Having a car accident is a terrible experience for anyone to go through. If you are fortunate that all the parties involved make it though OK, its important to focus and document the details of the accident as much as possible. But who is thinking clearly after a wreck? To help customers through the situation, Saturn developed a pamphlet that you could stow in your glove box.
You may hear longtime Saturn enthusiasts rave about, and then lament the loss of, a steel spaceframe design forming the foundation of their cars. But what actually is a spaceframe?
I was involved in a crash on June 11th with my 2004 Saturn Vue. The car in front of me was slowing down to stop and I slowed down to stop. Unfortunately, the car behind me slammed into me at approximately 50-55 mph. As I was thrust forward, I must have clipped the back passenger corner of the car in front of me, which flipped me over and rolled the Vue three times.
Saturn Outlooks Recalled Due to Faulty Heated Windshield Washer Fluid System, GM to Reimburse Owners for Removing Feature
General Motors is recalling 1.5 million 2007-09 model cars, trucks, and crossovers to disable a heated washer fluid system (HWFS) 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.
Kevin Ransom from AOL Autos via CNN: Car companies and insurers are working hard to try and reduce the cost of auto repairs and insurance premiums for consumers and some of the development is breathtaking in its innovation. This effort has already led to many new developments in the design of various auto parts and components – which have indeed led to a reduction in repair costs for various auto parts, components and structures. And more advances are on the way: some carmakers have recently ramped up their operations in this area, which should result in greater cost savings in coming years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that General Motors is recalling 276,729 model year 2009 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR, Malibu, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Pontiac G5, G6, and Saturn Aura and Outlook passenger vehicles.
The Saturn Outlook, Saturn Vue, and seventy other vehicles earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2009. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also have to have electronic stability control (ESC), which research shows significantly reduces crash risk.
General Motors and OnStar today launched "Stolen Vehicle Slowdown" on model year 2009 GM vehicles in the US and Canada. Stolen Vehicle Slowdown is the latest enhancement to OnStar's Stolen Vehicle Assistance service and enables OnStar to further help law enforcement in the recovery of subscribers' stolen vehicles, while helping to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from police chases. Working with law enforcement and utilizing its unique built-in technology, OnStar can remotely send a signal that interacts with the vehicle's engine, gradually slowing it down, aiding in a safe recovery.
Swedish automotive safety system manufacturer Autoliv recently unveiled a new passenger airbag concept that's designed to reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional crash protection. This is achieved by using a unique fabric container for the folded airbag, instead of a conventional steel or plastic housing. The new innovative passenger airbag module was introduced on the 2009 Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave.
General Motors' lineup of award-winning crossovers today adds the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick 2008 to the growing list of accolades. The significant safety award results from the GMC Acadia meeting the Institute's highest rating for performance in its demanding front, side and rear impacts in addition to providing standard Stabilitrak, GM's electronic stability control system. The IIHS test results also apply to the GMC Acadia's sister vehicles: the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, and soon to be released Chevy Traverse.
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GM's much-touted Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will plug into a wall socket to recharge its 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack for up to 40 miles of travel solely on electricity. It may be many Americans' first exposure in a century to cars that plug into the wall.