Humid Climates Making Recalled Air Bags Dangerous

According to the NHTSA, 7.8 million vehicles have faulty air bags being recalled by multiple auto makers. If you happen to live and drive in an area with a hot, humid climate, take note. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors all are recalling vehicles with air bags manufactured by Japanese parts maker Takata. Some 7.9 million vehicles are affected and thus far, the faulty air bags are known to have been involved in seven incidents, including one that killed an Orlando woman earlier this month. Recalled air bags that deploy in a crash can actually explode, sending shrapnel flying throughout a vehicle’s cabin and causing stab-like wounds in a victim’s face, neck and chest. Evidently, something about hot, humid climates makes the airbags more prone to...

February 9, 2015
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Peter Fonda Smells a Big, Stinking Rat in $1.3 Million Easy Rider Bike Sale

Peter Fonda’s Captain America Harley-Davidson recently fetched a record-breaking $1.35 million at auction. But was the bike legit? Actor and motorcycle enthusiast Peter Fonda has never been one to hold back. Now, he’s unloading on the Los Angeles-based auction house Profiles in History, over the recent sale of the Captain America Harley-Davidson motorcycle featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider – a longtime cinematic favorite of ours here at E3 Spark Plugs. The $1.3 million selling price for the bike purportedly ridden by Fonda in the film is the highest auction price ever realized for a motorcycle to date. But the counterculture icon says something just ain’t right. “There’s a big rat stinking someplace in this,” Fonda says. Unconvinced of the...

February 9, 2015
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Racing Phenom-Turned-Drug Trafficker Randy Lanier Scores Early Prison Release

Former pro race car driver Randy Lanier. seen here at the 1986 Indianapolis 500 where he was named Rookie of the Year, recently was released from a Florida prison despite a life sentence. If you’ve been a racing fan for the past few decades, you likely remember Randy Lanier, the up-and-coming pro racecar driver whose career came to a spectacular screeching halt when he was jailed for life for drug trafficking. But that life sentence just got overturned and no one is sure why. In the 1980s, young Lanier was building a name for himself in professional racing circles, winning the IMSA GTP title and landing an Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year designation. For a while, it looked as if the Davie, Florida-raised boy who married his high school sweetheart was bound for success both...

February 9, 2015
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2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to Induct Next Class Friday

Famed motorcycle designer Willie G. Davidson will be honored as the 2014 AMA Hall of Fame Legend this Friday. This Friday, seven inductees will officially join the ranks of motorcycling‘s greatest advocates and champions when they’re honored by the American Motorcyclist Association at the Orlando Convention Center. Hollywood actor and longtime motorcyclist Perry King will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event, part of the annual AMA National Convention. This year’s honorees are: Motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers Racer and motorcycling advocate Tom White Museum and racetrack founder George Barber Off-road racing champion Scott Summers National motocross champion Mike LaRocco Tuner and race team manager Rob Muzzy Engine builder and entrepreneur Byron...

February 9, 2015
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Teacher Spends Half a Century Building A-to-Z Classic Car Collection

John Moir’s 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood goes up for auction this week. By the time one hits high school, one had better have a firm handle on the alphabet. Perhaps it was in that spirit that longtime New Hampshire high school teacher John Moir assembled his impressively abecedarian classic car collection. It all started decades ago with Moir’s very first car purchase. It was a 1950 AC 2-Litre Sports Tourer by Buckland, which today is valued at upward of $200,000. Over the years, Moir sought out and purchased more select classic cars with names that began with letter of the alphabet. Wrapping his collection is a 1910 Zebra Type A Runabout, valued at around $30,000. Moir stored his storied collection in what anyone south of the Mason-Dixon would call a car...

February 9, 2015
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What to Do If You’re the Victim of a Staged Car Crash Scam

If you’re in a car crash and the other driver shows zero signs of pain until the moment police show up, you might have a scammer on your hands. Make sure you know all the red flags. Each year, the insurance industry takes a $30 billion hit from fraud. And staged car accidents is one of the fastest growing types of insurance fraud, research shows. E3 Spark Plugs wants to make sure you know how to fight back if you believe you’ve been the victim of a staged crash scam. At the accident site, the first thing you want to do is grab the trusty notepad and pen that you keep in your glove compartment and write down the license plate number of the other car. Count the number of passengers in the other involved vehicle and write down their names, phone numbers and driver’s...

February 9, 2015
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Top Four Staged Car Crash Scams

Does something about that car crash seem not quite legit? Know the top four staged car crash scams. Getting in to an accident that wonks up your prized ride is bad enough. But finding out that the car crash was staged no doubt will leave you fuming. And the only thing that might make you even more incensed is realizing that bit of info too late – after the scammers have walked away with a fat check courtesy of your insurer. Orchestrated by surprisingly sophisticated criminal networks, staged car crashes are on the rise nationwide, bilking auto insurance companies out of billions of dollars and jacking up insurance premium rates for all of us. Prosecutors recently busted a New York crime ring that nearly succeeded in scoring $400 million in bogus insurance claims....

February 9, 2015
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Speeding Ticket Debacle Shuts Down Tiny Florida Town’s Police Department

The tiny Florida town of Waldo recently saw its police department disbanded over allegations of speeding ticket quotas. Here in Northeast Florida where E3 Spark Plugs is based, there’s a tiny town a few counties over called Waldo. And when we say tiny, we mean seriously tiny. The town’s total landmass measures just 2.17 square miles and its population is a not-so-whopping 1,015 according to the latest census. Despite its diminutive size, this crazy little town has managed a national reputation as a notorious speed trap. And now, it’s made national news for its dubious practices. If you’ve ever visited the area and asked for directions or recommendations, you’ve likely heard it – “Don’t speed through Waldo.” And if you didn’t...

February 9, 2015
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Gasoline and Vehicles Have Evolved Since 1927

A lot has changed with both vehicles and fuel over the past century. Photo credit: Jan Klaver/ Creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Buy a small car with a manual transmission, only fill it with premium gas, and only go to the filling station early in the morning when it is cooler outside, and keep your car in neutral at stop lights or in traffic – do all these things and you improve your MPG by exactly nothing – 0 percent. That’s right; the above run on sentence has nothing but myths about improving gas mileage. The number of myths circulating among car owners is legion. Let’s dismember them for good, E3 Spark Plugs fans… Small cars are more fuel-efficient: Not so, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Advances in diesel...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: New Documentary “Pump??? Examines America’s Oil Dependence

“Pump” is an eye-opening new documentary that examines America’s dependence on foreign oil. For years now, there’s been much talk about America’s dependence on oil, particularly oil that’s imported from other countries. Now, a new documentary examines the history of Big Oil, the daily and far-reaching impacts of our ever-increasing oil consumption, and potential solutions. “PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump,” say the film’s promoters. Consider these statistics from the Sierra Club: The US uses...

February 9, 2015
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