Is texting the biggest road hazard? Not even close. Red lights are getting longer. Are we just over hybrids? OnStar gears up for a major relaunch. And we drive the new 2011 Jetta.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 183 Show notes
Garmin on Wednesday issued a worldwide recall of 1.25 million Nuvi GPS units, saying the batteries can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
Roughly 1.25 million units are affected, with 796,000 of those in the U.S. Garmin said there have been 10 cases of the batteries overheating, but no injuries or significant property damage.
Models affected by the recall include the 200W, 250W, and 260W, and 7xx and 7xxT units (where xx is a two-digit number). The third-party supplier of the battery, which Garmin didn't name, will split the cost of replacing the battery packs, … Read more
Toyota could be on the way to bouncing back from a year of recalls and civil litigation.
The Japanese automaker today announced a $100 million investment in Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, boosting its total investment in the 7-year-old plant to $1.4 billion.
Toyota began production of the Tacoma pickup truck began last month at the San Antonio, Texas, location, but the event was marked today with a ceremony attended by Texas Governor Rick Perry, San Antonio community leaders, and Toyota officials including Toyota Motor Corporation Executive Vice President Atsushi Niimi.
When Apple holds its press conference regarding iPhone 4 on Friday, we will either get a lesson in publicity or a lesson in humility. The company is known for being great at one and not so great at the other. I'll let you guess which is which.
Consumer Reports dealt Apple a painful blow this week when the publication decided it could not recommend the iPhone 4 due to antenna and reception issues. We came up with the same results in our tests. This is not something Apple can be flippant about, but the company is in uncharted territory … Read more
In the wake of Consumer Reports announcing that it would not be recommending the iPhone 4 due to the much-discussed antenna problems, there have been calls for Apple to recall the device.
While a recall could be damaging to Apple's reputation, it would also be a costly endeavor, according to some calculations made by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi. In a research note on Tuesday, Sacconaghi estimated that while "a full product recall of the iPhone 4 (is) highly unlikely," it would cost Apple $1.5 billion, or 3.5 percent of its total cash on hand. … Read more
The mountain of damning evidence is incontrovertible: Apple's iPhone 4 antenna design is flawed. Consumer Reports is only the latest publication to complete a battery of testing and declare what other reviewers have discovered as well: holding the phone a certain way causes repeatable reception problems that, in weaker signal areas, can lead to dropped calls.
Those lucky folks who live in areas with rock-solid AT&T reception likely won't run into the problem. Those less fortunate can reproduce it virtually at will. Here at CNET, Kent German demonstrated in video how dramatically a hand over the … Read more
Tesla goes public and revises its Roadster; the new Mini gets revised electronics; the FAA moves forward on flying cars; another Toyota recall for the exact opposite of acceleration; Chevy Volt headed for New York City and Austin, Texas; and we drive the Acura TL SH-AWD.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 175
SHOW NOTESTesla IPO a standout in many ways A look at the new Mini for 2011 Why flying cars will always be the wrong answer Insurance companies battle over monitoring your driving Chevy Volt headed for New York City and Austin, Texas … Read more
Sony announced Wednesday that it plans to recall around 535,000 Vaio laptops due to overheating problems.
The company said that a flaw in the temperature control can create an excessive buildup of heat that distorts the shape of the unit. Though Sony hasn't heard of any problems with the Vaio in Japan, it said it received 39 complaints of overheating and distortion from customers abroad.
The company also noted the possibility that the heat buildup could create skin burns but hasn't received any report of this, according to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).
The recall would … Read more
General Motors today announced its recalling 1.5 million 2007-2009 model cars, trucks, and crossovers to disable a heated washer fluid system module that could pose a fire risk. Because the feature will be disabled, GM will make a voluntary payment of $100 to the owner or lessee of each vehicle.
There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition, according to a GM news release.
"While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our customers to have complete peace of mind," … Read more
Hewlett-Packard has expanded a worldwide recall of lithium ion batteries in some HP and Compaq notebooks to include an additional 54,000 units.
The batteries, made in China, can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
HP originally recalled 70,000 batteries in May 2009, following two separate reports of batteries that "overheated and ruptured, resulting in flames/fire that caused minor property damage" but no injuries.
Since then, HP has received 38 additional reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in 11 instances of minor injury and 31 instances of minor property damage, according … Read more