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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month!

With the increasing temperatures, there is also an increase of motorcyclists on our roads and highways. Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation due to their low initial cost, recreational use, and good fuel efficiency. However, motorcycle fatalities make up approximately 11 percent of all highway fatalities each year, which is why The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to use Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind all motorists to ride safely and smartly.

Share The Road – All motorists should safely share the road with motorcycles. It’s important to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe. Always check your blind spots and keep a greater distance when driving behind a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists are also reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists and be cautious when on busy roads or highways.

Ride Sober – According to the NHTSA, statistics show that the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated drivers on our roads. It is important that motorcycle riders ride smart and sober.

Wear a Helmet –In the event of a crash, a motorcycle does not provide much protection, so it is important to protect what you can by wearing a helmet. Drivers and passengers should always wear helmets.

Be Prepared – Driving a car and driving a motorcycle involve different skills and knowledge, so it is important to have a proper license and a good amount of experience if you will be operating a motorcycle. Also, make sure your motorcycle is properly maintained so that it is safe to ride.

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Unsafe Car Parts Recalls – February 2015

recallThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently notified the public about several safety recalls. The recalls come from the Office of Defects Investigations and are in regards to various car parts. The following information is provided on the NHTSA website (http://www.safercar.gov/). Clicking on the campaign ID number will bring you to the recall information webpage.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V069

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling two specific vehicles. One is a 2015 Range Rover Sport Vehicle manufactured November 16, 2014, and one is a 2015 LR4 vehicle manufactured November 11, 2014. In affected vehicles, the 3.0L V6 supercharged engine may have improperly torqued connecting rod bolts. The connecting rod may separate from the crankshaft and the engine may seize, which can increase the risk of a crash. Beginning April 2, 2015, Land Rover is expected to start remedying these issues by notifying owners, and dealers will replace affected engines, free of charge. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837 and reference recall number P055.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V088

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC is recalling certain models of the following list of vehicles:

2013-2015 E350 Sedan, E350 4Matic Sedan, E350 4Matic Station Wagon, E400 Hybrid Sedan, CLS 550 CGI, CLS550 4Matic
2013-2014 E550 4Matic Sedan
2013 E63 Sedan, E63 Station Wagon, CLS63
2014-2015 CLS63 4Matic, E63 4Matic Sedan, E63 4Matic Sedan “S”, E63 4Matic Station Wagon
2015 CLS400
2015 E400 Sedan, E400 4Matic Sedan, CLS400 4Matic
2014 CLS63 “S”

Affected vehicles have a rubber seal at the back of the engine bay that may temporarily stick to the hood when it is opened. It may then fall into the engine bay when the hood is closed, which can come into contact with parts of the exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall is expected to begin by mid-March of 2015. Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of this, and deals will attach four additional retaining clips to the rubber seal, free of charge. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-201-573-5339 and reference recall number 2015020001.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15V093

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Land Rover Ranger Rover vehicles that were manufactured between the dates of August 23, 2012-February 5, 2015. They are also recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Range Rover Sport vehicles that were manufactured between June 16, 2013 and February 5, 2015. In affected vehicles, the occupant classification system may improperly classify a light weight adult front passenger, which may result in the front seat passenger air bag to be disabled. If the air bag is disabled during a crash, there is an increased risk for injury. This recall is expected to begin April 17, 2015, and Land Rover will notify owners. Dealers will update the software, free of charge, to remedy the problem. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837 and reference recall P059.

For more information, questions, or safety-related complaints and concerns, call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Be Aware of Unsafe Tire Recalls – February 2015

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently notified the public of several safety recalls. The recalls come from the Office of Defects Investigations and deal with two different tires. The following information is provided on the NHTSA website (http://www.safercar.gov/ ). Clicking on the campaign ID number will bring you to the recall information webpage.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15T004

Tireco Inc. is recalling certain Milestar BS623 Premium All Position tires (size 225/70R19.5) and Milestar BD733 Regional Open Shoulder Drive tires (size 225/70R19.5). The recall is for tires manufactured between the dates of June 9, 2014 to September 28, 2014. The reason for the recall is that the tires may crack in the lower sidewall, which can increase the risk of sudden failure, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Beginning on February 27, 2015, Tireco will remedy this by notifying owners and refunding anyone who has purchased the tires. Owners may contact Tireco customer service at 1-310-767-7990.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 15T003

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is recalling certain Open Country M/T tires (size 40X15.5R22 127Q) that were manufactured between the dates of October 26, 2014 to November 1, 2014. During production, the tires were made with their belts off center. This can result in tread separation and/or loss of inflation pressure, which may increase the risk of a crash. Beginning in February 2015, Toyo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyo customer service at 1-800-442-8696.

For more information, questions, or safety-related complaints and concerns, call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. Feel free to contact Davis & Gelshenen with related questions!