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Volvo Recalls 82,000 cars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:41pm

Volvo, a part of the Ford Motor Company, recalled 82,000 cars worldwide due to a fuel pump electronic module problem. These modules, which monitor the fuel pump, could corrode from water or salt due to rain and (trying to melt) snow. The problem could occur in the S40 and V50 models from 2004-2006. Volvo representatives stated that the recall was only for corrosive markets where there’s a lot of rain or salt ...


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Google Automotive Thought Leader Bonita Stewart and Her Predictions for 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 10th, 2008 9:35pm

Meet Bonita Stewart who is the director of the automotive vertical at Google. Stewart is responsible for leading a national team that develops and manages Google's relationships with automotive marketers. Stewart is part of the vertical markets group at Google which are senior industry specialists who help marketers in specific industries address their unique objectives and challenges. Recently she was interviewed ...


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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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General Motors Ranks As One of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 26th, 2008 9:44am

General Motors Ranks As One of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work For the 10th consecutive year, General Motors (GM) has been recognized by Latina Style Magazine as one of the 50 best corporations in the United States for Latinas to work for. The annual Latina Style 50 Report is one of the most respected national rankings of companies based on their policies and practices that promote the needs and aspirations of ...


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AskPatty in the News, January 16 through 31, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 1st, 2008 4:31am

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 AskPatty at Divine Caroline -- "2008 Energy Bill - Much Ado About Efficiency" The 2008 Energy Bill is currently being discussed could determine our country's energy and vehicle efficiency for years, if not decades to come. Comparing the list below to the 2005 bill shows how much the U.S. political worldview has changed on the subject. Back in 2005, the Republican Senate sought to increase ...


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Washing Your Car the Green Way

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 22nd, 2008 6:11pm

Have you ever thought about how much water you use when you wash your car? If you could find an environmentally-friendly way to wash your car and save water, would you try it? Enter the Green Earth Waterless Car Wash. According to their web site, a typical car wash uses 20 - 45 gallons of water per car. If you wash your car at home, you can use up to 140 gallons! For areas with a limited water supply, that’s a lot ...


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How to Travel with an Infant

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 21st, 2008 5:41pm

Every holiday season my husband and I drive to my parents’ house, from California to Missouri. We usually drive straight through, only stopping for quick breaks, food, and gas. But this year, our son (born on Thanksgiving) came with us. The logistics of traveling with an infant make the trip a lot more complicated than normal, especially since this is an extended trip. The following tips can make your trip ...


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New Law Takes Effect - Don't smoke in cars with kids

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2008 5:46pm

California is now the third state in the nation to ban smoking in the car with minors. The new law imposes a fine of up to $100 for smoking a pipe, cigar or cigarette in a motor vehicle with another person 17 or younger. The infraction is a secondary offense, meaning you can be fined for it only if you're stopped on suspicion of another, more serious offense. And the fine applies regardless of whether the car is ...


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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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Do You Know the Difference Between Leasing and Buying?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:05pm

When you’re in the market for a new car or truck one of the first decisions you face is whether to buy or lease. While buying or leasing each have their own advantages, there are important differences you should consider before going to the showroom. There isn’t a right answer to the question of which is better: buying or leasing. The decision to buy or to lease depends on your individual ...


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