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06 July 2020

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    06 July 2020

    A model year 2009 Nissan Murano soft brake pedal lawsuit has been dismissed after the plaintiff failed to adequately plead that Nissan concealed problems with the antilock braking system (ABS) control modules.

    The plaintiff says he purchased a 2009 Nissan Murano in 2011 from a Missouri Nissan dealership.

    In May 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into possible soft brake pedal problems, and Nissan admitted there were problems with the ABS control modules.

    In November 2017, the plaintiff's Murano experienced a soft brake pedal problem and he took the vehicle to a dealership which couldn't replicate the problem. The plaintiff also alleges technicians told him they didn't know of any problems with the Murano braking systems.

    Then in March 2018, Nissan issued a service campaign for 2009 Nissan Murano ABS actuator soft brake pedal problems in 93,000 SUVs, and the following month NHTSA upgraded its Murano brake investigation.

    According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiff's Murano had another soft brake pedal issue, and this time the dealership flushed the brake fluid and inspected the ABS actuator. However, the dealer allegedly wouldn't replace the actuator unless the plaintiff paid for repairs.

    A month later Nissan issued a formal recall and notified Murano owners about testing the ABS hydraulic control units to look for stuck valves. Nissan replaced the plaintiff's ABS control module in June 2019.

    Three months later the plaintiff filed the Murano soft brake pedal class action lawsuit which alleges Nissan knew about problems with soft brake pedals in 2010 but took no action on the matter.

    The plaintiff also argues Nissan hasn't taken the problems seriously and everything the automaker has done hasn't been adequate to fix problems with soft brake pedals.

    In its motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Nissan argues its actions have fixed the problems and there is no evidence to suggest the automaker knew about the problems in 2010. Nissan told the judge the plaintiff shouldn't have sued about wanting a new ABS control module in his Murano because the module had already been replaced.

    Nissan also says the plaintiff cannot show any risk of future harm because Nissan has already replaced his ABS control module, and the judge agreed the plaintiff lacks standing to seek injunctive relief of a new ABS unit.

    As for Nissan allegedly knowing about soft brake pedal problems in 2010 but concealing knowledge of it, the judge ruled the lawsuit fails to state a claim for fraudulent concealment.

    The judge ruled the claim that Nissan knew in 2010 "does not appear to be based on any facts, or any facts from which such a conclusion could be inferred. It appears the earliest date one can infer that Nissan had knowledge of the defect is 2017."

    Judge Greg Kays also dismissed the claim of allegedly violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act by ruling the plaintiff "presents no evidence Nissan had this information prior to the 2017 investigation."

    And finally, the judge dismissed a claim of unjust enrichment because when the plaintiff made his Murano purchase in 2011, "there were no circumstances indicating that the sale of the vehicle was unequitable or unjust."

    The Nissan Murano soft brake pedal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri: Ellis, et al., v. Nissan North America Inc., et al.

    CarComplaints.com has owner-reported 2009 Murano brake complaints here and here.

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  • Watch JCB demolishing Mahindra Scorpio & Toyota Fortuner of UP gangster [Video]
    06 July 2020

    Government officials on Saturday used a backhoe to demolish the house of gangster Vikas Dubey in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The criminal whose accomplices shot dead eight policemen during a failed raid in village Dehat of Kanpur. The district administration of Kanpur used the same earthmover that the criminals used to block the police vehicles in Bikru village, which is about 45 km away from the district police headquarter.

    How does this help in nabbing Vikas Dubey ?pic.twitter.com/ovdSxoTo3a

    — Ramandeep Singh Mann (@ramanmann1974) July 5, 2020

    Apart from demolishing the house, the officials also used the same JCB to destroy two cars that were parked in the house. A video on the internet shows the backhoe toying with the white Mahindra Scorpio and turning it into a mangled pile of metal. The JCB can be seen moving around the wreck as the officials look on. In the background, a first-generation Toyota Fortuner can be spotted mangled in the same way. The Fortuner’s roof has been completely destroyed. Both Mahindra Scorpio and Toyota Fortuner are built tough and are quite popular in the Indian market.

    The officials have not mentioned if the car belonged to the criminal Vikas Dubey of his accomplices yet. Both the vehicles have been completely destroyed and there is nothing that can be done to save them and make them usable.

    The killing of eight policemen during the raid sent a shockwave and the Kanpur Police swung into action. The Inspector General (IG) of Kanpur, Mohit Agarwal said that the fortified one-storey house was built in 2013. It had a boundary of 12 feet all around and barbed wire was placed to protect the palatial house. He also said that Dubey has been accused by the people for grabbing the land by using muscle power to build the house. He also is accused of extorting money from the people.

