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Ford Will Update Software on Fusion Hybrid Brakes

A day after Toyota admitted to a software problem with its hybrid braking system, Ford Motor Co. says that it will update the brake-related software on the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid. “We have received reports that some drivers have experienced a different brake feel when the hybrid’s unique regenerative brakes switch to […] […]

Prius recall now official

In need of a software tweak Toyota has acknowledged that the third generation Prius needs a software update to prevent a braking lag that can occur on bumpy or slippery surfaces. According to Toyota, the lag lasts for less than a second, but the brakes will work as long as the driver keeps pushing down on […] […]

And yet 10,000 deaths per year means so little

Weak roofs are just one SUV design defect Perhaps you’ve had enough recall news for the week? Well, forgive me then, but I’d just like to use the Toyota recall to demonstrate the silliness of American culture. Today, foreign oil dependence is a hugely important talking point, and that’s it, it’s only a talking point. Nobody wants […] […]

Obama renews ‘clean’ coal and biofuels plan to reduce foreign oil

Nothing like a good old coal ash spill President Obama and a bipartisan coalition of governors plan to use ‘clean’ coal – still an oxymoron today – and biofuels as key resources to ween America off foreign oil dependence according to a White House press release. Ironically, however, cost-effective clean coal technologies simply do not exist. And, […] […]

Diesel share declines in Western Europe

VW diesel vehicle I’ve never been a big fan of the diesel versus hybrid debate. As hybrid technology is fuel independent, the whole debate seems rather illogical to me. That certainly doesn’t mean there isn’t a greater role for clean diesel vehicles to play in the US, especially in the short term. Still, it seems too late […] […]

Toyota Admits Brake Design Problems with 2010 Prius

2010 Prius Toyota acknowledged Thursday that it found software design problems with the antilock brake system on the 2010 model year Prius. The company corrected the problem in Prius models sold since late January. The company said it was still investigating how to inform people who had bought the 2010 model prior to January. […] […]

What do 100,000 Volts, Leafs or Prius hybrids per year really mean?

No impact on foreign oil dependence for 2 decades? For several years now, Toyota has sold more than 100,000 Prius hybrids per year in the US. In fact, Toyota has sold more than 1 million hybrid cars in the US alone. Yet, what effect have one million hybrids had on US foreign oil dependence? None. Soon, GM will […] […]

Next recall: Toyota Prius

Funky brakes Glad I don’t own any shares of Toyota! As if the current recalls aren’t bad enough, another could be in the works, this time on Toyota’s ever more important Toyota Prius. Toyota has received about 100 complaints about brakes on the third generation Prius. In most of these incidents Prius drivers complained that the brakes […] […]