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Vol. 11  No. 3         Summer 2005

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NHTSA Releases Final Tire Pressure Monitoring Rule

    All passenger cars will have tire pressure monitoring systems beginning with the 2006 model year according to a new motor vehicle safety standard by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    The regulation will require that manufacturers install a system that can detect when one or more of the vehicle’s tires are 25 percent or more below the recommended inflation pressure.

    Phase-in of the new regulation will begin Sept. 1, 2005. All new 4-wheeled vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or
    less must be equipped with the monitoring system by the 2008 model year.

    According to NHTSA, under-inflated tires can adversely affect fuel economy, lead to skidding and loss of control and hydroplaning on wet surfaces. It can also increase stopping distance and the likelihood of tire failures.

    NHTSA estimates that about 120 lives a year will be saved when all new vehicles are equipped with the tire pressure monitoring systems. In addition, consumers should see improved fuel economy and increased tire life.
    The manufacturers’ average cost per vehicle is estimated to be between $48.44 and $69.89, depending on the technology used.

    The tire pressure monitoring system was required by Congress when it enacted the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000.

Cadillac First To Offer Satellite TV System As Option

Source: Satellite TV Zone

If you're one of the few people who watch any of the endless TV shows about customizing your car, you probably know that putting a system capable of receiving television is pretty much de rigueur these days.

To date, such systems have pretty much been the preserve of creative aftermarket stores. But recent days have seen plans from bigger firms to make TV's available for rear seat passengers, and now comes a plan from Cadillac to have the work done in dealerships.

So, starting soon, Cadillac dealers in the U.S. and possibly Canada (these things are always flexible) will be able to attach the TracVision A5 satellite TV service from KVH Industries with DIRECTV programming in Escalades. The large SUV has been chosen at least in part because it's big enough to carry the satellite receiver.

KVH has been offering these kinds of systems for some time, primarily as an aftermarket item on the roves of RV's and the like.

For those keeping score, that makes GM's luxury car division the first automotive brand to offer live satellite TV (as opposed to pre-recorded DVD's or VHS tapes) as an accessory through an authorized dealer.

TracVision A5 was the winner of the 2004 General Motors Most Innovative Product Design Award and provides in-motion reception of more than 135 channels of live, satellite TV programming from DIRECTV, Inc., in vehicles traveling on open roads throughout the continental United States and the southern parts of Canada.

The decision to do this was made in part by a Canadian native, namely Jim Taylor, the general manager of Cadillac who started out life in Peterborough, Ontario. ''Vehicle personalization is very important to Cadillac customers,'' notes Taylor, and ''the TracVision satellite TV system offers our customers the ultimate rear seat entertainment system. We've shown the TracVision to our top dealers and they told us loud and clear that they want this kind of high-end accessory to enhance the appeal of the Escalade.''

The suggested retail price for the Cadillac package is US $2,695, which includes a custom installation kit for Escalades as well as a multi-year warranty. Interested consumers should check the website at for more details of the system.

Speaking about this new offer, KVH president and CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen, says there's more to working with Cadillac than the honor of the connection with ''the gold standard for American luxury vehicles, with the Cadillac Escalade leading the way.'' Specifically, this program is ''a major milestone in our overall plans to widely offer satellite TV to the light vehicle market.''

Computer In Car Is Crash Prone

Source: John O’Dell Los Angeles Times

 The software glitch that caused some Toyota Prius hybrids to suddenly stall casts a spotlight on a broader problem: Cars have computers, lots of them, and computers can crash.  Automakers spend $2 billion to $3 billion a year fixing software problems, said Stavros Stefanis, an automotive software specialist at IBM Corp.

The typical passenger car has 70 or more tiny but powerful computers onboard that control audio systems, air conditioning, brakes, air bags and scores of other tasks.

And the systems are complex: Software for the average car can have more than 35 million lines of code, 100 times or more the code needed for a full-color, action- and sound-packed interactive computer game.

The fuel-stingy hybrids, which need to control separate gas and electric power sources, are even more complex. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week said it had received 13 complaints of Prius stalling or stopping for no apparent reason, sometimes at high speed. Toyota Motor Corp. said the problem stemmed from a software bug in the complex computer system.

There also have been consumer complaints about Mazda Motor Corp.'s new RX-8 sports car. The software controlling fuel injection was flooding the engine -- but on cars only in cold weather states.

"Every car company is doing regular updates of its operating software" to get rid of glitches, said Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes. Mazda developed a software fix for the RX-8 that has been installed in about 3,000 vehicles.

"I wouldn't be surprised if every single carmaker hasn't had an electronics issue with every single model at some point," Barnes said.

Repair data seem to bear that out -- 32 percent of auto warranty claims in the United States are for software or electronics-related issues, Stefanis said.

