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Ford recalls certain 2013 Escape and Fusion Vehicles for Overheating Engine

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Car Recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall of certain 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion vehicles because the engines could overheat. This problem could lead to fluid leaking, which could cause a fire if it comes in contact with an ignition source, such as a hot exhaust system.

Around 80,057 vehicles are involved in the recall. The 2013 Ford Escape cars with 1.6L engines were manufactured between October 5, 2011 and November 26, 2012. The 2013 Ford Fusion cars with 1.6L engines were manufactured between February 3, 2012 and November 29, 2012.

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GM aims for up to 500,000 Electric and eAssist Vehicles by 2017

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(Best Syndication News) - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) plans to have up to 500,000 vehicles on the roads with some form of electric power by 2017. The announcement came from GM’s top product development executive this Wednesday.

“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute. Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development. She made her comments at the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco,

Lessons learned from the Chevrolet Volt - which was introduced in 2010 – helped GM develop their Chevrolet Spark EV. The Chevrolet Spark will become available next year in certain US and South Korea markets, with more markets to be announced soon.

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Drivers with Glaucoma at an increased risk for Car Accidents

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted in Japan found that people with glaucoma had around twice as many accidents compared to a person with normal vision when using a driving simulator. The study results were presented today at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which this year has been joined with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Around 2.7 million Americans over the age 40 have glaucoma. Many people may not be aware that they have the disease because the vision loss is gradual and painless. Left untreated, the person can become blind. First they lose peripheral vision, but eventually the optic nerve can become damaged.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations coming to California

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eVgo Freedom Station - (Photo: Business Wire)

(Best Syndication News) - NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) announced today that they have been cleared to move forward to build over 200 electric vehicle charging stations throughout California. The charging stations will be located in the urban areas of San Francisco Bay, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County.

The company said that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG. The charging stations, dubbed eVgo Freedoms, can now move forward. NRG hopes to open their first eVgo locations in early 2013.

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Nissan Altima Vehicle Recall announced to Repair Loose Bolts

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(Best Syndication News) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Nissan is recalling around 13,919 Altima model vehicles for the years of 2012-2013 because certain bolts may become loose and fall out in the suspension. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between May 10, 2012 and July 26, 2012.

The transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts may not have been properly tightened to the correct torque. The bolts can become loose and fall out. If this happens, the driver could lose control of the vehicle, which could lead to a crash. To repair the problem, Nissan dealers will be tightening the bolts to the correct torque.

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