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  • The Bicyclist’s Survival Guide
    June 24 2013

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has issued “The Bicyclist’s Survival Guide” and it is available for viewing on the ODOT website.  It is a timely guide for the summer months ahead when we see an increase in ridership and unfortunately in bicycle accidents.  Take a moment and familiarize yourself once again with the “rules of the road”.

    It is important to remember that a bicycle is considered a vehicle and the rider must obey all of the rules of the road.  These rules include:

    -Obey all traffic laws including speed, stop signs, and the use of signals.
    -Ride sober
    -Go with the flow of traffic and don’t ride against it,
    -Don’t attempt to ride and use a cellular device

    For complete bicycle safety tips, visit the website and read the new guide and avoid a bicycle accident.

  • Honda Odyssey Airbags Under Investigation For Spontaneously Deploying
    June 11 2013

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into whether 320,000 2003 to 2004 Honda Odyssey minivans should be recalled for front airbags spontaneously deploying.  The airbags have deployed without the vehicle being involved in an accident.  NHTSA has received 41 complaints that the air bag warning light was illuminated and 6 complaints about spontaneous deployment.  Three of those deployments resulted injuries to vehicle occupants.

    NHTSA said the supplier of the airbags for the Odyssey also supplied airbags to Chrysler products which were recalled.

  • Chrysler Refuses Recall Effort
    June 06 2013

    In a rare move, Chrysler has refused a recall request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of nearly 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs.  NHTSA has determined the plastic gas tanks on the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002 to 2007 Jeep Liberty are susceptible to causing fires in a rear end collisions as they are situated behind the rear axle. There have been 37 accidents that caused fires, resulting in 51 deaths.

    Chrysler has refused the recall and states the gas tanks are safe and meet safety standards.  Chrysler further argues NHTSA conducted an incomplete analysis of the underlying data.

    Chrysler has said it is interested in continuing to work closely with NHSTA in resolving this issue.  Chrysler has until June 18th to comply with the recall request.  If the company doesn’t comply with the request, NHSTA will hold a public hearing at which interested parties can testify.  After the hearing, NHSTA will determine whether or not to issue an involuntary recall. 

    If you own one of these vehicles, there is a $300 “fix” to the potential problem.  A steel skid plate can be placed over the gas tank, which will offer partial protection.  If there is a recall issued in the future, you might be able to obtain a refund with the receipt.

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