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JUDGE APPROVES $14.7 BILLION VW SETTLEMENT

Reuters.com (via THE WEEK) reports that Volkswagen will start buying back 475,000 polluting diesel vehicles sold to U.S. customers starting in mid-November.  A U.S. judge has approved the German automaker's $14.7 billion deal with federal regulators and car owners this week over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, "one of the biggest corporate settlements on record". Volkswagen agreed to spend roughly $10 billion on buybacks and additional compensation for owners, plus $4.7 billion on clean air programs.  The company still faces lawsuits from at least 16 states, as well as Justice Department fines for violating clean air laws. Posted by Allen L Phillips

2016 & 2017 PRIUS RECALL FOR E-BRAKE FAILURE

2016 & 2017 PRIUS RECALL FOR E-BRAKE FAILURE

Toyota recalls 92,000 Prius vehicles due to possible brake problem By  Ivana Hrynkiw | ihrynkiw@al.comEmail the author on October 13, 2016 at 6:33 AM, updated October 13, 2016 at 9:45 AM PrintEmailToyota unveils the latest version of the Prius at an event Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)   Toyota has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 92,000 Prius vehicles in the United States. The recall applies to the hybrid cars with the mod ... read more

BAD ROADS COST US $1900 PER YEAR (EACH)

Click on the following link to read all about it: http://www.repairsandiego.com/study-bad-roads-cost-you-1900-a-year/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=study Posted by Al Phillips

UBER DEPLOYS SELF DRIVING TAXIS IN PITTSBURG

UBER DEPLOYS SELF DRIVING TAXIS IN PITTSBURG By Allen L Phillips UBER announced in late August that it will begin testing driverless taxis in Pittsburg in September.  UBER's self-driving research lab is based in Pittsburg and the city offers many challenges to the technology with its many bridges, tunnels and hills, in addition to GPS confounding one-way streets and narrow roads.  And then there's the weather.  If driverless taxis can succeed in Pittsburg, they can succeed almost anywhere. An UBER engineer will be in the driver's seat ready to take over in case things go wrong, but otherwise the fleet of Fords and Volvos will be capable of driving themselves.  Riders will have the option of whether to use the self-driving cars but UBER will be offering the rides free as an inducement. The engineers in the cars will not be allowed to speak to passengers.  The goal, says UBER, is to wean us off of having a driver in the car.  ... read more

Fiat Crysler Autos Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles

Sept. 16, 2016—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.9 million vehicles worldwide for an airbag defect, according to a report from Automotive News.  The defect has been linked to three deaths and five injuries.  The defect may prevent deployment of airbag and seat-belt pretensioners in a collision. Affected vehicles include the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Patriot and Compass from model years 2010-2014. Roughly 1.4 million of the affected vehicles are in the U.S. The recall is similar but not identical to a GM airbag-related recall last week. The FCA issue relates to an occupant restraint control module and front impact sensor wiring when the vehicle is involved in a certain type of collision. These two recalls are t ... read more

GM Recalls 4.3 Million Vehicles

Sept. 12, 2016—General Motors has issued a recall for nearly 4.3 million vehicles over a software defect that could prevent airbags from inflating during a collision, according to a report from Reuters. The default has been linked to one death and three injuries thus far.  The recall affects cars, trucks and SUVs from model years 2014-2017, including the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and HD, Tahoe, Suburban and Cadillac Escalade.  GM said a software update at dealerships will fix the issue.  This is the latest airbag-related recall GM has issued recently, including the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014 due to an ignition-switch defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may also force GM to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for potentially defective Takata airbags. GM has already recalled 2.5 million vehicles for defective Takata inflators.  Did y ... read more

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE WILL TAKE LONG LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

The gang at Del Mar Auto will take a much needed four day weekend for the Labor Day holiday.  We will be closed Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th. We will be back to business as usual on Tueday, September 6th. We hope that all our faithful customers will enjoy a happy and safe Labor Day holiday

CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL SB-1445 WOULD TAX SERVICES

By Allen L Phillips Presently, when you have your car repaired you pay sales tax on the parts but not on the labor.  Likewise your plumber charges you tax only on the parts he uses.  Your tax accountant does not charge you tax on his or her services.  Likewise your computer repairman.  SB-1445 would change all that. The stated intent of SB-1445 is: 1)  Provide tax relief to middle and low income Californians while "simplifying" the personal income tax and mitigating the reliance on top income earner's tax revenues.  They say such reliance has led to much instability in tax revenues due to economic cycles.  (Note that "simplifying" is ambiguous and no more detail is provided in the bill.) 2)  Broaden the tax base imposing a "modest" sales tax on services in the interest of producing "more stable revenues".  Health care services, education services, child care, rent, interest, and services provid ... read more

SELF DRIVING CARS: CITY PLANNERS SPEAK UP

By Allen L Phillips A recent traffic fatality in Florida, while still under investigation, appears to have been caused by the driver not paying attention while his Tesla was on "autopilot".  The beta-test system on the Tesla warns drivers each time it is activated to pay attention so that they can take control of the car in an emergency.  The car's limited sensors failed to "see" a white truck and trailer rig crossing the road in front of it. This situation is exactly what the nation's city transportation planners want to avoid and, therefore, have recommended an all or nothing approach to driver assist technology in urban centers. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is an organization that represents 46 major cities in North America.  There are thirteen member cities on the west coast, from Vancouver, BC in the north to San Diego in the south.  In late June NACTO released a policy statement on automated ... read more

DEL MAR AUTOMOTIVE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE

We will be closed Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. Please feel free to leave a message by phone or make an appointment on our website. Thank You for your Business. Al & Todd Phillips  

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