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ASF: Hydrogen Autos, Blind Spot Mirrors, Cell Phones

Automobile Safety Foundation has great ideas. Blind spot mirrors, hydrogen vehicles, cell phones

Los Angeles (PRWEB) April 29, 2009 -- Since 1988 the Automobile Safety Foundation, a non -profit organization, is the nation's premiere auto safety organization with over twenty years of safety achievements. Foremost among their accomplishment, is the ASF contributions leading to the replacement of the hazardous steering lock (1969) with safe and modern auto theft prevention technology, now the industry standard. ASF calls the remedial departure from these spring loaded locks, ''the liberation of the automobile.''

In the past year, ASF released on their web page www.carsafe.org the "world's safest" blind spot mirrors to address the dangerous blind spot inherent on standard equipment side view mirrors. This dangerous blind spot causes almost a million accidents annually. The mirrors are available there to order from ASF. This year ASF will introduce a new program aimed to encourage hands free cell phone driving by offering Bluetooth equipment to the driving public to be availed on the ASF web page.

Additionally, ASF supports alternative energy for the automotive industry and the world. ASF research now recognizes the discoveries in hydrogen conversion of the traditional internal combustion engine from gasoline to hydrogen. There is a wealth of technological information on the internet to conclude that current vehicle production, can be simply converted to run partially, if not completely, on hydrogen gas made from water. This same conversion technology can also be applied to the multitude of vehicles now on the road as an aftermarket product. ASF encourages the design and production of new hybrid vehicles, with hydrogen conversion at the forefront, Perhaps this is the long overdue action that can save the U.S. automakers.

ASF is also introducing the new program, "Partners for Auto Safety" that offers those with concerns for auto safety, the opportunity to help raise funds for auto safety. Partners worldwide, working from their own location, and making their own hours, use their business abilities to make their communities safer, while earning up to twenty per cent of funds raised. Please contact the ASF web site for more information: www.carafe.org

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Toyota Announces Equipment Safety Recall on Select Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., April 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will launch an Equipment Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 39,100 Toyota Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip retention Clamps. This optional accessory was designed specifically for 2008 model year Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles sold in the United States.

Due to improper heat treatment, the original clamp used to secure the stainless steel exhaust tip to the exhaust pipe may develop microscopic cracks. If this occurs, the crack may expand causing the clamp to break and in the worst case the exhaust tip may fall off.

There are approximately 39,100 accessory kits that may be affected by this condition. Because this accessory is installed at the Toyota vehicle processing centers and dealers, and is available over-the-counter, all of approximately 121,000 vehicle owners will be notified.

There have been ten reported incidents of this condition in the United States; no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall.

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Child Restraint Recall Issued


Child Restraint Brand Name / Model or Model No.: Production Dates:
MAXI-COSI / 22-371 (MICO)JUL 01, 2007 - FEB 17, 2008
MAXI-COSI / 22-372 (MICO)JUL 01, 2007 - FEB 17, 2008
MAXI-COSI / 22-515 (MICO)JUL 01, 2007 - FEB 17, 2008
Manufacturer: DOREL JUVENILE GROUPMfr's Report Date: JUL 15, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09C005000 NHTSA Action Number: PE09009
Component: CHILD SEAT:BASE (INFANT)
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28350
Summary:
DOREL JUVENILE GROUP (DJG) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MAXI-COSI MICO INFANT CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, MODELS 22-371 AND 22-372, AND MAXI-COSI MICO INFANT CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM - BASE ONLY, MODEL 22-515, PRODUCED FROM JULY 2007 THROUGH FEBRUARY 17, 2008. INTERFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOUNTING BRACKET AND THE BASE CAUSED BY WARPING OF THE BASE OR INADEQUATE MATING BETWEEN THE SHELL AND THE BASE MOUNTING BRACKET CAN RESULT IN DIFFICULTY ATTACHING OR DETACHING THE SHELL FROM THE BASE.
Consequence:
IF THE SHELL IS IMPROPERLY MOUNTED TO THE BASE, THE CHILD COULD BE INJURED IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DJG WILL NOTIFY ALL REGISTERED OWNERS AND WILL SEND A NEW MICO BASE TO OWNERS OF THE AFFECTED SEATS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JULY 24, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DJG AT 1-877-657-9546.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Safety Recall on Child Restraint Systems Issued


Child Restraint Brand Name / Model or Model No.:     Production Dates:
    BABYRIDE / 374199     DEC 18, 2008 - DEC 18, 2008
Manufacturer: TEAM-TEX AMERICA, INC Mfr's Report Date: MAR 27, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09C003000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: CHILD SEAT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 200
Summary:
TEAM-TEX AMERICA, INC. IS RECALLING CERTAIN BABYRIDE INFANT CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS, MODEL 374199, MANUFACTURED ON DECEMBER 18, 2008. THE BELT ROUTING LABEL WITH THE "HORIZONTAL REFERENCE LINE" IS INCORRECTLY PLACED ON THE CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 213, "CHILD RESTRAINTS SYSTEMS."
Consequence:
IMPROPERLY ROUTED BELTS COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO THE CHILD IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
TEAM-TEX WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND MAIL LABELS ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER PLACEMENT OF THE LABEL. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TEAM-TEX AT 1-877-912-1313.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Winnebago and Itaska Motorhome Recall


Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     ITASCA / SUNCRUISER     2005-2006
     ITASCA / SUNRISE     2002-2006
     WINNEBAGO / ADVENTURER     2005-2006
     WINNEBAGO / BRAVE     2002-2004
     WINNEBAGO / VOYAGE     2005-2006
Manufacturer: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC. Mfr's Report Date: APR 06, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V113000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2331
Summary:
WINNEBAGO IS RECALLING 2,331 MY 2002-2004 BRAVE AND ITASCA SUNRISE MY 2005 2006 WINNEBAGO VOYAGE, ADVENTURER, ITASCA SUNRISE AND SUNCRUISER MOTOR HOMES. THE PROPANE TANK MOUNTING BRACKET MAY HAVE AN INCOMPLETE OR IMPROPER WELD.
Consequence:
SHOULD THE WELD FAIL, THE PROPANE TANK CAN TIP OR FALL, POSSIBLY RELEASING PROPANE WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IGNITEA FIRE, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR VEHICLE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND PROPERLY WELD THE BRACKET FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 800-537-1885.
Notes:
WINNEBAGO RECALL NO. 112. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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