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Kia Optima and Rondo Vehicle Recall announced for Air Bag Clock Spring Contact Assembly Repair

Vehicle recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The driver’s side air bag on certain model years of Kia Optima or Rondo vehicles could fail to deploy in an accident, which has prompted a recall announcement from the Department of Transportation’s NHTSA. Approximately 145,755 vehicles are involved in this recall.

The clock spring contact in the driver’s side air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) overtime could become damaged causing a potential failure of the air bag to deploy during a car accident.

Certain Kia Optima vehicles with the model years 2006 – 2008, and Kia Rondo vehicles with the model years 2007-2008 are included in this recall. The recalled Kia Optima vehicles were manufactured between September 29, 2005 and January 29, 2008. The recalled Kia Rondo vehicles were manufactured between September 13, 2006 and March 21, 2008.

Ford Recalls – Escape, Freestar, and Mercury Monterey Vehicles Involved

Vehicle Recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Transportation's NHTSA announced today two Ford recalls. One recall involves 2001-2002 Ford Escape vehicles because brake fluid could leak and can cause electrical damage or fire. The other recall involves 2004 -2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles because there is a potential failure of the torque converter output shaft.

Ford Escape Recall

Around 244,530 Ford Escape vehicles, model years 2001 and 2002, are involved in this recall. The cars, manufactured between October 22, 1999 and July 19, 2002, are recalled because of a brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could possibly leak brake fluid. This leakage could drip onto the anti-lock brake system (ABS) module wiring harness connector that could develop corrosion and lead to melted wiring, smoke, or even a fire.

Ford Vehicle Sales up 17 percent in 2011

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(Best Syndication News) - Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) announced that their sales for Ford branded vehicles were up 17 percent in 2011 compared to the year before. There was 2,062,915 Ford branded vehicles sold in 2011. The entire vehicle sales for Ford Motor Company were 2,148,806 vehicles, which was an 11 percent increase from 2010 numbers. Additionally, December retail sales were at the highest numbers since 2005, up 10 percent.

The increased sales of Ford brands were with all different sized vehicles in 2011. There was a 25 percent increase in small car sales. Utility vehicle sales increase 31 percent. The F-Series pickup sold 584,917 trucks, and remains the bestselling truck for 35 years running.

New California Booster Seat Law begins January 1, 2012

Rear of Car - BSN

(Best Syndication News) A new California law will go into effect for booster seats starting on January 1, 2012. The new rule changes the guidelines for booster seat usage.

The new law requires children under 8 years of age to use a booster seat in the back seat of all the vehicles they ride in, unless they measure at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Children at that age will likely require a booster seat. This replaces the current law that required children up to age 6, or weighing less than 60 pounds, to use a booster seat.

Recycling Christmas Cards and Wrapping Paper to make Biofuel

Christmas Presents - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Scientist from the Imperial College London studied the benefits of recycling all the Christmas wrapping paper and holiday cards and turning it into a biofuel. Their study estimated that in the UK alone, 1.5 billion cards, and 83 square kilometers are thrown out during the holiday season.

The scientists estimate that the trash could be turned into around 5 – 12 million liters of biofuel. That is plenty of fuel. They illustrate their point by saying that all that fuel could transport a bus for up to 18 million kilometers. That could be a lot of fuel for cars to use.

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