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July 2014 Archives

Chevrolet 2014-2015 Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and GMC Sierra and Yukon- Recall

You may be at a greater risk for an automobile accident if you own a new Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe or a GMC Sierra or Yukon. General Motors is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles, and model year 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, an electrical signal short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral without the driver's input. Over 390,000 recall notices will be issued. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is not in use, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of injury to bystanders. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.GM will notify owners, and dealers will re-program the software in the transfer case control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14192. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Cadillac CTS and ATS Recall

2013 & 2014 Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS owners may be at risk for a rollaway accident or an accident caused by their vehicle moving in an unintended direction. Over 90,000 recall notices will be issued. General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to March 20, 2014, and 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, to March 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from either the bracket on the transmission shifter or the bracket on the transmission. If the transmission shift cable detaches while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the cable is properly seated at the transmission and shifter brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14179. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Automobile Accident Claims the Life of a Teen

A tragic automobile accident that could have been prevented has claimed the life of 13 year old Garrett Schaub early Sunday morning. Two of the occupants including the 17 year old driver were hospitalized with critical injures. Only one of the teens was wearing a seatbelt and only one escaped with minor injuries. The Jacksonville Sherriff’s office investigation is still underway they will be looking into alcohol and excessive speed as key factors in this case. All four of the occupants were teens. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Half of all teens killed in automobile accidents were not wearing a seatbelt. Follow the links below for a teen brochure on safe driving and helpful tips on teaching your child safe driving habits.https://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/ResearchReports/teen_driving_2014_study-for_web_v2.pdfhttp://www.nsc.org/safety_road/TeenDriving/Pages/TeenSafeDriving.aspx

Do You Own a Harley?

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle is recalling certain model year 2014 ABS-equipped Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles, models FLHTK, FLHTKSE, FLHTKSHRINE, FLHTCU, FLHTCUTC, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHXSHRINE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHP, and FLHRSE, manufactured July 1, 2013, through May 7, 2014. The affected motorcycles may have been assembled with the front brake line positioned so that it can be pinched between the fuel tank and frame causing the front brake fluid pressure to increase.A pinched brake line will increase the front brake fluid pressure, possibly resulting in a front wheel lock-up, increasing the risk of a crash.Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorcycles for brake line damage and replace the damaged lines as necessary. Dealers will also install one or two cable straps to properly prevent the line from being pinched in the future, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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