Ford must recall 3 million cars with Takata Airbags, NHTSA Rules

Ford must recall 3 million cars with Takata Airbags, NHTSA Rules

Ford has to recall 3 million vehicles with Takata airbag inflators yet the automaker is arguing against it. In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday rejected the petition from Ford. Previously, the carmaker argued, much like General Motors, that certain inflators did not cause the same threat as millions of other inflators involved in so many other recalls. Safety is first and paramount. Drivers and their passengers need that extra reassurance when they get into a car and drive anywhere. I had one on my Ford Taurus airbags once and I had to take care of the recall. I felt secure and a sense of relief after the airbag recall work was done successfully at the car dealer.

Ford was not Able to Convince the NHTSA of Withdrawing the Recall

The automaker submitted the information and NHTSA said they went over it and the specific Takata inflators do show indications of “propellant degradation and potential future rupture risk.” As has been well documented, over the many years, Takata airbag inflators, that worsen under heat and humidity. The inflators may explode and emit and spew shrapnel at passengers. The flaw is responsible for 27 deaths all over the world and caused many more injuries. Absorbed by a Chinese supplier, Takata has filed for bankruptcy.

The carmaker did not immediately return a request for comment on the government’s decision.

More Vehicles Included on the Recall

Moreover, the particular vehicles that will be part of the recall. They will come from the 2006-2012 model years, specifically, the Ford Ranger and Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, MKX, and the Mercury Milan. Ford has 30 days to submit its plans to NHTSA to conduct the recall.

Free Recall Repair for Car Owners

Owners who get a notice from Ford in the near future can get a free repair as soon as possible to limit the risk of the faulty inflators. The NHTSA is urging them to do this.

Toyota Sienna Earns Highest Safety Award for Top Safety Pick+

Toyota Sienna Earns Highest Safety Award for Top Safety Pick+

The Toyota Sienna is known for hauling people and cargo around. Yet it hasn’t stood out for its crash-testing ratings. This is from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2015, was the last time the Sienna earned the institute’s highest award of being named a Top Safety Pick+. The minivan has missed out on one of the IIHS awards. However, now there is some good news for shoppers. And for Toyota as well. This is with the all-new 2021 Sienna was currently named as IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

Toyota Sienna Doing Well on IIHS’ Crash Tests and Good Ratings

The 2021 Sienna reportedly performed better in the IIHS’ crash tests compared to the 2021 model. In all six tests, the all-new minivan earned a “Good” rating. In fact, the 2020 minivan earned an “Acceptable” rating in the driver-side small overlap front test. Then a “Marginal” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

The Sienna Gets High Marks for Headlights and LED Projector Headlights

The 2021 Sienna comes with better headlights than last year’s model. This beyond the crash-tests. In fact, the new minivan comes with “Good” rated headlights. This is standard throughout the lineup. The new Sienna is available with two different sets of LED projectors. Moreover, both did earn a rating of “Good.” There was a decision to in fact offer two sets of headlights. They earned a rating of “Good” which comes after new IIHS standards have pushed the automakers to eliminate low-quality headlights. “Acceptance” was the rating for headlights on the 2020 Sienna. The 2021 Sienna earned a “Superior” rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle test in the front crash prevention tests. Then, in turn, got an “Advanced” rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian test.

Having a vehicle come with standard headlights that earn a “Good” rating may seem like a good thing but it’s actually not. Consumers shopping for a 2021 Sienna, unlike a lot of other vehicles, won’t have to upgrade to a higher trim level. Or in fact, get an optional package if they want the top headlights. Moreover, that has been the case with many other award-winning models.

You’re A Mean One, COVID-19! But We’re Still Buying Christmas Trees!

You’re A Mean One, COVID-19! But We’re Still Buying Christmas Trees!

Even during the holidays, the pandemic isn’t likely to let up. So that said, the show must go on! Especially during a season as significant as the holidays! Luckily, trucks are still filling their freight capacity with pine trees by the dozens! Perhaps, shipping these evergreens are so popular this year due to the stay-at-home orders that have sprung throughout the country.

Trucks Are Taking Trees (to your) Home For Christmas

This is still very concerning, however, as the extra volume is becoming offset by higher costs and a lower amount of truckers available to actually run the jobs. Experts in perishables believe that there have been tree sales clocking in around 18 million to 20 million his year. But truly the numbers are flying closer to 22 million for 2020.

