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When a new vehicle becomes available on the market, the car manufacturer needs to ensure that every component and feature is safe, reliable, and properly installed. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 allows the U.S. government to recall any vehicle that is not safe for the general public. Since this law was passed, many of the world’s major automakers have been forced to recall their vehicles due to safety or performance concerns. Let’s take a look at some of the most infamous recalls:
1971-1976 Ford Pinto
In 1978, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration forced Ford to recall its Ford Pinto model. The Pinto was found to have a faulty gas tank reinforcing structure. As a result, the gas tank was in danger of being pierced by protruding bolts, which could cause fires or explosion. This recall was especially controversial due to reports that claimed Ford was aware of the gas tank defect when the car was made available on the market.
1978-1986 Audi 5000
Audi 5000 models that were built during the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s were found to have a dangerous flaw. When the Audi 5000 was shifted out of park, it could begin to accelerate unpredictably and uncontrollably. This created dangerous situations for may drivers. Overall, almost 400,000 Audi 5000 models were recalled.
2004-2010 Toyota Camry
In the mid-2000s, it was discovered that the Toyota Camry (along with many other Toyota models) had a faulty gas pedal that tended to get stuck in the down position. This caused uncontrollable, runaway acceleration and serious accidents. Before Toyota changed the pedal design on several of its models to fix the issue, the automaker was forced to recall approximately nine million vehicles.
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At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Infiniti previewed its exciting new Q50 model. This sleek and sexy new Infiniti sedan features amazing performance ratings, state-of-the-art technology, and beautiful styling cues. For a look inside the technology and features of the 2014 Infiniti Q50, watch this video from Berman’s Infiniti of Chicago.
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Modern vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and streamlined features that are designed to make every driving experience a pleasure. Along the way to designing the sleek machines that we drive today, automotive engineers developed some clumsy and unusual designs that never made it on the popular market.
Let’s take a look at some automotive blunders and car technologies that never took off:
The Talking Car
Today’s vehicles are equipped with advanced voice recognition systems that provide the driver with convenient, hands free control of many systems. Before digital voice recognition technology, car designers in the 1980s developed the first talking cars. The 1981 Datsun 810 Maxima was equipped with a miniature turntable and speakers, which had the ability to speak six phrases. This clumsy talking technology failed to impress drivers and was quickly pulled from the market.
Automatic Shoulder Belts
Safety belts are one of the most important passenger safety systems on a vehicle. In 1975, Volkswagen pioneered the first automatic shoulder belt, which automatically closed on the passenger when the door was shut. This technology attempted to ensure that all passengers were safe while the car was in motion. Ultimately, automatic shoulder belts were clumsy and expensive to repair, and this technology disappeared after the introduction of mandatory airbags in 1995.
Jet Turbine Car
In 1962, Chrysler introduced the Chrysler Turbine. This unique vehicle was powered by a smaller version of the gas-turbine engine that was used to power airplanes. This fascinating vehicle sounded like a jet plane was driving down the street and ultimately proved too impractical for the consumer market. Chrysler only produced fifty-five Turbine models, and the few that exist today are now in museums.
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Of all of the resources used by consumers looking for information about new and used cars, Kelley Blue Book is considered to be one of the most prominent and well-respected. Since the mid-1920s, Kelley Blue Book has ranked vehicles and provided a wealth of information to help consumers find the best vehicle for them. One of the most influential ratings released by Kelley Blue Book is the Best Resale Value Award. In the Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover category, the 2013 winner is the Infiniti EX crossover, which is expected to hold its resale value better than any other car in that category.
To explore the 2013 Infiniti EX, come to Glendale Infiniti for a test drive today. We carry a number of other KBB award-winning Infinitis, like the Infiniti FX, one of the Top 10 Most Fun SUVs, and the Infiniti G Sedan, one of the 10 Best Luxury Cars. Call us at (888) 702-8891 for more information, and visit our website to browse our inventory of new Infiniti vehicles.