2014 BMW X5 Recalled over child safety locks

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BMW is in the process of notifying owners of the new 2014 X5 SUV’s built between December 2013 and March 2014 of a recall due to faulty child safety locks. According to BMW, the child safety locks can deactivate without warning on vehicles with the automatic soft closing option. The recall affects 6400 vehicles.

According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lock mechanism on the rear doors “may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances,” meaning the safety locks could disengage with a simple pull of the door handle. Basically, with a pair of tugs, the rear doors could be opened from the inside, regardless of child safety locks.

Here is the actual press release issued by the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles manufactured December 12, 2013, through March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic (SCA) option. The rear side door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage.
CONSEQUENCE:
A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear side door locks and any affected door locks will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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GM ignition switch nightmare

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GM Ignition Switch Recall

GM Faulty Switch Recall

General Motors insiders call this ignition switch the “switch from hell”. The ignition switch on the steering column of the Chevrolet Cobalt along with several other compact Chevrolet cars was so poorly designed that they easily slip out of the run position causing the engine to stall leaving the driver to muscle the car off the road. Once the engine stalls the airbags wont deploy, so in the event of an accident while getting the vehicle off the road the passengers are not protected. Vehicles involved include Chevy Cobalt from 2005-2007, 2007 Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion. 2006-2007 HHR, 2006-2007 Pontiac Pursuit, 2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky. The faulty ignition switches were to blame for 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths according to GM. Engineers at GM knew of the problem as early as 2004 when a test vehicle stalled on the test track as the drivers knee grazed the key FOB hanging in the ignition. Insiders at GM did not see the problem as a safety issue and ignored it for 11 years.

From 2004-2006, GM considered the fix too costly and sent out letters to dealerships explaining the problem and advising them to warn customers not to dangle too many objects from their key chains. GM elected not to use the word “stall” in the letter saying that was a “hot” word that could indicate there was a more serious safety issue.

In 2007, a GM engineer working with GM’s liability defense team began keeping track of Cobalt air bag problems and quickly noticed a pattern between the ignition switch and the air bags. He also noticed that the problem stopped after model year 2007 and wondered if the switch had been changed. He discovered that in 2006 one of GM’s top engineers had not only secretly signed off on a change in the switch that would increase the force it took to turn the key in the switch, but also used the same part number on the secretly changed switch as the faulty switch. Keeping the part number the same kept GM investigators from learning about what happened for years.

Then in 2011, a law firm hired to sue GM decided to X-ray two switches from 2 different model years and found they were different. This was the first time GM had learned about the secret changes to the switch by their top engineer. Even in light of all this new information, the GM recall committee was not immediately told about the fatal accidents that had occurred and so they waited for several more months to start recalling the cars in February of 2012.

On Thursday June 5th, 2014, a sweeping internal investigation of General Motors was released condemning the company for its decade-long failure to fix a deadly safety defect that led to “devastating consequences.”

The report, written by the former United States attorney Anton R. Valukas, set off the dismissal of 15 G.M. employees, including a vice president for regulatory affairs and a senior lawyer responsible for product liability cases, and forced broad changes in how the company handles vehicle safety.

There are still many of these vehicles on the road today. A lot of them handed down to teenagers and inexperienced young drivers to travel back and forth to school or college. If you own or are considering buying one of these vehicles, we highly recommend that you have the ignition switch checked out before driving the vehicle.

 

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What is the deal with Bump Keys?

divider for post pagesIf you do a Google search on bump keys you will find a lot of information on a technique that was once regarded as a top secret tool known only to locksmiths. For centuries this technique was guarded by reputable locksmiths and not shared with the general public.

Today thanks to the internet, many people have become aware of this once closely guarded secret and now that the cat is out of the bag, not only do the criminals have easy access to instructional how to videos but locksmiths themselves are using these videos and information on their websites to scare customers into purchasing additional security measures, thus making the cost of their locksmith service even more. The fact that scare tactics are being used on the consumer in an effort to increase the bottom line of the locksmiths business is bad enough, but add to that fact that locksmiths using these scare tactics are advancing the criminals efforts to learn and to use this technique to gain access to homes and businesses of the customers they claim to be so concerned for. Seems to me that if your customers safety and security is a concern, you would not be posting a how to video on your website, thus educating would be criminals about this technique

Yes the problem is real and the threat is there, but you have to wonder about a locksmith who claims to have your safety and security in mind and then posts videos educating criminals on how to do it. Don’t fall victim to these scare tactics, always hire a locksmith who truly takes your safety and security seriously. Here in Citrus county, 1 Able Locksmith is well aware of this technique and offers our customers the option of bump proofing their locks if that is what the customer feels they need.

