Why Isn’t Fuel Efficiency As Important As Safety In New Cars?

Victims’ relatives demand answers from GM over ‘death trap’ cars

Me either. And how many electric charging stations have you seen for plug in hybrid cars? I only see one regularly and its in front of a dollar store in a suburban strip mall. If we plan to reduce our dependency on oil, we need the infrastructure to have other forms of power for our cars, not just hybrids that are watered down gas cars that cost up to $ 10,000 more than regular gas cars. And getting 40 MPG in a car is easy in small car with a manual transmission or a midsize so called hybrid. Heck diesels can get close to that without trying. I’m talking real MPGs, over 60MPGs in a car that doesn’t look like a bathtub. Also every car magazine raves on the electric Tesla Model S plug in car, and its great, except its over $ 80,000.
Please see the full article at: http://www.chicagonow.com/vociferous-envoy/2014/03/why-isnt-fuel-efficiency-as-important-as-safety-in-new-cars/

Canada safety board urges faster phase-out of old rail tankers

Yes. Should GM be able to hide behind their bankruptcy and not accept the responsibility and liability of these young lives? No. Please help us in standing up for what is right. GM knew it was wrong. GM hid it during their bankruptcy proceedings. GM is liable for these young deaths.” In written testimony released ahead of the House subcommittee hearing, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman said GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but didn’t share it until last month. Committee members want both officials to explain why neither the company nor the safety agency moved to recall millions of small cars with a defective ignition switch, even though GM knew of the problem as early as 2001. “Sitting here today, I cannot tell you why it took so long for a safety defect to be announced for (the small car) program, but I can tell you we will find out,” Barra said. GM has recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty switch. That recall prompted GM to name a new safety chief and review its recall processes. GM continued its efforts to show regulators and consumers that it is more focused on safety, announcing the recall of 1.5 million more vehicles on Monday for a power steering problem. With Monday’s recall, GM has now recalled 6.3 million vehicles since February.
Please see the full article at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/01/victims-relatives-demand-answers-from-gm-over-death-trap-cars/

Free car safety evaluations available at Continental Nissan through end of April

There’s a reason for that: US auto recalls surged 34 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda recalled at least 885,000 minivans the same week the government announced its investigation into GM. In February, Toyota recalled more than 1.9 million Prius cars because of a software glitch. Recalls of smaller numbers of vehicles such as the recent 4,453 BMW motorcycles and scooters and 18,690 Dodge Durangos are announced nearly every day of the week. RECOMMENDED: Are you a smart car buyer? Take the quiz. The good news is that this seemingly unending stream is actually a side effect of US automakers building safer cars, says Joe Phillippi, an industry analyst and president of AutoTrends Consulting in Andover, N.J. “Safety technology is a lot more democratic than it was even three years ago,” he notes. “Now, even little cheap cars like a Mazda 3 compact have features that you could only get in [Mercedes-] Benzes and BMWs before. Lane departure warning systems, stability control, electronically controlled brake force distribution nothing is exclusive to high-end cars anymore.” As cars become more complex, however, problems and subsequent recalls become more frequent. And as car parts become more expensive and complicated, there is less diversity in suppliers.
Please see the full article at: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2014/0401/GM-safety-scandal-worsens-but-US-autos-are-safer-video

Car Seat Safety Guide

The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there. Seatcheck SeatCheck is a national campaign to help parents properly secure their children in motor vehicles. Central to the program is a free child safety seat inspection locator service which is available online and toll-free at 1-866-SEAT-CHECK. Parents should expect the following upon arrival of a car seat inspection: – Check the child safety seat to see that it has been properly installed – Remove and inspect the child safety seat for damage – Diagnose problems – Ensure the child safety seat is not a recalled model – Get information about children riders from the vehicle owner (size and weight of child, etc.) – Ensure the child safety seat is appropriate for the size and age of the child – Teach the vehicle owner the correct procedure to properly and safely install the child safety seat in his vehicle – Discuss other vehicles and child safety seats they own, and provide instructions to repeat the correct procedure with other seats or when installing the seat in other cars. The City of Atlanta Fire Department has 33 fitting stations located throughout the city open seven days per week from 8:00a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each fitting station has a certified child safety seat technician on staff. Car seat hot line: (404) 546-4444 Car Seat 101 Class http://www.dekalbhealth.net/hap/oip/car-seat-101-class/ This class is designed to teach DeKalb County parents, grandparents and caregivers how to properly install a child safety seat, including booster seats. Participants learn about the current Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law, choosing the right car seat for your children, motor vehicle safety information and much more. Cost of the class is $10 for parents who are receiving WIC, Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids.
Please see the full article at: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/03/28/car-seat-safety-guide/7030391/

GM, safety agency face Congress over car recalls

Tadros said all the cars in the Lac-Megantic disaster were older. “As you can see from this photo, even the cars at the end of the train… – these are the cars that were moving relatively slowly when they derailed – even those cars were very badly damaged, and that has taught us something,” Tadros said. The railways on both sides of the border, which often do not own the tanker cars but which can become liable in an accident, would like aggressive phase-outs of the older DOT-111s. The U.S. Railway Supply Institute, representing tank car owners and lessors, had estimated in December that modification of the legacy tank cars could take 10 years but in February it suggested the time for addressing the highest risks could be shortened if crude and ethanol tank cars were modified first. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has 90 days, till April 23, to respond to the Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations. Because of how tanker cars travel back and forth across the U.S.
Please see the full article at: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/01/canada-railways-oil-idUKL1N0MT0NE20140401

GM safety scandal worsens, but US autos are safer (+video)

Offered free-of-charge throughout the entire month of April, the Complimentary Service Clinic provides drivers with an expert evaluation and thorough report that gives an accurate picture as to the overall health of their vehicle. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140328/MN93051 ) Due to the comprehensive work that the service department at Continental Nissan is known for, available Service Clinic appointments are expected to be filled quickly. Each inspection takes approximately 45 minutes, so drivers looking to begin the spring season with a complimentary auto evaluation are encouraged to schedule time with the Continental Nissan Complimentary Service Clinic as soon as possible. Harsh cold, salt and potholes are all detrimental to Nissan performance. This is why a safety inspection from Continental Nissan is one of the best uses of time this spring. The factory-trained technicians at Continental Nissan are prepared to comprehensively evaluate local vehicles, inspecting the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and drivetrain for safety and stability. Drivers also receive a battery test, tire check, fluid top-off and car washall courtesy of the Continental Nissan Complimentary Service Clinic package. Chicago-area drivers can schedule an appointment with the Continental Nissan Complimentary Service Clinic by contacting the dealership today. Continental Nissan is a certified sales and service dealership located in Countryside, Ill.
Please see the full article at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/free-car-safety-evaluations-available-171000608.html

GM’s own timeline, provided to the government, indicates that it knew as early as 2001 that there were problems with the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion. That switch was later used in the Cobalt and other cars. GM eventually learned of accidents and fatalities linked to the switch, and conducted multiple reviews. Yet the cars were only recalled this year. Barra will need to explain why GM didn’t act sooner. Q: Why was a proposed fix never implemented? According to a timeline prepared by the House subcommittee, GM engineers developed a fix for the switch in 2004, but it was canceled in 2005 because of its long lead time and cost. Engineers also devised a new key design that would prevent the key from falling out of the ignition, which caused the engine to stall. The fix was approved but later canceled. Lawmakers will want to know why, and who was involved. Barra may not be willing to name names at this point.
Please see the full article at: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/apr/01/gm-safety-agency-face-congress-over-car-recalls/?CID=happeningnow

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