Ford recalls 1.4 million cars because their steering wheels might come off

Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free e-mail news updates each time a new story is published. You’re all set! Sign up *Invalid email address Got it Got it Innovations by Hamza Shaban by Hamza Shaban Email the author March 14 at 1:28 PM Email the author Steven Armstrong, head of Ford Motor Co.’s European operations, speaks at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland on March 6. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News) Ford said Wednesday that it is recalling nearly 1.4 million cars in North America after the company discovered that steering wheels in two vehicle models could come off while driving. The Michigan-based automaker said bolts on the steering wheel may become loose, leading to a loss of control and an “increased risk of a crash.” Ford said it is aware of two accidents, with one injury, allegedly related to the defect. The two affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ. The vast majority of the recalled cars are in the United States, but nearly 80,000 vehicles are in Canada and Mexico, according to the company. Ford said dealers will replace, at no charge to customers, the potentially faulty steering wheel bolt with one that is longer and more robust. Ford is also recalling Continue Reading

Ford recalls almost 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page March 15, 2018 SHARED SPACES European developer to invest $58 million in CIC European developer HB Reavis is investing $58 million for a minority stake in CIC, a manager of shared office and lab spaces for high-tech clients. This represents CIC’s first chunk of outside funding since CEO Tim Rowe started the current version of the business in 2001. Rowe and his team would like to eventually open in 50 cities. At their current pace, that could take some time, maybe up to five decades. But this new investment kicks CIC into a higher gear. Rowe is now shooting to reach his goal within 5 to 10 years. The next cities in line include Warsaw, where CIC plans to open a 145,000-square-foot campus in an HB Reavis project. Rowe once thought his business would only work in Cambridge, because of the city’s dense cluster of tech and life sciences startups. At the request of a former MIT colleague of his mom’s, Rowe considered expanding to St. Louis. He eventually unveiled his first out-of-state deal there in 2013, and was surprised to see that space fill up quickly. CIC has also set up shop in Miami and Rotterdam, as well as downtown Boston, and has plans for others, such as Philadelphia and Providence. — JON CHESTO FAST FOOD Dunkin’ integrates ordering system into Google’s voice assistant Getting a Dunkin’ fix just got easier. The Canton-based chain announced on Wednesday that it has integrated its on-the-go DD Perks ordering system into Google’s voice assistant, meaning users can simply talk to their iPhone or Android smartphones and say, “Hey, Google, talk to Dunkin’ Donuts,” to place orders for their coffee and donuts. It’s the latest move that the company has made to enhance its mobile offerings, which have been a priority for its chief executive, Nigel Travis. “We are focused on Continue Reading

The most expensive home for sale in Silicon Valley is this $48 million estate with a private lake, horse stables, and a walk-in closet larger than most studio apartments

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Pod Rods: GM asks for permission to go steering wheel-free, plus lots of Detroit action

This weekend’s Pod Rods takes our annual peek at what’s coming at the first new car show of the year in Detroit, from a new G-Wagen to a sleek Infiniti. But first, a look at a truly hands-free autonomous car, some news from Amelia and a few cool videos to boot. — Look Ma, no hands! That’s right - General Motors has filed a petition with federal DOT seeking its permission to “safely deploy” a self-driving vehicle in 2019. The vehicle shown in this GM video is called the Cruise AV, which has no steering wheel or pedals, just a central screen and two rear seat screens. The automaker said will be the first production-ready car with no steering wheel or pedals.” GM filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, which is based on the Chevrolet Bolt electric car. According to Autoweek, approval of the petition would allow the cars to be deployed “without meeting 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that cover vehicles with human drivers but aren’t necessarily applicable for autonomous vehicles.” That means GM would be able to launch up to 2,500 self-driving vehicles a year as a taxi service, leading the way toward fully autonomous vehicles to move from niche testing fleets into broader commercial applications. — Big news on a little British car coming to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Eegance. MG, the fabled British marque that triggered America’s postwar sports car boom, will be honored at the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 11, 2018. The sports cars from Morris Garages were founding members of postwar American sports car racing, so “Amelia” will celebrate marque-founder Cecil Kimber’s original MGs that grew from the success of Morris automobiles before World War II. The earliest MGs were re-bodied Morris models with styling and performance enhancements. By 1928, the Continue Reading

GM just revealed a fully autonomous electric car that doesn’t have a steering wheel (GM)