The Citrus county Sheriffs Office will tell you that entry into houses and businesses are usually achieved through sliding glass doors or by throwing a brick through a window. I have not seen any reports where the majority of burglaries were carried out using bump keys. First of all the process of using a bump key makes a lot of noise. Noise is something a burglar tries to keep to a minimum in an effort to not attract attention. Add to that the fact that noise is not a quick one time thing but is often repetitive. Also a bump key is not as easy to use as the internet makes them out to be. They like anything else require practice to be an effective method of gaining entrance to a building. So when you are being told that you need protection against bump keys, keep in mind that although the use of a bump key is a possibility, it is not a preferred method of entry as many are trying to say it is.

You will not find on our website a video or any other form of scare tactic advising customers that they must have this service in order to keep their homes or businesses secure. We do take your security seriously, but we will not use scare tactics or contribute to the education of the criminals who would use the information given out on our website as a weapon to be used against our customers. Now that’s security!

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Door Locks on Millions of RV’s Recalled

divider for post pagesrv fall foliage colorful leaves natchez trace  40mphFastec Industrial Corporation (FIC) has recalled 2,864,670 RV door locks manufactured between January 2006 and April 2013 with keyed paddle style handles and deadbolt for use in recreational vehicles. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that can potentially jam the deadbolt in a lock with certain key codes. Models 43610, 40610 and 44610 door locks are included in this recall.

Model # 44610 RV Door Lock Recalled

RV Door Lock Recall Model 44610

Recalled RV Door Lock

Recalled Door Lock Model 43610

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock can jam also. A person inside the RV at the time will then be locked in and will be unable to exit the RV without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury. In the event of a fire, this situation could quickly become a life threatening emergency.

FIC will notify the original equipment door and recreational vehicle manufacturers and the consumers on record and instruct them on how to determine whether they have a defective lock. Consumers of record will be sent replacement cylinders with instructions, free of charge. The vehicle manufacturers will notify consumers. The recall is expected to begin September 10, 2013. Owners may contact FIC at 1-800-837-2505 Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 Eastern Standard Time.

Fastec Industrial Corporation is located at 2219 Eddie Williams Rd. in Johnson City, TN 37601. Their website address is http://www.fastecindustrial.com

We here at 1 Able Locksmith will be looking into this situation and acquiring the replacement locks needed to replace faulty locks as many visitors and citizens in our community have RV’s that could be affected. If you have purchased your RV second hand and dont receive a recall notice please feel free to contact us to replace these faulty door locks.

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Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults

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Recalled handgun safe

Battenfield Handgun Safe

Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults due to faulty locking mechanism.

If you own one of these gun vaults you may obtain more information by following the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Battenfeld-Technologies-Recalls-Three-Digit-Combination-Locking-Handgun-Vaults/

This recall includes compact and large handgun security vaults. The lock can fail allowing unintended access to weapons.

Contact Battenfeld Technologies Inc., toll free at (877) 509-9160 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.lockdownvaults.com and click on “Product Recall.”

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2013 Ford Lock Recall

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2013 recallFord Motor Co. is recalling certain Focus, C-Max and Escape models from the 2013 model year because of problems with their child locks.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the child locks on the left rear door of some vehicles were improperly made. The locks may not engage when drivers or other adults try to activate them. As a result the driver may think the child lock is engaged when it is not.

If this happens an unrestrained child could still open the door from the inside, increasing the risk of injury. Ford said the problem affects Focus and C-Max cars built from Nov. 16 through Nov. 21, 2012; and Escape SUVs built from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21, 2012.

The recall includes 5,675 vehicles.

Under the recall, Ford dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them if necessary The recall is expected to begin later this month. Customers may contact Ford at 866-436-7332.

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GM Recalls Midsize SUV’s for door lock issues

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GM 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

GM Recalls 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

It has come to our attention that GM is recalling 249,269 midsize SUV’s sold in 20 states. The states involved in the recall are those states considered to be in the “salt belt”.  Even though Florida is not one of the states specifically involved in the recall, we here in Citrus county have many residents who live here on a part time basis, or have traveled here and have purchased their vehicles from one of the states involved.

According to GM, the recall covers 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, as well as 2006-2007 Trailblazers, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are all part of this recall.

GM has said that fluid can get inside the drivers door module and cause corrosion that can cause a short in the circuit boards and potentially cause a fire. Some reports indicate that fires have started from this problem while the vehicle is keyed off and unattended.

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Honda recalling over 172,000 vehicles for door latch issue

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Honda door lock recall

Honda recalls some models for faulty door locks.

