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Owner’s Log: 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat (3/2017 – 12/2017)


New job + shorter commute + toddler = few miles driven.  In 9 months, I barely racked up 6,000 miles on my F-150.  With so few miles driven, I figured I’d just lump all 3 quarters into a big update.  What can I say?  No news is good news, right?  Continue reading to see what me and my F-150 have been up to.

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Honda Recalls Odyssey, Acura RL because of Shared Supplier

2007 Honda Odyssey

Last week, Toyota recalled a total of 740,000 vehicles.  This week, because it uses the same supplier for some of its brake components, Honda is recalling almost 472,000 vehicles for the same issue – leaking brake fluid can cause loss of pedal pressure and result in more effort required to stop an affected vehicle.  Interestingly, the only vehicles mentioned in the recall are the Acura RL and Honda Odyssey, which nobody would suspect of sharing braking components.  Click past the jump for the press release and details.

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PedalGate: Trumped Up Charges?

A report from The Wall Street Journal has reported about the results of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) investigation into the claims of unintended acceleration involving Toyota’s vehicles.  The WSJ’s report says that the recalls, which have tarnished Toyota’s reputation for quality, not to mention missed sales opportunities and the outlay of cash to fix over 8 million cars, were not caused by faulty electronics: driver error, not stuck gas pedals, are to blame in almost every case.

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Good Vibes for GM: Tests prove the Vibe’s brakes work

2010 Pontiac Vibe GT

2010 Pontiac Vibe GT

GM took out two Pontiac Vibes this past weekend to test for braking when experiencing unintended acceleration, since the Vibe is a clone of the Toyota Matrix, which is involved in Toyota’s PedalGate.  They found that the Vibe’s braking system stopped the car, and within their “internal requirement for brake performance.”  They tested two Vibes, one for each recall (floot mats and sticky gas pedal).  Read on for more details.

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Update: Toyota announces PedalGate solution!

Toyota announced this morning that they had devised a solution to the second recall, where sticky gas pedals cause unintended acceleration. They say their solution has been rigorously tested, and from the picture above, it looks like it angles the gas pedal towards the driver just a bit, which pulls apart a connection at the top of the assembly.  According to Toyota, this friction connection, which gives the pedal a “proper feel,”  is the source of the problem.

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In-depth look at Toyota’s accelerator issue

I found this over on AutoBlog and had to share it.  What is it, you ask?  It’s an in-depth video where Sam Abuelsamid, who worked in the automotive industry for 20 years, takes a close look at the accelerator pedal from a 2009 Toyota Camry.  He spent his time working on anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control systems, so he knows a lot about the subject.  Sam breaks down the issue into very easy-to-understand terms, so click past the jump to see it – it’s worth the few minutes to see exactly what is causing Toyota’s newest recall.

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