    The cops are looking for evidence at the demolished house now and they have even found a bunker. There were 25 live rounds and shrapnels found with two kg of explosives and six country-made pistols. IG Agarwal says that the infrastructure could have allowed the criminals to survive for days safely.

    The ownership of the JCB that was found blocking the way could not be identified yet. However, the cops seized the JCB Backhoe and used it to demolish the house and the cars parked there. Kanpur Police have also taken sub-divisional officer (SDO) and another employee of power sub-station from where the electricity supply interrupted during the raid. The police are investigating how officials gave the information of the raid to the criminals and helped them to kill the policemen.

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06 July 2020

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  • Kevin Harvick wins second consecutive, tyre-d Brickyard 400
    06 July 2020

    Kevin Harvick enjoyed winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2019 so much that he returned for a second date with the bricks. In a race plagued by tyre failures that knocked out numerous drivers in hard wrecks, including fellow race and main championship contender Denny Hamlin, Harvick scored his third Brickyard 400 (officially the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400) victory and fourth 2020 Cup Series win after holding off Matt Kenseth in overtime.

    Joey Logano started on the pole ahead of Kurt Busch, the latter of whom was making his 700th career Cup start. Justin Allgaier and Timmy Hill were sent to the rear for a driver change and failing inspection twice, respectively. Allgaier replaced Jimmie Johnson, who is out with COVID-19, in the #48 Hendrick Motorsports machine for the race, making it the first Cup event without the seven-time champion since the 2001 season finale.

    Stage #1

    Continuing NASCAR’s trend of bad weather luck, the race was delayed due to lightning strikes in the area.

    After an hour of waiting, the race finally got underway as Logano led. Martin Truex Jr., who started eighth, quickly found himself falling due to a spark plug; by lap ten, he was out of the top twenty-five.

    “I thought we were gonna have a great day. We ran a lap and a half and it was feeling really good and then the engine went down,” Truex began in an interview with NBC. “[…] We could have easily fixed it and had a really good day, I think.”

    Meanwhile, Logano’s Team Penske team-mate Ryan Blaney and Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing comrade Kyle Busch clashed. Blaney had clipped and turned Busch the previous week at Pocono Raceway.

    Harvick chose to pit before the rest of the field on lap 13, with the competition caution coming out as he neared his pit stall. When the others came to pit road, a pile-up occurred near the entrance that collected Truex, Allgaier, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Preece, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Pit road at Indianapolis is the narrowest on the Cup schedule at just 24 feet, with a similar accident also taking place in the previous year’s race that also claimed Truex and Stenhouse.

    Blaney was also involved when Brennan Poole bumped into his rear while trying to avoid the stack-up, while Blaney’s rear tyre changer Zach Price was caught between the two cars. Price’s helmet came off as he was pinched by the vehicles, but he was able to withdraw safely and give a thumbs-up as he was being taken to the hospital by ambulance. With LaJoie out of the race, his rear tyre changer Curtis Thompson took over Price’s role; Penske provides crewmen to fellow Ford team Go Fas Racing.

    Brave people that climb over the wall on pit road.

    Happy to see the @Blaney pit crew member smiling with a thumbs up after a crash in the early goings of the #Brickyard400 on @NBC. pic.twitter.com/CCAak9kCCO

    — NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 5, 2020

    “The #15 [Poole] got into the back of me. I didn’t know if I got the gentleman on the #12 or not,” Allgaier said. “Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled up there, one car after another, we’re just getting run into.”

    The red flag was waved to facilitate cleanup. Once it was lifted, Truex received a two-lap penalty for having too many crewmen over the wall to repair damage and diagnose the issue; he eventually retired from the race. Allgaier, Stenhouse, and Poole attempted to return to the race, but the damaged proved to be too much for Allgaier as he returned to pit road and exited the event, while Stenhouse and Poole failed to meet minimum speed.

    The race resumed on lap 20 with Harvick and Logano on the front row. Although Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing ally Aric Almirola ran behind the leaders, he pitted to address a vibration after making contact with Alex Bowman on the restart.

    On lap 41, Ryan Newman cut his right-front tyre and hit the wall. During the ensuing caution, Ty Dillon changed two tyres to be the first off pit road, while William Byron and the top five stayed out to assume the lead for the restart with four laps remaining in the stage.

    As Byron and Erik Jones pulled away at the green flag and remained in their respective spots, the Dillon brothers Ty and Austin fought with Harvick for third. Receiving a push from Elliott, Austin Dillon claimed third with his drafting partner right behind.

    Harvick, Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer also received stage points.

    Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesStage #2

    Lap 56 saw the start of ths econd stage as Elliott and Harvick comprised the front row. Receiving a push from DiBenedetto on the outside line, Elliott was able to clear Harvick; the latter lost another spot when Hamlin drafted his way past.

    On lap 75, Jones’ right-front tyre went down, causing him to slam into the outside wall in turn three and catch fire. Although Jones was unharmed, it has been a bad weekend to be a JGR driver with the Jones surname; Xfinity Series racer Brandon Jones also had his car go up in flames during Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis road course.

    Byron gained nine positions on his stop to be the first out of the pits. However, his day quickly took a turn when the restart took place on lap 83: after Dillon overtook him for the first green-flag lead change of the day, he lost his left-front tyre for the caution.

    “Just cannot believe how it’s gone for us when we are running well so far this year,” Byron tweeted. “Unbelievable.”

    The tyre attrition raised eyebrows, though it can be attributed to a lack of practice to place rubber on the surface and higher track temperatures; the tyres were also the same combination used at Pocono last week, while the right sides were the same types from the 2019 Indianapolis event. NASCAR’s tyre manufacturer Goodyear tweeted a description of their sets prior to the race.

    The tire setup NASCAR Cup teams will run at Indianapolis today (4:00p ET on @NASCARonNBC) features the same RS tire code they ran at The Brickyard last year with a different LS code (construction update). This is the same combination of tires they ran at Pocono last week.

    — Goodyear Racing (@GoodyearRacing) July 5, 2020

    The search for grip will be important for NASCAR Cup teams at Indianapolis today. Factors: (1) high loads down the long straightaways-teams need to respect recommended air pressures; (2) much higher ambient temps than last year; (3) no practice for teams to tune in their set-ups.

    — Goodyear Racing (@GoodyearRacing) July 5, 2020

    Another restart commenced on lap 88, during which Harvick executed a daring move to take the lead from Dillon and Hamlin as he squeezed himself between Hamlin and the grass to go three-wide. Moments later, Blaney got loose while racing Keselowski and spun into the outside wall for another yellow.

    Harvick went on to take the stage win ahead of Elliott, Hamlin, DiBenedetto, Dillon, Kenseth, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, and Bowyer.

    Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesStage #3 and overtime

    Harvick and Elliott occupied the top two as the final stage opened, though Daniel Suárez restarted on the inside after staying out.

    The stage would be dominated by Harvick and Hamlin. As the event passed the 120-lap mark, green-flag stops began, with Kenseth inheriting the lead after the Harvick/Hamlin pair pitted.

    On lap 134, Bowman also fell victim to tyre failure when his right-front went down, sending him into the SAFER barrier. During stops, Kyle Busch returned to pit road for loose lug nuts, while Harvick and Hamlin stayed out to stay on top.

    The restart came with 22 laps to go as Hamlin took off. Despite a concerted effort by Kenseth to get past Harvick, the latter held his ground.

    Hamlin was in position to win his first Brickyard 400 and become the fourth driver in history to win the event and the Daytona 500 in the same season when the tyre demons haunted his car. With seven laps remaining, his right-front went down and he careened into the outside wall, lighting his car on fire.

    “We were stretching out there but we weren’t pushing our right-front at all,” Hamlin said. “It was kind of roulette, when you get one that’s gonna stay together or not and mine didn’t. You saw the end results.”

    Overtime was initiated as Harvick and Kenseth held the front row, the latter seeking his first win since his return to racing in May. Despite being on older tyres, Harvick received a strong push from SHR team-mate Cole Custer and began to pull away. Kenseth could not find the draft as Harvick stormed off to his third Brickyard victory and 53rd career win. The triumph also secured a weekend sweep for Stewart-Haas after Chase Briscoe won the Xfinity race.

    “We knew he was gonna be really close on tyres,” Harvick began after the race, “Rodney (Childers, crew chief) told me on the radio, he said, ‘Just make sure you keep the pressure on him.’, and that was all the pressure I could give. Those guys do a really good job.”

    Coming to the finish, DiBenedetto and Dillon were racing in the top ten when they collided and crashed into the outside wall. Both would finish outside the top fifteen. Michael McDowell slipped by to finish seventh for his second top-ten finish of the year (and second in three races), his best career finish on a non-superspeedway, and Front Row Motorsports‘ first top ten at Indianapolis.

  • Hamlin on Brickyard tire issue: "You saw the end result"
    06 July 2020
    While Harvick led the most laps in the race, Hamlin came out with the lead following a late-race round of green-flag pit stops.
    But on Lap 154 of the scheduled 160, Hamlin’s right-front tire blew, sending him hard into the wall and with it his hopes of his first career 400 victory.

    Harvick inherited the lead and then held off Matt Kenseth in overtime to claim his third win in the...Keep reading
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