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  • Keep New Year’s Eve Safe
    December 31 2012

    In order to keep everyone safe this year during New Year’s Eve, we encourage all drivers to be sober and avoid accidents or/and being stopped by the police and arrested. 

    Continuing stepped up enforcement efforts that are part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and ODOT offer these important safety tips:

    *If you are planning to drink, plan ahead: designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a set time.
    *If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible. Don’t let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.

    *Volunteer to be a designated driver.
    *Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out, and always look both ways before crossing, even at an intersection.
    *Buckle up, every trip, every time.
    *Drive defensively at all times.
    *Be rested, alert, slow down and “know before you go” by staying up to date on road and weather conditions by visiting http://www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1.
    *And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.

    “We definitely are concerned after this last weekend and Christmas holiday period when troopers reported nearly twice as many DUII arrests as compared to last year’s holiday period,” said OSP Major Travis Hampton. “Make the right decision to drive sober. End this year and start the New Year by keeping everyone’s safety on our roads the highest priority.”

    Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve celebration.



  • Toyota Sudden Acceleration
    December 27 2012

    While Toyota Corporation agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit related to unintended acceleration in its vehicles, it does not mean there are no longer any lawsuits pending against Toyota.  There are still individual personal-injury and wrongful death lawsuits pending.  This settlement does not stop other suits from being presented to Toyota.

    Toyota Motor agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle the class-action lawsuit.  If the agreement is approved by Judge James V. Selna, Toyota would make cash payments for the loss of value on vehicles affected by multiple recalls and install special safety features on up to 3.2 million cars.

    Since 2010 Toyota has recalled more than eight million vehicles for problems related to floor mats that could become entangled with accelerator pedals, or pedals that could stick with the throttle open.  The class-action lawsuit contended that Toyota’s electronics systems were at fault.  After a long investigation, government officials concluded last year that there was no evidence that faulty electronics systems contributed to the acceleration issues. But a subsequent review of that inquiry by a branch of the National Academy of Sciences found that federal regulators had lacked the expertise to monitor electronic controls in automobiles.

    The company has been fined more than $60 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to inform regulators of internal information about the sudden acceleration, which the company has largely attributed to driver error. 

  • Stores Recall Nap Nanny
    December 27 2012

    The company that makes the Nap Nanny – a device marketed as a portable recliner for infants to sleep on – has refused to recall the product, even after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 70 complaints, including 5 deaths. So now, in an unusual move, four major retailers have announced they will recall the Nap Nanny themselves.

    Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us have already agreed earlier this month to stop selling the product. Now they are offering customers a chance to return the Nap Nanny.

    The CPSC has been negotiating with the owner and creator of Nap Nanny, Leslie Gudel to recall the product but have been unsuccessful.  CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson praised the retailers for their action.  The agency believes that the Nap Nanny contains defects in design, warning and instruction, “which pose a substantial risk of injury or death to infants.”

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