Michelin Presents Smart Jumper Cables
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"Many motorists won't associate the power surge from traditional jumper cable use as the root cause of their vehicle's electrical system problem or failure because there can be a time lag between the two events," said Alexia Hayes, a product development engineer for Pylon and mother of two young children.
Battery problems are a year-round occurrence and the driving patterns of many parents with young children, new drivers and seniors make them especially vulnerable.
"There are many factors that can cause a battery to fail," said Hayes. "Motorists that frequently forget to turn off their lights or take many short trips on a daily basis are at risk. The combination of performing many starting cycles, coupled with short run times can leave a battery below the ideal charge specification for most of its shortened life."
Though most people think that only cold temperatures affect automobile batteries, extreme heat also reduces the battery’s life. The life expectancy of a typical automotive battery is 3-5 years in average climates, but only 2-3 years in areas with high heat or extreme cold.
Beginning this fall, Michelin Smart Jumper Cables are available in North America at auto supply retailers and mass merchandisers for around $40 (U.S.). Visit www.michelinsmartcables.com for store locations and details for online purchase.
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On 8 February 2011 at 11:27 UTC, Daniel said:
The fact that if the battery you want to jump is totally dead, These cables will NOT jump the other car, makes these mostly useless. I have had these in my trunk for a few months, and I purchased them because my old ones were not in good condition anymore. I also liked that if my wife (or anyone else) had to use them, they could not hook them up wrong, or damage the computer with a surge. I was unaware though (and it was not mentioned in the slip that came in the box) of the above problem. I had my first opportunity to use them yesterday when a friend had left his key on for a while he was gone for a couple of days. I confidently drove to him (in a shopping center parking lot), hooked up the cables, and nothing, left the vehicle running, and checked the lights. The lights on my side were a bright green, and on his side were a lighter green ( I thought that it was because his battery was dead), but there was nothing happening. Luckily, after about a half hour, another person showed up with a regular set of cables, hooked them up, and started the vehicle. I am deeply disappointed with this product, a bad item for Michelin to be selling. If anyone knows how I can get in touch with the maker of these (or which Michelin department I need to talk to) I would appreciate that information. I would not suggest these cables as they are useless in a real emergency.
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