Some companies have been able to move anywhere from 60 to 80 Christmas trees to retailers in various states, averaging 700 trees per truck. Because of COVID-19, these trees are going through more hoops! They have been iced more often on site than on the road in the past. But nowadays, they’re getting iced on the road, in reverse of what the trucks would have to endure to cross state lines.

There’s something to be said about everyone in this scenario. The truckers are brave for loading cargo like this during the cold winter months, the families receiving these trees refuse to let a virus dampen their spirits… As for the virus itself? Who really can say what family it will stay with for the thousands of nanoseconds it actually does decide to go on break for? Cousin Swine Flu? Grandpa SARS? Aunt Chicken Pox?

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Winter Blunderland: Tips To Avoid Snowbird Snafus In The Coming Months

Winter Blunderland: Tips To Avoid Snowbird Snafus In The Coming Months

Winter is quickly approaching us, here in the United States of America. But, if you’re not careful, you just might be stuck in an unbearable state of anxiety! The snow is no walk in the park for a trucker, whose job is difficult enough as is. So the best thing you can do is to prepare. Prepare for what could possibly be the coldest winter this Earth has ever seen. And there are many ways that you can do that. You could truck through different routes, have a buddy come along to keep you awake or even just quit your job. But sometimes, the best plan of attack is a blueprint for survival. It’s about longevity and making it to the finish line, after all. Take a chance on it and read up on these five ways you’re likely to make it back home, just in time for the holidays.

When There’s Winter, There’s Shovels

No need to grovel about your situation, should you come across a road littered with snow. Just take this handy tool and plow it away. Off and forward you go!

Hammer Time (Featuring Putty Knife)

We’ve all got ice in low places. Where the chill is strong, even in the warmest spaces! So bring with you some chiseling tools, like a hammer and a putty knife to put the end-all to the metal! That’ll show the nippy weather something else.

Stash Some Cash

Your best bet during Corona Virus is to limit as much contact as possible by using credit or debit cards. But considering that having something effective is better than risking hunger in the midst of a snow storm, you’ll want to keep cash on you. That way, you can still pay for food in the case that the machines are hibernating for the winter.

Kitty Litter… Yeah, you heard me.

Believe it or not, spreading the same stuff of covering your cat’s tracks strengthens your trucks tracks! Even if it’s just sand or salt, that type of material is able to give your ride additional traction through slippery situations.

Lastly, full meals fulfilling your ordeals!

Restaurants are going to be closed down anyway. Best get to the supermarket too before they hunker down in their bunker as well.

EVs are Brand New, Relatively Speaking… But Could They Be Used?

EVs are Brand New, Relatively Speaking… But Could They Be Used?

In an effort to minimize carbon emissions, electric vehicles are to do their best by staying on the road for as long as possible. And if they have to do so by experiencing second-life on the used-car lot, then so be it. EVs are popular. They’re flashy. They’re hip. But are they important? Only 70 percent of vehicles sold last year were used cars. This means if America is going to save the planet, they’re going to have to snag a used hero-mobile. There are other factors at play besides thrift.

For example, a researcher at the World Resources Institute, Ryan Sclar, says that “we need to get rid of every internal combustion engine in the next 15 or 20 years.” Because that’s apparently a perspective that is critical to help keep electric cars on the streets for as long as possible. Currently, however, not a lot of a market has been made for used electric vehicles.

In fact, electric vehicles hadn’t even made 1% of US vehicle sales until 2017. If you’re poking around for some older EV, certain selections can be limited.

A lot of new EVs had been under lease. After which dealerships disliked how they just lazed about on the lot. So much for “saving the planet.”

The anxiety afflicts new-car shoppers as well. But worse, yet, prospective buyers are concerned that expensive batteries in vehicles could bring it all down all at once. Sure there was a generation of electric lemons. Those suckers were around for some time.

But with all these Nissan Leafs and Volkswagen E-Golfs running loose, there’s a pretty good chance that new EV consumers, whether they like it or not, will be concerned about the usual in the instance of batteries exploding and parts becoming sentient and taking over the whole ride, as it were. There could be some hope.

Electric Vehicles had been the life and blood of many contemporary Americans. Such an easy way to save the environment, so it were. You can find good deals for EVs, and that makes other folks nervous. Are they really able to become used, cheap cars fast?

Whether you have an EV or an RC car, talk to us today at Boston Car Transport! We’ll be happy to give you a free quote on the distance you want to ship your auto!

