Subaru stops two Japanese factories to address powersteering defect

first_img 45 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Subaru Subaru: Stay up-to-date on everything Subaru.Subaru STI S209: Finally, Japanese forbidden fruit comes to the US. Subaru has discovered a defect in the power-steering systems of some of its Japanese-built vehicles, and has shut down the plants briefly as it investigates the root cause.On Wednesday Subaru announced that it had idled two plants in Japan’s Gunma prefecture on Jan. 16 when it discovered a defect that may disable a vehicle’s power steering and illuminate a warning lamp. According to the automaker’s press release, it hopes to have the plant up and running again on Jan. 28.The two plants comprise a majority of Subaru’s global manufacturing, including some models destined for the US. A Subaru spokesperson said approximately 10,000 examples of the Crosstrek and Forester might be affected, but the final number may be smaller.Enlarge ImageSubaru’s Japanese plants represent an overwhelming majority of its global sales, and the company isn’t sure how the shutdown will affect its bottom line in the short term. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images The spokesperson also stressed that no affected units have reached dealers or consumers, so there won’t be a need for a recall in the US. Any vehicles en route to retailers will receive a permanent fix before going on sale. This problem does not affect Subaru vehicles built in the US at its Indiana facility.In its press release, Subaru said it’s still working to determine the cause. A loss of power steering can make turning the wheel more difficult, especially at idle. Subaru Japan recommends that Japanese owners who experience this fault should stop driving and contact a dealer. In addition to affecting the Forester and Crosstrek (called the XV) in Japan, the problem also affects the Japanese-market Impreza.Subaru suffered a scandal in Japan in 2017 when it copped to decades of “flawed” vehicle inspections. Both Subaru and Nissan admitted to using unauthorized employees in quality-control jobs, in violation of Japanese regulations. Both automakers recalled vehicles for additional inspections following their admissions. More From Roadshow Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent is a big, comfy family-hauler 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment Car Industry Crossovers Subaru Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

AL desperate to win 6 city corporation polls

first_img-The ruling Awami League has apparently become desperate to win the upcoming elections in six city corporations, seeing this as a dress rehearsal for the national polls.The party’s central leaders are now speaking to grassroots activists besides trying to get new people on board, to find the best candidates for the contest likely from the opposition.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader had a new member enrollment campaign in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Local leaders are asked to work for the best possible results in the upcoming city corporation polls.Another of such campaign will be held in Rangpur on 9 November and then in other cities, party insiders say.The election commission (EC) has said the election to the Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December. The election schedule will be announced on 5 November.EC sources said elections to Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations could be held in April or May next year.Among these six city corporations, only the Rangpur mayor is from AL while the five others were elected from opposition party BNP.However, they were either busy appearing at the court or had to be away due to suspension.The AL selection committee to find suitable candidates said it had not sat together yet. It will convene a meeting after the schedule for Rangpur City Corporation is announced.AL president Sheikh Hasina has done her own homework already, doing a survey among the party leaders, the partu leader said. A list of potential canidates have already been chalked out.The AL is trying to maintain four key criteria while choosing the candidates — who is ahead in the survey, if s/he is welcomed at all levels of the party, if s/he has any ill reputation and who could be his/her opponent.To this end, AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, who is also in the selection committee, said, “There is no chance to take this local election lightly. Since it’s just before the national elections, its impact will be huge. Whoever wins it will have a set of more zealous activists.”Senior AL leaders say the city corporation elections will give them a clear idea about the ability of the grassroots activists, the opposition, the local administration and the election commission.Following a meeting of the AL presidium in May, party president Sheikh Hasina asked Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Khairuzzaman to get ready to contest in Sylhet and Rajshahi city corporation elections respectively, the party sources said.In Barisal, presidium member Abul Hasnat Abdullah’s brother Khokon Serneabat and son Sadek Abdullah are in contention, while in Khulna Sheikh Jewel, brother of Sheikh Helal MP, might get nomination.In Gazipur, it will be either metropolitan AL president Azmat Ullah or general secretary Jahangir Alam who would get nomintion. Azmat lost the 2013 election to BNP candidate Abdul Mannan, but Jahangir is in good books for withdrawing his candidacy and supporting the party chosen candidate.last_img read more

Black Bloggers Network Advise Peers at Annual Festival in Washington DC

first_imgJoi-Marie McKenzie offers tips to participants on how to find their niche as bloggers during the Blogger Week Unconference. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Black bloggers from around the country converged on Washington, D.C., for the annual Bloggers Week festival, a multicultural gathering of bloggers, journalists and social media gurus.  Hosted by Black Bloggers Connect, the three-day event included Twitter parties, Google Hangouts, workshops, panels and networking events.Supported by more than 7,500 bloggers through features, published news, contests, and campaign opportunities, the Blogger Week UnConference brought together hundreds with one goal in mind: finding more concrete methods of sharing the African-American experience across the globe.Blogging participants captured the event in real-time for their own audiences throughout the various Blogger Week Unconference panel sessions. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)“I just started writing for my blog and I wanted to connect and be inspired by the many young, Black women who participate,” said Nia Phillips, who, along with Linda Joseph, manages the blog Glamsavvylife. “When we create our own spaces and our own stories, we have a certain level of control that is often missing from mainstream media and popular culture.  That control is beautiful.”With Black women making up the majority of participants and facilitators, the blogging festival took on a tone of double-consciousness reminiscent of activist-publisher Ida B. Wells’ efforts to advocate for the race, and also for Black womanhood.“As Black women, too often we are overlooked or confined within stereotypical spaces, so it is great to be a part of a movement to bring our voices to the forefront, Joseph said.  “I think it is amazing to see so many Black women using blogging to express themselves and as a tool for engaging our communities.”Panel discussions included “Don’t Quit your Day Job, Yet: Building a Successful Blog While Maintaining a Full-time Gig,” “How Bloggers Can Help Each Other Drive Traffic,” and “Tap into Your Authentic Voice: Purposeful Blogging.”Bloggers Tyece Wilkins, Erica Nichole and Shefon Nachelle field questions presented by facilitator G.G. Renee Hill and audience members about increasing and maintaining a loyal blog following. (AFRO/Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Troy Johnson, founder of the African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC), encouraged bloggers to support each other’s efforts, noting an increase in writers of African descent with fewer platforms for reviews, discussions, or exchanging information about books.Finding the courage to present divergent narratives was a consistent theme within panel discussions presented at this year’s festival.  Many participants told the AFRO that creating a network of support for emerging talent, even as they learned new techniques and disciplines themselves, was key to the success of Black bloggers.“It was important for me to gain insight from people whose goals include trying to make better social media platforms, regardless of what stage the individual attendees find themselves,” said Buddah Desmond, who attended last year’s sessions as well.  “We’re finally taking advantage of this media in order to express our stories and tell our truths for our communities.  Particularly for younger people, it is a way of being heard and being seen without the filters or misinterpretations of others,” Desmond said.BlackBloggersConnect.com was launched in June 2011 as the brainchild of community relations guru Jessica Ann Mitchell to provide a social network specifically for Black bloggers to address issues within the Pan-African world.last_img read more