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By now you may have heard about the massive Takata Airbag Recall that is affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. from over a dozen manufacturers.

When the news hit, our customers started calling and stopping by our service departments to see if their vehicle was affected by this recall.

Takata Airbag Recall

Because of the increased awareness, I put this FAQ together to help you determine if your vehicle is affected by the recall and also let you know what next steps, if any, you should take.

Let’s start by taking a look of the vehicles known to be a part of the Takata Airbag Recall according to the NHTSA:

Vehicles Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall

If you own one of the vehicls on this list, the NHTSA recommends you take action immediately to address your recall (see next steps below)

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Spring is finally here and that means it’s the perfect time for a spring clean-up and green-up for your vehicle.

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You don’t need a hybrid vehicle to get the most mileage out of your daily driver. By following a few tips, you can make sure you are getting the best mpg possible out of your car.

You see, over time, your car suffers a lot of wear and tear due to temperature changes. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, its condition will begin to deteriorate and your fuel efficiency will decline.

The best way to prevent having to spend more at the gas pump this spring is by maintaining your car. Scheduling a check-up will improve your overall drive quality and make your vehicle more eco-friendly (what’s not to like about that?)

Here are 5 Ways to Drive Green This Spring:

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With the recent announcement that General Motors will be recalling 1.6 million of its vehicles, we’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails asking questions about the GM ignition switch recall.

I wanted to put this article together to cover the most frequently asked questions about the recall, and let you know what to do if your vehicle is one being recalled.

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GM Ignition Switch Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What vehicles are a part of the GM Ignition Switch Recall?

A. The vehicles that are being recalled are:

  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada Only)
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2007 Saturn Sky

Please note that not every single one of these vehicles that were produced and sold are being recalled.

We can help you determine if your specific vehicle is a part of this recall. Call us at (877) 997-0012 and we’ll be able to look your vehicle for you.

Q. Are these vehicles safe to drive? 

A. There is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine.

This risk increases if your key ring is carrying added weight (such as more keys or the key fob) or your vehicle experiences rough road conditions or other jarring or impact related events.

If the ignition switch is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury or fatality.

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you when I tell you that Michigan has some of the worst roads in the country.

Our roadways are constantly filled with dangerous obstacles that we need to be aware of – reckless drivers, construction work gone astray, bears….the list goes on.

Of course the most sinister predator of the concrete is the pothole. Small in stature and seemingly innocent, these little monsters can rise up and rip apart your car’s wheels like a dog rips apart your favorite slippers.

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In order to prepare yourself from the enemy that lies in wait, here are a few tactics you can employ to help you in the fight against p-holes:

1. Avoid Them With Care

A very simple way to guard yourself from serious damage is to prevent even running (literally) into one.

If you are on a road that you believe is infested with potholes, be more mindful.

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Ahh, 2014 is here! Change is in the air, along with wind chill so cold that you can feel the thoughts in your head turning to ice cubes.

We’re all coming off the high of ringing in the New Year, as well as formulating the best ways to go about our resolutions.

If you weren’t lucky enough to think of a few year-long changes in your life, have no fear! There’s a very simple yet effective goal to work towards: keeping your car maintained.

This may seem a bit trivial when compared to weight loss or a kinder disposition, but think about it: you trust your car with getting you to work, the kids to school, and Fido to the vet when he eats your cell phone. So why wouldn’t you do your best to give your vehicle the love it deserves?

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Show your vehicle some love in 2014 by making one or all 6 of these New Year’s Resolutions for your Car!

For your reading pleasure, check out these 6 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Car:

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