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August 2014 Archives

GM Recalls Autos - Fire Risk

You may be at risk for a serious personal injury or fire in your home if you own a Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, SAAB 9-7x, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender 2005-2007 models. Do not park in your garage if you own one of these vehicles. Contact the dealer or call the safety hotline. General Motors is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 SAAB 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Fluid may enter the driver's door master power window switch module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire. A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury. A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the part number on the door module, and install a new door module if necessary, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. GM will send an interim letter to owners in late August 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-955-9007 (SAAB), and 1-800-255-6727 (Isuzu). GM's number for this recall is 14309. NOTE: This recall provides a new remedy for all vehicles covered by recall 13V-248. Vehicles whose modules were modified but not replaced as part of the previous recall remedy must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Fatal Dog Bite Injuries Claim the Life of a Child

Two pit bulls attacked and killed a 6 year old boy near Gainesville, Florida. The dogs belonged to the boy's family. The dogs followed him outside. His Aunt found him later lying in the driveway. The boy had been around the dogs for a month. Most dog bite victims are attacked by a family dog, a neighbor's dog or a friend's dog. Children are the victims of the most serious dog bite injuries. Seventy percent of all fatal dog attacks involve children. When more than one dog is in the household the risk of a dog bite injury increases. Child's play can be intimidating for an animal. Their loud noises and fast movement may seem like a threat to a dog accustom to adult behavior. There is a difference in Florida and Georgia dog bite liability laws. Florida's liability law is tougher on the dog owner. Children should not be left alone with a dog that may present a risk especially if the dog is unfamiliar with the child. Dog owners love their animals that love may lead to unrealistic ideas concerning their dog's potentially dangerous behavior. This is truly a tragic situation a child is dead and his family is suffering. 

2014 Toyota Sienna Accident Risk

You may be at risk for a serious accident if you own a Toyota Sienna 2014. The transmission cable may separate causing your vehicle to move in the wrong direction. The vehicle is also at risk when driver places it in park it may rollaway. Toyota Motor is recalling certain model year 2014 Sienna vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, through June 24, 2014. The affected vehicles have a transmission shift control cable whose protective cable sleeve may have been damaged during assembly. This could cause the control cable to bind or separate during gear shift operation causing incorrect gear selection. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." 

Bicyclist Killed by a Careless Driver

The family of Sean Steven’s a 26-year-old bicyclist that was killed last year In Ponte Vedra, appeared in court Tuesday. Their goal was to seek justice for Sean. The sentence includes Scofield’s license suspended for 6 months, a $1,000 fine, DUI School because she registered a small amount of marijuana in her system and 120 hours of community service in an urgent care facility that treats victims of motor vehicle crashes. Scofield has 28 traffic violations including several DUI’s. Sandra Scofield was given a tougher sentence than the one originally proposed but when you consider the loss of this young man’s life and Scofield’s pattern of irresponsible driving we are saddened to think that she will have the opportunity to be driving again so soon.

Harley Motorcycle Recall

Do you own a new Harley FXDL Dyna Low Rider? Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2014.5 FXDL Dyna Low Rider motorcycles manufactured January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014. In the affected motorcycles, certain optional performance electronic control module calibrations may allow higher engine rpms that could result in engine vibrations that cause the ignition switch to move from the "IGN" (ignition on) to "ACC" (accessory only) position, which will shut the engine off. If the vibration causes the ignition switch to move to the accessory only position, the motorcycle would stall while riding, increasing the risk of a crash.Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Jacksonville One of the Happiest Cities

Jacksonville is one of the happiest cities in the U.S. according to a study released by the United Sates Bureau of Economic Research. Jacksonville ranked number 7 in the survey’s happiest metro areas. The survey asked respondents about their satisfaction with life. According to the study higher incomes did not equal a happiness and satisfaction with life.

Tax Free Weekend

Tax Free Weekend started today -Friday August 1 through midnight Sunday August 3, 2014. The tax free shopping applies to clothing and back to school items selling for less than $100 per item and school $15 or less for school supplies. The first $750 on computers and computer related accessories when purchased for home or personal use. For more details click on the link below; http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/Holiday_FAQ_Back_to_School_2014.pdf 

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