Consumer Reports Vehicle Reliability Survey

The ISDA Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News Podcast for Friday, October 26th, 2018


In Vehicle News

From Consumer Reports

Vehicle Reliability Survey

Consumer Reports just announced the results of its Annual Auto Survey based on data on reliability collected from the vehicles of over 500,000 Consumer Reports members. From this data, Consumer Reports can let shoppers know which vehicles are likely to have troublesome turbocharged engines, infuriating infotainment systems, and taxing transmissions, among other problems.

Consumer Reports’ list is made up of 29 car manufacturers and points out each brand’s most unreliable and reliable vehicle.

The survey reinforces our recommendation that consumers should avoid brand-new or redesigned models and wait a year or two until the automaker has had the chance to work out the kinks and headaches that often arise.

The top 5 most unreliable vehicles are the Volvo S90 which suffered from display screen freezes; problems with the climate system and interior cabin rattles along with complaints about engine knocking or pinging, followed by the Cadillac ATS, Tesla Model x, Dodge Ram 3500, and GMC Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty.

Looking at the reliability score of a few of the most common Executive Vehicles

  • The 2019 Lexus LS has a score of 69, a road test score of 72 out of 100, with a reliability score of 3 out 5, and owner satisfaction of 4 out 5
  • The 2019 Genesis G90 has an overall score of 72, a road test score of 89 out of 100, with a reliability score of 2 out 5 with reported problems in the areas of body hardware and power equipment, and an owner satisfaction of 5 out 5.
  • The 2019 Audi A8 does not have an overall score as of yet, however, the reliability score is 3 out 5, and the owner satisfaction of 4 out 5.
  • The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban has an overall score of 69, a road test score of 74 out of 100, a reliability score of 3 out 5, and owner satisfaction of 4 out 5.
  • The 2019 Lincoln Navigator has an overall score of 60, a road test score of 65 out of 100, a reliability score of 3 out 5, with an owner satisfaction rate of 4 out 5.


In Security News

From CNN

Investigators search Florida mail facility for clues to the bombmaker

The nationwide manhunt for the person or people who sent 10 potential bombs to critics of President Donald Trump and CNN’s office in New York led authorities to a mail facility in South Florida on Thursday night.

Several of the packages went through a US Postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida, two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said.

On Thursday night, the Miami-Dade County Police Department said it was assisting federal agents who were at the facility as part of the ongoing investigation.


And from ISDA Member Bill Peeler, CEO, and owner of Peeler Group International

Bombs and Bomb Threats – A Refresher

As a professional you depend on our training and not your emotions. In the past couple of days, we have observed the location of at least nine explosive devices in the United States. As with any situation where aggressive behavior is displayed through terroristic acts or violent threats, emotions are charged. As my good friend, Dr. Richard Kobetz would say, “it’s an old bottle of wine with a new label”. To this end we adjust our methods of mitigation in these situations as required by contemporary times, having said this, we still look to historical protocols that have worked and we stick with them. So, to assist with focusing on what matters I thought I would provide a quick refresher as to what anyone should be aware of and what you should be doing on a daily basis.

Bill’s article also includes a Bomb Threat Caller checklist and a Suspicious package checklist


In Cyber Security News

From Security Magazine

Phishing Attacks up by 297 Percent in Q3 2018

A report illustrates how cybercriminals are increasingly targeting retailers and their customers through digital and social channels as retailers leverage new channels  for increased revenue opportunities

The Retail and eCommerce Threat Landscape Report (October 2018), notes a 297 percent rise in the number of false retailer websites designed to “phish” for customer credentials. In Q3 alone there was an average of 23 phishing sites per company, which is a significant increase from 2017, which averaged 5.9 phishing attacks per company.

In addition, says the report, there was a 278 percent rise in stolen goods listed on black markets for resale. Even more:

  • an average of 22.1 internal login pages or development servers exposed per retail company in 2018. When accessed this gives cybercriminals a portal into the retailer’s internal network
  • Fake apps and social media profiles are on the rise with a 469 percent spike in suspicious applications and a 345 percent increase in fake social media profiles (respectively) in Q4 2017


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