Niagara Gazette — Chrysler dealers will install trailer hitches on affected vehicles that do not already have company-installed hitches as an extra added measure of protection and structural integrity from a rear-end collision that could result in a fuel leak and/or fire. The safety agency’s data shows that 51 people have been killed in rear-end crashes involving the two Jeep models affected. A company spokesman declined to estimate the cost of the recall. Owners are urged to call local dealers and get this done.
Leaf battery replacement plan
Nissan has announced a new battery replacement program for its Leaf electric. The program is intended to provide Leaf owners with peace of mind regarding replacing the EV’s battery pack.
Set to launch during the first part of 2014, Nissan’s battery replacement program will offer Leaf owners the opportunity to swap out their battery pack for a new unit at about $100 per month. The program is a safeguard against a failed battery pack, which could end up costing a Leaf owner thousands of dollars to replace. Also a move to future-proof the Leaf, owners will be able to exchange older batteries for the latest technology available. If the replacement battery fails or cannot hold a charge above 70 percent, Nissan will replace it with a new unit. Details of the plan are still to be announced.
Well, that about does it for this week’s edition of automotive news.
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