Disaster

NEWS ALERT: Toyota owners may face court if in car crash

PADDY COMYN and MICHAEL McALEER
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0206/1224263887379.html
TOYOTA OWNERS with noticeably faulty cars who are aware their car is part of the recall by Toyota could be charged under the Road Traffic Act if involved in a traffic incident, it has emerged.
A solicitor specialising in road traffic law has raised concerns of whether Toyota owners would be liable in the event of an incident, if they had been made aware their car was part of a recall and noticed a problem with the accelerator.(MORE)

Nader Accuses Toyota of ‘Unseemly Coverup' in Vehicle Recalls

©2010 Bloomberg News
By Angela Greiling Keane
Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is guilty of an “unseemly coverup” in dealing with reports of dangerous sudden acceleration by some of its vehicles, consumer advocate Ralph Nader said.
http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-KXC7BE07SXKX-5
“Toyota dropped the ball -- too little, too late,” Nader, who founded groups including Public Citizen to push for strong auto-safety regulation, said in an interview yesterday. “It was an unseemly coverup.”

American Red Cross releases $200,000 in aid to help communities affected by earthquake in Haiti

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 — The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by today’s earthquake in Haiti, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation.

On Tuesday, January 12, less than one hour before sunset, a 7.3 earthquake struck Haiti near the capital of Port au Prince, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life.

· Initial estimates are that up to 3 million people may be affected.

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