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April 17, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that its engineers had confirmed a flaw in a Lexus SUV model that Consumer Reports had warned consumers not to buy because of a rollover threat. The automaker said it was looking for a fix but did not say whether it planned to issue a formal recall for the 2010 model year Lexus GX 460. It has stopped selling the SUV and has temporarily idled the vehicle's Japanese production line. Federal regulations give an automaker five days, after finding that one of its vehicles is not in compliance with safety standards or has a defect, to make a report to the U.S. Transportation Department.
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AUTOS
April 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan will recall more than 123,000 new Altima sedans after a spare tire blew out -- while locked away in the trunk of a car. The recall affects 2013 model year Altimas that were produced for about a yearlong period, ending on March 26. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. FOR THE RECORD: Safety recall: In the April 30 Business section, an article about a Nissan safety recall said that Maxxis - Nissan's spare tire supplier -- had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump and was either overinflating or underinflating spare tires.
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BUSINESS
June 20, 2011 | Jerry Hirsch
That spare tire in your trunk may be going the way of the typewriter and transistor radio. Automakers are selling more cars without an extra wheel to trim weight, boost gas mileage and shave a few bucks off their costs. What happens if you get a flat? Some manufacturers equip cars with run-flat tires, while others are putting flat repair kits in the trunk. Both alternatives have drawbacks, and many motorists say the trend is unsettling. "I like the security of having a spare.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2011 | Jerry Hirsch
That spare tire in your trunk may be going the way of the typewriter and transistor radio. Automakers are selling more cars without an extra wheel to trim weight, boost gas mileage and shave a few bucks off their costs. What happens if you get a flat? Some manufacturers equip cars with run-flat tires, while others are putting flat repair kits in the trunk. Both alternatives have drawbacks, and many motorists say the trend is unsettling. "I like the security of having a spare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1989
A Mexicali man was charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury in San Diego with importing and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. U. S. Atty. William Braniff said that if convicted, Miguel Ramos-Oliveros, 19, would face a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 10 years to life and a $4-million fine. Ramos-Oliveros was stopped by customs agents March 31 at the Calexico Port of Entry, said Assistant U. S. Atty. Randy K. Jones, who is prosecuting the case. A search of Ramos-Oliveros' station wagon turned up 139 pounds of cocaine concealed in the right spare tire well, Jones said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993
Monroe Perry of Woodland Hills has an endless list of car-related problems: He can't get service at gas stations, he needs directions, wants free maps, doesn't carry a good spare tire, etc. ("Service a Thing of the Past," Times Valley Edition Letters, March 7.) Sure there's no service at most gas stations anymore. Most of us would rather pay $1.25 a gallon and pump our own gas. Perry can get full service at many stations around town--and pay nearly two bucks a gallon for it if he wants to. Hey Perry, why don't you quit your bellyaching and do all of us a favor: Keep your car in your garage and try public transportation.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
The all-wheel-drive model of the newly redesigned Toyota Sienna minivan has just about everything a shopper could want. A fully loaded version with a $30,000 price tag includes a sonar backup-warning system, cruise control that automatically keeps the van a safe distance from slower-moving vehicles, room for eight, 14 cup and bottle holders and separate front and rear entertainment systems. Everything except a spare tire.
TRAVEL
July 15, 2007 | Hugo Martin
THE HULK First look: Torrance-based Pelican Products Inc. has been making protective cases since the 1970s. (The military is a top client.) We tested model 1495, a big, black case made of high-impact copolymer plastic. It is built like a watertight ammo box, with four latches, a combination lock and the kind of hinges used on tool boxes. We kicked it, jumped on it and slammed it against walls with no effect. Yikes and likes: Inside, the case includes pockets for your cellphone, iPod and paper files, a plus for travelers.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | Chris Erskine
I don't mind the rain, for that's when Posh takes tiny, cautious steps between house and car -- sexy little cocktail waitress steps, as if in heels. I'm a pig, I know, but here in the suburbs we take sustenance where we can find it. If I'm really lucky, she's wearing a sweater. "Can you help me . . ." she starts to ask. "YESSSSSSS!" I say, and race to the car to carry in 25 Macy's bags and the spare tire. A long time ago, my wife told me that the only thing she really wanted for Christmas was for me to always look at her the way I did when she was 20. Done.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that its engineers had confirmed a flaw in a Lexus SUV model that Consumer Reports had warned consumers not to buy because of a rollover threat. The automaker said it was looking for a fix but did not say whether it planned to issue a formal recall for the 2010 model year Lexus GX 460. It has stopped selling the SUV and has temporarily idled the vehicle's Japanese production line. Federal regulations give an automaker five days, after finding that one of its vehicles is not in compliance with safety standards or has a defect, to make a report to the U.S. Transportation Department.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | Chris Erskine
I don't mind the rain, for that's when Posh takes tiny, cautious steps between house and car -- sexy little cocktail waitress steps, as if in heels. I'm a pig, I know, but here in the suburbs we take sustenance where we can find it. If I'm really lucky, she's wearing a sweater. "Can you help me . . ." she starts to ask. "YESSSSSSS!" I say, and race to the car to carry in 25 Macy's bags and the spare tire. A long time ago, my wife told me that the only thing she really wanted for Christmas was for me to always look at her the way I did when she was 20. Done.
