Lexus: 137,000 vehicles could be affect by potential engine problem

Lexus says about 137,000 vehicles in the U.S. could be affected by potential engine problems with cars produced by Toyota. They are among 270,000 cars sold worldwide that could stall while the vehicle is moving causing major accidents and serious injuries. Lexus says it has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Lexus general manager Mark Templin says the affected vehicles have some contaminated materials used for valve springs in the engine, which could cause abnormal noises or rough idling. In extreme cases the engine could stall and drivers would likely hear noises or idling before the vehicle stalled.

Toyota is still dealing with fallout from its recall of 8.5 million vehicles because of sticking accelerator pedals and pedals that can get trapped in floor mats.

4th of July and Car Accidents 2010

According to American Automobile Association (AAA) “more residents in mountain states will hit the road this Independence Day weekend than last year”.

Before hitting the road on holidays, it is important to plan ahead to avoid road congestion. According to the Washington University in Saint Louis (WUStL), holiday weekends are considered the heaviest times for driving so it is important to prepare for bad traffic. The holiday season also makes people apprehensive and preoccupied so drivers should be more vigilant by giving people more distance and be forgiving when someone does something irritating or absent-minded. Internal uneasiness of a driver is proven to cause serious accidents on the road.

Also, be sure to have your vehicle checked so you won’t be upset by unplanned repairs on the road. Check your engine performance, windshield wipers, oil, brakes, air filter, belts, battery, lights, fluids, tires. Examine tires for remaining tread life. Replace old windshield wipers.

Once you get on the road, drive safely. Since you have your teens or toddlers in the car, it is very obvious that they are the most vulnerable in case of an accident. So avoid risks by shunning drinking before driving. Enjoy your weekend by driving safely and carefully.

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Texting and Driving commercial

This is a very controversial commercial about Texting and driving and the tragic accidents that can be caused. It is already playing in other countries and recently a shorter version (the most graphic part) has been aired on a couple stations in the United States. Is it too graphic or is it the truth? Video games are graphic and parents buy them for their kids, movies are graphic and millions go to watch them so why shouldn’t we show the truth of what can happen when you are not responsible behind the wheel? Unfortnately a lot of Americans need the shock factor to realize that texting could lead to severe injuries or death… to you, your friends or another innocent person.

Watch the commercial and decide for yourself if you will text and drive… (Warning: Graphic)

Teachers could be charged in drowning of boy in Phoenix AZ

Two Glendale teachers could face child-abuse charges following the drowning of an Ironwood High School sophomore during gym class.

Jesus “Jesse” Prado, 16, died last month, two days after a classmate pulled him from a pool when Prado slipped under the water, two gym teachers were supposed to be monitoring about 50 boys using the pool, but neither teacher noticed Prado sink to the bottom, according to a police report. Prado did not know how to swim and usually remained in the shallow end, classmates and a teacher told investigators.

Glendale police will submit the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to review whether child-abuse charges will be sought against the teachers, Tim McKee and Larry Allen, the report states.

McKee and Allen could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. The teachers are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Peoria Unified School District.

District officials were unaware that charges against the teachers were a possibility, a spokeswoman said.

Officer Karen Gerardo, a spokeswoman for Glendale police, said the case would be forwarded to the county attorney once a medical examiner’s report is complete. “It’s a standard practice in situations like this to submit charges to the county attorney for review,” Gerardo said. She would not elaborate. Ultimately, county prosecutors will review the case to determine whether charges are merited.

According to the report obtained Tuesday through a public-record request by The Arizona Republic, McKee told detectives he knew Prado did not know how to swim.The teacher told authorities he was unable to find a floatable kickboard for Prado earlier in the class. He said the teen was allowed to continue swimming in the shallow end.

At some point, Prado went into the deep end. A classmate told police that Prado was hanging underneath one of the diving boards when he let go and went under water. Several minutes passed before another boy noticed Prado at the bottom. The boy dove in and pulled Prado to the surface. The two teachers, who had been talking under the shade of an awning, rushed over.

McKee administered CPR until emergency crews arrived.

Jenny Prado, Jesse’s aunt, said the family continues to grieve. The aunt said she understood an accident could happen to anyone. But, she said teachers should have watched students more closely, especially given Jesse’s inexperience.”They should have been guarding the pool just as we do in our own backyard,” Jenny Prado said. “We send our kids to school trusting them to keep an eye on them.”

McKee and Allen were not lifeguard certified, although they were CPR certified, according to district officials.

The district doesn’t require teachers to be lifeguard certified.

County rules require at least three monitors to oversee a pool the size of Ironwood’s, according to a county health official. District spokeswoman Bonnie Apperson said possible disciplinary action against the teachers would be determined after the district’s investigation. Any changes to district policy would be made then, she said.

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