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Joining Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic: https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/

is Dr. Morgan McLeod from MPB's Southern Remedy: Kids &Teens which is live following Auto Correct on MPB Think Radio http://southernremedy.mpbonline.org/


TRUNK SAFETY

  • A combination of poor ventilation and high temperatures make trunk space a dangerous place for children. From 2005 to 2009, trunk entrapment resulted in the death of 16 children in the US.
  • Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and trunk, when you’re not using it. Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.
  • Teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.
  • Show older kids how to locate and use the emergency trunk release found in cars manufactured after Sep 1, 2001. Very young children may not have the strength or ability to open the release bar.
  • Keep rear fold down seats closed to help prevent kids from climbing into the trunk from inside your car.
  • If your child is missing, get help and always look in pool or vehicles first. 


DRIVEWAY SAFETY

  • Many preventable injuries and deaths occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers are unaware that children are near vehicles. Tragically, these drivers are often family members or friends of the injured child. 
  • Each year, more than 9,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while they were unattended in or around motor vehicles. 
  • Check your car and driveway for kids
  • Take a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for children
  • Make sure too there are no toys or pets near there that may attract children to area
  • Limit play in the driveway
  • Identify and use safe play areas for children, away from parked or moving vehicles. Teach kids to play in these areas instead of in, around, or behind a car. Consider making your driveway a toy-free zone.
  • Lend a hand to younger kids
  • Accompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle. Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles or in driveways and parking lots or on sidewalks.  


2011-2015 Ford and Lincoln Cars, SUVs and Vans: previously recalled door latches may break. Dealers will inspect and replace the side door latches, if necessary, for free.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDs, GMC Sierra HDs: Dealers will replace the hood assembly for free.

2014-2017 Ford F-150: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and inspect the brake booster, replacing it, as necessary, for free.

You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls    and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:

BMW X5 -. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding the 2011 and 2012 models completely due to reliability issues, there are also issues with ’13 and ’14 model years.

Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/                   carcomplaints.com is another resource for unreliable car lists.          

If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Lexus LS500h wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


In the News:

There a new iOS 12 app : “Pulled over by the police”  

https://www.alabamanews.net/2020/06/16/what-the-tech-app-helps-you-record-traffic-stops/#:~:text=An%20iPhone%20app%20is%20helping,being%20pulled%20over%20by%20police%E2%80%9D.&text=If%20it%20isn't%20on,Apple%20from%20the%20App%20Store.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/10/04/siri-shortcut-can-discreetly-record-cops-during-traffic-stops/1509065002/

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Auto Correct: Do It Yourself Oil Changes

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7/23/2020

Auto Correct: Code Readers

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