Random Acts Of Helpfulness: Honda And Their Philanthropy

Random Acts Of Helpfulness: Honda And Their Philanthropy

You’ve heard / seen / smelt / tasted / felt the advertisements before, right? Honda and their never ending quest to help every non-Honda owner with their infamous “Random Acts Of Helpfulness?” Do you ever wonder how those people get helped to begin with?

I figure it must be because of public desperation. And Facebook. Which often times, seem to be the one and the same. So who’s to say why they do it? It’s a major marketing campaign for sure that has spread all over the United States. But the point is, they do it.

And you’re welcome.

We Need More Random Acts Of Helpfulness That Are More 2020-Oriented

  • If Honda could be so kind as to assist their customers with COVID-19 testing centers, then that would be so amazing so as to prevent the spread of this disease that has made living life so lifeless.

  • Additionally, what if Honda sponsored the Black Lives Matter movement by having individuals drive in bullet-proof CR-Vs? That would definitely be the most political of Honda’s many Random Acts Of Helpfulness.

  • I think another avenue they can take with their goodwill would be to create drivers education centers for those who crash their cars all too quickly. (Provided that they are of Honda make-and-model.)

  • What if Honda was kind enough to give disabled folks their own swanky – and affordable – line of disability-sensitive vehicles to help them drive around town, pickup hot dates and take care of groceries? That would be helpful for sure!

  • I think what would really be neat for Honda to do is if they were able to turn their cars into their motorcycles. Like how the batmobile turned into the batcycle in those incessant The Dark Knight films. Gosh, I hate that trilogy so much. So unbelievably corny.

Anyway, get to helping, Honda. Your “random” acts can only be advertised for so long before they become predictable.

By the way, if you have a Honda, and you’d like to ship it elsewhere in the country, just ask us! We’ll give you a quote for free and make your shipping so fast, your worries will be of the past.

Ben Bailey And The Cash-In Of Taxicabs: How It Got Started

Ben Bailey And The Cash-In Of Taxicabs: How It Got Started

Cash Cab was maybe my favorite trivia game show on the Discovery Channel. And though I’ve only met Ben Bailey in passing, I’m certain he’s as straightforward as the very question he poses to people.

Here’s a scene from 30 Rock explaining what the show is, amusingly enough.

30 Rock Official | March 25th, 2018

Not enough detail? Read these next words carefully. You might get quizzed in an Uber.

British Ben Bailey

Firstly, it was originally premiered in Britain, back in 2005. It’s been relicensed to multiple television networks in over twenty-four countries.

The Variety Network 2 | April 21, 2020

The host? John Moody. And it seems cut-dry in contrast to the international version but still seemed to delight and dismay it’s contestants with a similar ennui. Though the concept died out there, it still set the wheels rolling towards a quizzical end.

How It Works

Contestants are either prescreened or chosen randomly, based on who needs to hail a cab in New York (though the show has since expanded to Chicago with Beth Melewski.) After being chosen from a fake series Show Me New York, the participants are asked to come back later, to a different location, where Ben Bailey picks them up and reveals the reality. As they start to play, despite many rejections during the first season in 2005, a black van holds the crew. They’re responsible for managing the lights, music, cameras and – most importantly – the release forms! You can’t be on TV without signing a release form! Money’s also something they keep a track of but who needs accountants anyway?


BUILD Series | December 4th, 2017

In recent years, Cash Cab has felt a little irrelevant. Uber and Lyft rising, taxis didn’t seem as popular anymore. However, Discovery brought the series back as recently as 2017. (Bravo took it in 2019.) We’ll see how newer generations who grew up with this comedian do. It would be interesting to see the Red Light Challenge answered by way of “social media shout-outs.”

When Will Electric Cars Overtake ICE?

When Will Electric Cars Overtake ICE?

Electric cars are on the fast track to becoming the new standard in the automotive industry. With Tesla widening the gap between them and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, when will we see the full shift into the electric industry?

It depends on the country you live in. For some, this is just a pipe dream. For others, much sooner. Countries around the world are taking fast initiatives in order to cut their reliance of fossil fuels and the industry that runs them.

Take Norway, for example. Their policies are one of the most ambitious right now. Their new plan for establishing the industry has them set for a fully electric market by 2025 – just 5 years away. They might be in the lead, but other European countries like Germany and France are not that far behind.

