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DRIVERLESS CARS SUFFER A SETBACK

  By Allen L Phillips An autonomous car operated by UBER was recently involved in a fatal accident with a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.  Best information at this time is that the car, which had a driver to monitor operation during testing but was carrying no passengers, was traveling on a dark street with little traffic and at less than the posted speed limit when the accident happened. A pedestrian was able to walk out in front of the vehicle without being detected by the cars sensors and video suggested that the driver was not watching the road.  The car did not apply brakes prior to contact. As a result of the accident UBER has suspended autonomous testing in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. See the article below for comments from UBER.   Uber CEO Believes Autonomous Vehicles Still Have Future   April 12, 2018—Dara Khosrowshahi said that Uber still believes in the prospects for autonomous transport after one ... read more

Ford Issues Safety Compliance Recall

March 5, 2018 March 5, 2018—Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall in North America for approximately 2,100 2017-18 Ford Taurus vehicles with a physical key and non-push button start for an issue where the ignition key could be removed when the gear shift is not in the park position. Details are as follows: In affected vehicles, the key can be removed from the ignition switch while the transmission gear shift is not in the park position. If an operator removes the key with the transmission in a position other than park, it could increase the risk of a vehicle rollaway. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include 2017-18 Ford Taurus vehicles with a physical key and non-push button start that were built at Chicago Assembly Plant, July 21, 2017 to Feb. 13, 2018. The recall involves approximately 2,100 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18C02. Dealer ... read more

155,000 HYUNDAI SONATAS WILL BE RECALLED

  March 8, 2018—Hyundai is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. due to the fact that the airbags may not inflate in a crash, according to USA Today. The recall covers cars from the 2011 model year. According to the report, a short circuit in the airbag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash, as well as prevent the airbags from deploying. The recall is expected to start on April 20, according to USA Today

RIP DAN GURNEY

  Press Release15/01/2018   He brought the only Formula 1 victory to Zuffenhausen Porsche mourns the death of Dan GurneyStuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG mourns the death of Daniel Sexton Gurney. The racing driver and Formula 1 pilot died on January 14, 2018 at the age of 86. Porsche owes its only success as a vehicle manufacturer in the Formula 1 World Championship to Gurney, who won the 1962 French Grand Prix in Rouen in an eight-cylinder Por-sche 804. Just a week later Gurney led from start to finish to triumph at the Solitude racetrack near Stuttgart; his team-mate Joakim Bonnier took second place to secure a one-two for the air-cooled Porsche Type 804 in front of its home crowd. Driving appearances for the Swabian sports car manufacturer in 1961 and 1962 would leave lasting memories; as Gurney once reflected, “It was with Porsche that I really learned how t ... read more

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS HOLIDAY HOURS

Del Mar Automotive will be closed on Christmas and New Years days this year, as well as our usual Saturdays and Sundays.  So we will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday on those two weekends.  We will be back to work on Tuesday following both holidays and ready to serve you. We want to thank all our customers who have made our 25 year survival possible and we look forward to a bright future for all

UBER WILL OFFER FLYING RIDE SHARE SERVICE IN 2020

And you thought The Jetsons cartoon series was a fantasy.  Brace yourself. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/google-waymo-castle-visit

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

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