We here at 1 Able Locksmith are always on the lookout for locksmith news that may affect our customers here in Citrus and Marion County. It has come to our attention that Honda is recalling more than 321,000 small SUVs and cars across the globe, because the doors may not close. The recall affects 314,000 CR-V small SUVs from the 2012 model year and about 7,300 Acura ILX small luxury cars from the 2013 model year.

Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used. The company says no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.

The recall includes 166,600 CR-Vs and more than 6,200 ILXs in the U.S.
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Are Kwik Set Smartkeys really Smart?

divider for post pagesKwik Set put out a comical video to introduce the Kwik Set smart key to customers eagerly awaiting security technology that would not only protect their homes and businesses, but also give them the freedom to take control of access issues of their properties. The average homeowner will give the keys to their homes to many different people. Babysitters, contractors, neighbors and family members are just the beginning of the list of people who may at some point need a key to your home. Homeowners thought they had found a workable solution to their ongoing dilemma. But have they?

Consumers report jumped on the Kwik Set Smart Key band wagon shortly after it was introduced to the public..

As more people became aware of this new product, more and more homeowners installed the Kwik Set Smart Key. As word spread of the convenience of this new product, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes struggled to keep them on the shelves. The honeymoon has been short lived though as consumers began to have problems with the locks rekeying themselves. As a locksmith, I have run across a couple issues with these locks.

One of the biggest selling points of the Smart Key was the fact that it was bump proof. That, in and of itself is a great thing, unless your the locksmith that gets the call from a homeowner locked out of their home who has installed one of these locks. The good news here is that thieves cant bump or pick your locks, the bad news is that if you lock yourself out of your house, you cant bump or pick it either. I have had to purchase a special tool to defeat the Kwik Set Smart key locks. Good news for the locked out homeowner. The bad news is that once I use this tool in your lock, it can render it unable to rekey another key and even though the existing key my still work the lock for a while, damage has been done to the inside of the lock and it is recommended that the lock be replaced.

It is worth noting that Kwik Set is not the only company to put out this Smart Key technology. Schlage followed suite and came out with its own version of the Smart Key technology. Schlage called their version SecureKey. Schlage discontinued there SecureKey products as of December 31, 2011. It is unclear from the original announcement the reason for the discontinuation, however the press release does mention the fact that Kwik Set filed a law suit against Schlage over this Smart Key technology.

There was recently a lockpicking contest at a locksmith convention here in Florida. 56 Kwikset SmartKey and 56 Schlage SecureKey were challenged. On that day the Kwikset product proved to be much more pick resistant. Only one was picked, whereas, forty four of the Schlage locks were picked. Here is link to the full article:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100825005392/en

The fact that these locks could be rekeyed by the homeowners themselves was another big draw for these locks. If you search Google for the Kwik Set Smart Key, you will find comment after comment of people who have installed these locks just to have the key quit working days or months later. Like most great new technology, the SmartKey has had its growing pains. The problem is that these locks apparently have the ability to rekey themselves at random giving the homeowner little or no warning. There seems to be mixed reviews about this self rekeying issue however, as some homeowners have had no problems at all with their locks, while others have had nothing but trouble with theirs. If you have purchased one of these locks, I highly recommend you register your product with Kwik Set. This will ensure you receive the support you need in the event you are one of the customers who experience a problem with your new lock.

I am looking forward to comments from my readers who are using these locks. The majority of the positive feedback I receive from my customers using this Kwik Set product does not match the number of negative comments I see about it on the internet.

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Protecting Aluminum Storefront door locks

Aluminum Steel commercial door

Commercial doors

With crime rates on the rise and store owners and other commercial buildings becoming prime targets, we have taken on the task of locating better security hardware for commercial locks. Although most locks used on commercial aluminum doors are fine quality with heavy hardened steel plates to bolt the door against intrusions, they are still vulnerable since the cylinder device is left unguarded. The cylinder is the point of the key entry which activates the lock. Once the cylinder is removed or can be picked or bypassed, the lock will be opened leaving that business vulnerable. We have come across a product that is designed to protect the lock cylinder making it impossible to penetrate. This lock guard eliminates the weakest spot in the security of any aluminum stile commercial door.

Commercial Door Guard

This product offers you total protection against the common types of forced entry. The hardened steel box encases the cylinder and fasteners through your door with 3/8″ sheer strength hardened recessed bolts, to make wrenching totally impossible. The hardness of the box repels common drilling equipement by covering the cylinder with a hardened steel disc, to prevent burglar access to cylinder keyway and eliminates the possibility of picking, or removing the lock cylinder.

This product provides maximum security with any mortise cylinder used on aluminum storefront doors in existance today. We believe this product to be one of the best and most cost effective products that business owners can make to their existing security hardware. Contact 1 Able Locksmith for more information or to order your lock guards today!

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