Ohio Man Hospitalized After Brakes Fail While Towing A Vehicle

An Ohio man was injured after the brakes failed on a vehicle while towing a pickup truck last month.

According to reports, 18-year-old Justin Kelly was in a 1998 Dodge Durango which was being towed by a 2001 Ford Ranger driven by 54-year-old Timothy Kelly.

The vehicles were en route to the tow yard when the brakes failed on the Ranger.

Kelly swerved to the left to avoid being hit by the Durango. As the Durango went around the Ranger, the tow rope tightened and caused the Ranger to be pulled around. When this happened, the tow rope snapped and caused the Ranger to skid around and up onto the guardrail and overturn.

The Durango stopped a short distance from the accident site.

Police say no contact was made between the two vehicles.

Justin was not injured during the incident, however Timothy suffered contusions and bruises to his entire body. He was taken to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital for treatment and then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital after he suffered internal bleeding.

RECALL: BMW Recalls 9,000 Vehicles Due To Faulty Brakes

BMW has issued a recall for nearly 9,000 vehicles in North America with brake vacuum pumps that can fail, causing the car to lose braking power and functionality.

According to reports, the recall scheduled for this month affects select vehicles of the following models:

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon

2012-’14 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan and 328i xDrive Sedan

2012-’13 BMW 528i Sedan and 528i xDrive Sedan

2013-’14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle

2013-’14 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle

2012-’14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster

2014 BMW 428i Coupe and 428i xDrive Coupe

Vacuum pumps in the vehicles can fail due to “insufficient lubrication,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected owners can take their vehicles into BMW dealerships for a repair free of charge, which will involve putting ”a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location,” the NHTSA said in a statement.

The announcement is said to expand on an earlier BMW recall for vehicles with problematic braking systems.

In affected models, the braking system is still operational, but the amount of pedal pressure required to stop the vehicle will be “significantly greater,” BMW said in a press statement at the time. The brake-related recall for 2012-’14 320i and 328i sedans in the U.S was part of a larger global campaign to repair 176,000 vehicles.

This 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon is included in the recall. (Photo : BMW)

This 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon is included in the recall. (Photo : BMW)


Truck Slams Into Telephone Pole After Brakes Fail

A six-wheeled truck loaded with cinder blocks slammed into a Phuket power pole on Patong Hill, Thailand last week after the vehicle’s brakes failed.

If you recall our story last week, it is very common for trucks and outdated vehicles to suffer brake failure on Patong Hill due to its steep decline and hairpin turns. 

Police were said to have arrived at the scene at about 10am.

No one was injured in the accident, police officers told the Phuket Gazette.

The driver told police that he was delivering the cinder blocks from Phuket Ka Cement in Rassada to a construction site in Patong when the brakes failed.

Police have yet to release the name of the driver, and currently remain at the scene until the road is cleared from the crash debris.

The accident has caused long traffic tailbacks on the road between Kathu and Patong. Police are advising motorists to use alternative routes until the road has been cleared.

A staffer at Phuket Ka Cement told the Gazette that the store was sending employees to help clear the debris as quickly as possible.

Five Injured After Truck Brake Failure In India

Five people were injured after a truck carrying gravel suffered total brake failure and was unable to maneuver out of the way of two buses.

A jeep was additionally struck by the incident, and the vehicle was pushed to the far shoulder of the road, completely taking out anyone or anything in its way.

The injured were admitted to the local trauma center where the doctors referred one seriously injured person to the nearest emergency room.

Current reports state that after the gravel truck struck one of the buses, it was suddenly redirected and ran into a sweet shop situated near the scene of the incident. The other bus was reported to have smashed into the shop adjacent to it.

The driver of the truck, who fled after the accident, was charged by the police for rashness and negligence.

Bosch Introduces Towel Wrapped Brake Pads


Robert Bosch LLC, has introduced an innovative towel-wrap interior packaging concept for its line of Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pads. Based on extensive market research and customer feedback, the concept is intended to reduce the amount of interior packaging (while still protecting the pads) and to be more environmentally-friendly by using a material that technicians can repurpose to clean their hands after servicing a customer’s vehicle. The new Bosch Towel Wrap package is currently being rolled out as a running change.

“Our new Bosch Towel Wrap package replaces the traditional paper and shrink wrapping previously used in Bosch packaging with a heavy-duty cotton towel in a distinctive blue color similar to those used by technicians,” said Robert Backode, Director of Product Management, Bosch Brake Components LLC. “It offers the technician a quality branded product delivered in a package that makes it convenient and easy to use.”

Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pads target general repair shops that service a variety of makes and models. Perfectly suited to the needs of the ‘everyday driver’ who is looking for the best performance and value, Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pads provide comprehensive coverage for Domestic, Asian and European vehicles.

According to Backode, “At Bosch, our emphasis has always been on delivering quality and reliable performance, so we utilize the same rigorous testing and engineering procedures with Bosch Blue Brake Pads as we do with our premium braking line – to ensure optimal performance and excellent value.”

Features of Bosch Blue Disc Brake Pads include:

  • Advanced platform-specific friction formulas (NAO-Ceramic and Semi-Metallic) that are the best for a particular application
  • OE-style multi-layer shims for enhanced noise-dampening and quiet operation
  • Rust-preventive coating for improved durability
  • Slots and chamfers to match the OE design
  • Synthetic grease which helps reduce resistance on all contact points, is included in all applications
  • Top 200 part numbers are available with hardware kits to bring the system back to original operating condition.

Bosch Blue Brake Pads offer comprehensive coverage of domestic, Asian and European vehicles from 1956 through the current model year. With more than 1,100 SKUs, Bosch Brake Pads provide 99 percent coverage for vehicles on the road in North America.

“Bosch Blue Brake Pads help repair shop owners and technicians offer their customers options in making the right choice for their vehicle,” said Backode. “This is especially vital in North America where one out of every three vehicles on the road utilizes a Bosch braking component,” he said.

Towelie_2There is no word if they have developed mascot for the new brake packaging feature. We tried to contact Towelie of South Park fame, but he was unavailable for comment.

For more information on Bosch Blue Brake Pads, please visit http://boschautoparts.com/brakes.

Worst of Reddit: Bad Brakes

Every once and a while we compile a quick gallery of pictures of the very worst brakes Reddit has to offer. These pictures are taken by shop owners or mechanics, and then anonymously uploaded onto Reddit’s secure server to share with the world. This week, we have some seriously funny photos.


This customer wanted a quick fix so he could get to work on time..

Photo by /u/hanzG

Photo by /u/hanzG








This next customer complained about a hard time steering

Photo by /u/att2455

Photo by /u/att2455










This customer said she heard a weird sound being emitted from the base of her car

Photo by /u/apalms93

Photo by /u/apalms93










This customer waited too long to get their brakes checked..

Photo by /u/longwestwood







Finally, in our last picture we have a customer who knew he needed his brakes checked, waited to long, and decided to post a picture of his stupidity on the internet.

Photo by /u/Fixsh*t

Photo by /u/Fixsh*t










We hope you enjoyed our montage of bad brakes and learned the same valuable lesson these poor customers did when realizing it was way too late to get their brakes fixed. It is imperative to properly maintain you brakes and get them checked at least every 6 months to a year. You don’t want your brakes to end up on this website, so its up to you do your part and take care of your car!