Author: Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.

V90 Cross Country Not Your Father’s Volvo Station Wagon

CHATHAM, Mass. – Volvo spent decades building a reputation in the U.S. for solid, safe, boring cars, especially station wagons, filled with “smart,” upscale suburbanites, but with vehicles like the 2021 Volvo V90 T6 AWD Cross Country boring no longer fits the Swedish brand. Gone is the box-like profile of…

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Liebherr has added brake assist to its wheel loaders

Source: The following is excerpted from an International Industrial Vehicle Technology post about Liebherr improving the safety of its wheel loaders with the addition of brake assistant and other features in the personnel-detection system. NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Accidents with wheel loaders occur most when the machine operator reverses after…

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Tundra: the Toyota of Big Pickups

CHATHAM, Mass. – While shooting the lead photo for this post, I was approached by a guy who got out of a very clean, late-model Toyota Tundra. “How do you like the Tundra?” was his first words followed immediately by, “It’s the best truck I’ve ever had, and I’ve had…

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PFC Brakes and Solenium Group have announced a partnership

CLOVER, S.C. – PFC Brakes, producers of premium CarbonMetallic® brake pads, will partner with Solenium Group, suppliers of software for the automotive aftermarket. According to PFC Brakes announcement of the partnership, “The parallels and mutual experience have made this partnership decision a no-brainer for our organization. With the rapid growth…

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Yamaha is recalling 18,023 motorcycles due to a faulty front-brake switch

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corporation USA is recalling some 20,000 motorcycles in the United States due to a potential failure of the front-brake switch which can lead to multiple problems. The 18,203 motorcycles covered by the recall are model years 2013-2021 Yamaha MTT9GT (TRACER GT), MXTGTKL (NIKEN GT), MT10,…

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Navistar is recalling about 20,000 work trucks because engine revving during power takeoff can overwhelm the parking brake

LISLE, Ill. – Navistar International is recalling almost 20,000 heavy-duty trucks in the United States and Canada whose engine revving while using a power takeoff (PTO) accessory, like emptying a dump truck, might overwhelm the vehicle’s parking brake. Recalled were 17,213 trucks from model years 2014 through 2021 under the…

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Hyundai Tucson recall grows to approximately 650,000 vehicles

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai Motor America added some 472,024 2016-2018 model-year Hyundai Tucson sport utility vehicles to a September recall to repair a brake-system issue which might result in an engine fire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-543, the vehicle…

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Highlander Offers Solid SUV Credentials in 2021

CHATHAM, Mass. – Toyota brings seven basic sport utility/crossover utility vehicles (SUV/CUV) to the most competitive segment of the automotive market, ranging from the subcompact C-HR to the large Sequoia. Right in the middle, offering a set of features aimed at pleasing consumers who want SUV features, modern amenities, comfort…

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NRS Brakes added galvanized pads for Mercedes-Benz V8s

Source: NRS Brakes announcement TORONTO – NRS Brakes has recently added to its product line galvanized brake pads for the Mercedes-Benz SL400, SL450 and SL550. In addition to those models, NRS brake pads also offer premium friction, noise-canceling piston cushions and shims for owners of Mercedes-Benz s560, 560e, s450 and…

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Mitsubishi Adds ADAS to 2021 Mirage, G4 models

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Mitsubishi Motors North America has added new safety/advanced driver-assist systems to the new 2021 Mirage and G4 subcompact automobiles, which the company touts as the most fuel-efficient gasoline-fueled non-hybrid vehicles sold in the United States. For the 2021 model year, all Mirage and Mirage G4 four-door sedans…

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2019 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans equipped with EPB are part of two unrelated Daimler truck-unit recalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) and Daimler Vans USA, LLC recently agreed to recall certain Thomas buses and Sprinter vans. The unrelated separate recalls cover 28 and 9,094 vehicles, respectively. DTNA determined during a test on model year 2021 Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley equipped…

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Hyundai is recalling certain 2019/2020 model-year Kona SUVs as well as Nexo fuel-cell SUVs due to an issue with their IEB system

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Hyundai Motor America has agreed to recall certain 2019/2020 Kona Electric and Nexo fuel cell vehicles because they may have a malfunctioning Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) system. The company has announced recalls for more than 52,000 vehicles due to a similar issue in several other countries,…

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Champion Brands will be celebrating its 65th year in the lubricant business throughout 2021

Source: Champion Brands announcement CLINTON, Mo. – Champion Brands, LLC, a globally recognized industry manufacturer of chemicals, lubricants, brake fluids, motor oils and additives, announced a year-long 65th Anniversary Celebration in 2021.  Highlights of the 65th anniversary celebration will be sponsorship of national & regional auto races, product contests, promotions,…

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Pacifica reaches new minivan heights with Pinnacle model

CHATHAM, Mass. – Chrysler introduced the modern minivan as a 1984 model and during the four decades since has continuously improved, refined and perfected the genre, culminating in the new for 2021 Pinnacle version of the Chrysler Pacifica. Actually, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) calls this variant “a premium people mover…

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ChrisFix demonstrated the benefits of galvanized brake pads, like these NRS Brakes pads, in a reacent Instagram post

TENNERT, N.J. – Chris Magello, better known to his more than seven-million YouTube followers as automotive guru ChrisFix, has often sung the praises of galvanized brake pads and on a recent Instagram post demonstrated some of their benefits. The genesis of the post was a customer complaint about noise from…

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LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost confident the company will cointinue to grow as it weathers the pandemic with sales increases

Source: LIQUI MOLY announcement ULM, Germany – LIQUI MOLY, the Ulm-based lubricant, including brake fluid, specialist, has seen two consecutive months of increasing sales, evidence it has followed the right course during the pandemic. Under Ernst Prost, Managing Director of LIQUI MOLY, the company has made major investments to combat…

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Audi Q3 and Volvo Trucks models are involved in two separate, unrelated brake recalls

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced two separate brake-related recalls, one for a potential brake-pedal failure in certain Audi Q3 vehicles, and another concerning inadvertent parking-brake actuation in certain Volvo Trucks. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. agreed to recall 313 Audi Q3 subcompact sport…

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GM will soon begin notifying owners of the C8 Corvette and other models about an electronic brake boost recall

DETROIT- General Motors (GM) will on Jan. 4, 2021 begin notifying owners of certain 2020 C8 Corvettes as well as several Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles about a recall due to an electronic brake boost issue. The issue, which was covered by The BRAKE Report following the National Highway Traffic…

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CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is recalling 1,375 2019-2020 model year Skeeter ZXR, FXR, WR,ZX,WX,SX and Solera Series Trailers because the caliper assembly could come loose and adversely impact braking. According to federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-778: “On affected trailers,…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – Jeep has added a 3-liter V6 diesel to the Gladiator line of midsize pickup trucks for 2021 providing both outstanding low-end torque and superb fuel economy. Like most modern automotive diesels, the Gladiator drives like a gasoline-engined truck with little of the diesel clatter making its way…

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CHATHAM, Mass. – Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond The BRAKE Report’s control, TBR Drive is on a one-week hiatus and will not appear this week. It will return next Monday with a new vehicle-evaluation report. Here are links to a few recent TBR Drives: Toyota Venza Offers a New Look…

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has agreed to recall 21,758 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport sport utility vehicles (SUV) because corrosion could cause failure of their parking brakes. According to National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-741, due to improper manufacture, the…

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan has made four-wheel disc brakes standard on the SV and SR trims of its entry-level crossover Kicks range. Base S models continue with a front disc/rear drum setup. Additional standard equipment for 2021 includes the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 advance driver-assist systems (ADAS), which includes Automatic…

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