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Bosch Annouces Release of Version 16.0 Software

Bosch announces the release of CDR Ver. 16.0 Bosch is pleased to announce the release of the new CDR software version 16.0 software. What’s new for CDR Version 16.0? This new version of CDR software provides EDR readout for Bentley and Lamborghini vehicles. In addition, 2016 model year coverage was added for several OEMs. Refer to the CDR Help File for more detailed coverage information. New Vehicle Coverage Audi (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3 and Q5 vehicles Bentley (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – Mulsanne BMW (MY2014, US/Canada markets) – i3 & i8 Ford / Lincoln (MY2015/2016, US/Canada markets) – 2015 Ford Focus – 2016 Ford Edge – 2016 Lincoln MKX General Motors (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – Various Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMCs were added Honda / Acura (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – Acura ILX – Acura MDX – Acura RDX – Acura RLX – Honda Accord – Honds Civic – Honda Fit – Honda HRV Lamborghini (MY2015, US/Canada markets) – Huracan Mazda (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – CX-3 – CX-5 – Mazda2 – Mazda3 – Mazda6 Nissan (MY2016, US/Canada markets) – 370Z Coupe & Roadster Volkswagen (MY2014, US/Canada markets) – Routan   The Bosch CDR system supports select airbag modules for vehicle as far back as 1996. To see if the pre-crash data from your vehicle’s airbag module can be downloaded please see the BOSCH CDR Coverage List. Veritech engineers utilize the Bosch CDR system as an important tool to aid in performing vehicle accident reconstructions. Airbag modules are capable of recording valuable pre-crash information, such as vehicle speed, brake application and seatbelt usage, but are not capable of telling the entire story. Accident reconstruction engineers must still consider all of the available physical evidence, along with the ACM data, in to order to properly reconstruct an accident. Veritech Consulting Engineering employs Professional Engineers who are specifically trained and certified in the use of the Bosch CDR system and have performed numerous accident reconstructions utilizing airbag module information. Click on the following link for more information on “black box” technology.  

Honda Fined $70 Million for Failing to Comply with Laws That Safeguard the Public

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that as a result of a NHTSA investigation, Honda will pay two $35 million civil penalties, for a total of $70 million, for failing to report deaths, injuries, and certain warranty claims to the federal government in violation of the TREAD Act. In the Consent Order, Honda also agreed to increased NHTSA oversight and third party audits to ensure that all required reporting is completed now and into the future. In 2014 alone, NHTSA issued more than $126 million in civil penalties, exceeding the total amount collected by the agency during its forty-three year history.  These fines reflect the tough stance we will take against those who violate the law and fail to do their part in the mission to keep Americans safe on the road. NHTSA’s investigation into Honda’s safety reporting found that the automaker failed to submit early warning reports (EWR reports) identifying potential or actual safety issues. The first civil penalty is a result of Honda’s failure to report 1,729 death and injury claims to NHTSA between 2003 and 2014. The second civil penalty is due to the manufacturer’s failure to report certain warranty claims and claims under customer satisfaction campaigns throughout the same time period. Additional details are available in the audit report prepared for Honda by Bowman and Brooke and in Honda’s Response to NHTSA’s Special Order addressing the violations. Federal law requires manufacturers to submit comprehensive EWR reports of potential safety concerns to the Department. These quarterly reports include production information; incidents involving a death or injury; aggregate data on property damage claims, consumer complaints, warranty claims, and field reports; and, copies of field reports involving specified vehicle components, a fire, or a rollover. The data are then used to investigate whether safety defects or defect trends exist and warrant further action, including possible recalls. In addition to civil penalties, Honda has been ordered to comply with NHTSA oversight requirements under a Consent Order. It requires that Honda develop written procedures for compliance with EWR requirements, train appropriate personnel on at least an annual basis, and complete two third-party audits of the automaker’s compliance with its reporting obligations. The Consent Order also requires Honda to provide NHTSA’s Early Warning Division with information regarding the 1,729 unreported death and injury incidents and the warranty claims, so that the agency can analyze these incidents for potential safety concerns and take appropriate action to protect America’s driving public. While 2014 was a record year for civil penalties, the fines are limited by a Congressionally-established $35 million dollar cap, the amount Honda will pay for each of the two series of violations. The Administration’s four-year reauthorization bill – the GROW AMERICA Act – proposes to increase the limit to $300 million. The Administration’s proposal also seeks additional authority to aid NHTSA in its efforts to force recalls. NHTSA issued the following civil penalties in 2014:
  • Honda, $70,000,000, for failing to both submit early warning reports and warranty claims.
  • Gwinnett Place Nissan, $110,000, for failing to perform recall remedy in new motor vehicles prior to sale and delivery.
  • Ferrari S.p.A. and Ferrari North America, Inc, $3,500,000, for failing to submit early warning reports.
  • Chapman Chevrolet LLC, $50,000, for failing to perform recall remedy in new motor vehicles prior to sale and delivery.
  • Hyundai Motor America, $17,350,000, for the failure to issue a recall in a timely manner.
  • General Motors Company, $35,000,000, for the failure to issue a recall in a timely manner.
  • General Motors Company, $441,000, for failing to fully respond to Special Order by due date.
  • Prevost, a division of Volvo Group Canada, Inc; Volvo Industrial de Mexico S.A. de C.V.; and Prevost Car (US) Inc., $250,000, the second of six annual installments of a total of $1.5 million in civil penalties, for untimely recalls and untimely submission of early warning reports, and technical service bulletins (TSBs).
  • Southern Honda Powersports (a/k/a Big Red Powersports LLC), $25,000, the second of five annual installments of a total of $125, 000 in civil penalties, for the sale of unrepaired, recalled vehicles.

