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Paraplegic woman suing GM over 3rd degree seat-heater burns [w/video] PDF Print E-mail

Paraplegic allegedly burned by GM seat heaters

A quick Google search for "danger of heated seats" reveals any number of news stories about burn risks and the potential for damage to the, um, potency, of men. For most of us, though, we know when a heated seat gets too hot. 26-year-old Emma Verrill doesn't have that luxury.

Verrill has been a paraplegic since the age of 15, when spinal surgery to correct her scoliosis went wrong. She has touch sensation in her lower extremities, but she's unable to sense temperature, a major problem after a ride in a friend's 2008 Chevrolet Suburban from New York City to the Connecticut coast. Unbeknownst to her, the heated seats were on, and were generating temperatures so extreme she was unaware of the third-degree burns she was suffering. Verrill didn't discover the burns until the following day.

Following a skin graft to repair the damage, Verrill spent three months on her stomach, under the care of her parents at the family's home.

"I couldn't do anything for myself," Verrill told the Portland Press Herald. "I was literally in bed on my stomach. It's not like I was just homebound."

Since then, a suit was filed against General Motors on Verrill's behalf, alleging that the embattled automaker failed to adequately test seat heaters, thereby allowing them to reach "dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh," the New York Daily News reports.

According to the Press Herald, GM has denied the claims that the Suburban's seat heater caused Verrill's injury, while also claiming it was unaware of any defect in the heaters. US Magistrate Judge John Rich III has ordered both sides to be ready for trial by May 4, 2015.

Scroll down and take a look at the news report from the Press Herald.

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #393 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Jay Leno keeps on truckin' in a 1967 Chevy C10 restomod from Holley PDF Print E-mail

Jay Leno doesn't seem like a pickup truck kind of guy. Sure, he may have some appreciation for practically every vehicle on the road, but surely he cares more for some of them a little more than others. Trucks just don't appear to be in his wheelhouse. Still, there's an exception to every rule, and this week he welcomes in the CEO of Holley Performance Products to highlight the company's restomodded 1967 Chevrolet C10 in Jay Leno's Garage.

Holley forgoes the big wheels, tons of chrome, huge engine path of modding in favor of a more subdued approach that focuses on mechanical upgrades. Under that mint green hood is a Chevy LS3 V8 mated to a six-speed Tremec T56 manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. The engine bay keeps the vintage styling too with a Holley self-tuning fuel injection system and coil pack covers – Jay describes the mill as looking like a "little block that thinks it's a big block." All told, the company thinks the truck is sending about 500 horsepower to the rear wheels.

Outside of the new engine, the C10 also gets a lowered suspension, wood-lined bed and modestly larger wheels with period styling. That green paint is original, too. Of course, looks are only half the equation for any restored vehicle, and Jay proves that with two big burnouts in this restomodded pickup. Check out this video of Leno happily going out of his comfort zone.

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2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 order guide spills all the details PDF Print E-mail

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06

2015 Chevy Corvette order guideWant to see how you'd configure your new Corvette Z06? No, we're afraid that model has yet to be included in Chevy's online configuration tool, but it has been added to the order guide. So now Corvette buyers will have the choice between the base Stingray coupe, the Z51 coupe, the Stingray convertible, Z51 convertible, Z06 coupe or Z06 convertible. That's six variants in all, giving those in the market for the latest American sports car a wealth of choices.

Of course, those three versions and two body-styles are only the starting point to which you can add a wealth of options, from the Performance Data Recorder to the full Z07 performance package with carbon-ceramic brakes and suspension upgrades. No matter which way you spec it, you're still getting the most powerful vehicle General Motors has ever made, with 650 horsepower and just as much torque from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that might as well be called the ZR1 already. Check out the order guide broken down page by page in the gallery below.

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What you missed on 8.18.14 PDF Print E-mail

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2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4MaticWe take the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic for a Quick Spin

We start off talking about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic by pointing out that it may be a bit of a bargain, coming in at a cost that's substantially less than its 12-cylinder sibling, the S65 AMG, while actually boasting a quicker 0-60 time. Still, at $161,935, this Benz better be a seriously good car. Read on to find out what we think.

Chevy Corvette Stingray convertibleChevrolet launches Valet Mode for 2015 Corvette

We're big fans of the latest Corvette Stingray, and Chevy seems intent to keep improving its overall package each and every year it's on the market, serving as a massive performance bargain in the process. For the 2015 model year, the Bowtie crew is adding a so-called Valet Mode to its Performance Data Recorder package. Read all the details here.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S RoadsterWill Aston Martin be able to keep selling the DB9 and Vantage in the US?

