Ford and Chrysler recalls 55,846 vehicles due to safety

Chrysler recalls 22,118 cars. Among the models are Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wrangler 2010 version, due to possible malfunction of the braking, according to U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration.

At these models, the hose through which the breaking fluid flows, may crack and lose fluid.

Ford recalls about 33,728 Transit Connect, 2010 version, for replacement of the system which fix the ceiling material. The system does not meet the federal rules on head protection.

The two groups will notify the owners to bring in their cars for repair at the local dealers.

Toyota’s CEO apologized to shareholders for the brand’s negative image

Toyota’s image still suffers from the massive recall at the beginning of this year. In these circumstances, Akio Toyoda wanted to address to shareholders official apology.

Toyoda has spoken to the people who have invested in the brand’s development, showing his apologies for the many problems caused by the globally recalls.

The timing was an important one, this being the first time when Toyoda met with shareholders face to face after the manufacturer received the bad reputation.

At the end of its speech, Akio wanted to underline that Toyota is making significant efforts in order to improve the quality of its vehicles and also thanked to shareholders for their support during this difficult period.

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Toyota will recall another 670.000 cars in U.S. and Canada

These recalls concerns the sold cars in several U.S. states with cooler climates and in Canada, because of the risk of corrosion caused by prolonged exposure to salt thrown on the roads in winter.

Therefore, Toyota will recall 600,000 cars sold in the United States and 270,000 in Canada.

The incident is the latest in an endless series of problems of Toyota, which hit the Japanese’s brand image.

Thursday, the car manufacturer Toyota has suspended worldwide sales of the new Lexus GX 460 to perform a series of safety tests after Consumer Reports magazine gave a rating of “Do not buy.” In recent months, Toyota has recalled about 9 million cars worldwide.

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General Motors’s brake override software ready by 2012

General Motors is one of those manufacturers who intend to apply the algorithm globally by 2012.

Although GM has started adding brake override software on ETS-equipped cars as an additional safeguard.

The software automatically kills electronic throttle input once the driver steps on the brake, in order to prevent the chances of unintended acceleration.

“New media analyses of government data consistently validates that GM’s safety record on this issue is among the strongest in the industry,” said Tom Stephens, vice chairman of GM’s global product operations.

“At the same time, we know safety is top of mind for consumers, so we are applying additional technology to reassure them that they can count on the brakes in their GM vehicle.”

GM says that by the end of 2012, all of its vehicles sold around the world equipped with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control will also be equipped with a brake override system.

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