Matthew DeBord, provided by Published 9:01 pm, Thursday, January 11, 2018 GM General Motors revealed its fourth-generation self-driving vehicle. It has no traditional manual controls. The automaker expects to roll it out in 2019. On Thursday, the automaker also stressed that the fully autonomous vehicle would emphasize safety — and went into great detail on the hows and whys, including redundant systems intended to replace a human driver. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Gigi Hadid's Mom Eliminates Competition in New Modeling Series Cheddar Why Men Flaunt Their Wealth More Than Women Buzz60 Drake-Backed MatchaBar Wants to Kick Coffee Cheddar What iPhone Designer Tony Fadell Thinks Apple Should Do About Tech Addiction Cheddar Detroit Auto Show Set to Rev Up this Weekend AP Robots and time travel at CES 2018 Euronews_News FOX Business Beat: Top jobs; dog walking app hack Fox5DC 10 Surprising Things About Oprah And Her Money TMTime Samsung Galaxy S9 to Be Revealed in February Wibbitz Alliance Data CEO: You Can Tell a Lot About Someone By How They Handle Failure FortuneTime On a conference call with reporters, GM President Dan Ammann said that the vehicle is the fourth generation of the vehicle to emerge from the carmaker's Cruise division. GM acquired what was then Cruise Automation, a Silicon Valley startup, in 2016. "We're super excited to share this point in the journey," Ammann said. The third generation, based on the Chevy Bolt, was showcased in San Francisco for the media late last year, so GM Cruise has been able to reveal four iterations in 18 months, Ammann said. Rapid progress toward a car with no controls General Motors That's rapid progress and a testament to a critical early design and engineering decision: to pair Cruise's technology, optimized for complicated urban environments such as San Francisco, with GM's ability to develop and manufacture vehicles at a massive scale. Continue Reading

Flying Cars: How far off was ‘Back to the Future’ with the flying DeLorean?

If Doc and Marty were right, we should be flying around in our BMWs – or DeLoreans – by now. Clearly, nobody is lifting out of traffic on FDR drive during rush hour to take to the skies, but if you can believe it, flying cars might not be so far off after all. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. ‘LIKE US HERE.’ Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is one such company trying to make flying cars a reality, and we got to see their work firsthand back in the spring. Co-Founder and CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich is excited about the possibilities that lay ahead, and the company even flight-tested its first prototype, the Transition, within the last few years. Nowadays, they're working on perfecting the Transition for commercial sale and public use, and while it may seem like the stuff of science fiction, many of the components are a lot more familiar upon closer inspection. Wheels from a motor scooter, a racing steering wheel for road use, and door handles from a conventional car make this dual-purpose vehicle seem accessible as ever... of course, you need to posess a pilot's license to operate it in the sky. Using an electric motor for grounded mobility and a light aircraft engine for the propeller at the rear, the foldable wings of the Transition make it easy to go from freeway to flight in just a few minutes. When you land and fold the wings and rudders back up, the Transition will even fit in a standard home garage! Of course, Terrafugia is well aware that the possibilities for flying cars are endless, and that's what their TF-X prototype hopes to someday accomplish. While Dietrich admits that the first working prototype is still 8-12 years away - not to mention the massive regulatory and legal hurdles that will impede its full realization - the TF-X presents an intriguing proposition. A range of 500 miles Continue Reading

Chic and classique: 5 fabulous French cars for sale in the States

The French haven’t sold cars in the U.S. in decades, choosing to exit the market after slow sales, strict regulations, and high import taxes. But globally, the big three French automakers, Peugeot, Citroen, and Renault, are a force to be reckoned with. They are responsible for some of the best-selling, most fun, and most stylish cars ever made. Every other year when the doors open to the Paris Motor Show, we get a glimpse of the best the world has to offer, but a visit to the French automakers always leaves us American car enthusiasts with a bit of a melancholy feeling. If only the wacky, wild, and undeniably impressive French concepts would grace our shores. Luckily, there is a wealth of classic French cars available throughout the country, so if you’re on the hunt for something très chic et classique, we’ve got you covered. 1959 Renault Caravelle Cabriolet After the wild success of the Volkswagen Beetle in the American market, Renault was hungry for a piece of the pie as well. What they came up with to draw American dollars was the ill-fated and unreliable Dauphine sedan. In response to slow sales, Renault’s U.S. dealers called for something that would wow potential customers, and what better way to do that than a sleek, stylish French coupe and cabriolet? Thus, the Caravelle was born. Powered by an 845-cubic-centimeter inline-4-cylinder engine, the Caravelle managed only 40-horsepower, but in a car this attractive, nobody was truly bothered. This particular “Beige Metallic” example from Hemmings is in near original condition, and remains a head-turning (and whitewall-tired!) example of exactly what made the Caravelle so special. 1972 Citroën DS Sedan Spanning 20 years of production, the Citroën DS is one of the most advanced and iconic French cars ever made. The DS spawned many variants over the years, including the out-of-this-world wagon and the rare and Continue Reading

