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Ford announces four recalls covering 576000 vehicles in US

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageYes, even some shiny-new cars have already been recalled. Emme Hall/Roadshow On Friday, Ford issued four new recalls that cover 10 nameplates in total across the US and Canada. In the US, 576,595 vehicles are affected by one of three recalls, while the fourth is exclusive to Canadian cars.Missing seat restraintsThe first recall is for a lack of seat restraints and covers 483,325 vehicles in the US and another 58,712 in Canada. Per Ford’s announcement, the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2019 Explorer and 2019-2020 Expedition are affected. Specifically, models with a manual driver or front passenger seatback recliner mechanism may house the defect. The new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are also part of this recall, but only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recliners are included.The problem? The vehicles might not have a third pawl to produce the required amount of seatback strength. In the event of a crash, a weak seatback may not restrain a passenger properly and increases the risk of injury. Affected models were produced as early as September 2018 and as late as Aug. 2 of this year. Owners will need to take their vehicles to a dealership where a technician will inspect the seatback assemblies, though Ford said they most likely will not need repairs. If a vehicle does, the dealer will install a new seat structure that meets guidelines for strength and integrity at no charge.Loss of power steering in cold-weather statesFord’s second recall covers vehicles in states and Canadian provinces with “high-corrosion conditions.” Read: lots of snow and plenty of road salt. Due to improper wax coating, corrosion may affect the steering gear motor’s bolts and lead to the loss of power steering. If it’s bad enough, the motor may become loose and detach from the housing. This recall affects the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Ford Edge and the 2015 Lincoln MKX.The sudden loss of power steering would require more steering effort, especially when cruising at lower speeds, and can increase the risk of a crash. Ford plans to replace the steering gear motor bolts and apply a new wax sealant to fend off corrosion. If bolts are already broken or missing, the vehicle will receive a new steering gear altogether at no charge to the owner.Overheating brake padsThe third recall is exclusive to the 2019 Ford Fiesta and involves brake caliper seal contamination. Per the automaker, the subcompact car may have been exposed to incorrectly labeled fluids during production. The exposure could produce a brake caliper leak, which in turn, may reduce brake functions and cause pads to overheat. Both cases increase the risk of a crash.Only 2,624 cars are involved in this recall, and Ford said just 50 of them have been delivered to customers. The rest are still sitting at dealerships and will be fixed prior to sale. The fix will see technicians flush the current brake fluid and replace brake calipers free of charge.Corroded battery junction boxesThe final recall is exclusive to Canada and covers 2012-2013 Ford Fiesta models. In total, 13,564 cars may have corroding battery junction boxes in certain provinces. Relay or fuse corrosion may lead to the loss of low-beam headlights while driving and daytime running lights may not work. Ford plans to have technicians clean the junction boxes, replace any corroded fuses, terminals and relays and finally install foam sealing to the cover to better protect the component. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring hits the road with plug-in power 27 Photos Recalls Lincoln Ford 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD The 2020 Lincoln Aviator takes flight with plug-in hybrid…center_img SUVs Car Industry 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 5:29 Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Lincoln Fordlast_img read more

Baytown Police Officer Fatally Shoots Woman After Struggle Over Taser

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:43 The Brixton Apartments via Google MapThe fatal incident happened on the evening of May 13, 2019, at The Brixton Apartments complex, located at 1601 Garth Road, in Baytown. Listencenter_img A Baytown police officer fatally shot a woman who police said grabbed his Taser and used it against him. The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston.Baytown Police DepartmentBooking photo of Pamela Turner.The Baytown Police Department said the woman’s name is Pamela Turner and she was 44 years old. Although Turner seemed to say she was pregnant during the incident, which was recorded on video, the Police Department said on Tuesday afternoon that the autopsy determined she wasn’t pregnant.Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest Turner, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because he knew she had outstanding warrants.Dorris said the officer, an 11-year veteran of the police department, opened fire after Turner grabbed the officer’s Taser and used it against him.In the video, Turner is heard saying “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house.” Turner is on the ground and appears to reach toward the officer when she seems to be heard saying “I’m pregnant.” Moments later the officer fires five shots, killing her. Dorris said the officer didn’t suffer serious injuries.“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” Dorris said. “Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer.”Dorris added that police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting. Xlast_img read more

Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule

first_img Explore further Toshiba Announces 51GB Triple-Layer HD DVD-ROM Disc (Phys.org)—Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen, part of a group known as Creative Time, has created a gold-plated crystalline silicon disc with bit mapped re-creations of photographs etched onto its surface. The disc is to serve as a form of time capsule that will orbit Earth for billions of years—if all goes according to plan. The disc, containing 100 images and referred to as the “Last Pictures” project, has been attached to the EchoStar XVI satellite, scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime over the next few months. © 2012 Phys.org The idea behind the project is to provide a record of human existence to intelligent life forms—as yet undiscovered—from other parts of the galaxy. The group at Creative Time notes on their website that they expect human civilization to disappear long before the disc is destroyed by the Sun, five billion years from now when the Sun becomes a red giant. They believe the disc, along with its images, will survive. Because, unlike the copper discs sent with the Voyager spacecraft, it’s made of silicon which has a crystalline structure.Paglen has been assembling the collection of pictures for nearly five years, speaking with scientists, artists, geologists, philosophers and mathematicians about ways in which to represent the history of Earth’s people. Despite his work, Paglen has also spoken publicly about his belief that no one will ever find the disc and view his work. Also, his assumption that the disc will survive in orbit for billions of years might have one fatal flaw: it’s quite possible that scientists will develop a method to clear the space debris circling the planet, consequently removing the EchoStar XVI satellite from its geosynchronous orbit long before we as a civilization go extinct. Which, of course, is also not a certainty. The pictures aren’t meant to offer a chronological history of the planet or of the human beings that evolved to become its dominant species. Instead, they are meant to convey a sense of who we are in the event that “anyone else” ever wants to know. Citation: Artist to send picture disc into orbit to serve as time capsule (2012, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-artist-picture-disc-orbit-capsule.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more