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November 19, 2014

Banner Booster Year: Better Child Seats

Iihs_booster-test-dummyBooster seats for children who have outgrown their forward-facing car seats continue to improve, according to the most recent safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

These ratings are meant to help parents decide which ones to buy. It can be a difficult task, since there are no federal standards to address how well booster seats are designed so that seatbelts, which are made for adults, fit properly on children who are too big for child safety seats.

Booster seats are meant to fill the gap between the time a child is too big for a forward-facing child safety seat with its internal harnesses, yet is too small for a vehicle's seat belts to fit correctly. Adult seat belts will not fit some children properly until about the age of 12. Booster seats raise toddlers and older children to help correctly position a vehicle's lap and shoulder belts, so that children are properly restrained in a crash.

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November 17, 2014

Deja Fuel Multi-Gas Tech from the 80s Makes a Comeback in Chevy Impala

2015_Chevrolet_Impala-Bi-Fuel-001-frontviewBy Derek Handova

Those of us who were children of the 1980s and had a Midwestern experience at some point might remember multi-fuel-capable GM trucks. The one summer that I spent working a seasonal job in Colorado, there was another employee from Nebraska who had a Chevy pickup modified to run on gasoline and propane. The details of how the air-fuel mix was adjusted for switchover escape me, but the concept was to save money at the pump and extend overall range. In the Eighties, it was a long way between service stations in western Nebraska.

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November 14, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for November 2014

AskPatty_CFF_carnival-thanksgiving-thinkstock-134435609November has lots of stuff going on! It's the month we raise awareness of Child Safety Protection and Drowsy Driving Prevention, and attend SEMA and AAPEX in Las Vegas early in the month, and the Connected Car Expo and Los Angeles Auto Show later in the month. It's a good time to enjoy football tailgating and prepare our cars for Winter before it gets too cold.

Let's not forget "Go for a Ride" day on November 22, and Thanksgiving on the 27th. "Movember" also brings facial hair beneath the noses of the men we know and love as they commit to growing and supporting moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health. We'll also be ushering in the holiday season and gift guides at month's end.

Please join us as we give support to these important movements during November. 


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November 12, 2014

Child Safety Protection Month: Tips to Make Your Vehicle Child Friendly

Kids_car-thinkstock-78818433-sNovember is Child Safety Protection Month, during which many organizations will be sharing tips to ensure a safe environment for our children. While much of Child Safety Protection Month messaging promotes safety tips around the home, AskPatty joins with OnStar  to provide these following tips to help parents keep their children safe while riding in their car.

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November 10, 2014

What Do You Want to Know About The Takata AirBag Recall?

Airbag-thinkstock-92398905-sThe Takata airbag recall has been a high-profile item in the news lately, because it is said to affect more than 7.8 million vehicles in the United States, and as many as 12 million vehicles globally. And that number changes daily as manufacturers continue to add additional vehicles to the list.

Several Takata airbag defects are linked to injuries and deaths, including a faulty inflator that can explode too forcefully and hurl shards of shrapnel into the passenger compartment toward drivers and passengers.

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November 07, 2014

Drowsy Driving Week: Spotlight on Safety Features for your Car

Drowsy_driving-thinkstock-177246474-sToday's new cars are more comfortable and more entertaining than ever before, offering a slough of convenience features that help us be more efficient while we're on the road. However, they're also the most dangerous method of transportation. Did you know? Driving a car is the riskiest thing most people do in their day-to-day lives.

According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, nearly 80% of all crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Such types of inattention that increase crash risk include talking on a cell phone (increases risk by 30%); dialing a cell phone (increases risk by 300%); applying makeup (increases risk by 300%), and reaching for moving objects, like a falling cup (increases risk by 900%). Drowsy driving alone increases accident risk by 400% and is responsible for about 23% of all crashes and near-crashes.

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November 04, 2014

Volkswagen e-Golf Auction raises $41k for Global Green USA

Volkswagen_e-Golf_auctionLong-time EV driver and Volkswagen  fan Bruce Oberg placed a $41,400 winning bid to end last week's online auction at,  and become the owner of America’s first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.

Proceeds from the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.

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November 03, 2014

Women Will Appreciate the “Just Right” 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup

2015-Chevrolet-ColoradoZ71-123-front_viewAn adventuresome woman very likely needs flexible transportation to haul her toys and young family. She may find a traditional sedan is "too small," but may not want the "too large" cost, fuel economy, and dimensions of a full-size truck or SUV. Consider the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado as “just right.”

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