Auto News for Oct. 22

Auto News for Oct. 22

So many concerned consumers logged on to a government web site to determine if their cars were part of a huge airbag recall that the site crashed Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and GM vehicles to act immediately to replace defective Takata airbags. Some 7.8-million vehicles are involved in the recalls. Early this morning we found a list of the vehicles at:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/Vehicle-owners-with-defective-airbags-urged-to-take-immediate-action

If that doesn’t work out, the best advice would be to log on to the web site of your vehicle’s maker. This is a very serious recall, and if your vehicle is on the list you should take immediate steps to get repairs. NHTSA is also on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The crashed web site, Safercar.gov, was up and working this morning at 8 eastern.

This will be a big week for GM and Ford. Each will report on third quarter earnings. For GM there is the good news of strong sales while the down side is fallout from the ignition switch recalls and slow Cadillac sales. Ford has lowered expectations earnings wise but can point to what it hopes will be high demand for its new F-150 truck, long the best-selling vehicle in all the land.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, has sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla and realized a nice $780-million windfall. Daimler said the two automakers will continue their technical cooperation agreements. And the governor of Michigan has signed legislation that will prevent Tesla from selling it cars directly to the public in his state. It said sales must be carried out only through franchised dealers, with Michigan becoming the fifth state to make such a move.

The five finalists for Green Car of the Year have been named. They are the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit and VW Golf. The winner will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

 

 

 

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