Steering wheel glitch cause of worldwide recall of 841,000 vehicles for Nissan

Nissan Motor Co Ltd will recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide including the Micracompact car, also known as the March, as a result of a steering wheel glitch, Japan’s No.2 automaker said on Thursday. Nissan is recalling certain models of the Micra compact car produced in Britain and Japan between 2002 and 2006, as well as…

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How are Shatterprufe windscreens keeping passengers safe?

The Arrive Alive website received an accident report yesterday of a road crash crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian. Attached to this report was photos clearly showing the massive impact that such a collision could have on the windscreen/ windshield of a car. This also emphasizes the importance of correctly fitted windscreens and…

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New Methods of Vehicle Crime Emerging in Gauteng

The statement, prevention is better than cure has enormous weight where road safety is concerned. Motorists have made numerous efforts to improve their safety precautions when on the road, from seatbelts to airbags and ABS to rear park assist. Equally important is a motorist’s defence against vehicle crime, giving rise to panic buttons and safety…

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Which items would you like to have in your car if you get stranded in a roadside emergency?

Items to keep in your car: -Owner’s manual: This should naturally be in your glove compartment anyway, but you want to make sure that it is indeed in your car. The owner’s manual provides a ton of useful information that can get you back on the road, such as detailed images of how to change…

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Is it legal to have roof lights on armed response cars of private security companies?

Question: Our armed response company has roof lights that lens bar or lamps emit an intermittently-flashing diffused white light. We however have certain traffic officials that claim this is illegal. We have been to the metro offices and are advised that their is nothing wrong. Our problem is however that my officers are continually harassed…

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What is the law on stopping distance from the vehicle in front at the Stop Street or Traffic Light?

Question:  “I would like to know what the law is regarding a safe stopping distance at a stop sign if I stop behind another car at a stop sign or robot.” Answer: There is no law or rule in regard to actual measurable distance. The K53 defensive driving standard requires that you maintain a clear…

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Ctrack Technology scrutinised at Gerotek test day and media event

Gerotek South Africa has a steadfast reputation as one of the best independent, objective consultation test facilities in the world.   This multi-disciplinary organisation based near Hartebeespoort dam set the scene for Ctrack’s field test day for its latest telematics product testing on 25 April 2013. Under test were three categories of vehicles: small family car,…

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Augmented Reality through Google Coloured Glasses

Augmented Reality (AR) can be traced as far back as 1957 with the invention of Morton Helig’s Sensorama. During the decades that followed, AR was used in Manufacturing and Engineering, as well as the Airforce and broadened its horizons into the arts, in a production called Dancing in Cyberspace by Julie Martin. That was 1994,…

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Top Gear Festival leaves a Legacy with an F1 in Schools initiative

Top Gear Festival endeavors to give back to the community in South Africa and has launched a number of initiatives to help students get into motoring and engineering. In 2013, a new partnership with F1 in Schools promises to build upon the success of last year’s work. Scientists, researchers, and engineers are all the backbone…

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BMW recalls 6000 of its E46 cars in South Africa for airbag problem

BMW is recalling about 6000 of its E46 cars in South Africa because of an airbag problem that prompted five other major automakers to recall a total of 3.4-million vehicles. The affected vehicles were made during 2002/03. A BMW SA spokesperson said customers would be contacted within the next month as a precautionary measure. ‘SUPER…

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