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John Stewart

Torque Wrenches Recalled

Picture of Recalled Torque Wrench

Richard Abraham Herder KG Recalls Torque Wrenches Due to Risk of Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2009) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Torcofix/Torcoflex and Mountz Torque Wrenches

Units: About 670

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John Stewart

Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires Recalled


Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     TRIUMPH / ROCKET III TOURING     2008-2009
Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:     Production Dates:
    BRIDGESTONE / EXEDRA G850 G / 180/70R16 77H     MAY 27, 2007 - OCT 18, 2008
Manufacturer: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE Mfr's Report Date: MAR 31, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09T004000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1018
Summary:
BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATION (BRIDGESTONE) IS RECALLING 1,018 BRIDGESTONE EXEDRA G850 G MOTORCYCLE TIRES, SIZE 180/70R16 77H, SOLD AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT FOR MY 2008 AND 2009 TRIUMPH ROCKET III TOURING MOTORCYCLES. THE MOTORCYCLE TO WHICH THESE TIRES ARE APPLIED DEVELOPS VERY HIGH TORQUE AND CAN CAUSE TORQUE-INDUCED DEGRADATION IN A BODY PLY WHICH MAY RESULT IN INNERLINER CRACKING THAT MAY LEAD TO A SLOW LEAK IN THE REAR TIRE. THIS CONDITION DOES NOT AFFECT THE FRONT TIRE.
Consequence:
THE AFFECTED TIRES MAY BEGIN TO VIBRATE AT MODERATE SPEEDS. CONTINUED USE OF A TIRE WITH THIS CONDITION COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
BRIDGESTONE IS WORKING WITH TRIUMPH TO NOTIFY OWNERS AND THE DEFECTIVE TIRES WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. IN ADDITION, THE FRONT TIRE WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE DUE TO THE MATCHING REQUIREMENTS OF THE MOTORCYCLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BRIDGESTONE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-465-1904.
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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John Stewart

Firestone/Lemans Tire Recall


Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:     Production Dates:
    FIRESTONE / FR380 / P235/75R15     JUN 04, 2006 - SEP 08, 2007
    LEMANS / CHAMPION SE / P235/75R15     JUN 04, 2006 - SEP 02, 2006
Manufacturer: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE Mfr's Report Date: OCT 22, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08T026000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:TREAD/BELT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 162251
Summary:
BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE, LLC (BFNT) IS RECALLING 135,310 FIRESTONE FR380 TIRES, SIZE P235/75R15, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 4, 2006 AND SEPTEMBER 8, 2007, AND 26,941 LEMANS CHAMPION SE TIRES, SIZE P235/75R15, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JUNE 4, 2006 AND SEPTEMBER 2, 2006. THESE TIRES WERE PRODUCED WITH INSUFFICIENT TREAD BASE GUAGE.
Consequence:
CONTINUED USE OF THE SUBJECT TIRES MAY LEAD TO VIBRATION AND GROOVE CRACKING. EXTENDED USE COULD LEAD TO TREAD DISTORTION OR TREAD SEPARATION AND LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.
Remedy:
BFNT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIRES FREE OF CHARGE. BFNT WILL ALSO MOUNT AND BALANCE THE REPLACEMENT TIRES, ALL AT NO CHARGE OR EXPENSE TO THE OWNER. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 24, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BFNT TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-465-1904 OR VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.FIRESTONETIRE.COM.
Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY 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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John Stewart

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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