June 20, 2013 |
More than 200,000 vehicles made by automaker Suzuki are the subject of a federal investigation into faulty warning lights, The Times has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe on June 14 to look into the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV made from 2006 to 2011 and the Suzuki SX4 hatchback made from 2007 to 2011. The agency said it had received 128 complaints from owners who had experienced trouble with their vehicles' warning lights. This included passenger airbag off lights that would indicate the seat was empty (potentially disabling the airbag)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 |
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible for tagging seven cars in Pacific Palisades with swastikas and racial slurs on Sunday. Seven cars parked curbside in a 3-square-mile area north and south of Sunset Boulevard were defaced between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. Maritza Roberts, whose car was among those targeted, told KTLA that she felt “violated, invaded, disgusted” after she discovered a swastika and an apparent misspelling of the word “fuhrer” spray-painted on her vehicle.
September 19, 2013 |
Honda will recall 374,000 Odyssey minivans and Acura MDX sport-utilities in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause the airbags to deploy without warning. The airbag system in such vehicles can trigger due to electrical interference, the company said. To prevent the malfunction, Honda plans to install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the system's control unit. Honda said it has logged 23 cases of inadvertent airbag deployment in such vehicles in the U.S. and has seen an increasing number of complaints in recent months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 |
A motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a bizarre high-speed chase in which the suspect punched several vehicles and eventually ended up off-road in a freeway construction zone in Sun Valley. The pursuit of the orange motorcycle began about 3:30 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway near Mills Avenue in San Bernardino after the driver failed to pull over when he was observed speeding, according to CHP officials. The pursuit, which hit speeds of 85 mph, took a bizarre turn when the suspect drove through Los Angeles County and television footage appeared to show the man punching at several vehicles.
January 31, 2010 |
Weighing 70 tons, traveling up to 45 mph and possessed of a smash-mouth name, the Assault Breacher Vehicle is the Marine Corps' latest answer to a perennial problem of offensive warfare: how to push through the barriers and booby traps of an enemy's outer defenses. Over the decades, Marines have used various strategies to breach defenses, involving heavy vehicles or, in some cases, sending Marine engineers into minefields to set, by hand, line charges loaded with explosives. "Breaching is always the hardest part of an assault," said Sgt. Carl Hewett, a breacher operator stationed here.
June 6, 2013 |
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 630,000 Jeep SUVs for transmission and restraint system problems just two days after it refused a federal request to recall 2.7 million vehicles for faulty fuel systems. In the U.S., the automaker will recall 254,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from model years 2010 to 2012. Chrysler said it was doing this to fix a software error that can delay the firing of curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners. In a statement, Chrysler said "the upgrade was deemed necessary after it was discovered that seatbelt pre-tensioners and side-curtain air bags may not function properly during slow-developing rollovers.
June 3, 2013 |
Ford is recalling nearly 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. for a potential fuel tank leak that could result in a fire. The automaker said the recall affects the Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility, Interceptor Sedan, and Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ. All of the vehicles are from the 2013 model year. At issue is a part within the gas tank that may fail and leak fuel onto the ground. If the spilled fuel catches a spark, a fire could occur. Ford said it is not aware of any fires, accidents, or injuries as a result of this defect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 |
Orange County coroner officials on Monday identified a 28-year-old man who was fatally struck by two vehicles in Huntington Beach. Matthew Aguilar of Costa Mesa was pronounced dead Saturday after he was struck by two vehicles in the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Brookhurst Street. According to the Huntington Beach police, Aguilar was walking along the roadway when he was hit around 4:30 a.m. by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS. The man was then hit by a second car, which did not stop at the scene as required by law. Police said they didn't know why Aguilar was on the road.
September 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The four largest U.S. rental car companies have agreed not to rent or sell vehicles that have been recalled. The companies - Hertz Corp., Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. - agreed to the request from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who are pushing legislation to prohibit companies from renting or selling cars until they repair safety defects that triggered recalls. The companies also said they would support the legislation, which would put them under federal oversight on recalls for the first time, after Boxer and Schumer agreed to some changes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 |
The brightly colored vans advertising "Topless Maids $99" caused a stir in Burbank last year when they were seen parked on city streets for days on end, prompting officials to publicly denounce them as eyesores and visual blight. Last week, the City Council voted to ban vehicles whose main purpose is advertising. There are some exemptions, such as pizza and mail delivery vehicles. "What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in the public right of way," Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott said at Tuesday's meeting.