Chrysler has announced a recall for some 2010 Dodge Caliber vehicles due to an incorrect lock rod installed in the front door. The door could unlatch when the window is rolled down resulting in an accident. Dealers will inspect and replace the front right door lock rod as required free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

Launched in 2003, The California-based GreenRoad Technologies Inc.®, provides a cost-effective service that helps reduce emissions, vehicle wear-and-tear and helps save lives. While billions have been invested in building safer and more fuel efficient vehicles and roads, virtually nothing was being done to address what contributes to wasted fuel and 90% of all crashes… driver behavior.

After four years of extensive testing in more than one million driver trips, GreenRoad’s comprehensive service is proven to be effective, especially in the commercial fleet industry. GreenRoad responds to unsafe and inefficient driving by enabling commercial fleets, insurers and consumers to measure, improve and sustain safe and fuel-efficient driving behavior. GreenRoad continuously measures and analyzes maneuvers which most impact safe driving, fuel efficiency and emissions and positively motivates drivers to change their behavior behind the wheel. Constant reinforcement in the form of a simple red-yellow-green display encourages them to maintain improvements. Fleet management and risk and safety professionals gain complete visibility into driving behavior and have easy-to-use tools they need to help drivers achieve safety and fuel-efficiency goals. Customizable, Web-based and e-mail reports provide individual trip detail, risk analysis and coaching to help drivers maintain improvements.

More than 70 industry-leading fleets in trucking, public transit, telecommunications, service delivery and public safety, have implemented the GreenRoad service and are realizing sustained improvements in the safety and fuel efficiency of their fleets.

Consumer advocates say more government supervision is needed when it comes to auto dealers financing automobiles for consumers. Next week, a joint congressional committee will be discussing exactly that, as they head into the final stages in overhauling financial regulations.

Dealers that offer financing say they are helping buyers secure the best loans, and that abuses are rare and covered by anti-fraud regulations enforced by state officials and the Federal Trade Commission. But, Tom Domonoske, a Virginia attorney who works on auto financing issues says that while dealers are shopping for the best rates, they often don’t pass the savings on to the consumer. Dealerships have been giving good deals on purchase prices, but have been trying to boost their incomes through service contracts and auto financing. Some say, resorting to questionable tactics.

Auto dealers are fighting back saying it is unnecessary and will add to their costs, ultimately driving up prices for consumers. Last year they successfully persuaded the House to exempt them from oversight by the proposed consumer protection agency, but with strong opposition from the Obama administration, who said members of the military often complain about getting ripped off in buying cars.

After settlements in a series of auto financing discrimination lawsuits in the 1990s, dealers say they agreed to cap their cut at 2% of the amount financed. California is one of the few states with a legal cap on that difference — 2.5% for loans up to 60 months and 2% for longer loans.

Consumer advocates argued that auto dealers are similar to mortgage brokers — making deals with consumers, pocketing a profit and then selling the loans to banks. Mortgage brokers would be covered by the new agency and so should auto dealers.

The summer holidays are just about here and everyone is looking forward to vacations and summertime activities. Unfortunately this also means an increase in accidents and injuries. Inexperienced teen drivers will be spending more time on the roads, children out of school will be spending more time outdoors, there will be an increase in RV’s, bikes, and motorcycles on the roads, and in general, a greater hub of activity everywhere.

  • Safe driving practices are the best way to deal with increased traffic. Try to stay calm, drive at a safe speed and be courteous to other drivers. Speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and not yielding the right-of-way can lead to collisions.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up, and babies and young children are in car seats or booster seats. Proper use of seat belts and child car seats is the best way to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities.
  • Summer also brings increased construction on roads and highways. Keep road workers safe by being prepared to stop and slow down in construction zones. Keep your gas tank full, in case you need to change your route or are caught in traffic along the way.
  • People driving RV’s and trailers are usually inexperienced with such a large load. Take extra precaution while driving these vehicles, and give them the room they need to maneuver. Don’t let items block your view of the road, make sure loads are securely tied down, and slow down.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition before your go. Always keep a roadside emergency kit and a first aid kit for emergencies.
  • Plan your route before you go. If you don’t have someone to read the map or GPS for you, pull over if you need to review your route. Distractions behind the wheel greatly increased your chance of an accident.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going and if you become tired, stop to rest and stretch your legs. It’s better to arrive late than not arriving at all.
  • Finally, Don’t Drink And Drive!

Toyota’s Blue Springs, Mississippi plant that was suppose to be completed before 2010 to build the Prius hybrid, will continue construction in order to build Corolla cars. The Corolla, had originally been built in California, but was temporarily shifted to Japan when Toyota closed down their California factory, due to a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors gone ‘sour’.

Toyota has committed more than $10 million to the state to support road construction and extend water and sewer systems, and made donations to support local education, according to the governor’s office. The plant should be finished by fall of next year, providing almost 2,000 jobs for local residences.

The plan signals that Toyota is again getting ready to tackle a growth strategy after managing to return to the black. The previous year had been the automakers worst loss in its history of building automobiles, due to numerous safety recalls.

Yoshimi Inaba, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor North America, said the company couldn’t restart the plant until it was sure of a recovery. “With the return of stability to our existing operations in North America, it is time to fulfill Toyota’s promise in Mississippi,” said Inaba.

Nissan has issued a recall for certain 2010 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra vehicles manufactured between February 22, 2010 to March 13, 2010. There is a potential for two problems affecting these vehicles.

  • The fasteners securing the passenger front air bag module may not be torqued to the proper specifications which could affect the deployment of the passenger front air bag.
  • The fasteners securing the steering shaft positioning bracket may not be torqued to the proper specifications which could result in the fasteners coming out of the steering column positioning bracket, resulting in poor handling of the vehicle.

Dealers will inspect the steering column and the passenger front air bag fasteners and any missing fasteners will be replaced and all loose fasteners will be re-tightened to the proper torque specifications free of charge.

Tesla Motors Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif. based company, is scheduled to make a public offering to trade at the end of the month in hopes of raising as much as $178 million. The electric car maker, best known for its one and only all electric Roadster model, plans to sell 11.1 million shares at about $15 per share.

At the end of last month the company announced a $50 million investment from Toyota Motor Corp., and that they would be moving into the automobile plant recently closed by Toyota.

Tesla said it lost $25.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to a quarterly loss of $16.0 million a year earlier. For all of 2009, it lost $55.7 million less than the loss in 2008. While electric automobiles are seen as an emerging technology, they are considered an early-stage industry that could take a decade to become more established, making the Tesla offering riskier.

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