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May 2014 Full Size Truck Sales – Tundra Continues Growth

The sales numbers are in for May, 2014 and the Toyota Tundra and Ram Trucks were the big winners

New GM Seat Belt System – Major Annoyance, NHTSA Mandated?

Does it seem like GM has been in the news a LOT lately? Have we written a ton about their issues? Yes and yes. In the midst of their recall nightmare, comes news of what could be a major annoyance for consumers. Coming to certain GM trucks will be a new system that won’t let the truck drive until the front occupants are buckled up. We call it an annoyance, what do you think?

New GM Seat Belt System - Major Annoyance, NHTSA Mandated?

GM is planning on introducing a new seat belt system in select 2015 models. This truck won’t go anywhere unless you and your front passengers are buckled up.

The new safety initiative came to light last Monday. It calls for introducing the new “belt assurance system” to select 2015 models including the GMC Sierra, Colorado, Silverado and Chevy Cruze. The system will not let the vehicle shift our of park until the driver and front passenger are buckled in.

Let’s state the obvious first. Yes, we are in favor of safety. And yes, seat belts do save lives. However, truck owners don’t always need their seat belts. There are plenty of times when a truck is used in the field for repairing fence, loading/unloading hay, while hunting or other work situations. Also, there are times when you need to simply back in or pull forward for getting the best spot to load your truck or hook up your tow. With GM’s system, all of these times, you would need to have a seat belt on.

GM says the system uses sensors to detect a passenger through its module that turns the airbags on and off. When it notices a passenger, it will communicate to the brakes and transmission to prevent the driver from shifting into gear until the passenger is buckled.

Sounds simple, right? What could go wrong? A LOT of things. Imagine not being able to drive your truck because a sensor went bad. With GM’s history of quality issues, we can only imagine what else could go wrong.

Our larger peeve is GM is looking for owner feedback before it becomes “standard,” according to an story. What does “standard” mean to us? It means the NHTSA could see this as a good idea and set a mandate for all automakers to use it. Yes, this means it could filter its way into Toyota products.

Last week, we said we are in favor of keyless ignition. It makes a LOT of sense and has a history now of working well. This system? Well, we applaud GM’s efforts to encourage seat belt usage and there are plenty of times when driver’s should be buckled up. This just doesn’t seem like the right way to go about it.

What do you think? A good idea or a dud?

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Sun Toyota near Tampa, Fl is giving one brave Marine, a brand new 2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Limited 4×4 full-size pickup truck on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012. A very, cool way to give him back some mobility.

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GM Announces New Plan to Take Your Money – 4G LTE Data Plans

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