The Takata airbag recall has been a high-profile item in the news lately, because it is said to affect more than 7.8 million vehicles in the United States, and as many as 12 million vehicles globally. And that number changes daily as manufacturers continue to add additional vehicles to the list.
Several Takata airbag defects are linked to injuries and deaths, including a faulty inflator that can explode too forcefully and hurl shards of shrapnel into the passenger compartment toward drivers and passengers.
Last week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores nationwide have gone pink in October to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield wipers. This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.
Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.
Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”
As a part of our annual MOMS: Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis initiative, @AskPatty will be hosting an all-day Twitter chat on World MS Day, May 28. Join us using hashtag #MomsMS all day long on Wednesday the 28th to help us spread awareness - and to really make a difference, make a donation to the MS Society and help us find a cure!
Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.
A single 2015 Ford Mustang "50 Years" special edition GT convertible will be produced for raffle and will feature a performance pack as well as content from Ford's 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, including a badge on the instrument panel engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and identifying the car as one of a kind with serial number 0001 of 0001
According to Jody, the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis affect the entire family. "I'm sometimes overwhelmed by the gravity of the disease and the horrible impact it's having on my children, in fact, on our entire family," she says. It's because of this connection that AskPatty has a strong commitment to supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever. The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
To help celebrate World MS Day (Wednesday, May 28, 2014), we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign. We have also created an official MOMS donation page where supporters can contribute directly to the MS Society to help research prevention, treatments, and a cure.
Today at AskPatty, we remember the women service members who have taken on a variety of roles and have risen through the ranks in our nation’s military. Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters: At the foundation of our nation’s history with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation.
According to the National Women’s History Project, more than 24,000 women served in World War I -- half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.
From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, more 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country's shift to wartime productions.
Scores of women have served honorably in a variety of occupations, but most importantly, we made history when The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles. In January, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.
The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century. According to Wikipedia, the modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial in remembrance of her mother who passed away in 1905.
As the American President, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made an official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
The tradition of giving a Mother's Day Proclamation continues to this day with each President of the United States doing so every year. Below, please find this year's presidential proclamation, in which President Obama urges all Americans to express love and gratitude to mothers everywhere. ceremonies, and activities.
Remember, "If you're driving, don’t drink. And if you're drinking, don’t drive.”
Every March, we celebrate Women's History Month, an annual declared month in the United States and worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history.
Its origins are found in 1978 when the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week, a weeklong celebration designed around International Women's Day.
In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration when March was declared Women's History Month. Its official centennial was celebrated in 2011. Find out more about Women’s History Month here at the official site.
March 3rd marked 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. Suffragists faced a difficult road in their march towards equality. Even women opposed giving women the right to vote. One letter called it "an endorsement of nagging as a national policy." The "National Policy of Nagging" Pinterest board, created by the National Archives, honors this anniversary.