Category Archives: Safety

AAA tests show rear-view cameras boost visibility up to 75 percent

AAA tests show rear-view cameras improve visibility 36 to 75 percent

Beginning in 2016, carmakers are required to add rear-view image systems into all passenger vehicles. Although this new regulation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was met with criticism, AAA conducted tests that showed rear-view camera systems improved visibility from 36 percent to 75 percent. AAA evaluated 17 vehicles of varying types and sizes with factory-installed and aftermarket cameras. According to their results, rear-view cameras improved visibility in small sedans by 36 percent and in hatchbacks by a whopping 75 percent. The improvement for large trucks and SUVs fell in the middle of that range. “Rear-view cameras are … Continue reading

Is your car on the list for the massive Takata airbag recall? | Libertyville, IL

Important safety notice for Auto Lab customers Please do not delay taking your vehicle in for this recall! The recalls are widespread and there are a limited number of replacement parts. Q: Why are vehicles with airbags made by Takata being recalled? A: To date, 7.8 million cars are being recalled because their airbags could explode with too much force when they inflate. In the faulty airbags, the metal airbag inflater can burn more aggressively than it should, causing the inflater to burst and sending pieces of metal flying through the airbag fabric. This could potentially maim or kill the … Continue reading

GM recalls an additional 1.5 million vehicles

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Update: GM announced a new recall of 1.3 million vehicles on March 31. This recall is to repair power steering issues. Recalled vehicles are: the 2004-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, and some 2006, 2008, and 2009 models; 2004- 2005 and some 2006 of the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx; some of the 2010 model year Chevrolet HHR non-turbo; some of the 2010 model Chevrolet Cobalt; some 2008 and 2009 model year Saturn Auras; all 2004-2007 Saturn Ions; and the entire 2005 model year Pontiac G6, as well as some 2006, 2008, and 2009 vehicles. Following on the heels of recalls in February that totaled … Continue reading

It’s time for Auto Lab Libertyville brake trivia!

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This winter has been full of snow and ice. If you hit a slippery patch on the road and your car has anti-lock brakes, you should: A. Throw on the hazards and turn the steering wheel violently from side to side. B. Pump the brakes hard and fast to the beat of your favorite tune. C. Coast to a stop, avoiding eye contact of other drivers who are trying desperately to get out of your way. D. Keep your foot pressed hard on the brake, despite the weird, pulsating sensation, to allow the ABS brakes to retain some steering and … Continue reading

Resolve to keep your car running smoothly and safely in 2014

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Happy New Year! Do your New Year’s resolutions include taking great care of your car or truck this year? If so, we can help! Our auto technicians are the best of the best and you can rely on Auto Lab to make your service visit a pleasant, personable one. Just in case you’re not aware, here are some of the perks you get for being an Auto Lab client: A 3-year/36,000-mile warranty Free loaner cars A free shuttle service within 10 miles Convenient 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. service with after-hours drop off Same day service on most repairs We’re … Continue reading