Electric Cars Sell Like Crazy In Germany

In Germany, massive COVID-19 incentive is giving rise to the Renault Zoe. A small – compact EV capable of getting a family of four comfortably where they need to go is a big hit right now. The German Government took hold of a bad situation and gave incentives so large that the car could be purchased for next to nothing.

The US, on the other hand, has no real plan to create massive incentives to further push progress. The country – being one of the largest oil producers in the world still has its grip on the dominant energy industry. The plan is to let the public move out of their traditional cars in a natural way.

Projecting paths for automakers and nations is a tricky concept. While nothing is bound to go as smoothly, and free markets are the major deciding factor, it resides on buying and selling for both commercial and consumer needs. For some, the future looks brighter, for others – only time will tell.

Quincy Market Reopens To Small Gatherings

Quincy Market Reopens To Small Gatherings

Quincy market is one of the most popular areas of Boston. In fact, it is a staple of the city. It plans to open to the public in small amounts.

The market is opening for the first time in 3 months. COVID-19 is taking its toll on the city of Boston. With many businesses closing down, reopening during the virus poses problems.

With so many shops closing, the reopening of Quincy Market – a three building wide shopping center in the city, is detrimental for many businesses.

The event of reopening has a hint of celebrations in the air. Although it marks that businesses are opening, it also gives residents the idea that it is safe.

For Boston, the city has been able to handle the spread of the pandemic. With 20,000 confirmed cases, these results are exponentially low compared to places like New York City and Miami.

One of the largest issues facing many of these businesses is the rent. For months, they have not been able to pay rent. The lease holder, though, is expecting payments. While it has differed the payments for the months under quarantine, they are expecting those payments on top of the regular monthly payments.

Another issue for these businesses is the limited number of customers. COVID-19 still has many in their homes. Even if businesses are open to the public, it relies on the high-volumes of traffic to keep their business afloat.

The pandemic is limiting the level of income that many are relying on to keep a roof over their head. While these businesses are doing what they can to keep themselves going.

Many are stepping in to save Quincy Market. With kick-starters implementing various iconic businesses, the public is moving to help maintain the cultural integrity of the city.

For many of these businesses, the hope of business resuming is keeping them open.

Best Cars for New Drivers Ready to Hit the Road

Best Cars for New Drivers Ready to Hit the Road

What are the best cars for new drivers? When considering what to give someone just getting out on the road, you’ll want to look at cost, fuel efficiency, and safety. Here are three of what we’ve found to be the best cars for new drivers on the market today.

Top 3 Best Cars for New Drivers

As soon as you drive that car off the lot, it depreciates in value. So while shiny, expensive new vehicles may catch the eye, they aren’t always the wisest investment. New drivers are often still acclimating to the road. This can lead to common mistakes that wind up doing damage to the vehicle. Even basic cosmetic damage depreciates your car’s worth. So opt for models that are inexpensive, easy to handle, and safe.

3. Subaru Impreza

The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sleek little sedan with great fuel efficiency. In the city, it clocks in at 22-28 MPG. On the highway, it gets a full 30-38 MPG. It has All Wheel Drive, making it a solid option for all kinds of weather. And though it isn’t as big as an SUV, it handles similarly. It’s quiet and pretty roomy inside. The main drawback is an underwhelming engine. It accelerates at an okay pace but it isn’t anything to write home about. So make sure that your new driver can safely handle a car that takes a few seconds to pick up speed.

2. Chevrolet Cruze Premier

The Chevrolet Cruze Premier is available as both a sedan and a hatchback. The 2018 model gets 29 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. It’s a Front Wheel Drive vehicle. Many units have a back-up camera installed as well as headlights that automatically turn on and off when needed. Both of those features provide a little extra safety. Keyless and remote engine start options give this a more luxurious feel than some of its contemporaries. The engine is 1.4L so don’t expect a powerhouse. But it will get the job done and it’s a highly affordable option, especially when you purchase it used.

1. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a classic car and a great choice for new buyers. It’s a smaller car but the 2018 model comes with 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter engine options. It’s undoubtedly one of the best models out there when it comes to fuel efficiency. This little baby can get up to 32 MPG in the city, and 42 MPG on the highway. If your teen or new driver is having to make long commutes and you want to help them save on gas, this is one of the best cars available. Many units are equipped with a rearview camera. Traction control and ABS brakes make for great additional safety measures.

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