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August 1, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: From the America's Car Show newsroom

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Niagara Gazette — 2013 Ram 1500 4x4

Finally, Chrysler is recalling minivans to replace an airbag control module. On affected vans, they were programmed with incorrect software. As a result, an airbag deployment issue is possible. The affected vans include:

2013 Chrysler Town & Country

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

Chrysler will soon begin contacting owners of the affected vehicles.

  

Ford fixing older Taurus and Sable speed control cables

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its safety investigation into Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans after Ford agreed to replace the vehicles’ speed control cables.

Last October the NHTSA launched a probe into Taurus and Sable sedans from the 2000-2003 model years after receiving several complaints about throttle issues. The NHTSA tracked the problem down to the vehicles’ speed control cables, which are susceptible to damage during routine under-hood maintenance.

Although not being billed as a recall, Ford agreed on June 21 to fix the potential safety hazard. Ford says it will inspect and repair the speed control cables in all 330,000 vehicles covered by the campaign, regardless of mileage.

Ford will also reimburse owners that have already performed the upgrade.

The NHTSA received 100 complaints from owners alleging their Taurus or Sable didn’t slow down, as it should. Although no injuries or deaths were linked to the recall, the defect is blamed for five crashes.

 

New Garminproduct coming

Attempting to branch out from the portable GPS world, Garmin has unveiled a new $129.99 device that emulates the kind of heads up displays normally found only on luxury cars.

Linked to a user’s Bluetooth-enabled smart phone, the new Garmin HUD projects information onto a special transparent film affixed to a windshield. Among other things, the system displays current speed, the road’s speed limit and, when used with navigation, details about upcoming turns and an estimated arrival time.

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