Safety regulations may force Aston Martin to pull its popular DB9 and Vantage models out of the US market. Unless NHTSA agrees to offer the small automaker an exemption, for which it has already petitioned, these models won't meet the latest side-impact safety standards set for all new cars sold in the States. We'll be sure to keep you informed.

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Chevy Corvette gets Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder [w/video] PDF Print E-mail

Corvette Valet Mode: A Baby Monitor For Your Baby
Handing over the keys just got easier

DETRIOT, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 – Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes will feel better about handing over the keys to their car, thanks to the new Valet Mode with Performance Data Recorder.

The industry-exclusive system allows drivers to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, audio and vehicle data when the Valet Mode is active.

"Think of it as a baby monitor for your car," said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. "Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight."

Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and disables the radio and infotainment system.

With the introduction of the industry-first Performance Data Recorder for 2015, Corvette drivers can also record HD video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active.

The video can be viewed instantly on the Corvette's eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer.

"Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days, allowing drivers to record their laps and improve their driving skills," said Charles. "We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated."

The Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team's data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.

The system includes three major components. First is a 720p, high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver's point-of-view through the window. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system utilizes a dedicated GPS receiver and is hardwired into the Stingray's Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options including Track Mode, Sport Mode, Touring Mode and Performance Mode. Also included with the system is the "Cosworth Toolbox" software, which combines Cosworth's professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface for users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance.

Valet Mode with the Performance Data Recorder will be available on all 2015 Corvette models.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Paraplegic woman suing GM over 3rd degree seat-heater burns [w/video] PDF Print E-mail

Paraplegic allegedly burned by GM seat heaters

A quick Google search for "danger of heated seats" reveals any number of news stories about burn risks and the potential for damage to the, um, potency, of men. For most of us, though, we know when a heated seat gets too hot. 26-year-old Emma Verrill doesn't have that luxury.

Verrill has been a paraplegic since the age of 15, when spinal surgery to correct her scoliosis went wrong. She has touch sensation in her lower extremities, but she's unable to sense temperature, a major problem after a ride in a friend's 2008 Chevrolet Suburban from New York City to the Connecticut coast. Unbeknownst to her, the heated seats were on, and were generating temperatures so extreme she was unaware of the third-degree burns she was suffering. Verrill didn't discover the burns until the following day.

Following a skin graft to repair the damage, Verrill spent three months on her stomach, under the care of her parents at the family's home.

"I couldn't do anything for myself," Verrill told the Portland Press Herald. "I was literally in bed on my stomach. It's not like I was just homebound."

Since then, a suit was filed against General Motors on Verrill's behalf, alleging that the embattled automaker failed to adequately test seat heaters, thereby allowing them to reach "dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh," the New York Daily News reports.

According to the Press Herald, GM has denied the claims that the Suburban's seat heater caused Verrill's injury, while also claiming it was unaware of any defect in the heaters. US Magistrate Judge John Rich III has ordered both sides to be ready for trial by May 4, 2015.

Scroll down and take a look at the news report from the Press Herald.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #393 LIVE! PDF Print E-mail

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #393 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Jay Leno keeps on truckin' in a 1967 Chevy C10 restomod from Holley PDF Print E-mail

Jay Leno doesn't seem like a pickup truck kind of guy. Sure, he may have some appreciation for practically every vehicle on the road, but surely he cares more for some of them a little more than others. Trucks just don't appear to be in his wheelhouse. Still, there's an exception to every rule, and this week he welcomes in the CEO of Holley Performance Products to highlight the company's restomodded 1967 Chevrolet C10 in Jay Leno's Garage.

Holley forgoes the big wheels, tons of chrome, huge engine path of modding in favor of a more subdued approach that focuses on mechanical upgrades. Under that mint green hood is a Chevy LS3 V8 mated to a six-speed Tremec T56 manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. The engine bay keeps the vintage styling too with a Holley self-tuning fuel injection system and coil pack covers – Jay describes the mill as looking like a "little block that thinks it's a big block." All told, the company thinks the truck is sending about 500 horsepower to the rear wheels.

Outside of the new engine, the C10 also gets a lowered suspension, wood-lined bed and modestly larger wheels with period styling. That green paint is original, too. Of course, looks are only half the equation for any restored vehicle, and Jay proves that with two big burnouts in this restomodded pickup. Check out this video of Leno happily going out of his comfort zone.

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