February 10, 2010 |
In mid-2008 when the NHRA indefinitely shortened its top-fuel and funny car races for safety reasons, it raised a question: Should there be record speeds and times kept for that distance? The National Hot Rod Assn. initially decided no. But starting last September, the sanctioning body started allowing records for the shorter distance, partly because the records earn their drivers championship bonus points in the sport's top-level Full Throttle Series. The distance for NHRA drag racing always had been one-quarter mile, or 1,320 feet.
February 4, 2010 |
And now, the Lexus hybrid. Toyota Motor Corp.'s investigation into brake problems with its Prius hybrid bled over to the Prius' upscale cousin, the Lexus HS 250h hybrid, on Thursday. The mechanical parts that make up the brake system in the Lexus model are identical to those in Toyota's 2010 Prius, but the two gas-electric hybrid cars use different software systems to control the way the brakes are used, said Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman. Still, he said, the Lexus is now part of Toyota's investigation.
April 17, 2008 |
A California judge approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit that will compensate about 800,000 Ford Explorer owners whose vehicles lost value because of a perceived rollover danger. The settlement ends suits against Ford Motor Co. in California, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas that claimed that Explorers lost about $1,000 in resale value because of publicity from rollover accidents. Under the settlement, those who bought Explorers in model years 1991 through 2001 are eligible for $500 vouchers to buy new Explorers or $300 vouchers to buy other Ford or Lincoln Mercury vehicles.
April 16, 2008 |
Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, is recalling Sonata sedans in the U.S. because the front passenger air bag may not deploy when the seat is occupied by a small adult. Some 2006 to 2008 models are affected, Hyundai said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hyundai expects only about 1% of those vehicles will need to have the seat sensor reprogrammed.
March 11, 2008 |
Ford Motor Co. lost a bid to reduce an $82.6-million verdict stemming from a rollover crash after a state appeals court in San Diego said that amount was justified based on a review ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford said it would appeal the ruling.
February 12, 2008 |
Ford Motor Co. is recalling 123,632 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles to fix door handles that might allow latches to open in a side-impact crash. The housing for springs in the interior handles of 2006 and 2007 models can break during normal use and not return the handles to their locked position, Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. No accidents or injuries from the condition have been reported, Ford said. Separately, Ford told NHTSA it's recalling 57,199 SUVs and vans for possible fuel-line leaks in the engine compartment.