National Safety Council: Hands-Free Driving Not Safe – Car Pro News

15 Apr
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Safety advocates want motorists to pay attention to the dangers of distracted driving. As April is designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the century-old Itasca, Ill.-based National Safety Council has released a new poll showing that 80 percent of drivers across the U.S. believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone while behind the wheel. The group believes this not to be the case. Meanwhile, among motorists reporting using hands-free devices while driving, 70 percent said they do so for safety reasons.
“While many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it’s just not true,” said David Teater, the NSC’s senior director of transportation initiatives.… Read more

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BMW Recalling many Models from 2010-2012 – Car Pro News

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BMW of North America said it is voluntarily recalling about 156,137 2010-2012 model-year vehicles in the United States because of a potential defect with the variable camshaft timing.
BMW announced plans to recall vehicles in China last month for the same problem.
A problem with the variable camshaft timing, also known as VANOS, could reduce engine power and further cause damage if not repaired, BMW said.
“The unit rotates the intake or exhaust camshaft in order to alter the timing of the lift of the respective intake or exhaust valves,” a BMW spokesman said.
In a statement, BMW said that “in very rare cases, the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing may become loose or, in extreme cases, break.”
Should that happen, the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on followed by the display of a “check control message.”
“If ignored, the problem can become progressively worse, eventually leading to no start conditions, stalling and engine damage,” BMW said.… Read more

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NHTSA Not Seeking Recall of Ford F-150 EcoBoosts -Car Pro News

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U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about reduced power in EcoBoost engines.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it closed a probe started in May. It covered nearly 360,000 trucks with 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engines from the 2011 through 2013 model years.
The agency began investigating after getting complaints that the trucks could lose some of their power during hard acceleration.
Tests by Ford and the government traced the problem to condensation in an air cooler. Water could be pulled into the engine, causing cylinders to misfire.
The tests showed that trucks with the condition would maintain speed and accelerate.… Read more

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