City of Denton Bans Texting and Other Cell Phone Activities

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The Denton City Council voted unanimously to outlaw texting and most usage of mobile phones with the exception of vocal conversation in the entire city excluding interstates and their service roads. The following information is gathered from reports by the Denton Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and NBC-5 News. Heated testimony filled the council chamber as citizens reported of incidents where pedestrians and bicyclists are injured as a result of neglectful and distracted driving while using cellular devices. One pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the historic Denton Square and … [Read more...]

Congressional Investigation of GM over 57 Cent Part

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Thirteen people had died in highway accidents as a result of a faulty ignition switch that would have cost 57 cents to replace. Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin of the Associated Press report that GM has failed to act even though the issue has been known for years. Read about GM CEO Mary Barra's testimony before  Congress as published in the Houston Chronicle.     … [Read more...]

Air Bag Failure Spurs Nissan Recall

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Fred Meier and James R. Healey of USA Today report of nearly one million Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles being eligible for recall due to passenger air bag failure. Here's the article posted March 26 at USAToday.Com : Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles because the air bag system software might not be able to tell whether there is a person sitting in the front passenger seat, so the air bag might not inflate in a crash. It's the second passenger air bag recall for some of the vehicles. Last April, 82,038 2013-model vehicles from the same group were recalled because a sensor was … [Read more...]

Counterfeit Airbags Installed by Independent Repair Shops

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For vehicle owners who have had their airbags serviced during the past three years at repair facilities other than new car dealerships, the Obama Administration suggests taking their cars to have their airbags inspected to be certain they are safe. This is termed an "extreme safety risk" as some airbags are failing to deploy and in some cases exploding on deployment with flying debris and shrapnel. Please read this article from the Asssociate Press dated October 9, 2012. By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with … [Read more...]

1/5 of Commercial Vehicles were Found Unsafe

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The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that one-fifth of commercial vehicles they inspected in in 2011 were unsafe: "Since the first of the year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement personnel and specially-trained Highway Patrol troopers have inspected 331,505 commercial vehicles. As a result of these inspections, DPS removed 66,189 unsafe commercial vehicles and 12,301 unsafe commercial vehicle drivers from Texas roads for a variety of safety violations. “Commercial vehicles are responsible for approximately 15 percent of the fatalities in Texas crashes,” said McCraw. “Most … [Read more...]

Happy Stop The Texts Day!

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Distracted driving is a real scourge in our society.  Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has declared today #StopTheTextsDay asking Twitter for ideas on how best to fight this menace and convince people to put down the phone and drive.   Celebrities like Kasey Khane have even released public service announcements with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urging drivers to “STOP THE TEXTS STOP THE WRECKS.” Unfortunately, distracted driving isn’t just a problem amongst consumers.  Many employers still have policies that allow, or even encourage employees to use their cell … [Read more...]

Honda Worldwide Recall of Sedans, Minivans, SUVs

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By Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall of Reuters. Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to recall nearly 2 1/2 million vehicles: small SUVs, cars and minivans worldwide. This includes the popular Accord sedan. Problems relate to software issues that could damage the automatic transmission. The recall includes 1.5 million vehicles in the United States, about 760,000 in China and 135,142 in Canada, the automaker said on Friday. This week, Consumer Reports said it was not recommending the 2012 Honda Civic. This led some industry analysts to ask if that was a symptom of larger problems at the … [Read more...]

Chrysler Recalls Three Models of Ram trucks

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News Source: The Kansas City Star - July 13, 2011 Chrysler Motor Corporation announces a recall nearly 250,000 Ram pickups because of a faulty part in the steering system which can cause loss of control. This recall affects Chrysler’s top-selling vehicle and covers about 243,000 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups ranging from year models 2008 through 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a part near the left front wheel can fracture and risk potential crash of the vehicle. … [Read more...]

Toyota Plans Recall of Hybrid SUVs

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Toyota Hybrid SUVs May Suddenly Lose Power or Stop Completely by By Jonathan Welsh of The Wall Street Journal - June 29, 2011 2011 Toyota Highlander   Toyota Motor Corp. said today it will recall about 82,200 hybrid sport-utility vehicles to correct an electronic problem that could cause the vehicles to lose power or stop running completely. The car maker said the recall includes about 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h models from the 2006 and 2007 model years and sold in the U.S. The company said no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in the … [Read more...]

G.M. Recall for Inaccurate Shift-Lever Reading

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Recall of Almost 6,800 Pickups By CHRISTOPHER JENSEN of The New York Times 2011 GMC Canyon, one of the models affected in a recall by General Motors.   General Motors is recalling almost 6,800 pickups from the 2011 model year because they might roll away even when the automatic transmission’s selector appears to be in Park. The automaker also said it recalled 739 pickups and sport utility vehicles because of a possible loss of steering. The pickups affected by the shift-lever issue are the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon equipped with the 4-speed automatic and either the … [Read more...]