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Official: Takata airbag recall claims 209k Chrysler, Dodge vehicles

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
2005 Chrysler 300

Chrysler is expanding the scope of its front passenger side Takata airbag inflator recall yet again to include 139,115 additional vehicles for a total of 208,783 units now needing these parts replaced.

The latest campaign affects the passenger side inflators of the 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500, 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 2500, 2003-2005 Dodge Ram 3500, 2004-2005 Durango; 2005 Dakota pickup; 2005 Dodge Magnum and 2005 Chrysler 300 (pictured above), 300C and SRT8. It’s limited to vehicles purchased or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the US Virgin Islands. The company expects owners to be notified by February 8.

The automaker just expanded the replacement campaign last week to include passenger side inflators in 149,150 pickups from the 2003 model year. However, the parts are not the same. Chrysler says this recall is for the PSPI family of components versus SPI for the last one. The company is also not aware of any injuries or accidents in its vehicles from these potentially faulty inflators, and lab testing of 600 of them finds no issues. Despite this, Chrysler is repairing these models at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Scroll down to read the company’s full announcement of the initiative.

Video: The Volt Dance had precedent; meet the Chevy Footlockers

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
The Chevy Footlookers

Marketing in the auto industry can get weird sometimes – really quite bizarre, in fact. For example, remember the Chevy Volt dance from the 2009 Los Angles Auto Show? If not, a group boogied to a song about the electric car, and it was every bit as awkward (and hilarious) as that sounds. In fact, that innocent bit of promotion lives in infamy, as some pundits grabbed hold of it during General Motors’ bailout and asked why America’s tax dollars were going to such things.

The Chicago Auto Show has been digging through its vault of vintage videos, and it has come up with something that might actually be worse than that Volt-themed routine. They’re called the Chevy Footlockers, and they’re a dance troupe somehow promoting the Cavalier at the 1988 Chicago show. The connection between the car and their routine is unclear, but it’s gloriously cheesy in a Chippendales-meets-AC Slater sort of way. Also, there are props towards the end, but we aren’t going to spoil them for you, because you just have to watch for yourself.

As a bonus, there’s another (brief) clip below showing a female dance group with the Geo Tracker at the ’91 Chicago show, and they sing, too. Scroll down to watch both of these oddities.

Report: Chevy working on production Impala Midnight Edition

December 14th, 2014 0 Comments
Chevrolet Impala Blackout concept at the 2014 SEMA show, front three-quarter view.

To put together the Impala Blackout concept for SEMA, Chevrolet didn’t need to go much further than its accessories catalog. The in-house connection is what could make it possible for Chevy to get a production version of the Blackout into dealers this model year, with its few bits of chrome trim and dark detailing on the 19-inch aluminum wheels set into an abyss of gloss black paint, black Bowtie, grille surround, rear spoiler and mirror caps. The interior is black leather, with stainless steel for the sill plates and pedals, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and it gets the optional 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6.

The brand’s marketing director for cars and crossovers, Steve Majoros, told Edmunds that it could come in late spring, and that it will be called “Midnight Edition.” Majoros didn’t give any indication of pricing or if the production car will be spec’d out like the concept.

If you simply don’t want to wait for late spring, you could work your DIY mojo by putting one together the same way Chevrolet did: give the accessories catalog a workout.