Toyota recall on LandCruiser, Prado and other models over defective fuel pump

More than 45,000 Toyota vehicles have been recalled over concerns a defective fuel pump could increase the risk of crashes, but potentially dodgy parts may not be able to be replaced for months.

Key points:

  • More than 45,000 vehicles, including some of Toyota’s most popular models, are affected
  • Replacement of defective parts is expected to begin in June
  • Toyota will contact owners to advise them of the product recall and to schedule repairs

The fuel pumps on popular Toyota models such as the LandCruiser, Prado, Camry, Corolla and Hilux models manufactured between 2013 and 2019 could stop working at any time, causing them to stall.

“A loss of power while driving could increase the risk of a crash, which may cause injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Affected vehicles, which were sold across Australia, may also have problems being restarted.

To access full article, click here:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-07/toyota-landcruiser-prado-recalled-over-defective-fuel-pump/12128104

2020 WA Training Awards

UPDATE FROM DTWD

The measures we have all adopted in response to COVID-19 and the rapidly evolving situation have unfortunately led to the Department’s decision to cancel the 2020 WA Training Awards program. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

We understand that an abbreviated form of the program that could be undertaken at national level is under consideration and we will keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime, the Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website.

While we realise this will be disappointing for those who were applying, this decision aligns with the State Government position at this time.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development places the highest priority on the safety and health of our students, training providers and extended communities.

At times like this, the importance of a skilled workforce becomes very clear, both now to support Western Australians during this crisis and later as part of the recovery process as we emerge from the impacts of COVID-19. As we work to manage this, we look forward to a time when we can begin to rebuild our communities together.

Should you require further information please contact the Training Awards team at WATrainingAwards@dtwd.wa.gov.au

Thank you again for your support of the WA Training Awards and we look forward to your continued involvement in 2021

ANNE DRISCOLL – DIRECTOR GENERAL

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Applications for the 2020 WA Training Awards are now open. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Information about the Awards can be found at www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards and via the WA Training Awards Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Digital collateral on the WA Training Awards website is also available for download at https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/promote-the-awards-0

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Friday 1 May 2020.

Should you require further information or would like additional promotional material please contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5952 or at watrainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au  

Thank you again for your support.

Maria Rologas
Public Relations and Events Officer (Wed, Fri)

Department of Training and Workforce Development
Postal Address: Locked Bag 16, Osborne Park WA 6916

P: (08) 6551 5503
E: maria.rologas@dtwd.wa.gov.au 

W: http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au

Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia

South Metropolitan TAFE – Applications Now Open

Have you thought about upskilling your workforce – or furthering your studies – at South Metropolitan TAFE next year?

Applications are now open to study at South Metro TAFE in 2020.

South Metro TAFE is one of Western Australia’s largest training providers, offering courses from pre-apprenticeship, to short courses, to advanced diploma.  Delivery can be in your workplace, or on campus, online or in the classroom.

South Metro TAFE works closely with industry to ensure courses reflect the latest trends and technologies. 

For more information, and to find out where a South Metro TAFE course could lead, click here: https://www.southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au/study2020

We also have a number of testimonial videos on our youtube channel which may be of interest.

Please let me know if I can assist further.

Kind regards,

Chloe Banyard
Communications Coordinator (Tuesday and Thursday)

South Metropolitan TAFE
Murdoch Campus – 130 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia, 6150
T: +61 8 9229 9252
E: chloe.banyard@smtafe.wa.edu.au
W: southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au

NMTAFE (Balga) – Recommencement of Automotive & Marine Trimming

Training of Automotive Trimming Apprentices has recommenced at Balga Campus under the \”Local training for Local Needs\” initiative developed by the State Government.

Apprentice training ceased a few years ago and the few employers who took on apprentices in Automotive Trimming had to send apprentices to TAFENSW for training.

The team at Balga has been busy developing resources for delivery as well as attending to Teaching Qualifications over the past 12 months and they are pleased to add that the numbers of registered apprentices has started to flow back into the courses at Balga.

Late last year the Automotive and Marine Trimming started with 5 apprentices who were joined by a further 7 apprentices this year with a total of 12 apprentices enrolled state wide.

The facility at Balga Campus houses not only the Automotive and Marine Trimming (inc Aviation Upholstery), but also Furniture Upholstery and Manufactured Textiles. A one stop shop for the associated Craft Trades for WA.

