June 21, 2013

Auto Briefs

Sandy-damaged cars winding up in Washington; Oregon bans smoking in vehicles with kids

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Vehicles float in a parking lot in New York after Superstorm Sandy struck in October. (New York Times file photo)


Flood-damaged Sandy autos found in state

Vehicles damaged by Superstorm Sandy have been found in Washington state, according to warnings by the Attorney General's Office and Better Business Bureau. Vehicles that have been flooded often have serious problems such as chronic mildew and corroded wires. The Washington State Auto Dealers Association recommends getting a vehicle-history report and checking for evidence of water, mud, rust and mold in the interior, engine compartment and on the undercarriage. The group also advises getting an inspection of the electrical wiring system, looking for rusted components and corrosion.
NWautos staff

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Oregon bans smoking in vehicles with kids
Oregon drivers caught smoking in cars with kids may face hefty fines under a new state law. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law last week a bill that prohibits drivers from lighting up if a person under 18 is also in the car. A maximum fine for the first offense would be $250. The law also covers marijuana and regulated narcotics. A similar bill was introduced in Washington state in 2011 but has not come up for vote.
The Associated Press

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