For the U.S. market the 4C is rumored to be priced at a little over $50k. Gallery Alfa Romeo 4C Press Release On display this week at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show with the preview of the Spider version, the Alfa Romeo 4C was chosen by Eurosport Events as the Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the entire 2014 season. The multi-award-winning coupe will therefore be present with a special livery on the World Touring Car Championship circuits starting from the first event that will be held on the Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakech (Morocco) on 12 and 13 April. The recognition is linked to the Alfa Romeo 4C winning the prestigious Grand Prize as Most Beautiful Car of 2013 at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris. The compact supercar was the winner of the poll organised, in partnership with the International Automobile Festival (IAF), on the international website network of Eurosport, a company that produces and promotes the FIA WTCC through its Eurosport Events division. Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and built at the Maserati plant in Modena, Alfa Romeo 4C is the brands modern icon and represents the essential sportiness embedded in the Alfa Romeo DNA: performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breathtaking style. The beguiling mid-engined rear-wheel-drive coupe with 2 seats is a true driving machine without compromise that delivers its best precisely on the track, where speed, short braking distances and transverse acceleration are essential to achieve first-rate lap times: from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds flat, 258 km/h top speed, deceleration peaks in the range of 1.2 g and lateral acceleration peaks over 1.1 g. All this is achieved also owing to an optimum weight distribution – 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle – and to a total dry weight of just 895 kg – for the most part made up of carbon fibre, aluminium, steel and SMC – in addition to an extraordinary weight to power ratio of less than 4 kg/HP. The first-rate performance is also due to the combination of the new 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with the latest-generation Alfa TCT dry twin clutch transmission and the advanced Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode. More specifically, the new 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection at 200 bar and aluminium block achieves amazing performance: torque and specific power set new records for this category, at over 200 Nm/l and 137 HP/l respectively, while maximum power of 240 HP (176 kW) is reached at 6,000 rpm. The Alfa Romeo supercar is therefore the perfect car to play the role of Safety Car in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the international competition for mass-production-derived saloon cars.
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As many as 303 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in recalled GM cars
Because the raw data relates to all front-seat fatalities in which the air bags didnt deploy, the fatalities cannot be directly linked to the ignition problem. The 303 deaths could also be caused by other issues such as a faulty passenger seat air bag detection system. This is certainly a place from which to start looking at crashes to see what might be directly related to the ignition switch, said Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies, an independent, for-profit safety research company. We need further analysis to see how many of these are related directly to an ignition issue. Both the automaker and NHTSA have come under fire by safety experts for dragging their feet in issuing the recalls. Documents submitted by GM show the automaker was aware of the problem on a prototype Saturn Ion in 2001 and on production models in 2004. Yet the automaker didnt issue the first recalls until Feb. 13 of this year, and the second on Feb. 25. GM also issued a rare apology after the second recall. The Department of Justice and committees in the U.S. House and Senate are now investigating whether GM delayed recalling the cars, as well as whether NHTSA should have demanded the automaker act sooner. The issue with the ignition switch has been traced to drivers having heavy keychains or making incidental contact with the ignition key while driving.
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U.S. safety watchdog says 303 deaths linked to recalled GM cars
Two of the three Ion crashes involved non-deployment of airbags, according to the center’s analysis of the data. A GM spokesman on Thursday declined to provide specifics on the early warning crash reports or confirm whether the deaths in those crashes were among the fatalities counted by the company as recall-related. GM said its investigation into the massive recall and the impact of the defective switch is “ongoing.” GM’s slow recall, 13 years after the company first saw signs of a problem, is the subject of several investigations, including by Congress and by NHTSA, which investigated a 2005 crash in Maryland of a 2005 Cobalt in which Amber Marie Rose was killed. GM engineers also were aware of four fatalities in crashes involving the 2004 Saturn Ion, GM said in filings published on Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. [ID:nL2N0M91YL] GM did not give dates of those crashes. The Reuters review of the Early Warning Reporting database, includes reports of at least two fatal crashes involving the 2004 Ion, one in December 2003 in Connecticut, the other in November 2004 in Texas. The database cites airbag issues in both incidents, without providing details. A third report provided by GM to NHTSA involved the May 2004 crash of a 2003 Ion in Pennsylvania, citing engine problems, but no further details.