Previously Recalled Vehicle Remedies Not Working

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of more than 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles for a defect that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently. The recalls will provide vehicle owners with a new remedy after the manufacturers’ original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective in some vehicles. The new recalls cover 2.12 million Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000’s. The vehicles were subject to earlier recalls to address a problem with an electronic component manufactured by TRW that caused some airbags to deploy inadvertently. NHTSA discovered through the monitoring of incoming data from consumers and automakers that some vehicles remedied under the previous recalls may have experienced inadvertent deployments. NHTSA urged all three automakers to issue new recalls to implement a more effective remedy. NHTSA has identified about 40 vehicles in which airbags deployed unexpectedly after receiving the original remedy. Action by consumers is especially important because about 1 million Toyota and Honda vehicles involved in these new recalls are also subject to a recall related to defective Takata airbags that may deploy with enough explosive force to cause injury or even death to vehicle occupants. Because of the dangers involved in an inadvertent deployment, and because some of the vehicles involved may also have defective Takata airbags, NHTSA urges consumers who were covered by the original recalls to take their vehicles to their local dealer for the original remedy. That remedy significantly reduces the chance of an airbag deployment that presents a safety risk. This is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed. Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions. NHTSA will take a series of additional steps to ensure safety, including:
  • Seeking additional information from TRW, which made the electronic part believed to be involved in the inadvertent deployments, about the potential defect, its causes, and whether other makes or models might be affected.
  • Seeking information from the automakers about how quickly they can make the new, more effective remedy available.

Bosch announces the release of CDR Ver. 15.0

Bosch is pleased to announce the release of the new CDR 500 Adapter and version 15.0 software.  The release of Ver. 15.0 allows for the following vehicles to now be included in the CDR coverage list: Alfa Romeo (MY2015, US/Canada markets) – 4C Fiat (MY2015, US/Canada markets) – 500L Nissan (MY2015/2016, US/Canada markets) – 2015 NV Cargo & Passenger Van – 2016 GT-R – 2016 MICRA (Canada only) RAM (MY2015, US/Canada markets) – ProMaster® City   New Hardware CDR 500 Adapter Kit (P/N: 1699200114)  This new kit includes the new CDR 500 adapter and cables.  It is needed when imaging EDR data directly from ECUs with FlexRay communications.  Initially, applications such as the 2014+ Hardtop MINI and 2015 BMW i3 & i8 require this adapter.  In the future, other manufactures including Audi will also require the ICDR 500 for imaging EDR data directly from their ECUs. BMW ACM Cable (P/N: F00K108788)  Use this new cable to connect the BMW / MINI FlexRay ECUs to the CDR 500 adapter for direct-to-module EDR imaging.   The Bosch CDR system supports select airbag modules for vehicle as far back as 1996. To see if the pre-crash data from your vehicle’s airbag module can be downloaded please see the BOSCH CDR Coverage List. Veritech engineers utilize the Bosch CDR system as an important tool to aid in performing vehicle accident reconstructions. Airbag modules are capable of recording valuable pre-crash information, such as vehicle speed, brake application and seatbelt usage, but are not capable of telling the entire story. Accident reconstruction engineers must still consider all of the available physical evidence, along with the ACM data, in to order to properly reconstruct an accident. Veritech Consulting Engineering employs Professional Engineers who are specifically trained and certified in the use of the Bosch CDR system and have performed numerous accident reconstructions utilizing airbag module information. Click on the following link for more information on “black box” technology.

