GM Creates Vehicle Safety Job In Wake Of Recall Questions
When you suspect you have a lemon, contact the manufacturer through certified mail so it has proof of your complaint before you file a lawsuit. If the dealer tries to trade you into a different car, ask to see the terms and check around to ensure you arent getting another lemon. Notify the FTC if you suspect foul play, as it oversees the manufacturers, dealers and warranties. In some cases, you can double your damages if you can prove the manufacturer violated the lemon law willfully. Hire an attorney. Many state lemon laws pay legal fees to make filing a complaint more affordable. Sometimes all it takes is an attorney letter to resolve [the case] quicker. You can find one through the National Association of Consumer Advocates . Consider using the state-run arbitration offered by the attorney generals office. The Better Business Bureaus dispute resolution program handles the majority of arbitration, but its funded by the manufacturer, Shahan cautions. Above all else: Be persistent, Shahan says. All manufacturers buy back a lot of lemons. Dont let them discourage you. For more information about state lemon laws, visit Lemon Law America or AutoSafety.org .
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More to car seat safety than just strapping kids in
Tesla also said that the Model S broke the machine used in NHTSAs roof crush test. The point was, however, not confirmed by NHTSA. According to NHTSA, it never rates a vehicle beyond five stars and do not rank or order vehicles within the star rating categories. The company has proper guidelines for manufactures and publishers to ensure that accurate and consistent information is conveyed to the public. According to the guidelines the carmakers can use only specific phrases like five -star or highest Government rating to describe the crash test result. John Voelcker at Green Cars said that this isnt the first time when Tesla has over boasted about its car model. Regardless of what has been publicized, the crash results of NHTSA tests have shown that the Model @ in an incredibly safe car. It has scored perfect five out of five in other tests too. It is the only car to receive a good rating in the side pole intrusion test. The model has a large front zone impact and a double bumper at the rear end provides an extra protection.
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YSB employee goes extra mile to help with child car seat safety
Ever since our 2007 debut in the World Challenge, weve run K-PAX Racing like a business. We expect to go fast and we expect to look sharp from our cars and pit crew to our tents and trailers, K-PAX team owner Jim Haughey said. Evidently, they have the race cars to be serious contenders this season. So get ready; K-PAX Racings 12C GT3 is coming to take some names at the Pirelli World Challenge. Click past the jump to read more about the K-Pax Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3. BMW has a storied history of taking the M3 racing. For decades, the pumped up Bimmer has dominated race tracks in the hands of privateers and factory-backed guises. Of course, the race-prepped M3 has always been based on the Coupe and the M3 Coupe no longer exists. What is BMW to do?
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Tesla Model S safety test
Set to make its motorsport debut on March 23rd, the safety car has been equipped with an assortment of BMW M Performance Parts. Highlights include a front splitter, a black grille and a titanium exhaust system which is surrounded by carbon fiber exhaust finishers. Other M Performance Parts include carbon mirror caps, aerodynamic side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. The car also has a new hood and an LED light bar. Interior pictures were not released but BMW says the car has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, a carbon gear knob and stainless steel pedals. There’s also Recaro racing seats, Schroth belts and BMW M Performance floor mats. Last but not least, the safety car has a roll bar and a fire extinguisher. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 431 HP (317 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Source: BMW
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It will be this BMW M4 coupe which will be seen at opening round in Qatar. The 2014 fleet consists of 5 different BMW models while the 431 hp, 550 Nm M4 Coupe wins hands down when it comes to concept and aesthetics. The M4 Safety Car has a host of BMW M Performance Parts which include titanium BMW M Performance exhaust system with carbon finishes, black front grille and front splitter, rear diffuser and carbon fiber spoilers. It also sports M Performance carbon mirror caps and side skirts to enhance appearance and aerodynamics while the bonnet sports a motorsport lock. Interiors have been enhanced to sport a M Performance steering wheel with Alcantara while double clutch transmission gear lever is encased in carbon. Pedals are of stainless steel and M Performance floor mats have been added along with Recaro racing seat and Schroth belts for added comfort and safety on track. Exteriors are seen with LED lights on its front apron and roof while striking livery ensures that the M4 will stand out in the crowd. Sporting a 6 cylinder in line engine with M TwinPower turbo technology the BMW M4 Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.1 seconds while it has been designed to weigh 80 kgs less than its earlier counterpart due to the efficient use of lightweight materials.
