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March 27, 2014

TOM'S CORNER: From the automotive news desk at America's Car Show

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Niagara Gazette — Source: www.thecarconnection.com

 

2012-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango

According to a press release from Chrysler, the Grand Cherokee/Durango recall is meant to address “pedal feel” on the vehicles’ brakes. The automaker was contacted by a parts supplier, which believed that one of its components might be interfering with Chrysler’s Ready Alert Braking system. That system “primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop.” Upon investigation, Chrysler found that brake fluid in the Grand Cherokee and Durango was in fact being restricted, which caused the diminished brake pedal feel. However, the company points out that “Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation” because of the problem. The flaw affects 18,700 vehicles purchased in the U.S. & 825 in Canada with the remaining vehicles located in other countries. Chrysler hasn’t issued a timeline for fixing the problem, but says that it will let owners know when they can take their vehicles to Chrysler dealers for free repairs. If you own one of the affected vehicles and have additional questions, contact Chrysler directly at 800-853-1403.

Source: www.thecarconnection.com

 

New Audi technology will keep you from waiting at red lights

(Now this I like!) Audi thinks you should never have to wait at a red light again, thanks to a new technology. Originally introduced as a prototype at CES, the Smart City Traffic Light Assistance system puts to use, data sent to the vehicle via Wi-Fi. The display will tell the driver just how fast they need to be going in order to catch the green light, and if they do get caught at a red, just how long they’re going to have to wait. Audi boasts that this new technology will cut emissions of its vehicles by 15 percent, thanks to the systems’ synchronization with already existing start-stop technology. This reportedly will save about 2.37 million gallons of fuel per year in Germany alone. But when will this advanced new system be put in place? Sooner than you think. With the ‘prototype’ making its debut at CES late last year, Audi engineers say that the system is now “production ready and could be fitted to every Audi model in the range subject to the necessary government legislation.” The final production version is expected later this year, with production-ready vehicles receiving the technology sometime in 2015 (if not sooner).

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