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April 4, 2013

TOM'S CORNER: Notes from the America's Car Show newsroom

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Niagara Gazette — Putting diesel in a gas engine has also been known to end badly. Spark plugs get contaminated by the oily fuel, and the engine suffers detonation and produces smoke from the exhaust. Luckily, this is a less frequent mistake because a standard diesel fuel nozzle is incompatible with the filler neck on today’s gasoline vehicles. In both cases, don’t turn on the ignition or start your vehicle if you know you’ve added the wrong fuel. Additionally, contaminated diesel should be removed from the tank and replaced with clean fuel as soon as possible.

Honda recall

A stability control problem that affects vehicle braking has prompted Honda to recall about 183,500 Acura RL and MDX and Honda Pilot models in the US. The recall covers ‘04 and ‘05 model year vehicles in the US. The issue with the stability control’s wiring could cause the brakes to operate even if the driver doesn’t push on the brake pedal. Similarly, the brakes might activate more strongly than the driver intended under light braking. Honda says it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries directly related to the problem. Honda will begin alerting owners soon and it will remedy affected vehicles free of charge at its dealerships.

Nissan recall

Nissan has announced the recall of five different models lines due to an airbag fault. The recall covers Nissan vehicles from the 2013 model year. According to Nissan, the vehicles included in the recall may have a defect in their Occupant Detection System. That fault could prevent the system from detecting a front-seat passenger and, in turn, turn off the passenger-side airbag. Naturally, if the passenger-side airbag fails to inflate in the event of a crash, there is a higher likelihood of passenger injury. Nissan is still determining just how many vehicles will be covered by the recall, but the automaker has sold more than 50,000 2013 Altimas alone this year. Nissan will remedy the problem by installing new ODS sensor where needed. The recall is expected to officially begin early next month.

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