Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blind! Our newest... PSA animation illustrates the danger of using your when driving. There’s one really clear solution here: Do not use your phone when you are driving, period. You wouldn’t drive blindfolded, would you?
Request of all drivers. Please move to the right and stop when an emergency vehicle is approaching. The lack of responding correctly to approaching police car...s seems to have worsened. On Thursday, when numerous police cars were racing to an active shooter call, cars we not pulling over, they were stopping in the middle of the road, etc. Their unpredictable movement makes things more dangerous for everyone and slows emergency responders. Please focus on driving and what is happening and respond appropriately.
While child restraint rules may differ by company, the laws of physics do not. Every child should be properly restrained on every ride.
Thankful this went to recall before a family was killed...
Chrysler is recalling 154,000 of their 2017 Pacifica minivans (gas-powered models only) for "unexpect...ed stalling" while driving, caused by a problem with the engine control module. Nearly 100 Pacifica owners reported stalling incidents - some occurring at highway speeds - where without warning the vehicle shut off, requiring the driver to guide the vehicle (without power systems like brakes or steering) to a spot where the vehicle could come to a complete stop and could then be restarted. The recall fix consists of an update to the vehicle’s engine control software. Chrysler will notify owners when the update is available, and dealers will install the update for free.
When we became aware of this issue in late October we reached out to a friend & journalist at The New York Times who put us in touch with Neal Boudette, another journalist at the NYTimes, who wrote a fabulous piece about this issue in November and then again this week about the recall being announced. Words have power - and the power of a free press is the ability to bring light to subjects that others - especially those with power and significant financial resources - might want to keep buried. We know that the media coverage on this topic helped bring this serious safety issue to recall, and are grateful for journalists who work hard to bring attention to these issues.
See link in 1st comment for more info on this as well as general info about the Pacifica & fitting car seats in it.
Update: date change! This is now scheduled for the 17th. See you there!
3.3 Million more affected airbags were announced for this Takata recall that has been over a year in the making. If you already checked your VIN, check again.
If you missed our November car seat discussion due to the holiday, please come to this one! We will discuss the differences between an infant seat and a convertible, when to move your child into the next step of safety seat, how to safely bundle your baby in this weather, and more!
My favorite end of the year activity is to count my car seat check forms for the year. In 2016 I completed about 160; this year I blew that number out of the water with a total of 240 seat checks!
Thank you to Modern Natural Baby, Metro Detroit Doula Services, and Metro Detroit Mommy for allowing me to pursue this love of mine and for all their support! In 2018 I plan to go for 300... who wants to help me achieve that goal?
Here's to a safe new year!