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Posted by Allen L Phillips Del Mar Automotive tries to make this type of information available to you, our customers, as we become aware of it.  Recall notices are sent directly to the owners of affected vehicles and repairs must be made by the manufacturer.  Regarding the Lexus recall, despite the USA Today article caption that says “engine fires”, we are not aware of any actual reports of fires.  Obviously, a fuel leak poses a risk of fire and anyone receiving a recall notice should have the repair done promptly. The Hyundai/Kia recall may be more problematic in that this appears to be a repeat of a problem first reported in 2015.  Now there is a second recall for a production problem that was thought to be corrected plus an investigation into fires linked to the resulting engine failures. Not good for anyone involved.   Lexus Recalls 121K Vehicles for Engine Fires  June 27, 2018—Lexus recalls about 121,000 cars w ... read more


  By Allen L Phillips Del Mar Automotive’s shop management system now shows factory recall information for several major auto makers such as Toyota, Honda and Fiat-Chrysler.  We typically print out the recall info sheet and provide it to our customers when they visit our shop.  Many of those relate to the Takata airbag problem mentioned in the article below. According to the article only 65% of the identified problem airbags have been replaced.  That means that 35% are still driving around with these potentially deadly airbags in their cars. It may be that manufacturers are not able to reach all current owners because the trail of ownership is incomplete.  Another possibility is that many people who became aware of the problem in their cars early on when there was a limited supply of replacement parts and the lines at the dealerships were long have now forgotten about the issue. Please don’t put off this repair.  The recal ... read more


Many in the San Diego area may be familiar with the God’s Garage in Pacific Beach adjacent to the Christ Lutheran Church which is used as a meeting hall.  But the article below is about a God’s Garage in a suburb of Houston Texas that is also doing God’s work. This was borrowed from the online newsletter of Motorage, which is distributed to auto repair shops nationwide, and will warm your heart.   NON-PROFIT REPAIR SHOP PROVIDES SERVICE FOR SINGLE MOTHERS, WIDOWSBy:   Robert Bravender Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 07:00 Full disclosure: this shop doesn’t make any money. Not one red cent. Not due to any mismanagement — quite the opposite — but because it’s a non-profit, faith-based endeavor called God’s Garage.  At a Glance: God's GarageConroe, TX ... read more


  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


  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


  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


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


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

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