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We frequently concentrate on keeping our homes cool but often forget about our cars. When the hot Arizona summer comes around, you need to be aware of car safety concerns with the heat. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your car cool and safe during the Arizona summer.

Safety

The most important thing to remember is that your car can be extremely hot during the summer, and when parked, it becomes like an oven. According to experts, the temperatures in a car can reach 150 degrees in less than an hour, even if the windows are left cracked open. This is not only dangerous but can be fatal for a child or pet.

Never leave a child or pet in a car. Children and pets are more sensitive to temperature changes than adults, Children and pets can suffer heat stroke in a matter of minutes

Don’t leave your car unlocked. Many heat-related car deaths result when children get into unlocked cars to play. Lock car doors and trunks, even when at home, and make sure keys are not accessible to children.

When your car has been parked in the sun, be particularly cautious of seat belt buckles and car seats. They can often be hot enough to cause serious burns.
Check your fluids regularly. During the Heat of the summer, the last thing you want is for your car to overheat. Have your automobile serviced regularly during the hot months.

Summer Car Tips

When it is extremely hot outside, there are a few simple things that you can do to keep the heat down inside your car.

Park in the Shade – If at all possible, try to find a parking spot in the shade. Even if it means you have to walk a bit further, you’ll be glad to do it when you return to a car that isn’t sweltering inside.

Purchase a Sunshade – These are quite cheap and very effective. You can purchase shades for the front windshield as well as others for back windows at any auto parts store, or at Dodge in Scottsdale.

Get Your Windows Tinted – Just about any dealership service department, like Chapman Dodge, can tint your windows, and the cost is very reasonable. Some windshield/tinting specialists can do the job in no time at all, and it’s definitely worth it. Also, they will be aware of laws on window tint level.

Keep a Summer Auto Kit – Bring extra water when you leave the house, perhaps a cooler, and throw a few towels in to cover seats or the steering wheel when the car is parked.

Be Careful What You Leave in the Car – Last but certainly not least, take care on what you leave in the car. Summer heat can destroy common car contents such as CDs or DVDs, pressurized items like hairspray or soda cans, credit cards, cell phones and other electronic devices.

 

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A variety of engineering errors can cause a defect in a car. Cars aren’t perfect, and often owners are unaware of how to deal with a malfunction. Usually, the problem is concentrated on models that were produced during a certain time period at one specific plant. Therefore, not all drivers of a specific vehicle would be forced to pull off the road when a defect for that model is announced to the public.

When faced with a recall, aside from obvious signs of random malfunctions, you will be alerted to the defect in your car via standard mail or electronically if you have an online account with your dealer or an on-board communication system in your car. When the manufacturer or the government acknowledges that there is a defect, an Official Safety Recall Notice is sent to owners who are at risk. The notice provides details about the problem as well as instructions on the best way to handle it. In most cases, drivers are advised to bring the car to their Phoenix Chrysler dealer as soon as possible.

According to Scottsdale Chrysler, here is a list of current recalls:

Warning Light

A small number of customers reported intermittent airbag warning-light illumination. An investigation by Chrysler Group engineers led to the discovery of a seat side-airbag wiring harness terminal that did not meet specification. These are large cars, including the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. All were assembled between April and December of 2011.

Fuel-Tank Transfer Tube

Engineers discovered that the tubes didn’t maintain the proper shape. That could restrict fuel flow, causing the vehicles to stall. Jeep Compass and Patriot models from 2011 and 2012 are being recalled to fix an issue with the fuel tank transfer tubes. One accident has been reported related to this issue.

Rear Brake Calipers

This recall effects 52 2013 Dodge Darts. The company says they were all built during the same 24 hour period in November. The vehicles have brake calipers that don’t meet specifications.

Engine Cover

Seven thousand 2013 heavy-duty Ram pickups (2500 and 3500 models) are being recalled to replace a cover for the diesel engine. Chrysler says that cover has less heat resistance than intended. However, the vast majority of these pickups are still on dealer lots. Only 550 have been sold to customers.

Tunnel Shield

This recall affects Dodge Nitros and Jeep Libertys from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Chrysler says a heat shield that can loosen and contact the drive-shaft causing wear and possible breakage over time. That can cause the vehicle to stall. Altogether, 78,500 vehicles are affected.

Parking Brake Cable

A routine internal audit of 2013 Ram 1500 pickups discovered a small number of vehicles whose parking brakes did not comply with mandated performance standards. Ninety three hundred 2013 Ram pickups are being recalled to inspect their parking brakes and, if necessary, reset them according to specification. This puts the vehicles at risk of rolling away, if they are parked on a steep hill.

In all of the recalls, owners will receive specific instructions in the mail. If any of these recalls affect you, visit Chapman Chrysler.