Comment The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing Chevrolet GMC Preview • 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is a 35,500-pound-towing brute 21 Photos More From Roadshow Bad fuel injection pumps may be causing havoc in trucks like the 2015 Silverado HD. General Motors A new lawsuit claims General Motors knowingly sold diesel-powered pickup trucks that cannot run on US diesel fuel without damaging the fuel system and engine. Specifically, the litigation surrounds Chevrolet and GMC trucks equipped with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine, as well as Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans.The Detroit News reported on the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a Detroit-based federal court where plaintiffs provided alleged details of the faulty systems. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of eight plaintiffs, claims the trucks and vans feature Bosch-designed fuel pump systems that do not work with US-spec diesel fuel. Specifically, the lawsuit claims US diesel fuel is thinner compared to a thicker blend sold in Europe. Knowing the fuel is thinner, it provides less lubrication, which in turn creates air pockets. When these air pockets form in the fuel injection system, metal directly contacts metal. The alleged end result is metal shavings pumped into the fuel system and engine with major damage inflicted.”Such catastrophic failure often causes the vehicle to shut off while in motion and renders it unable to be restarted, because the vehicle’s fuel injection system and engine component parts have been completely contaminated and destroyed,” the lawsuit reads in part. The filing goes on to call the Bosch fuel injection pump a “ticking time bomb” while drivers operate the pickups and vans without any prior warning.Roadshow reached out to General Motors for comment on the lawsuit and the automaker said it “does not believe the lawsuit has merit.”The specific vehicles named in the lawsuit reach back to the 2010 Express and Savana vans. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups from the 2011-2016 model years are included in the filing, as are GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HDs from the same model years.The lawsuit believes the number of those affected by the potential fault in the fuel system is “at least” tens of thousands of owners. 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Tags 4:18 1 More about 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2WD Reg Cab 142″ Work Truck Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Diesel Cars Car Industry
Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaLina Hidalgo (center) presided her first meeting as Harris County Judge in Houston on January 8, 2019.Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo wants her administration to be characterized by engagement with county residents and is following several strategies to attain that goal.The first is a countywide online survey launched Monday to get public input on topics such as transportation, early childhood education and the prioritization of storm recovery resources.The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese. It can be taken at the website talkingtransition.us but teams of canvassers will also distribute it across the county starting Tuesday.Hidalgo said the survey is an opportunity for herself and her team “to learn from community members as we shape our policy agenda moving forward.”Another component of Hidalgo’s plan to boost the public’s engagement is the “Transparency Project,” which will consist of announcements to provide information about the mechanics of county government that will be complemented with statistics to make people interested in learning more.Additionally, “Civic Saturdays” will start in February and will feature classroom-style classes about county government, as well as town halls and action plan workshops that will focus on specific topics. Share
Many communities of color and poor communities across the nation have been under siege in their own neighborhoods and homes for generations because of seemingly ubiquitous crime. And many have also felt besieged by brutality and misconduct at the hands of some of the law enforcement officers sworn to protect and serve them.Sean YoesAfter the murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge last month, many members of law enforcement across the nation have adopted that siege mentality, perhaps understandably. It is an all too familiar feeling for many of the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department since the days of last April’s uprising and the subsequent indictments of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.“Morale is such a real thing, but it’s sometimes difficult to measure. And it’s person by person and sometimes it’s day by day. But, I do know post unrest, a historic event, with what happened last year and that gave cops a lot of anxieties and that affected our morale,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, during an interview Monday, August 1 on “First Edition.” Davis spoke at length about the current state of the BCPD rank and file and the effect of morale on their performance.“Going through the trials of the police officers also affected the morale of the police officers…it was a real impact on morale. As we also contend with these national events going on, whether there are cops being shot and killed in Dallas or Baton Rouge, or whether its controversy surrounding questionable police involved shootings,” Davis added. “Those all affect morale and they get you to question your chosen profession. Is this for me? Do I still want to be a cop? Is this my calling? And I just think that we are in a better place with morale and I also know that morale is sometimes a house of cards. One critical incident can impact the morale of an organization like this overnight. So, it’s something I pay attention to,” Davis concluded.Despite the seemingly poisonous air that sustains (or chokes) the tenuous (but essential) relationship between the Baltimore City Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office, Davis suggested the professional relationship between he and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is not a perilous one.“My relationship with Marilyn Mosby is a necessary relationship. She and I speak several times a week about matters that never make their way to the Baltimore Sun or the six o’clock news,” Davis said. “It’s the business of the police commissioner and the state’s attorney. And the relationship that exists between detectives and assistant state’s attorneys is a strong relationship and it has to be a strong relationship. There are moments in time…where there will be a division of opinions and there will be a moment where we may agree to disagree on some things, but ultimately we never let that impact our commitment to the community,” Davis added.University of Maryland Law Professor Doug Colbert has been a frequent contributor to “First Edition,” as we’ve reported on the trials of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Colbert argues that from the law enforcement reform perspective, despite the outcomes of the trials, they have shed light on policing in poor communities, providing vital insight and information as we go forward in the struggle for meaningful law enforcement reform. Davis said the dialogue is taking place in Baltimore and most big cities across the nation.“The crime fight is really won…when police officers engage in Constitutional policing in between those responses to 911 calls. Where we chose to spend our time, who we chose to speak to? What stop, question and frisk scenarios we chose to get involved in based on reasonable suspicion and probable cause?,” Davis said. “I know that a police department with less anxieties and a healthy dose of morale, are more likely to be involved in the very active crime fight that ultimately makes our community safer.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.