Mary didn’t know anything was wrong with her old Ford SUV when it was loaded onto a container ship in Europe in mid-2015. But she found out the hard way when it caught fire below deck, taking $45 million worth of other cars with it, causing another $55 million in damage to the vessel and its cargo, and sparking a legal fight between two car companies and the U.S. Department of Justice that remains ongoing. Mary—a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was shipping her car to Belgium as part of a relocation—wasn’t aware of the 10 recall notices that went out for the Escape, including two defects that had the potential to start a fire while it was off, according to legal filings and a 2017 summary of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. In total, the incident caused $100 million in damage, nearly half attributable to junked BMWs, Daimlers and Fords. The fire set off an intense legal dispute over the damage that roped in BMW, Ford … [Read more...] about How One Recalled SUV Destroyed $45 Million In Cars, Burned A Massive Ship, And Sparked A Legal Battle Between Ford And BMW
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Admittedly, when it comes to luxury cars in America, we don’t depart too far from tradition in demanding the proper creature comforts that you find in high-dollar vehicles from the brands of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Audi, and many others. Retaining a page from the tradition of automotive luxury, the new Genesis brand has been birthed to gain recognition in the luxury spectrum but doing such without the expected high price tag. To put things in motion, the Genesis brand, which is an offshoot of what was known as the highly praised Hyundai Genesis sedan, is now a full-on luxury brand. Initially introducing two premium sedans, the G80 and G90, Genesis has set out on a mission and tends to welcome new and returning luxury buyers. >> Get The Best Price On The Genesis G90 from a network of local dealers now. << One of their new premium sedans, the 2018 Genesis G90, not to be confused with the departed Hyundai Equus, carries the new brand into a place … [Read more...] about 2018 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 V8 Ultimate Review & Test Drive
(TNS)Tribune News ServiceNews Budget for Tuesday, May 1, 2018 ^<Updated at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 UTC).^<Additional news stories appear on the MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.This budget is now available at TribuneNewsService.com, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.^TOP STORIES<^Pompeo takes charge at State Department as challenges loom in Iran, North Korea<POMPEO:TBW — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will introduce himself to U.S. diplomats and rank-and-file employees Tuesday when he shows up at the State Department for the first time as boss. He wants to improve morale but faces major challenges.1000 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington.Moving later^Russian trolls' post-election task: Disrupt Florida and other US energy pipelines<USRUSSIA-HACKING-PIPELINES:WA — A television crew from Russia's largest state-backed network swooped into downtown Miami two days before New Year's Eve 2016 on a curious mission.RT, the network formerly known as … [Read more...] about [BC-MCT-NEWS-BJT]
What to you, qualifies as exotic? Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW comes with ten cylinders, six manually selectable gears, and a to-be-seen-in body, all of which support its place in the pantheon of performance machines. Will its price however, prove a little too exotic? While my opinion about yesterday’s pair of Fiat X1/9s may have been clolored by my uncontrollable afttraction for the model of car, cooler heads thankfully prevailed. That’s not to say that you all didn’t throw in with some X1/9 appreciation yourselves, and in a turnabout on Wednesday’s almost all-in Crack Pipe loss, the Italian doublet managed to share a wild 96-percent Nice Price win for their combo $5,700 price. I’d like to tell you about my other dream car, the AC ME3000, but we haven’t the time. Instead, let’s look at something perhaps not quite as rare and exotic, but which is close enough for government work. What we have here is a 2008 BMW M6 convertible, … [Read more...] about At $26,900, Could You See Yourself In This 2008 BMW M6 Convertible?
Vera Artis would seem to be a perfect fit for the state program created decades ago to ease the property tax burden on homeowners with modest incomes.She has no major assets beyond the tidy East Baltimore townhouse that she and her husband, now deceased, bought in the 1980s. Social Security and a pension bring in just $16,000 a year. "Money," she says, "is tight."And in fact, based on her income, the state would have picked up more than half of her $1,280 property tax bill this year — if only she had known to apply for the help.The subsidy that Artis, 61, is missing out on is called the Homeowners' Property Tax Credit, not to be confused with the Homestead Property Tax Credit open to all homeowners regardless of wealth.To qualify for the homeowners' credit, applicants cannot have household income over $60,000 or assets of $200,000 or more, excluding their primary residence and retirement savings. In some cases, the credit can wipe out a homeowner's entire annual property tax … [Read more...] about Many don’t know about tax break for lower-income homeowners
Just days after lacrosse brand STX unveiled its first helmets for the fast-growing sport, the helmets of two bigger rivals in the category were deemed unsafe.The turn of events for STX wasn't a fluke. The Baltimore company tipped off the organization that sets safety standards for the equipment. STX, maker of lacrosse sticks and other equipment, was testing its Stallion helmet last summer when it found that two competitors' models failed to meet performance standards.The response has been swift. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment voided certifications for those helmets last month. Then US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men's, women's and youth lacrosse, warned coaches, parents and players not to use the two helmet models or allow them to be worn in games, and alerted tournament officials to remove any players wearing the gear.The stakes are high. Companies are not only vying for the millions of dollars spent on helmets each year but for … [Read more...] about Lacrosse brand STX flagged competitor flaws, launches new helmet
My first-ever job in this industry was working on Performance Ford Magazine. When I wasn't larking around the incredibly lax offices, my days were filled with writing about Escort RS Turbos, Focus STs, Fiesta XR2s and even the odd Mondeo. But the majority of my life was, by far, taken up by talking about the Sierra RS Cosworth. The Cosworth sat astride the world of Ford's performance cars like a vast, tattooed gorilla; for many enthusiasts, nothing else mattered. You could feature wonderful little track day Fiestas whose owners had poured love and time into them, or beautifully set-up homebuild rallycross Pumas until the cows came home; for many of our readers, if it didn't have a YB engine in it, it wasn't worth the time of day. As you might expect, then, we spent plenty of time writing about Cossies. Not to mention, marvelling at how much they cost. Back then, a good, clean two-wheel-drive Sapphire Cosworth could be had for £5,000 - not too unreasonable. But a three-door, as we … [Read more...] about PH Service History: Be Cos It’s Worth It?
A few years ago, I decided to have a heart-to-heart talk with my little brother, the artist currently known as Bark M., about something that had always puzzled me.“Dude,” I asked, “why did you quit being a performing musician? You were making halfway decent money, you were on the road all the time, you were playing music that you loved, you were hooking up with a different college girl every night. Why would you leave all of that behind and manage a Men’s Wearhouse, for Christ’s sake?” Bark gave me this very sour look and replied, “I got sick of being in a van.”I had to laugh, because at that point it made perfect sense. I’ve never met anybody else who is as picky as my brother when it comes to travel. Take this past weekend for example. I was on a two-stop Southwest flight that ended up taking ten and a half hours in the air to get me from Oakland to Columbus; he was on a nonstop from LAX to Cincinnati. When I finally landed after … [Read more...] about San Francisco Business Owner Defies Police To Get His Van Back, Is Lectured By Local Moonbats