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General Motors SUV Recall

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General Motors automobile mural (Photo credit: Toban B.)

More than 200,000 SUVs have been recalled by General Motors because of a fire risk that the vehicles carry. On June 14, GM announced that it was recalling the Buick Rainier, Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, and the SAAB 9-7x.

According to the investigation of the United States Department of Transportation, corrosion could be created in the driver’s door module after fluid enters it, and that could cause a short in the circuit board. This could cause inconvenient malfunctions with switches for locks and windows; but it could also result in overheating, which could melt parts of the door and could create a fire that may be inescapable.

A fire that could be caused by the defect could even occur when the vehicle is not in use.

GM is in the process of alerting all of the SUV owners of the recall and of the issues. It is also recommending that people park defective vehicles outside until the correct repairs have been administered.

Owners of the above mentioned vehicles may contact the appropriate numbers with questions regarding the recall and the dangers that they face: Buick 1-800-521-7300; Chevrolet 1-866-694-6546; GMC 1-866-996-9463; Isuzu 1-800-255-6727; and SAAB 1-855-880-0808.

It is important to fix the vehicle’s issues before they cause harm or even death to its drivers or passengers. At this time, there does not seem to be any injuries caused by defect and that GM is simply taking precautionary steps.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether it was due to a defective product or a simple bump in traffic, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney. A lawyer can assist you with identifying negligence, filing claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of a death.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee has a “Launch” Button

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Jeep Newspaper Mosaic (Photo credit: Serolynne)

Whether it is from futuristic movies or purely our childhood fantasies, all of us have imagined being able to simply push a button in our cars and GO! The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will allow drivers to do just that.

The new Jeep has a 470 horsepower engine and all wheel drive handling. It will also include on its steering wheel a button that says “LAUNCH” with a depiction of traveling from zero to sixty; visually marked with dots red, yellow, and green, titled “the Christmas Tree.”

This new button kicks the car into Launch Mode, which allows the car to propel forward with ease and speed from a standstill. Pressing the button is like launching a rocket into space, but it is your car on the road.

Launch Mode brings the engine, suspension, transmission and driveline together to rapidly surge the 5,000 pound SUV forward. Though it may take owners a second to get used to it, the Launch Mode activation seems easy enough to understand and implement.

According to Jeep’s instructions, the SUV must be stopped on a level surface for the Launch Mode to initiate. While in drive and before pressing down the brake pedal completely, press the Launch button. Then, while stopped, flatten the accelerator pedal within a half-second and the engine will rev to a predetermined rotations per minute rate.

From there, the driver has to simply let go of the brake and the Jeep will surge forward perfectly each time.

Aaron Bragman reviewed the vehicle on Cars.com after taking it on a test drive. He explains how Jeep states that the Launch Mode can make the Jeep go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. Bragman feels that that estimate is conservative as he was able to speed up to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and even 4.2 second in perfect conditions.

Whether the vehicle’s speed increases within 4.8 or 4.2 seconds, it would still be thrilling enough just to be able to push and button and zoom ahead. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will bring out the children in all of us, making rapidly accelerating as easy as pressing a button on the steering wheel.

Though zooming ahead is undeniably exciting, it can also cause accidents. Be sure that if you use the Jeep’s Launch Mode, you are taking necessary safety precautions. If you have to room to accelerate that rapidly without causing any danger to others, then enjoy the ride. If you are involved in an accident while driving your new Grand Cherokee, or any other vehicle, contact an Orange County Injury Attorney to ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation allowed for your case.