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Takata airbag death in Ford Ranger

WASHINGTON – Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015.

Ford said both Takata deaths occurred with inflators built

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Porsche Classic will offer 3D-printed parts for cars like the 959.

Sourcing replacement parts for
classic cars is never easy, especially when it comes to small-volume models.
Porsche is trying to come up with a workaround and is now offering
a limited number of 3D-printed parts for some of its classic cars, including the 959
supercar from the ’80s. In total, Porsche will offer nine 3D-printed parts and is examining the possibility of 20 more. Porsche Classic offers roughly 52,000 parts for various models.

Only 292 Porsche 959s were ever built, meaning parts were in limited supply from the start. Porsche will use selective laser melting to create the release lever

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J.D. Power, Palantir to partner on artificial intelligence tools for dealers, OEMs


J.D. Power has announced a new partnership with data analytics firm Palantir Technologies to create artificial intelligence solutions for the car business.

In a press release, the two companies stated that the collaboration would leverage J.D. Power’s data, which includes information from virtually every segment in the automotive industry, to develop artificial intelligence-powered analytics and workflow tools. The partnership is not only intended to help dealers face the challenges affecting their business but also to promote more synergy between OEMs and regulatory agencies.

Alexander Karp, Palantir co-founder and CEO, noted that the “automotive industry is at a critical inflection point

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Microsoft Teams Exploit Tool Auto-Delivers Malware

A new tool is available on GitHub that gives attackers a way to leverage a recently disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Teams and automatically deliver malicious files to targeted Teams users in an organization.

The tool, dubbed “TeamsPhisher,” works in environments where an organization allows communications between its internal Teams users and external Teams users — or tenants. It allows attackers to deliver payloads directly into a victim’s inbox without relying on a traditional phishing or social engineering scams to get it there.

“Give TeamsPhisher an attachment, a message, and a list of target Teams users,” said the tool’s developer Alex

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Quality Takes a Back Seat to Innovation as Problems Reach a Record High

New vehicles are becoming more problematic, evidenced by the number of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) rising a record 30 PP100 during the past two years. According to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Initial Quality Study the rise in problems is 12 PP100 greater than in 2022, which follows an increase of 18 PP100 in 2022 from 2021. In 2023, the industry average is 192 PP100. A lower score reflects higher vehicle quality.

The continuing decline in quality can be attributed to multiple factors such as greater usage and penetration of technology; continued integration of known problematic audio systems into

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Signs of a foul or failing camshaft place sensor

The camshaft place sensor gathers details about the car’s camshaft velocity and sends it to the car’s engine management module (ECM). The ECM makes use of this information to find out the timing of the ignition, in addition to the timing of the gasoline injection that the engine requires. With out this data, the engine wouldn’t be capable of perform correctly.

Over time, the camshaft place sensor can fail, or turn into worn down, as a result of accidents or regular put on and tear. There are a couple of warning indicators to be careful for earlier than your camshaft

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