BMW's iDrive, a sophisticated computerized joystick that controls lights, navigation, audio and scores of functions, was plagued by software glitches when it premiered in 2002. BMW had to install numerous upgrades to get the system working smoothly.

DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz line has also experienced electronics bugs. As a result, the German carmaker's reliability has fallen dramatically in recent years, with Mercedes getting bad reviews for its electrical problems in Consumer Reports' surveys.

Some owners of late model Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars have complained online recently about software glitches affecting their electronically controlled automatic transmissions.

Mercedes has acknowledged the problems, but like other carmakers, it points out that automotive computers must work in conditions that would send the typical laptop or desktop computer into meltdown. The systems are jolted in rear-end freeway crashes, bounced over potholes at 60 mph, subject to extreme heat on summer drives through the Mojave and to extreme cold on ski trips.

"We probably should be shocked that there are so few problems" with electronics, said Kevin Smith, editorial director of A chat room on the automotive information site was home to a string of complaints that first drew attention to the Prius' stalling problem in some 2004 and 2005 models.

Toyota said it would collect data on the problems to see whether there was something that could lead to a fix.

There's no doubt about the popularity of hybrids, though. Toyota said Tuesday that it would add a Camry hybrid sedan to its lineup next year -- the first of the company's fuel-efficient hybrids to be built in the United States.


In Passing.

(Obituaries Courtesy The Standard Times)
Note: Due to recent requests, we will be adding family survivors to our customer’s obituaries as space allows.

NEW BEDFORD -- James A. Giammalvo, 57, of New Bedford, died Friday, June 10, 2005, at home surrounded by family and friends after a four-year battle with cancer. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Thomas) Giammalvo. A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was the son of James J. and Alice (Muir) Giammalvo of New Bedford. He was a communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. He was a 1966 graduate of New Bedford High School and received his associate degree in criminal justice from Bristol Community College in 1979. He was a police officer in New Bedford for 28 years, retiring in 2003. He was a representative for the police department with the Law Enforcement Agencies Processing System/Criminal Justice Information System. He worked at J.C. Rhodes from 1970 to 1975. Mr. Giammalvo was a member of the New Bedford Police Association, the Massachusetts Police Association and the Massachusetts Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association. A Vietnam War veteran, he was stationed in Sembach, Germany, while serving in the Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He served in the Air National Guard 102nd Fighter Wing at Otis Air Force Base from 1972 until his retirement in 2003 as Master Sergeant. He received many awards while in the Air National Guard. Mr. Giammalvo was a former Cub Scout Master for Pack 12, former member of the DeRossi Accordion School, former treasurer of the New Bedford Festival Theater and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 73. He enjoyed Jimmy Buffett and was an active member of the Nautical Whalers Parrot Head Club. His happiest moments were with family, vacationing in New Hampshire and Florida, and playing with Kaitlyn and Matthew, who called him Papa. Mr. Giammalvo was the lead walker at the 2002 American Cancer Society Relay For Life. In 2002, he received the William H. Carney Community Service Award. Survivors include his wife; his parents; a son, Thomas J. Giammalvo and his wife, Maggie, of New Bedford; four brothers, Richard Giammalvo and his wife, Lynette, of Hawaii, Paul Giammalvo and his wife, Susan, of Dartmouth, Dennis Giammalvo and his wife, Marie, of New Bedford, and David Giammalvo of Mattapoisett; his father-in-law, Leonel Thomas of New Bedford; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the son-in-law of the late Sally Thomas.

NEW BEDFORD -- Donald L. Nahigyan, O.D., 80, of New Bedford died Monday, April 18, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. He was the widower of Verna P. (Dutra) Nahigyan. Born in Melrose, he was the son of the late Souren K. and Ruth (Green) Nahigyan. He was raised in Greenwood before moving to New Bedford and Mattapoisett 50 years ago. He was a World War II Army veteran, participating in the invasion of Okinawa, and later served in Korea. Dr. Nahigyan was a member of the Rotary Club, and member and past president of the Mattapoisett Lions Club and the New Bedford Country Club. Survivors include his companion, Elvira Carvalho of Fairhaven; two sons, Donald L. Nahigyan Jr. and Dr. Drew L. Nahigyan and his wife, Lynne, all of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Darcy Nahigyan Gregory and her husband, Fred A. Gregory, of Durham, N.C.; two brothers, Dana Nahigyan of Canton and Bruce Nahigyan of Ohio; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was a brother of the late Arax Saucier.

