GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
Set to make its motorsport debut on March 23rd, the safety car has been equipped with an assortment of BMW M Performance Parts. Highlights include a front splitter, a black grille and a titanium exhaust system which is surrounded by carbon fiber exhaust finishers. Other M Performance Parts include carbon mirror caps, aerodynamic side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car also has a new hood and an LED light bar. Interior pictures were not released but BMW says the car has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a carbon gear knob and stainless steel pedals. There’s also Recaro racing seats, Schroth belts and BMW M Performance floor mats. Last but not least, the safety car has a roll bar and a fire extinguisher. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
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NRMA Insurance Launches the Crashed Car Showroom, an Interactive Car Safety Event
(PRWEB) March 19, 2014 Sydney, NSW: This March, NRMA Insurance is opening the Crashed Car Showroom to show you first-hand how important car safety is and what to look for next time you’re thinking of buying a car. It’s going to be live in Sydney’s CBD and free for the whole family – the Crashed Car Showroom is a fully interactive experience. You can discover what it’s like to be a crash test dummy by using the latest virtual reality technology. See how car parts stand up to a severe storm by firing a specially modified gun that shoots hail; as well as exploring the interior of a fully dissected car. Don’t miss the Crashed Car Showroom . An NRMA Insurance car safety initiative. ADDRESS: 65 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 COST: FREE entry – all welcome to come along DATE: 18-27 March 2014
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He will have global responsibility for the safety development of GM vehicle systems, and will be in charge of validating GM cars safety performance and overseeing recalls and other safety-related issues after vehicles are sold. Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors, the company said. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. 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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BMW M4 Coupe is the 2014 MotoGP Safety Car
(Photo: GM Wieck) SHARE 50 CONNECT 17 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE Hundreds of thousands of General Motors cars with the same steering system that prompted a big Chevrolet Cobalt recall four years ago haven’t been recalled even though federal safety officials say they have duplicated the Cobalt defect in the non-recalled Saturn Ion. The flaw, which causes sudden loss of the steering’s power assist, isn’t related to the recent ignition switch recall, but some of the same models in the switch recall, including the Ion, also share the Cobalt’s electric power steering system. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration — which has had an investigation of the 2004 to 2007 Ion power steering underway since 2010 — said in a statement Friday that it “is actively investigating the potential safety defect and will take appropriate action based on the agency’s findings.” It gave no timetable. GM has adopted a more-aggressive safety review policy, but wouldn’t say if an Ion recall is imminent. “GM is redoubling efforts on pending product reviews to bring them forward and to resolve them quickly. We will not sacrifice accuracy for speed, however,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. He said GM isn’t “in a position to discuss specific products or issues prior to any outcome of those reviews.” In March 2010 GM recalled 1.05 million 2005-10 Cobalts and 2007-10 Pontiac G5s for power steering assist failure that made the cars difficult to control. The electric motor that provides the assist can fail when debris builds up on the motor’s brushes. GM notified NHTSA that the Cobalt motor “was the same as that used” in 2004-2007 Saturn Ions. An analysis for USA TODAY by TrueCar.com found 335,204 of those Saturns still are on the road. NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation in late 2010, to see if the Ion also should be recalled.
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Other GM cars have recalled Cobalt steering
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. Like or Dislike: All the BMW fanboys would disagree with you AMG C63 fans rejoice!!!
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