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Safety group claims 303 deaths linked to recalled GM cars
NO ONE ASKED THE QUESTION, WHY ARE THE AIR BAGS NOT DEPLOYING? LET’S LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUAL CRASHES. IF THEY HAD DONE THAT, WE WOULD HAVE HAD A RECALL YEARS AGO AND NOT THE CONTROVERSY WE HAVE TODAY. Rod: GM IS FURIOUS AT DITLOW. Rod: MEANTIME, AUTO ANALYST JOHN McELROY IT’S VITAL TO KNOW WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE. THE CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY IS A GROUP OF SELF-APPOINTED SAFETY ADVOCATE THAT IS WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH THE PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS, THOSE WHO SUE CAR COMPANIES FOR A LIVING. Rod: HE IS SAYING, TOO, THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARILY A REAL PROBLEM IN THAT GENERAL MOTORS IS LIKELY TO FIND MORE DEATHS IN THIS. HE FEELS IT SHOULDN’T BE THE ATTORNEYS TALKING ABOUT THIS, IT SHOULD BE GENERAL MOTORS OUT IN FRONT AND TELLING CONSUMERS THERE’S THE POSSIBILITY THAT THERE COULD BE MORE DEATHS IN THIS IN FACT, HE SAYS THIS WILL TEST THE MEDDLE OF NEW CEO MARY BARRA AND THIS WILL MATTER GREATLY TO HER TENURE. HE THINKS GM NEEDS TO START GETTING AHEAD OF THE HEADLINES AND DOING IT QUICKLY. Ruth: ROD, LET’S GET BACK TO DITLOW AND THE CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY AND THEY’VE HAD MORE TO SAY.
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GM recall raises concerns about warning systems for auto safety
safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars March 13, 2014 9:54 PM 0 shares . View photo A General Motors logo is seen on a vehicle for sale at the GM dealership in Carlsbad, California January 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators have recorded 303 deaths involving non-deployment of airbags in 1.6 million compact cars recalled last month by General Motors Co, according to a new study released Thursday night by a safety watchdog group. GM has said it has reports of 12 deaths in 34 crashes in the recalled cars, which include the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. GM did not recall the cars until February, despite learning of problems with the ignition switch in 2001. The Center for Auto Safety said it referenced crash and fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS). General Motors Co said late Thursday that the new report was based on “raw data” and “without rigorous analysis, it is pure speculation to attempt to draw any meaningful conclusions.” Clarence Ditlow, the center’s executive director, said, “NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers.” NHTSA has been criticized for not pressing GM to recall the cars with defective switches, despite receiving hundreds of consumer complaints in the past 10 years and implementing its own investigations of two fatalities related to the faulty ignition switches. GM said its investigation into the massive recall and the impact of the defective switch is “ongoing.” (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Eric Walsh) Consumer Discretionary
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U.S. safety watchdog group says 303 airbag-linked deaths in recalled GM cars
Autos GM recall raises concerns about warning systems for auto safety By David Butler March 14, 2014 8:30 PM 0 shares View photo GM recall raises concerns about warning systems for auto safety General Motors has recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch (PDF). GM said a heavy key ring or a jarring event, such as running off the road, could cause the ignition to slip out of position, shutting off the power and causing the air bags to fail in a crash. GM has linked 12 deaths to the defective switch. A recent review of federal crash data(PDF) commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety identified 303 deaths in GM cars with undeployed airbags. This recall has cast a spotlight on serious, chronic failures in identifying safety defects in the vehicles we drive. Further, it has exposed another example of delayed manufacturer response and reporting known problems that result in deaths and injuries to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has joined with a coalition of public-interest organizations in calling on Congress(PDF) to investigate the actions that could have contributed to this tragedy. Hearings are expected in the coming weeks.
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UPPAbaby Continues To Make Car Seat Safety & Safety Of Children A Top Priority
that are designed for children weighing up to 40 lbs. In light of the recent proposed upgrades by NHTSA, and reinforcing the company’s commitment to car seat safety, UPPAbaby conducted preliminary tests using the new Q3s, 3-year old child dummy (40 lbs) in a variety of configurations, including: LATCH, seatbelt (lap, lap & shoulder) and carrier only. UPPAbaby is the first car seat manufacturer to aggressively test, meet and exceed these new proposed regulations and standards. Independent testing was held at an accredited lab used by NHTSA. SIP Testing Overview Side impact testing simulates a crash in which the vehicle carrying the car seat is struck on the side by another vehicle. Under the proposal, car seats would be tested in a specially designed sled test that simulates a “T-bone” crash. The new sled test simulates both the acceleration of the struck vehicle and the vehicle door crushing toward the car seat. The proposed test will use an existing 12-month old child dummy as well as a newly developed side impact dummy representing a 3-year old child (Q3s dummy).
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