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Get These "Roadside Survival" Skills and Don't Fear a Breakdown!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 16th, 2018 5:00am

Get These So you're driving along the highway, going about your business, and suddenly, your check engine light comes on.  The engine is running choppy.  Something isn't right.  Maybe there's a billow of smoke, or the engine stops entirely, or your check engine light start flashing - a sure warning sign of a serious problem.  You pull over, and quietly panic.  What are you going to do? If you've read ...


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New Questions on Booster Seat Safety

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 9th, 2008 2:32am

We've been told over and over again how important it is to have our babies safely buckled in to their child safety seats, but as they grow up a little more, it's also equally important that their growing bodies be strapped into booster seats better designed for their midsize frames. Boosters are designed for children -- typically ranging from about 4 to 9 years old -- who are too big for toddler restraints but still too small to use ...


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Baby Safety Month: Keep Those Kids Safe During September

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2008 4:41am

This September marks the 25th anniversary of Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This year, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the safe selection and use of child restraint seats by providing valuable information for keeping baby safe in the car.JPMA is proud to support Child Passenger Safety Week, which is happening RIGHT NOW,  September 21-27, 2008! ...


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Geico Educates Teen Drivers in Dallas

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 3:22pm

Geico is working to change the fate of teen drivers in Dallas, Texas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), auto accidents are the #1 killer of teens age 16-19. Geico associates in Dallas want to change that by talking to teens through Geico’s national teen safe driving speakers bureau. They plan to take their show on the road and meet with high school classes. Why? To give ...


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General Motors Combines Forces with Clean Energy to Expand Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 14th, 2008 3:03pm

AskPatty.com joined General Motors and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation at a luncheon recently to discuss the first steps in creating a Hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the Los Angeles area. As part of this process, Clean Energy will soon open a hydrogen fueling station in Los Angeles with support from General Motors, and the two companies will continue to jointly explore opportunities to expand the ...


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New Study Says SUVs Need Stronger Roofs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 9th, 2008 10:55pm

Do you feel safe in the event your SUV rolls over? When you look for a vehicle, do you think about roof strength as a safety issue? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does. In a recent report the Institute concludes that more than 200 deaths in 2006 could have been prevented with strong SUV roofs. Some automakers have insisted there’s no connection between roof strength and passenger safety. ...


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NHTSA Releases New Car Seat Safety Ratings

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 7th, 2008 9:34pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released new car seat ease-of-use ratings. A new five-star ratings system will help parents evaluate car seat features before they buy. Safety isn’t a factor in the ratings because all seats rated by the NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and crash performance standards. The seats are rated in four categories: Evaluation of ...


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2008 Top Safety Pick Award Winners Announced

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2007 9:11am

A total of 34 autos were chosen for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2008 Top Safety Pick award. Vehicles are scored based on ratings for front, side, and rear crashes and must have electronic stability control (ESC), which can reduce risk of crashes. This year’s winners have more than doubled from last year, due to changes in vehicle designs. In addition, pickup trucks were finally eligible ...


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Airbags: Are They Enough To Save Your Life? Lexus Says NO

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 5th, 2007 5:50pm

A lot of people believe that the typical seat belts and airbags are enough to save their lives, but is that really true? With all the technology available today, car makers are coming up with better ways to develop safety. Ever heard of back-up cameras? Or how about surrounding sensors? Many of the manufacturers are creating all kinds of devices or added features that have safety in mind. According to the ...


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Risky Chinese Imports Endanger American Lives

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 18th, 2007 6:17pm

According to a recent article by Andrew Martin in the New York Times, Federal officials are requiring a small New Jersey importer to recall 450,000 radial tires, because they are missing the safety gum strip that prevents the tread from separating. Apparently, the tires were originally manufactured in China by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber for a variety of pickup trucks, sport/utility vehicles, and vans. These defective tires ...


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