Toyota will replace parts used in more than 900,000 hatchbacks, named Voltz in Japan and Corolla and Corolla Matrix overseas, and produced between 2001 and 2004, a company spokesman said.
The control unit of the vehicles’ airbags could be damaged by minor electrical noise, and “the airbag could open wrongly in a worst scenario,” the spokesman said. At least 47 cases of the malfunction had been reported, mainly in the United States.
Toyota separately said it would recall some 385,000 Lexus IS cars globally to change windscreen wiper parts, following problems in snow.
Once lauded for its safety standards, Toyota has been forced into damage control mode in recent years after recalling millions of vehicles due to a series of serious defects :: Read the full article »»»
South Korea has successfully launched a space rocket carrying a science satellite, in a high-stakes test of national pride after North Korea got there first with a rocket launch last month. It was the South’s third attempt to launch a civilian rocket to send a satellite in orbit in the past four years.
It came after two previous launches were aborted at the 11th hour last year due to technical glitches. The launch vehicle, named Naro, lifted off from South Korea’s space centre on the south coast and successfully went through stage separation before entering orbit, officials at mission control said.
Initially scheduled for October 26, today’s launch had been twice postponed for technical reasons. The delay meant that rival North Korea was able to claim a rare technological victory over the South by launching a satellite into orbit on a three-stage rocket on December 12.
South Korea remains far behind regional rivals China and Japan in the effort to build space rockets to put satellites into orbit and has relied on other countries, including Russia, to join the space race :: Read the full article »»»»
Arabic-language channel Al-Alam and other Iranian news agencies said the monkey returned alive after travelling in a capsule to an altitude of 120 kilometres for a sub-orbital flight. ”This success is the first step towards man conquering the space and it paves the way for other moves,” Ahmad Vahidi told state television “Today’s successful launch follows previous successes we had in launching (space) probes with other living creatures (on board),” he said. The monkey which was sent in this launch landed safely and alive and this is a big step for our experts and scientists.”
The Week however, has reported that …something was amiss: Upon further inspection, it appears the monkey that returned from space doesn’t match the monkey that left. Images newly released from a press conference prior to the launch show a monkey with light fur and a conspicuous red mole above its eye. The mole is mysteriously missing on the monkey that returned, which also has notably darker hair :: Read the full article »»»»
The United States has temporarily grounded Boeing 787s after a second incident involving battery failures caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing in Japan yesterday. The Federal Aviation Administration – FAA – says airlines would have to demonstrate that the lithium ion batteries involved were safe before they could resume flying Boeing’s newest commercial airliner, but gave no details on when that could occur.
The FAA said it would work with Boeing and the airlines to develop a corrective action plan that allowed the US 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.
Yesterday Japan’s two biggest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, grounded all their Dreamliners, after one of the planes was forced to make an emergency landing when smoke was detected in the forward compartment.
It was the latest in a series of problems to hit the Dreamliner fleet in the past week. The sophisticated new jet, the world’s first mainly carbon-composite airliner, has suffered fuel leaks, a battery fire, wiring problem, brake computer glitch and cracked cockpit window in recent days UPDATE! Japanese Switched Batteries :: Read the full article »»»»
The importer and distributor of Saab cars in Australia has been placed in administration owing roughly $2 million to its creditors. Saab Australia has six staff operating out of Port Melbourne and just 10 new cars for sale in Australia.
The administrator Ferrier Hodgson says a creditors meeting will be held by the end of this week. Partner Stuart McCallum says it was not unexpected as Saab’s Swedish parent company entered bankruptcy in December 2011.
“This is as a result of the bankruptcy of the Saab cars’ parent in Sweden, following the global financial crisis in 2008 and specifically the collapse of Lehman Brothers that led to a large shock in the global car industry including for Saab,” Mr McCallum said :: Read the full article »»»»