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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: December 19th

Published Dec 19th 2006, 4:35pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Askpattylogotm1_50 Welcome to our Blog Carnival this week. Thank you to all who submit week after week! This week we have some blogs about car seat safety (always important), some pregnant Ford engineers (male ones), and holiday fun! Grab yourself an eggnog and settle in for this one. Just make sure you don’t drink and drive!

Carseatbaby At, we learned that researchers in New Zealand determined that sleeping babies suffer lower oxygen intake. The cause is due to the child’s head falling forward and their lower jaw touching their chest—called head flexion—which narrowed their airways. This is obviously a dangerous situation. The main tip is to keep an eye on the kiddies while you are driving.

Airbags In other baby safety news, a new study shows airbags are a danger to children up to 13 years of age. Studies have been conducted on airbag safety for years, but this study indicates that children are exposed to tinnitus and breathing problems if struck by an airbag during a vehicle collision. Make sure you know about the safety regulations of airbags for your particular vehicle.

Pregnancy Some designers at Ford are donning pregnancy suits and “elderly” suits in order to design better cars for their consumers. The pregnancy suit for example simulates 22 “symptoms” of pregnancy, and these feelings of shortness of breath and extra weight around the middle helped engineers to make certain functions of the new Ford Edge much easier to operate. Now, if only we could get our husbands, bosses, and other kids to wear one!

Bow1a You’ve seen those commercials where someone gets a Lexus for Christmas and they walk outside and there it is: white and gleaming and topped with an enormous shiny red bow. If life were like commercials it would be an easy world. Well now it can be that much closer. King Size Bows offers huge bows big enough for that perfect gas-guzzling gift.

Mom Speaking of cars as gifts, I hope these women got big red bows on their cars! The Benevolence Car Program put together two very deserving single mothers,  Collex Collision Experts and the Traffic Safety Association of Macomb County in Michigan, and the result was a free 2002 Kia Rio for each mom and thousands of dollars worth of gifts and services.

Bonnie_clac A nonprofit group called Bonnie CLAC that helps low-income workers buy reliable cars while teaching them useful financial skills. Over the years the founder, Robert Chambers, had many doors slammed in his face before finding a bank partner for his business. Now he is helping low-income families buy the car they need!

1212folkcar_cov If you were given a vehicle and told you could do anything you want to it, would you make it a piece of art? Emily Duff glued 250 bras onto the hood of her Honda Odyssey, as well as decorated it with women’s curlers and paintings of women. The “Grass Man” of Columbus, Ohio, wears a green grass suit and drives a car planted from top to bottom and side to side with living, growing grass. An art car museum is trying to open in Douglas, Ariz.

Fcx Honda will likely be the first automaker with a full-production fuel cell vehicle available to consumers. They are testing the concept FCX and letting customers drive the vehicle around (including a family in California, who is leasing one of the only models). Honda has said it will put a fuel-cell vehicle into limited production in 2008.
In other green news, says General Motors announced that it will be introducing a plug-in version of its Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid in 2008 for the 2009 model year which will achieve 70 mpg.

Towtrucks We love to hear about women making a difference in the automotive industry and the women at C.P. Diver Inc., a towing company in Delaware, are just the kind of gals we adore! Vickey Sukar and Aimee Dutton are trained to service vehicles and handle towing vehicles. Check out their story at Inspiring, ladies!

Jill_121206 At GM's Saturn group, someone who possesses the true spirit of leadership is Jill Lajdziak, a woman who has taken on the tough times at GM and pushed her division and company ahead in the process. The Women’s Automotive Association International will honor Jill Lajdziak with a ‘Spirit of Leadership’ award on Feb. 3, 2007, during the NADA convention, for her inspiring role model to those women reaching for positions in the top ranks of the automotive industry.

Join us next week for more of the carnival! Please remember to submit your article using the online form or by emailing Breanne at

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