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Mineta Announces Grants of $36.4 Million to Increase Safety Belt Use 

WASHINGTON, DC, March 31/ --U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced that 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will share $36.4 million in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grants for states that develop innovative projects to increase safety belt use.

According to NHTSA, safety belts are the most effective safety device in vehicles and their increasing use has saved more than 164,750 lives since 1975. In 2003, safety belt use in the United States reached an all-time high of 79 percent, in part due to high visibility enforcement programs funded by NHTSA.


CarMax Leads the Way With Installation of AED’s in All Locations 

RICHMOND, Va., March 31/ -- CarMax, Inc., the nation's leading specialty retailer of used cars, announced it will lease 100 automatic external defibrillator (AED) units and train its associates required to operate them.  During the next three months, As a safety precaution and service to its customers, CarMax will install AEDs in its 50 used car superstores, 12 new car franchises, corporate headquarters and CarMax Auto Finance office.  Following installation, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Medtronic, supplier of the machines and coordinator of AED programs, will train a minimum of five associates in each location on AED operation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 


World Health Day Focuses on Traffic Safety This Year 

BURNSVILLE, Minn., March 31/ -- Traffic deaths and injuries constitute a major public health threat, especially to young people.  So the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered with AAA and has designated "Safe Roads" as the theme for World Health Day 2004, to be celebrated Wednesday, April 7. 

An intense news media campaign will focus public attention on the need to increase efforts to make the nation's roads safer. AAA Minnesota/Iowa will participate in the nationwide effort with WHO posters displayed in all branch offices and employees wearing green ribbons to signify the importance of buckling up everyone in the vehicle whenever you drive. Updated: Now Has Largest Selection of Automotive & Truck Parts Online 

CHICAGO, March 31 / -- The website has undergone an extensive upgrade with newly designed graphics and improved services. This user-friendly site offers consumers access to the largest selection of name brand parts on the Internet for import and domestic vehicles of all makes. 

Over three million brand names parts are available from Most items are shipped within 48 hours. Orders can also be shipped overnight to accommodate an emergency repair job. is a replacement parts web site where consumers can find regular parts such as brakes, starters and timing belts for repairing and maintaining their own car or truck. 


Design: Chrysler Crossfire Roadster is Stunning 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 1/ -- Chrysler designers started dreaming of a Crossfire Roadster model when the first concept Crossfire coupe was unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show.  Their dream comes true this spring when the new 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster hits the streets. 

"The Crossfire Roadster is a drop-top that will drop jaws," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President, Design, Chrysler Group. "Even with the integration of a fabric top, our designers met the challenge of maintaining Crossfire's distinctive lines.” The Crossfire’s rear view is instantly recognizable with its tapered, "boat tail" appearance that emphasizes the sports car's 19-inch rear wheels.


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