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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Hyundai

by on March 27, 2015

A national class action lawsuit has been filed against Hyundai Motor for “unfair business practices” regarding the Blue Link Telematics systems in some of their vehicles. The suit alleges that the auto maker has threatened to permanently disable unused Blue Link Systems, which constitutes a breach of contract terms as well as a breach of Hyundai’s express and implied warranties.

Hyundai first introduced the system back in 2011 on the popular Sonata model and later offered the feature on the Veloster, Santa Fe, Genesis and Accent. Vehicles with Blue Link are able to provide point-of-interest search and navigation, self-diagnosis vehicle reports and automatic emergency assistance → Read More


The Season of Potholes

by on March 26, 2015

The spring season is a welcome respite from cooler temperatures, bringing fresh flowers, more sunshine and sneaky potholes to weary winter drivers. Potholes may seem like a small obstacle to avoid on the road, but they can cause substantial damage to a vehicle’s suspension and tires.

Many potholes crop up during the spring time because the water that froze in the road’s cracks has thawed out, dampening the soil underneath it and causing deep depressions in the street. Drivers may not realize that a stretch of their daily commute is → Read More


Delphi Employees Amongst German Plane Crash Victims

by on March 25, 2015

Two Delphi Automotive Systems employees were on board the German plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday. All 150 passengers and crew are believed to be dead.

The company confirmed this morning that a human resource manager and a trade union delegate had boarded Germanwings Flight 9525 to attend a meeting in Germany.

“Rogelio Oficialdegui, our human resources director for Delphi in Spain and Delphi’s diesel site in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) and Manuel Rives Salinas, employee representative at our site in Sant Cugat and member of the European Employee Committee, → Read More


Chrysler to Build Plug-In Minivan

by on March 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to jump into the green market with a plug-in hybrid minivan. Official details of the project have yet to be released, though reports are pointing toward a launch date of 2017.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the plug-in minivan last year at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. While he said the green model would fit perfect with today’s market trends, he noted that plug-in vehicles are a “fundamental economics obstacle,” as quoted by Automotive News. This may be why FCA has, surprisingly, not a single hybrid in their lineup. The auto maker has already promised to create more green vehicles to meet strict fuel → Read More


NHTSA Fines Car Seat Manufacturer for $10 Million

by on March 24, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that car seat manufacturer Graco Children’s Products has been fined $10 million after failing to properly notify customers of a defect in more than 6 million car seats. The fine closes an investigation that was opened last year after customers complained of buckles that could not be unlatched.

NHTSA initiated a preliminary evaluation of Graco car seats in 2012 after receiving 25 consumer complaints regarding the stuck buckles. Graco asserted that the complaints were invalid and were not linked to a defect, but a sticky buckle that would be cleaned. NHTSA disagreed and concluded in February → Read More