Employer and Apprentice feedback has been very positive and the training facility is well established again with specialist tools and equipment. We still have a way to go I am happy with the quality of all the resources and facility and we have not dropped the ball at any time while striving to be on top of the game in Quality Training that meets Industries needs at this early stage.

For further information, please contact Gary McCormick | Part Time Lecturer Automotive & Marine Trimming Technology North Metropolitan TAFE | L Block Balga Campus, Gate 1 Loxwood Road, Balga 6010 M 0438 821 346

Is Your Vehicle Affected?

Aussies have checked the safety of more than six million cars in what has been the largest recall in vehicle history. 

Of the six million vehicles checked, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says more than 915,000 vehicles have been identified as affected by potentially deadly Takata airbags.

Developed six months ago by the FCAI, the site www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au has been at the forefront of the national advertising campaign “Don’t Die Wondering”, raising awareness of the recall.

Since the recall was announced in early 2018, FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says nearly two thirds of the three million vehicles have had the airbags replaced, but warns there is still a way to go.

For more on this article, please follow this link:

http://www.drive.com.au/news/faulty-airbag-website-used-more-than-six-million-times-120684?trackLink=articleResults12News

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

HVIA will be organising, at the Brisbane Truck Show (16-19 May 2019), its biennial National Apprentice Challenge. This is a fabulous apprentice development opportunity for heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices at any stage of their training. Participation is open to apprentices employed in the heavy vehicle industry.

HVIA will host the successful apprentices to attend the four days of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show with all expenses covered, including travel, meals and accommodation.

Teams of two apprentices will be selected to represent each of HVIA’s three regions:

Eastern Region – New South Wales, ACT and Queensland

Southern Region – Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia

North-Western Region – Western Australia and Northern Territory

The three regional teams will compete against each other in heats over the first three days of the show, on identical trucks, generously supplied by Iveco Trucks Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.

The winning team is the first successfully to identify and repair all the faults, or the team that rectifies the most faults within the allowed time frame.

The two best performing teams throughout the heats will compete in the final on the Sunday (fourth day) of the show.

The teams are selected from nominees based on their results from a two-hour exam held in each region. 

To nominate your apprentice/s: click here.

Nominations close on Friday 22nd February 2019.

If you’d like to ask any questions, please give me a call: 07 3376 6266.

Kind regards

Paul Woodland

National Manager for Member Value

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia 

Canadian Comments On Electric Powered Vehicles For USA People – INTERESTING !!

IT WOULD SEEM THAT IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN YOUR ROADS AND BRIDGES.  THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile has never been discussed.  All you ever hear is the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power cars, yet it is being shoved down your throats.  Glad somebody finally put engineering and maths to paper.

A British Columbia Hydro executive supposedly said: If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, you have to face certain realities.  For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service.  The average house is equipped with 100 amp service.  On a small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a Tesla.  If even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Your residential infrastructure cannot bear the load.  So as your genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are you being urged to buy these things and replace your reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but you will also have to renovate your entire delivery system!  This latter “investment” will not be revealed until you’re so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an ‘OOPS!’ and a shrug.

A man named Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.”  Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.  So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph.  Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.  In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity.  It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.  The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned.  If you pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.  $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.  Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg.  $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $20,000 while the Volt costs $46,000-plus.  It looks like the “Greenies” in the American Government want loyal Americans NOT to do the math, but simply pay three times as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

 

Road to the Future

Driverless cars were once science fiction, now they’re real… and they’re here

Back in the 80s, David Hasselhoff had something every kid coveted – KITT, his trusty black Pontiac Firebird that would drive itself to the rescue whenever Hasselhoff – the Knight Rider – called.

Futuristic self-driving vehicles have been a mainstay for heroes on the big and small screen for decades – from KITT to Batman’s remote-controlled Batmobile and Tom Cruise’s red sports car in Minority Report.

Now on-demand driverless vehicles are about to become very real right here in Perth.

This year, along with Paris and Las Vegas, Perth will be one of only three cities around the world to exclusively trial a new driverless and electric vehicle, which passengers can call up using a mobile phone.

The Autonom, unveiled late last year by French mobility company Navya, is designed to move passengers on-demand anywhere within a set precinct, initially within a trial area of a few kilometres.

If you would like to read more, please click here.