Intel Briefing – June 2012


NHTSA recall notice – Ford Expedition, F-150, Mustang, and Lincoln Navigator reverse indicator lights.
Ford announced May 10 the recall of 10,500 model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and 2012-2013 Mustang vehicles, for failing to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. These vehicles may have a transmission range sensor (TRS) calibrated out of specification for reverse gear. If this condition exists, the transmission may not go into reverse, or when the driver pushes the shift lever in the reverse “R” position and the vehicle’s transmission does go in reverse, the “R” may not illuminate on the dashboard of the F-150, Expedition, or Navigator models and/or the backup lamp on the rear of the F-150, Expedition, Navigator, or Mustang vehicles may not illuminate. These conditions increase the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck due to the vehicle’s not signaling it is in reverse.


US Postal Service will not ship electronics with lithium batteries abroad, citing safety risks.
The U.S. Postal Service is banning international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries such as smartphones, laptops, and iPads, citing the risk of fire. Beginning May 16, consumers may no longer make the shipments, including to army and diplomatic post offices. That means friends and family will have to use more expensive private companies such as UPS and FedEx to ship electronics to U.S. troops based abroad. The Postal Service cited discussion by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union. They issue semi-binding guidelines for global trade. Officials expect that U.S. consumers can resume shipments in most cases after January 1, 2013, once the agency develops a new policy “consistent with international standards.” Lithium batteries are believed to have caused at least two fires on cargo planes since 2006.

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