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Honda unveils UNI-CUB - A Compact Two-Wheel Hands-Free Mobility Scooter

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Honda UNI-CUB mobility scooter credit: Honda

(Best Syndication News) - Today, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled a new personal mobility scooter that is called the UNI-CUB. The compact design of the UNI-CUB does not have handlebars for steering. Instead, the person shifts their weight to change directions to maneuver it. The rider can also drive the scooter using a touch-panel remote control with a device such as a Smartphone.

The UNI-CUB has the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) making it easy for the rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally. Because the design is compact (measures 520 x 345 x 745 mm) it is easy for a person to move around other people. It has only two-wheels, the larger one is in the front, and a smaller one is in the back.

The scooter sits higher than traditional models, at 745 – 825 mm, making it easier to have eye contact with other pedestrians. The battery uses Lithium-ion and powers the scooter to a maximum speed of 6km/h. The distance the scooter could travel on a single charge is about 6 km.

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Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 Vehicle recall involves certain 2011-2012 Cars

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Car recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Transportation’s NHTSA announced the recall of certain 2011-2012 model years of Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles because the ABS/ESC system could fail from an overheated power distribution center.

This system failure could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which could lead to a crash. The recalled vehicles will need to have the ABS/ESC system fuse to be relocated to fix this problem.

An estimated 119,072 vehicles are involved in this recall. Chrysler will be notifying vehicle owners of the recall during May 2012. The owners will be given instructions on how to schedule the free repair at dealerships. The dealers will relocate the ABS/ESC system fuse so it will not overheat. Vehicle owners can also contact Chyrsler toll-free at 1-800-853-1403.

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Nissan Titan and Armada Vehicle Recall announced for Rim Labeling Error

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Nissan recall - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall of certain 2012 Titan and Armada vehicles because they do not have the rim size information.This could lead to the wrong tire and wheel combination that could lead to a vehicle crash.

The vehicles involved were manufactured between August 12, 2011 and March 13, 2012. Around 26,626 vehicles are involved in this recall notices.

To correct this error, Nissan will be supplying owners with a new label that the owner can install. Nissan will provide instructions on how to do this. Optionally, if installing the label proves too difficult for the consumer, they can take the label to a Nissan dealership to have the label installed at no cost. Nissan is expecting to begin sending the labels and instructions out around May 14, 2012.

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Ford investigates the use of Retired Money as Green Alternative to Petroleum

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Parked cars - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Ford uses recycled materials to build their automobiles and plans for more in the future because of the rising cost of petroleum. Currently the automaker uses soybeans, denim, Kenaf, plastic bottles, and recycled tires in their vehicles. The company is looking into using retired currency, dandelions, coconuts, and corn stalks, and sugar cane for their vehicles.

Currently, Ford uses a soybean-based foam material for their seat cushions, seat backs, and head restraints. By using the soybean-based product, they estimate saving around 5 million pounds of petroleum yearly. Old used tires are recycled into gaskets are used in the engine on most Ford vehicles.

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GM begins construction on Stamping Facility in Arlington Texas

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Ground Breaking Ceremony - Credit: GM (Photo by Tim Sharp for General Motors)

(Best Syndication News) - General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) will be building a $200 million stamping factory in Arlington, Texas. The company broke ground for the project on April 13, 2012. It should be operational in 2013. The new facility could employee 180 new workers at the GM manufacturing complex.

The stamping facility will help to manufacture the full-size SUVs that are assembled at GM Arlington. The stamping of doors, hoods, and side panels at the new facility is planned to save GM around $40 million a year in logistics costs.

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