Ford Recalls Nearly 44,000 F 150 Trucks in Canada Due to Brake Concerns

Source: Canadian Press

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 271,000 F-150 trucks, including close to 44,000 in Canada, due to concerns about their front brakes.

The automaker says the recall, which affects 2013 and 2014 models, is being issued to replace the brake master cylinders.

The company says in some cases, the effectiveness of the brakes can be reduced due to brake fluid leaking from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash.

The brake fluid leak does not affect rear-wheel braking.

Affected vehicles include those equipped with 3.5-litre GTDI engines built at Ford’s truck plant in Dearborn, Mich., from Aug. 1, 2013, until Aug. 22, 2014, and at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant from Aug. 1, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2014.

Ford says it is aware of allegations of nine accidents with no injuries, and one alleged injury in another case that did not stem from an accident.

Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder at no cost to the customer and will replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the brake master cylinder.

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Ontario considers highway signs promoting safe texting zones for drivers

Ontario is considering the idea of putting signs on highways to alert drivers about upcoming areas where they can safely pull over to text or check their emails.

All three parties voted in favour on second reading of a private member’s bill from Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli to create so-called safe texting zones.

Fedeli says signs on highways would inform drivers of about 185 existing areas such as commuter parking lots, transit stations and rest stops where they can safely pull off to use their smart phones or tablets.

He got the idea while driving through Pennsylvania and New York, and saw signs in both states promoting safe texting zones, and says it would not require any new infrastructure.

Fedeli says increased fines are not enough to curb distracted driving habits, and believes safe texting zones will save lives and help educate motorists about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

The Ontario Provincial Police reported in March that distracted driving was the cause of more deaths on provincial highways than any other factor for the third consecutive year, contributing to 69 deaths in 2015.

Fedeli says he’s had widespread support from police, insurance companies, the Canadian Automobile Association and the Ontario Safety League for his Safe Texting Zones Act.

“It sends a clear message to distracted drivers that there is no longer any excuse to endanger themselves and those they share the road with,” said Fedeli.  “Their text can wait until the next texting zone.”

Ontario stiffened penalties for distracted driving last fall, with a set fine of $490 that a judge could increase to $1,000, plus three demerit points on conviction.

Safe texting zone signs will be especially important in helping educate younger drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, added Fedeli.

“Texting is so popular with young people who are new drivers as well, and this has surpassed drunk driving (as a cause of accidents) and has become so very, very serious that it needs that extra little nudge, that extra reminder that says: ‘It can wait,”’ he said.

New Democrat transport critic Wayne Gates told the legislature that it’s not just the younger drivers who text.

“Older people, seniors are doing it, and young people are doing it, and it’s putting people at risk,” said Gates.

Private member’s bills rarely become law in Ontario, but Fedeli is confident his will either be passed or be adopted by the Liberal government after members from all sides of the legislature spoke in favour of it.

“It really is a bill that I expect will come into law in Ontario one day,” he said.

 

Tips to prepare your car for a long weekend road trip

Tips to prepare your car for a long weekend road trip

Whether you are driving a short distance or right across Canada, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) has some helpful tips to ensure your car is ready for your road trip.

Seven ways to prep your car before you hit the highway:

  • Change your oil and top up your fluids.
  • Check your headlights, brake lights and turn signals to make sure they are working properly.
  • Replace old air filters as dirt can restrict airflow and make it difficult to defog your windows.
  • Check your tire pressure to improve your vehicle’s handling and extend the life cycle of your tires.
  • Clean your windshield, inside and out, and replace worn wiper blades.
  • Replace any frayed or worn hoses and belts.
  • Have a professional test your car battery and replace it if it’s weak. CAA Battery Service will test, boost or replace your battery.

When in doubt, visit the nearest CAA approved garage for a thorough vehicle inspection.

What to do if you are involved in a collision:

  • Don’t panic, try to stay calm.
  • Dial 9-1-1 if someone is injured or if there is significant damage to any of the vehicles involved.
  • All collisions resulting in property damage to vehicle(s) exceeding $2,000 must be reported to police.
  • If it is safe to do so, move the vehicle(s) to the side of the road.
  • Record all the details of the collision and exchange information.
  • If your vehicle needs to be towed to a Collision Reporting Centre (CRC), contact your insurance company before signing or authorizing any towing.
  • If you are insured with CAA Insurance, we will arrange for the pick-up and towing of your vehicle from the CRC to a repair facility.

Meanwhile, CAA members can download the CAA App and use CAA Service Tracker to track the status and estimated time of arrival of their road service call.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for our 2 million members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport when equipped with optional front crash prevention, has earned the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ award today for achieving a high level of safety standards. The Santa Fe Sport received good ratings in the institute’s moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. Santa Fe Sport’s optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection also earned a superior rating.

TOP SAFETY PICK+ is the institute’s highest award. To achieve a Top Safety Pick+ designation, a vehicle must have a good rating in the five occupant protection tests and an advanced or superior rating for an available front crash prevention system.

“The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “The Santa Fe Sport avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph (~19 km/h) and 25 mph (~40 km/h). The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets the NHTSA criteria.”

“We are thrilled that Santa Fe Sport has achieved the gold standard for SUV safety from IIHS and NHTSA in the U.S.,” said Ken Maisonville, National Manager of Product Strategy, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “These awards underline our commitment to developing advanced technologies that assist in avoiding crashes all together. A class-leading body structure protects occupants if a collision does occur.”

Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes: Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System; seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

AEB uses both the forward-facing radar and camera, through sensor fusion, to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warns the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

About Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through more than 210 dealerships nationwide. Hyundai is also the first to offer its zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle to Canadian customers. More information about Hyundai and its vehicles can be found at www.HyundaiCanada.com.

SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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The worst times of the week for #RoadRage

Excerpted article was written by Dennis Foley

WASHINGTON — They tailgate you, they cut you off and you get mad. You probably have a case of road rage and you certainly aren’t alone.

Auto Insurance Center analyzed more than 65,000 Instagram posts with the hashtag ‘#RoadRage’ to find out when and where road rage is at its worst.

Turns out road rage peaks in the late afternoon during the rush back home, with 6 p.m. being the worst hour.  The best time to avoid road rage is right before the morning rush, from 4 to 6 a.m.

Friday is the worst day of the week for road rage, though Tuesday through Thursday aren’t too far behind.  Monday and Saturday road rage were less common and Sunday was the best.

 Generally, the hot summer months tend to see more heated tempers.  August was easily the worst month for road rage and the spring months of May and April were the best.

The worst state for road rage is Hawaii.  The website pointed to tourists driving on unfamiliar roads as the culprit.  Other bad states were freeway-friendly California, dense New York and New Jersey, and wide open Nevada and Utah.

For cities, Washington, D.C. was ranked the 13th worst city for road rage, worse than other big cities like Dallas, Philadelphia and Boston.

 At the top of the list were Los Angeles and New York, both known for long commutes.  Tiny Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, which sits outside of Charlotte, does not reflect its name and was third.  The top five were rounded out by Chicago and San Diego.

Tips to avoid road rage

The insurance website offered a few tips to help drivers avoid road rage.  The best way is to soothe your own anger while driving by breathing deeply, and for longer trips,  take a break. Lastly, adjust your schedule to expect delays.

 To avoid becoming a road rage victim, they recommend ignoring other drivers’ rude gestures, not sharing your own creative gestures, minimize your horn use and never challenge another driver.

If you are concerned about an aggressive driver on the road, you are encouraged to contact police.

Source: Washington Top News

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