Chrysler’s all-new 200 mid-sized sedan has been awarded a perfect five-star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In order to achieve the NHTSA’s top rating, a vehicle must earn a five-star rating in each of the agency’s crash tests, including front collision, side-impact and rollover resistance. The Chrysler 200 has already been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“The Chrysler 200′s superior performance in such safety tests validates our continuing efforts to deliver the latest advancements in both passive and active safety technologies,” said Scott Kunselman, Chrysler Group’s Senior Vice President and Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance.… Read more
In my many years of owning car dealerships, I came to the conclusion that not everyone could be satisfied. I think this is one of those cases.
The owner of a Hyundai Genesis with a sunroof that opened and closed on its own has won a new trial in his lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America and the California dealership from which he leased the car.
A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal authorized a second trial after finding that the sunroof, which malfunctioned on a freeway the day after the plaintiff leased the new 2011 Genesis, may violate the implied warranty of merchantability.… Read more
Jeep may not evacuate Toledo after all.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne recently suggested that the next generation of the off-road truck might need to be built elsewhere, in order to switch to a new, aluminum-intensive, crossover platform in the name of fuel economy.
Insiders now tell Automotive News that won’t be the case, and when the new Wrangler arrives in 2017 it wills still be a body-on-frame SUV, which means that it can remain at its traditional Ohio home.
That’s not to say it won’t feature aluminum bodywork, but it would be supported by a steel frame, similar to how the new Ford F-150 is built.… Read more
For years, it was one of Kevin Blaser’s “pet peeves:” There was no designated place to set his coffee cup or a few shotgun shells on the open tailgate of his Ford pickup truck when he was out hunting.
Thanks to his insistence and some good timing, the new version of the Ford F-150 pickup will have a couple of round indentations that should solve the problem. The improvement all happened late in the game, as the truck was nearing production.
The idea was a long time in the making. Blaser, a stamping process and design manager for Ford at its Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich., says he and his buddies inevitably end up hanging around the back of a pickup truck when he’s out bird hunting.… Read more
Children are a blank slate. They draw their habits, behaviors and mannerisms from their parents. If you subscribe to that viewpoint, then this study out of Michigan State University won’t really come as a surprise. According to Soren Anderson, an MSU economist, kids are 39 percent more likely to buy cars from the brands their parents support.
So, if your parents buy Jeeps, there’s a strong correlation that you’re going to end up behind a seven-slat grille at some point. Same goes for Cadillac owners, Toyota fans and the other brands.
The on-going study drew this correlation after surveying 4,300 adult children and their 2,600 parents.… Read more
A California jury ordered Toyota Motor Corp. to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash.
The Monterey, Calif., crash happened Feb. 21, 2010, when the victim, Chelsie Hill was 17. Now she is 22 and needs a wheelchair. The jury rendered its verdict on Friday in Monterey after a four-week trial, the plaintiff’s lawyer said in a statement.
Aaron Corn, who was 18 and under the influence of alcohol, crashed into a tree while driving 30 mph, the statement said. The jury determined Corn was 5 percent responsible for Hill’s injuries and Hill was 5 percent responsible for getting in a car with a drunken driver.… Read more
If your car is going to get egged, it will probably be on Halloween night. Lots of things can happen on Halloween, but getting your car egged is one of the WORST. It happened to me a few years ago, and I am sure it was random, but the results could have been bad had I not known what to do. Thank goodness I saw it before I left for the day.
As harmless as eggs seem, they can actually wreak havoc on vehicle paint surfaces and cause long-lasting, permanent damage. The yolk that’s now smeared all over your car has to break free somehow, and the impact of the egg hitting your car causes shell fragments to burst over the surface in sequential rings, which cause scratches.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Nearly 250,000 model-year 2002-05 Lexus SC luxury coupes and Toyota Sequoia SUVs, and 2003-05 Tundra pickup trucks, Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks, and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, all originally sold or currently registered in high-humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.
The Problem: The front passenger airbag inflators are susceptible to rupture in a crash, necessitating the deployment of the front passenger airbag. The inflator could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike and seriously injure the passenger-seat occupant or others.
The Fix: Toyota will notify owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and GM will notify owners of Pontiac vehicles.… Read more