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BMW recalls 1.4M vehicles for fire risk

Vesna Brajkovic November 7, 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) BMW issued two recalls involving 1,400,000 vehicles between the 2006-2011 model years for potential overheating, with a risk of catching fire even while unattended.  First Recall The first recall covers more than 672,700 vehicles where the wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat, causing them to melt and increase the risk of fire, even when the vehicle is unattended. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Recall Report, this recall involves the blower-regulator wiring harness which controls the blower-motor’s fan speed within the heating and ai ... read more

Hyundai Recalls 443K Sonatas, Hybrids Over Defective Seat Belts

Oct. 23, 2017—Hyundai announced it's recalling 443,500 model year 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid sedans that have already been recalled before for the same seat belt problems, according to a CarComplaints.com report. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation in January 2017 to determine why seat belts failed in a Sonata crash. The front seat belt assembly in the Hyundai Sonata uses a seat belt anchor pretensioner fastened to the car's inner structure. The anchor pretensioner is fastened to the inner sill before it's connected to the seat belt linkage. However, the seat belt can detach from the anchor pretensioner if the connector does not fully latch when the linkage is pressed onto the connector. The 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid recall will begin October 2017 when sh ... read more

Toyota Recalls 310K Sienna Vans

Oct. 18, 2017—Toyota announced a safety recall of 310,000 model year 2005–2007, 2009 and 2010 Sienna vans in the U.S.  The automaker notes that the vehicles involved have grease inside the shift lever assembly that could transfer to other internal components, causing them to function improperly. This could allow the shift lever to be moved out of the “Park” position without depressing the brake pedal. If this occurs when the parking brake is not engaged, it could lead to a vehicle rollaway and increase the risk of a crash. Shops should replace the shift lock solenoid with a new one, remove the grease, and reapply an appropriate amount of grease. All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail by mid-December. Posted by Allen L Phillips

FORD RECALLS 1.3 MILLION TRUCKS

Click on this link or copy and paste into your browser for the article: https://www.ratchetandwrench.com/articles/5309-ford-recalls-13m-trucks-over-door-issue?utm_medium=email&utm_source=utm_code Posted by Allen L Phillips

R. I. P. - 15 CAR MODELS BEING DISCONTINUED THIS YEAR.

By Allen L Phillips Car models come and go.  Following is the 2017 discontinued list compiled by Forbes: Volkswagen Touareg                                     2004 - 2017 Volkswagen CC                                             2009 - 2017 Smart For Two                                               2008 - 2017 Nissan Quest     ... read more

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES THREATEN AUTO REPAIR SHOPS

By Allen L Phillips California's wildfires are affecting members of the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), an association of repair shop owners, of which Del Mar Automotive is a member.  The information we have so far only affects shops in the Santa Rosa fire area.  One shop owner has lost his home - no one was home at the time so they only have the clothes on their backs - but their shop is open.  Several more are threatened. ASCCA has set up a go fund me site to collect contributions to help our people get back on their feet.  It is a general fund that will apply to any other fires in California as well.  Your help is appreciated.  The link is below.  You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser. https://www.gofundme.com/ascca-ca-wild-fire-relief-fund

WILL MOVE TO ELECTRIC CARS CAUSE INDUSTRY TO SHRINK?

Some governments are pondering electric car mandates while some manufacturers are saying 'hey, slow down'. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-frankfurt-electrics/carmakers-face-electric-reality-as-combustion-engine-outlook-dims-idUSKCN1BN00X    

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELAXES CONSTRAINTS ON DRIVERLESS CAR DEVELOPMENT

In an effort to unleash the creative forces that have historically driven domestic economic development, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new rules for driverless cars.  Click on the following link: Driverless-car rules loosen: U.S. regulator stops demanding safety assessments

J.D. Power: Independents Outshining Dealerships in Customer Service

  Sept. 6, 2017—Results from the J.D. Power U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study suggest that, while new car dealership auto repair shops are catching up, consumers are still feeling the love for their independents, reported Driving. The study was performed on owners of 4- to 12-year-old vehicles, the critical point for dealership service centers. The largest gap in the results reported was in the shiny and pretty: On a scale of 1,000, dealers scored 746 points for “facility experience” to the non-dealers 681. Big screen televisions, fancy coffee makers, leather chairs and potte ... read more

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE LABOR DAY 2017 SHOP HOURS

  We will close at noon on Friday, September 1st and re-open at 7:30 on Tuesday, September 5th. Labor day became a federal holiday in 1894 honoring the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Interestingly, more than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1st, the ancient European holiday of May Day. Everybody please stay safe out there over the holiday