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BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car gets detailed
We want to do the right thing, but it’s hard to tease it all out . . . . If you’re going to draw a line in the sand and be an enforcer parent around an issue,” she said, “this is the one.” Not that other safety concerns aren’t important, Arbogast said, but putting children in the proper car restraint is the single most powerful way to protect them from accidental death. HAVE A SAFE RIDE Protecting children during car trips requires choosing the correct restraint and using it properly. It is not enough to buy the right car seat or booster seat. You must know how to attach it to the fixed latches in the car and how to safely strap in your child. Studies have found that three out of four car seats are misused. Guidelines: Under age 2, (or under 25 to 34 pounds) children should be buckled into a rear-facing car seat. Children should be switched into forward-facing car seats between the ages of 2 and 5, or when they reach the upper weight or height limit stated on the car seat.
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BMW M4 Coupe debuts 2014 MotoGP safety car fleet at Qatar
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin. Originally published March 20, 2014. Ira Bencun wears a lot of hats at the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County, but she worked hard to wear her latest one – that of Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Bencun, a native of Bosnia who has worked at YSB for six years, is also the agency’s On Your Way Up coordinator, supervised visitation coordinator and a mediator. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, but took an additional 32 hours of training spanning four days to obtain the certification to help parents use the right kind of car safety seats for their children, and use them correctly. “I was surprised at how many seats are used incorrectly and how they can protect kids so much. By using car seats, serious injury or death can be reduced by 71 percent. That’s something that I find amazing,” she says. “But statistically, more than 70 percent of car seats are used or installed incorrectly.” Those are statistics that can easily be reduced by scheduling a free inspection. Bencun says it only takes between 30 and 45 minutes to do a car seat inspection. All that is needed is the child safety seat, the child who will be using it and the car the seat will be used in most often. As part of the inspection, Bencun checks for expiration dates on car seats, any damage, and how well the seat fits the child.
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Child car seat safety program set
VERNON Project CHILD and Bumble Bee Child Care Center are teaming up to educate residents about car seat safety. Project CHILD will host a free educational program to explain how booster seats protect children from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Bumble Bee Child Care Center. The event was made possible by a grant of $1,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which was awarded to Project CHILD. We are very excited about the campaign, we like to provide community services. said Angie Blackford, assistant director at Bumble Bee Child Care Center. During the safety seminar, parents who have children with them will be offered free child care for the evening by the staff of the daycare. Children depend on their parents to keep them safe every trip, every time, stated Jamie Nichols, child passenger safety technician. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, booster seats reduce risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between the ages of 4 -year-old and 8-years old. The NHTSA also states 25 percent of children ages 4 to 7 were restrained by a seat belt alone and another 10 percent were riding totally unrestrained. Project CHILD will also be offering a free car seat check from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the daycare center.
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Boyer will provide regular and frequent updates on vehicle safety to Barra, senior management and the GM board of directors, the company said. Jeffs appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the board of directors on critical customer safety issues, said Barra. This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them. Creation of the new safety post comes one day after GM announced the recall of 1.55 million vans, sedans and sport-utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags. Those recalls, along with last months recall of 1.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models for the ignition switches, will cost the automaker about $300 million in the first quarter, GM said. GM is facing investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress and the U.S. Justice Department over why it didnt recall the Cobalts and other vehicles when it first became aware of issues with the cars ignition switches. Boyers appointment is intended to ensure such issues dont avoid detection in the future. He will report to John Calabrese, Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering and become a member of Global Product Development staff, led by Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.
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