HYUNDAI CLIX WITH
2002 Hyundai Clix concept
HCD-7: 2002 Chicago Show, Part III by TCC Team (2/11/2002)
EXPLORER WINS A ROUND IN
2002 Ford Explorer Sport
Ford, Firestone in Class Action by Jim Burt (12/3/2001)
...AND ONE IN COURT
In the second decision in Ford's favor on Feb. 12, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said it would consider the wisdom of a lower court ruling that gave class action status to the Ford/Firestone tire lawsuits. The case, which claimed Ford and Firestone misrepresented the safety of the vehicles and thus owed monetary damages to any owner of a 1991-2001 Explorer equipped with Firestones, was granted class-action status in late November in an Indianapolis district court. Both Ford and Firestone told Reuters that they were pleased by the appeals court's decision to review the case. "We are ... optimistic that after the facts are presented the court will agree that a class-action suit is frivolous and unwarranted," Kathleen Vokes, a Ford spokeswoman, told the news service.
DAIMLERCHRYSLER LAUNCHES CHILD-SEAT CAMPAIGN
DaimlerChrysler Corp. wants you to have your child safety seat inspected -- and they're launching a media campaign to steer customers to seat-inspection stations around the country. The company says its surveys indicate that only four out of ten users of the seats know where to have them inspected, despite a massive effort to create a network of more than 1500 stations across the country. The company says only 200,000 inspections were performed in 2001; in response, it will advertise a toll-free telephone number -- 866-732-8243 -- and a Web site,http://www.seatcheck.org, where inspection locations can be found.
CHRYSLER RECALLING 1.6 MILLION GRAND CHEROKEES
Some 1.6 million Jeep Grand Cherokees are being recalled by DaimlerChrysler after hundreds of reports that the vehicles roll backwards when placed in park. While DaimlerChrysler says it believes that drivers are mistaken in the reported incidents, it has agreed to recall the 1993-1998 models in question and retrofit them with new shifter pieces to ensure the shifter is firmly in park. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the move won’t end its investigation into the Jeep, which it has linked to 364 crashes, 159 injuries and five deaths, according to Reuters; the agency reports that in preliminary tests, the Grand Cherokee was five times more likely than any other SUV to have a reported rollaway, and four times more likely than Chrysler’s own Dodge Durango.
How Bad Off Is Chrysler? by Jim Burt (12/10/2001)
DC TO RECALL A HALF-MILLION JEEPS AND
Twin recalls from DaimlerChrysler involve more than 585,000 vehicles. On Tuesday the company said it would recall 316,148 Jeep Wrangler sport-utes built from 1989 to 1995 for a parking brake fix; the brakes are prone to releasing without driver input. In the second recall, some 268,740 2001 Dodge Ram full-size pickups for a fire hazard originating in the alternator wiring. Both problems will be corrected at dealers free of charge.
FORD BRINGS BACK MUSTANGS AND SEDANS
The latest Ford recall involves 1995 Mustangs, Tauruses and Sables. Eight fires have been reported in some models of these vehicles; the fires are thought to be caused by overly tight cooling-fan bearings. The recall involves some 640,975 vehicles.
SLUDGE FRIGHTENS TOYOTA OWNERS
Automotive News also reports in its Monday edition that some 3.3 million Toyota Camry and Sienna owners will be covered for damage done to their vehicle’s engines from sludge deposits. The paper reports Toyota has received more than 3000 complaints for the problem, and until recently the company had not covered the issue under its current warranty. In light of the complaints, the company now says it will fix vehicles for owners that can prove “reasonable efforts” at regular oil changes and maintenance.
SVT MAKES 100,000th
2002 Ford SVT Focus
2001 Ford F-150 Lightning by Dan Carney (8/20/2001)