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2009 GMC Acadia earns Top Safety Pick award

The GMC Acadia, a large SUV, also is sold as the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and Saturn Outlook. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the Acadia.

"Recognizing vehicles at the head of the class for safety helps consumers distinguish the best overall choices without having to sort through multiple test results," says Institute president Adrian Lund.

The Top Safety Pick designation applies to 2008-09 Acadia, Enclave, and Outlook models built after March, 2008, and the new for 2009 Traverse.

New Institute ratings for the GMC Acadia | Buick Enclave | Chevrolet Traverse | Saturn Outlook

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Low-speed vehicles legal in most states on roads with low speed limits

Federal standards covering low-speed vehicles apply to those used for "short trips for shopping, social, and recreational purposes primarily within retirement or other planned communities with golf courses." To qualify, a vehicle must have 4 wheels and a top speed of at least 20 mph but not more than 25. States, not NHTSA, are responsible for regulating the operation of motor vehicles on public roads and for handling low-speed vehicle titling and registration.

For information on the roads in each state where low-speed vehicles are legal, go to http://www.iihs.org/laws/LowSpeedVehicles.aspx

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Pro-Comp Tire Recall


Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     PRO-COMP / ALL TERRAIN     9999
Manufacturer : PRO COMPETITION TIRE COMPANY Mfr's Report Date : MAR 27, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08T013000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:SIDEWALL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1206
Summary:
PRO COMP IS RECALLING 1,206 LOAD RANGE E TIRES, SIZE LT265/75R16, PRODUCED BETWEEN DECEMBER 2, 2007 AND JANUARY 12, 2008. THESE TIRES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 139, "NEW PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES." AFTER TESTING, A BULGE CAN OCCUR IN THE LOWER SIDEWALL ON THE WHITE SIDEWALL SIDE WHICH INDICATES THE EXISTENCE OF A SEPARATION BETWEEN TWO LOWER SIDEWALL COMPONENTS.
Consequence:
THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
PRO COMP IS WORKING WITH COOPER TIRE TO NOTIFY OWNERS. THE AFFECTED TIRES WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT COOPER TIRE CUSTOMER RELATIONS TOLL-FREE AT 800-854-6288 OR PRO COMP AT 1-866-232-0665.
Notes:
PRO COMP'S RECALL NO. 150. 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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IIHS Crash Test Results Released

Consumers now have multiple hybrid SUVs earning Top Safety Pick to choose from. Others include the midsize Saturn Vue and Toyota Highlander, which the Institute evaluated earlier.

"In the latest tests, the Tiguan's performance is a standout," says Institute president Adrian Lund. "It sailed through the front and side crash tests without a single downgrade for structure or measures of injury likelihood recorded on the dummy. This is 1 of 4 models in this group that afford superior crash protection in their class. This is a huge change from just 5 years ago when most small SUVs were rated either marginal or poor in our side test, and standard side airbags and electronic stability control were rare."

Electronic stability control is important because it can help drivers avoid many crashes. It helps drivers maintain control in the worst situation — loss of control at high speed — by engaging automatically when it senses vehicle instability and helping to bring a vehicle back into the intended line of travel, often without the driver knowing anything is wrong. This feature lowers the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by about half. It lowers the risk of a fatal single-vehicle rollover crash by as much as 70 percent.

Designs change to address crashworthiness in side impacts: The Institute's frontal offset crash test, which began in 1995, drove major design changes in vehicles to do a better job of protecting people in the most common kind of serious crash. In the mid-1990s, few vehicles earned the top rating of good in the frontal test. Now nearly every vehicle is rated good for frontal protection. Since the Institute began its side tests in 2003, manufacturers have been following the same path, changing their vehicles to improve protection in serious side impacts.

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Dunlop Tire Recall

Goodyear is recalling 5,300 Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires, size 225/50R17 (DOT Code DM40 2TTR), and Dunlop Winter Sport M3 tires, size 275/35R18 (DOT Code DMBL 2J8R), manufactured in Germany from September 4, 2005, through May 17, 2008. These tires fail to conform to the tire strength requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109, "New Pneumatic Tires." Tires not meeting the tire strength test requirement could be more susceptible to failure following impact with road hazards. Tire failure following road hazards can result in a vehicle crash.

Goodyear will notify owners and replace the noncompliant tires. Owners will be notified during August 2008 and replacement tires will be available by August 30, 2008. Owners may contact Goodyear at 1-800-321-2136.

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