers version of events, as laid out in chronologies filed with federal regulators, company officials said. Barra said that she would testify if summoned by Congress to Capitol Hill. Barra has named a former federal prosecutor to lead an internal investigation that could stretch over months to establish a more precise record of what went wrong and why, Barra said. There are no sacred cows, she said.
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BMW M4 Coupe is the 2014 MotoGP Safety Car
According to internal documents, GM knew of a switch problem in some of its vehicles as early as 2001 but only recalled the cars last month. The House energy and commerce committee said last week that it would launch an inquiry into the slow recall. Mondays recalls relate to issues with seat-mounted side airbags in 1.18 million full-size crossover SUVs including 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2008-2013 Buick Enclave, 2008-2013 GMC Acadia and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. GM says the danger happens if drivers ignore the airbag warning light on their instrument panel. If drivers do not address the issue, it can lead to a wiring failure and non-deployment of the side impact restraints. The company also issued a recall of 63,900 2013 and 2014 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans over a plug in the brake system that can come loose, allowing corrosion and increasing the likelihood of overheating and an engine-compartment fire. The third recall relates to 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans in which the material covering the passenger-side air bag does not meet federal standards. The company said the risk only applied to passengers who are not wearing safety belts.
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This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S. Justice Department over why it didnt recall the Cobalts and other vehicles when it first became aware of issues with the cars ignition switches. Boyers appointment is intended to ensure such issues dont avoid detection in the future. He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Boyer began his GM career in 1974, as a co-op student and has held several senior engineering, safety and process leadership positions, including the role of a total vehicle integration engineer.
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GM names new safety chief as problems mount over car recall
The car was decked with M Performance Parts logos all over but no official details were released at the time. In the wake of the new season kicking off, the officials decided to shed some light on what makes this particular M4 an M Performance car. Apart from the stock parts the car will also be fitted with: BMW M Performance Titanium exhaust system with carbon finishers BMW M Performance Black front grille BMW M Performance Front splitter with blade BMW M Performance Carbon Rear diffusor BMW M Performance Carbon rear spoiler BMW M Performance Carbon mirror caps BMW M Performance Side skirts BMW M Performance Alcantara steering wheel with race display BMW M Performance Handbrake in carbon and alcantara M Performance foot mats Recaro Racing Seats with Schroth harnesses Of course, the special, eye-catching livery used on Safety Cars will also be used as weve been getting used to over the last 15 years. The 2014 season will kick-off on March 23rd in Qatar and will be ending on the 9th of November in Valencia and will feature the same awards from BMW as last year. The nest qualifier over the entire season will get the classic BMW M Award which, in the 2013 season, was a special edition BMW M6 Coupe won by 20-year-old Marc Marquez from Spain. Furthermore, the BMW M Motorhome will still be visible around the tracks where the best bikers in the world will compete. BMWs latest Safety Car will be following in some pretty big shoes, after the tradition was started back in 1999 with the BMW Z8 Safety car. Over the years vehicles such as the E63 M6, E85 Z4 M Coupe, E82 1M Coupe, E92 M3 Coupe and even the E71 X6 M did the same job in the MotoGP Championship.
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BMW M4 Coupe MotoGP Safety Car Details Revealed [Photo Gallery]
ESC can individually brake wheels to control a slide, potentially stopping a car from sliding off the road or rolling over. Just to add to the confusion it is also marketed as DSC (dynamic stability control), VSC (vehicle stability control) and ESP (electronic stability program. Some vehicles can have up to 12 airbags, designed to inflate in multiple stages depending on the severity of a collision . Particularly disturbing was things like electronic stability control where only 20 per cent knew anything about stability control and ABS which has been around for 30 years, but very few people knew what ABS was and what it did, said NRMA Insurance research manager, Robert McDonald at the companys new road safety showroom in Sydneys CBD which opens Tuesday. The survey found that 95 per cent of Australian drivers claim safety is their first priority when buying a car, but had a concerning lack of knowledge about car safety technology. In one example, 60 per cent of drivers did not consider colour as an important safety factor. A study in 2007 by Monash University, co-sponsored by NRMA , found that the risk of a crash with black, grey, blue, green or red cars was 10 per cent higher than white cars. One of the common safety misconceptions was the role distractions, such as mobile phone use and incorrectly positioned GPS devices, have in causing collisions.
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NRMA Insurance Launches the Crashed Car Showroom, an Interactive Car Safety Event
Its souped up inside as well. The M Performance steering wheel (with race display at 12 oclock) is wrapped in Alcantara, while the double-clutch transmissions gear lever is in carbon. Stainless steel pedals are also used, as are BMW M Performance foot mats. The Recaro racing seat and Schroth belts provide the necessary comfort and safety on track. Safety car essentials include LED lights on the front apron, LED lights on the roof, and striking livery to ensure that it stands out ahead of the pack. BMW is no stranger to this it has been supplying safety cars to MotoGP for awhile now, and past models include the M6 Gran Coupe , 1 Series M Coupe and X6 M . See more of the civilian M4, along with its M3 sedan sister, here . Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details. merc is better la than this junk.. Like or Dislike: All uncles would agree with you.
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