Zero Motorcycles: 2014 a ‘record’ year for sales

Zero Motorcycles announced that it finished 2014 with “record sales and is poised for dramatic growth in 2015.” The company did not reveal financial numbers, but summarized that it added seven new distributors in 2014 and plans to add others in the next 12 months. In the fleet sales area, more than 50 U.S. police departments are now using Zero motorcycles, including those in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the company said. “Our police and authority partners consistently praise Zero patrol motorcycles for their stealth, maneuverability and low maintenance, while the local communities they serve also appreciate the quietness and move to a more sustainable mode of transportation,” said CEO Richard Walker. “We see huge opportunities for continued growth in this area.”  “Our business is headed in the right direction and the market is starting to come to us,” said Zero Vice President of Global Marketing Scot Harden. “Recent announcements by some of the larger motorcycle manufacturers, and our own experience, confirms the movement toward electric power is building momentum.” Zero’s 2015 lineup includes four consumer models, three police/authority bikes and one military spec version. All received major upgrades for the 2015 season.  Zero also licenses its powertrain technology for outside commercial applications.

NHTSA: Motorcycle injury & fatality rates drop in 2013

According to a report issued in mid-December by NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities dropped 6.4 percent in 2013.  “This was the first decrease in motorcyclist fatalities since 2009 [and] the only other decrease since 1997,” NHTSA reported.  More than half of the decline was attributed to a drop in older rider fatalities. Additionally, the injury rates associated with motorcycle accidents also dropped 5.4 percent from 2012. Alcohol-impaired fatalities dropped as well. “Motorcycle riders showed the greatest decrease in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes from 2012 to 2013, dropping 8.3 percent or by 117 riders. This was both the greatest percentage drop and the greatest drop in actual alcohol-impaired drivers,” NHTSA said. Some of the interesting points from the report include:
  • There were 190 fewer fatalities in the 50-to-69-year age group in 2013 than there were in 2012, NHTSA noted.
  • There were 4,668 motorcycle fatalities in 2013 vs. 4,986 in 2012 and 4,630 fatalities in 2011.
  • Motorcycle-related deaths accounted for 14.3 percent of all traffic deaths in 2013, down from 14.8 percent in 2012.
One of the most interesting statistics in the report shows that states without universal helmet laws reported 11 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities than states with such laws: 1,704 vs. 150, respectively.

Harley-Davidson recalls 19,000 Dyna & Softail models

Harley-Davidson announced that it is recalling just over 19,000 Dyna and Softail motorcycles from the 2012 model year because the threads for the brake line banjo bolt in the front brake master cylinder may corrode.  If the threads corrode, a sudden loss of brake fluid could result, causing a loss of the front brakes.  Dealers are asked to flush and inspect the front brake master cylinder and, if necessary, replace the master cylinder. NHTSA recall campaign number is 14V794000 and is expected to begin Jan. 14. Models affected are the 2012 FXST103, FLSTC, FLSTC103, FLSTF, FLSTF103, FXDL, FXDWG, FXDWG103, FXDC, FXDB, FLSTN, FLSTN103, FLSTC103 Shrine, FLSTFB, FLSTFB103, FXS, FXS103, FLS, FLS103, FLD, FLD103, and FXDF and FXDF103 motorcycles manufactured from Aug. 22, 2011, through Feb. 24, 2012, for the United States and some world markets. This totals 19,015 units, Harley-Davidson told NHTSA. “We have voluntarily declared this a defect related to motor vehicle safety (Campaign 0163 for the Softail model and Dyna model motorcycles and 0164 for the FXDF/FXDF103 model motorcycles) to allow us to formally recall all affected motorcycles. Two recalls are needed to cover all affected models because of the differences in the kit component content required for the two populations,” the Motor Co. informed dealers.  “Based on warranty information, the prediction for motorcycles requiring master cylinder replacements is extremely low,” Harley-Davidson said in its notification to dealers.  Dealers are permitted to sell but must not deliver any of the affected motorcycles until the remedy is complete, the OEM added.

Monster makes Ducati cross million motorcycle mark

A Ducati Monster 1200 S was the one-millionth Ducati to come off the Borgo Panigale assembly line and was presented to a Milan buyer by Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding.  Domenicali presented the motorcycle, which contained a special laser serigraph on the handlebar bracket identifying it as the millionth bike, to Ernesto Passoni, 47, of Cincsello Balsamo at the Audi City Lab in Milan.  Passoni had placed the order with a local dealer and was told that it would be the milestone bike. “Between 1946 and today we have designed, built and delivered one million dreams that have become reality to Ducati,” Domenicali said. “Our strength is in the exceptional work that all of the Ducati employees carry out so efficiently on a daily basis, contributing to making our bikes beautiful, unique and desirable. To deliver the millionth bike produced directly into the hands of a passionate Ducatista is an incredible feeling and an incentive to continue along our growth path.”