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Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Vehicles for Defective Airbags

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling 3.5 million vehicles due to problems with the software used to determine when to deploy the front passenger air bag, according to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Friday. In a safety recall notice submitted to the NHTSA, the company said software in nearly 3.2 million vehicles failed to correctly note when an adult sat in the front seat, either classifying the person as a child or as not sitting in the seat at all. The defect keeps the passenger air bag from deploying in the case of an accident. So far, Nissan has reported three injuries related to this defect, but no fatalities. The new recall includes vehicles from the 2013-2017 model years, including but not limited to:

  • Leaf
  • Murano
  • Nissan Altima
  • Sentra
  • NV200
  • Rogue
  • Infiniti JX35/QX60, and Q50

The automaker has said it is in the process of developing its remedy plan and will begin notifying dealers in late May. The recall includes 3.1 million vehicles in the U.S. and about 320,000 vehicles outside of the U.S. Nissan said it will either reprogram or replace the sensor, which is located in  the seat frame. Customers affected by the recall will receive initial notification letters that will be followed by another letter when a remedy is available in their area.

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Chipotle Announces Free Burrito Offer

Chipotle is shutting down all of its stores nationwide on Monday for a few hours to hold a national staff meeting about food safety. This meeting also will provide an opportunity to thank employees, discuss changes and answer questions. The company’s more than 1,900 restaurants will take part in the required meeting.

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A screenshot of Chipotle’s official website shows information about a free burrito offer on Feb. 8, 2016. (Credit: Chipotle)
The good news for you? If you were planning on going to Chipotle for lunch, you can score a burrito”raincheck.” Simply text “raincheck” to 888-222. The restaurant chain will send you a coupon for a free burrito sometime over the next few days.

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11 Million Vehicles Affected By Volkswagen Recall

This year Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG received notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board informing VW that those agencies had determined that some of our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions regulations.

The vehicles included in the notifications include:

  • VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
  • VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
  • VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
  • VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
  • VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
  • VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)

As environmental protection and sustainability are among Volkswagen’s strategic corporate objectives, the Company takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.

“Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies.”Michael Horn, President and CEO  – Volkswagen Group of America. “Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time. Once we have information regarding a remedy, consumers will be notified.”

VW stopped advertising their latest TDI models while they seek government approvals. To determine whether your vehicle has been affected by the 2.0L TDI emissions issue, enter your vin –> https://www.vwdieselinfo.com

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls: Here Are The Ram, Dodge, Chrysler Trucks And SUVs FCA Will Buy Back

As part of the record-setting $105 million settlement with U.S. regulators over recall lapses, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) NV says it will buy back hundreds of thousands of trucks and SUVs for steering and axle problems. Owners of affected vehicles have complained of monthslong waiting lists because of parts supply shortages.

FCA “has entered into a consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which resolves the issues raised by NHTSA with respect to FCA U.S.’s execution of 23 recall campaigns,” the company said in a statement Sunday announcing the agreement.

The NHTSA gave the company a “reasonable allowance for depreciation” on the price they’re willing to pay. A certain number of the following vehicles are eligible for the buyback program:

* 2008 to 2012 model-year Ram pickup trucks that have either steering problems or axle problems, or both.
* 2008 to 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 super duty pickup trucks, for steering problems;
* 2009 to 2011 Dodge Dakota trucks, for axle problems;
* 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs, for an axle problem.

Read the full article at ibtimes.com

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Trek Bicycle recall: Nearly 1,000,000 bikes may have severe safety hazard

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The popular Trek bicycles have been recalled, and their popularity is witnessed by the nearly one million Trek bikes across the United States and Canada that are a part of the recall. Those who own or use Trek recalled bikes, according to USA TODAY, should stop riding them immediately, and don’t resume using their Trek bicycles until they’ve contacted their local Trek retailer (find a Trek bike retailer near you) to get their “quick release” levers fixed for free.

“Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise. (The coupon has no cash value.)”

Reportedly, the bicycles of concern from the Wisconsin-based firm are from model years 2000 through 2015. They were sold throughout the United States beginning in 1999, according to a USA Today report. The bikes were made in China and Taiwan while being sold in the United States for anywhere from $480 to $1,650.  Do your due diligence and seek out a local bicycle shop which sells Trek bicycles. Ask for a free inspection and have them make the free repair if needed. Find a Trek Bike dealer.

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