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Recall Issues– What if it happens to you!!

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In the last BLOG we talked about the driving emergency issue that was the focus the Toyota recall in 2009 – one of one of the two vehicle safety recalls that have attracted a lot of attention. Today we will look at the situation that the GM recall this year has to address – a sudden engine stall. Here are some safety tips in case you experience this issue.

Engine that quits when driving is a real problem
The GM recall problem is due to a faulty ignition switch that simply turns the engine off while the car is going down the road. GM is replacing these faulty ignition switches as fast as they become available but with 1.6 million cars having been recalled for the repair, it will be some time before they can replace all those switches.

There are a number of other reasons that you can lose power while driving including running out of gas, a failed fuel pump or even an alternator failure. Whatever the reason, it is a driving emergency and it requires careful, thoughtful and prompt action. First, try shifting into neutral and restarting the engine. This will correct the possibility that your key/ignition switch moved or twisted slightly while driving and simply turned the engine off. Once the engine is restarted, you can put it back into gear and continue down the road. If the engine does not respond to your re-start attempt, apply your brakes and gradually move to a safe position off the highway. Remember, with the engine off you will not have any power steering so steering control will be more difficult. Also, your braking power is likely to be reduced after a couple pumps on the brake pedal so try to get stopped as soon as you can using the emergency brake if necessary.

Every vehicle in the Norton Automotive Group inventory is mechanically inspected before it is leased to our customers. None of the vehicles in Norton’s current inventory are included in either the Toyota or GM recalls that we have been discussing.

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