TRAVEL
July 15, 2007 | Hugo Martin
THE HULK First look: Torrance-based Pelican Products Inc. has been making protective cases since the 1970s. (The military is a top client.) We tested model 1495, a big, black case made of high-impact copolymer plastic. It is built like a watertight ammo box, with four latches, a combination lock and the kind of hinges used on tool boxes. We kicked it, jumped on it and slammed it against walls with no effect. Yikes and likes: Inside, the case includes pockets for your cellphone, iPod and paper files, a plus for travelers.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
The all-wheel-drive model of the newly redesigned Toyota Sienna minivan has just about everything a shopper could want. A fully loaded version with a $30,000 price tag includes a sonar backup-warning system, cruise control that automatically keeps the van a safe distance from slower-moving vehicles, room for eight, 14 cup and bottle holders and separate front and rear entertainment systems. Everything except a spare tire.
OPINION
February 15, 2002 | PHILLIP CARTER, Phillip Carter, who attends UCLA Law School, was a captain in the Army's military police from 1997 to 2001.
When I was a military police platoon leader, I wanted to buy spare tires for all seven of my platoon's Humvees. Spare tires made them more effective in combat exercises because troops could change a tire after running over a rock or barbed wire rather than wait for a maintenance vehicle to come forward with a new tire. But a Humvee tire cost $623, and there was no money in my unit's budget for spares.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1996 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Life sometimes seems like all lug nuts and rubber down at the Tire Man shop on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. That is, until old Rommel the parrot peeks his beak out from behind a pile of spares. The 15-year-old military macaw has been at the shop longer than any employee--and to hear them tell it, the bright blue-and-gold bird is one of the guys, even if he has never balanced a tire or done an alignment.
AUTOS
April 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan will recall more than 123,000 new Altima sedans after a spare tire blew out -- while locked away in the trunk of a car. The recall affects 2013 model year Altimas that were produced for about a yearlong period, ending on March 26. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. FOR THE RECORD: Safety recall: In the April 30 Business section, an article about a Nissan safety recall said that Maxxis - Nissan's spare tire supplier -- had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump and was either overinflating or underinflating spare tires.
NEWS
November 2, 1993 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Men call it a gut or a spare tire. Women more demurely term it a tummy. Whatever the name, belly fat is not only unsightly but unhealthy. Several studies suggest that excess abdominal fat increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Men Versus Women: Men are more likely to have a noticeable over-the-belt gut problem, but women aren't immune.
NEWS
November 2, 1993 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Men call it a gut or a spare tire. Women more demurely term it a tummy. Whatever the name, belly fat is not only unsightly but unhealthy. Several studies suggest that excess abdominal fat increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Men Versus Women: Men are more likely to have a noticeable over-the-belt gut problem, but women aren't immune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993
Monroe Perry of Woodland Hills has an endless list of car-related problems: He can't get service at gas stations, he needs directions, wants free maps, doesn't carry a good spare tire, etc. ("Service a Thing of the Past," Times Valley Edition Letters, March 7.) Sure there's no service at most gas stations anymore. Most of us would rather pay $1.25 a gallon and pump our own gas. Perry can get full service at many stations around town--and pay nearly two bucks a gallon for it if he wants to. Hey Perry, why don't you quit your bellyaching and do all of us a favor: Keep your car in your garage and try public transportation.
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