FAIRHAVEN -- Normand L. Rivet, 86, of Fairhaven died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at Alden Place Assisted Living after a long illness. He was the widower of Yvonne A. (Lague) Rivet and the son of the late Albert and Albina (Langlois) Rivet. Born in Acushnet, Mr. Rivet had lived in New Bedford and Acushnet. He was a sales manager for Shuster Corp. for 46 years before retiring. Mr. Rivet served in the Army during World War II, retiring as a second lieutenant. He was the commander of a 40mm automatic weapons compound of 80 soldiers. He was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church in Freetown and a member of the Knights of Columbus McMahon Council, Alhambra. He spent the winter in Florida and enjoyed gardening and farming. He was dedicated to his wife and family. Survivors include two sons, Leonard N. Rivet and his wife, Roberta, of Arlington, Va., and Albert R. Rivet and his wife, Elizabeth, of Acushnet; two daughters, Norma Y. Scott and her husband, W. James, of Mashpee and Denise C. Tetreault and her husband, Denis, of Acushnet; a sister, Yvonne Lacoste of Fairhaven; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and caregivers. He was the brother of the late Rene Rivet and Annette LeBlanc.

FAIRHAVEN -- Leona B. (Lemieux) Daniel, 72, of Fairhaven died unexpectedly at home Saturday, March 26, 2005. She was the wife of Romeo A. Daniel. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Olivier and Cecile (Doucette) Lemieux. She lived in Fairhaven most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. Mrs. Daniel was a member of the Fairhaven Senior Citizens. She loved walking, gardening, sewing, quilting and knitting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her widower; three sons, Dennis Daniel and his wife, Denise, of Fairhaven, Stephen Daniel of Taunton and Gerald Daniel and his wife, Anna, of Underhill, Vt.; four daughters, Cecile Waterman and her husband, George, of Gilbertsville, Pa., Anne Boulay and her husband, Mark, of Rochester, Linda Tchorz of Acushnet and Jane Clough and her husband, Daniel, of Fairhaven; a brother, Raymond Lemieux of Mattapoisett; four sisters, Teresa Savoie of Orange, Calif., Cecile Alphonse of Fairhaven, Rita Silva of Clearwater, Fla., and Rolande Begin and her husband, Marcel, of New Bedford; 17 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

NEW BEDFORD -- Mary C. (Carney) Selley, 79, of New Bedford died Friday, March 18, 2005, at Taber Street Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of Richmond T. Selley. A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Cecelia (Cullen) Carney. Mrs. Selley was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her widower; two sons, Richmond T. Selley and his wife, Gretchen, and Peter E. Selley and his wife, Janice, all of New Bedford; two daughters, Kathleen M. Rhodes and her husband, Michael, of Fairhaven and Margaret M. Selley of New Bedford; a brother, Joseph Carney of New Bedford; a sister, Theresa Wood of Sandwich, six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edward "Ned" and James Carney.

NEW BEDFORD -- William Goyette, 54, of New Bedford, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 22, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the fiancee of Donna Medeiros of New Bedford. Born in Acushnet, he was the son of the late Lillian (Thifault) and Ademord Goyette Jr. He lived in New Bedford all of his life. He was a fisherman for 19 years, and was most recently working for Settipane Foundation Co. in Dartmouth. Mr. Goyette was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 121 in Berkley. He thoroughly enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, but enjoyed spending time with his family most of all. Survivors include his fiancee; two sons, Steven Goyette and his wife, Bernadette, and Nathan Goyette, all of New Bedford; a daughter, Jennifer Rioux of New Bedford; two stepdaughters, Lisa Rioux and Katie Rioux, both of New Bedford; a brother, Leo Goyette of New Bedford; a sister, Elaine Stevenson of California; nine grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew. He was the brother-in-law of the late June Goyette.

ABINGTON -- Jean Caya Bancroft, 70, of Abington died at home Wednesday, June 22, 2005. She was the companion of Colin F. MacKinnon. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna Louise (Keavy) Caya. She graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy and was a cum laude graduate of Salve Regina University in sociology and education. She did postgraduate work and in-service training in business and human behavior. She was the national president of Kappa Gamma Pi. She was a well-known television and radio personality. She hosted radio shows in New Bedford, Lowell, Fall River and Boston, and appeared on television on the Boston area stations and local cable stations. Ms. Caya Bancroft owned Wordwright Productions in Abington. She was a handwriting expert and an author. She was commander of Coast Guard Flotilla 618 of Westport. In 2003, she received a letter of commendation from the Coast Guard commandant for service to the community. She was one of the first recipients of a newly minted coin for the Coast Guard station at Woods Hole. She was a former director of field services for the Plymouth Bay Girl Scout Council. She received a proclamation from the Massachusetts Senate, recognizing her as a significant person in Massachusetts history. She received the Business Women Golden Citation and was Woman of the Year for the Fairhaven and New Bedford area. Ms. Caya Bancroft was listed in Who's Who in many areas, including the International Who's Who of Professionals and Who's Who in Media and Communications. Survivors include her companion; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was the sister of the late Patricia Randolph.

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