World’s first flying car, 1949’s Aerocar, goes up for sale for nearly $1 million

Does it come with cabin crew? A bidding-war is stirring among high flying millionaires in a desperate move to snap up the world's first aeroplane car - which is up for sale for £600,000 (that’s nearly $1 million). With cars and congestion becoming too much for commuters in the 1940s pioneering inventor Moulton Taylor developed a way to soar above the rest. The American designer built the first-ever Aerocar in 1949 and successfully proved that the roadster — complete with foldable wings to keep a street-worthy size — could be done. The Aerocar was set to take the world by storm but after almost 25 years of campaigning Taylor still could still not strike a deal - he even lost a deal with auto giants Ford. Along with the original prototype, only four others were ever built and madcap collectors are battling to own the startling piece of engineering history - which is still able to cruise at a cool 110mph. Greg Herrick, of aviation enthusiast Historic Sales, said: "This was the peak of 20th century design at the time and was close to taking the world's imagination by storm. "There really was nothing like it around at the time and the design attracted so much attention - it was such an incredibly advanced piece of kit. "It was on the front of newspapers, magazines, books and on TV shows across the globe - it's popularity was unprecedented. "But the oil crash in the 1970s and a lack of businesses willing to invest eventually led to all interest fizzling away — to this day there is still nothing like it." The 21ft Aerocar is a two-place aircraft with side-by-side seating, four wheels, 30ft wingspan and a single Lycoming 0-320 engine mounted over the rear wheels. The propeller is mounted at the end of a long tail cone, and the latter is angled up considerably, to provide adequate propeller clearance. Its cruise speed is 100mph, and it initially sold for $25,000. Not only can it be Continue Reading

Review: The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI is frugal forbidden fruit – for now

Just in time for the winter holidays, which are marked by a flurry of tourists from around the world descending en masse upon New York’s landmarks, Volkswagen was kind enough to send over a thoroughly European ex-pat of a different kind.  The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI, a German-market version of VW’s popular compact sport-utility vehicle, equipped with a frugal diesel engine. Daily News Autos recently had the chance to spend several days with the Tiguan TDI, to help gauge whether the U.S. market is interested and ready for a compact SUV that sips diesel fuel. Cosmetically, this Tiguan TDI looks much the same as the ones sold in North American dealerships, and is chiefly differentiated by its engine: a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 140-horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine also currently serves duty in the Golf hatchback and Jetta sedan. By comparison, the TDI produces 60-horsepower less than the U.S. market Tiguan’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine. But the benefit of the torquey diesel translates to sprightly off-the-line performance – which comes in handy when facing taxi drivers on a busy morning commute. Living with the thoroughly modern engine in the Tiguan TDI dispels any myths that diesels are noisy, smelly relics that take long to start up and require idling before becoming formally warm. That’s all nonsense. During the cold December week of testing the Tiguan TDI, when temperatures frequently reached below freezing, the ignition required a longer-than-usual crank, but the engine started faithfully each time. The engine note was more gravelly than its gasoline counterpart, but the sound was far from coarse or obtrusive. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission snapped off quick shifts below 2500 rpm, as is characteristic of a low-revving diesel engine. This engine, coupled with 4Motion all-wheel drive, made a big difference in the way the Tiguan Continue Reading

Parting with cars is emotional for some sellers at Barrett-Jackson auction

Hours before taking his car to the seller's block at the Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction in Scottsdale, actor Frankie Muniz paced anxiously behind the main arena building at WestWorld.Muniz, who lives in Scottsdale, was preparing to sell his 1995 Volkswagen Jetta at Barrett-Jackson on Thursday. While a base model might sell for $1,000 in the private market, Muniz's car had a unique appeal. The Jetta was used in filming the first "Fast and Furious" movie and was autographed by actors Paul Walker and Chad Lindberg and director Rob Cohen."I'm nervous," said Muniz, former star of the "Malcolm in the Middle" TV series and the "Agent Cody Banks" films. "This is my first time auctioning off anything I've ever owned, so there's that unknown of what to expect."For 30-year-old Muniz, the vehicle also held sentimental value: It was the first car he ever owned. He bought it on his 16th birthday and drove directly to the set of "Malcolm in the Middle" to show it off."I went on my first dates in this car," Muniz said. "I went on a date with Hillary Duff, scooped her up in the Jetta."For many dealers who sell collector cars at Barrett-Jackson, parting with a vehicle is strictly a business decision, a livelihood. But for Muniz and others with personal connections to their vehicles, bidding farewell can stir feelings."I have mixed emotions. I'm excited for a collector or someone who will display it to get some enjoyment from it," Muniz said.The car sold for $42,000, with 8 percent of that going to Barrett-Jackson as a consignment fee. The auction also charges a 10 percent premium to buyers. Muniz paid nearly $100,000 for the car, according to a 2002 report in Entertainment Weekly.The thrill of the auction block could be compared to the finish line of a distance race — it's the culminating event after years of hard work, in some cases, and Continue Reading