Ambassador Spotlight: Introduciendo a la familia Viera

Le prestamos a los Viera, una familia puertorriqueña de Orlando, Florida. Recientemente colaboramos con ellos para crear conciencia sobre el retiro mortal de las bolsas de aire Takata que introduce un mayor riesgo para las personas que viven en climas cálidos y húmedos, como los que se pueden encontrar en Florida y su isla natal de Puerto Rico.

Estaban súper emocionados de formar equipo con nosotros porque, siendo conductores de Uber / Lyft, ellos saben la importancia de conducir en un vehículo seguro y libre de retiros. También tienen una gran base de fans compuesta principalmente por conductores de viajes compartidos y vieron esto como una muy buena oportunidad para educarlos sobre los retiros de seguridad.

También tuvimos la oportunidad de aprender más sobre por qué resonaron con nuestra misión y por qué decidieron compartirla con su comunidad.

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Antes que nada, ¿nos pueden decir un poco de quienes son, de dónde son y lo que hacen?

Somos un matrimonio Yomar y Aitza Viera, tenemos 2 hijos Vincent de 4 años y Oliver de 1 año, somos de Puerto Rico y hace 4 años nos mudamos al estado de la Florida. El ser padres nos animó a comenzar a hacer Uber y Lyft para trabajar por nuestra propia cuenta y así poder tener más tiempo con nuestros hijos. También en el 2015 comenzamos nuestro canal de youtube "Viera Family Vlogs" en donde compartimos nuestra vida laboral y como padres con todos nuestros seguidores.

¿Cómo es que su deseo de ayudar a los demás influye los videos que hacen?

Todo comenzó con un video que Aitza hizo de Uber brindando todos los consejos y conocimiento que tenía como chofer de Uber y Lyft y luego comenzaron los tutoriales del mismo para brindarle conocimiento a todos los choferes. También en nuestros Vlogs de Lunes a Viernes a las 4:00pm damos consejos dentro de cada uno acerca de la vida cotidiana y cómo enfrentar la vida con una mejor actitud.

 ¿Por qué es importante para ustedes crear conciencia sobre el retiro de las bolsas de aire Takata?

Es importante para nosotros el que estas bolsas de aire mortales Takata sean retiradas porque son muy peligrosas y pueden causar que uno de sus seres queridos o aun ellos mismos pierdan la vida en un accidente insignificante por el alto riesgo que tienen estas bolsas de aire defectuosas. Nuestra preocupación es hacia nuestros seguidores que conducen Uber y Lyft y están mucho tiempo en la carretera conduciendo.

 ¿Cómo les explicarías el retiro a sus amigos y seres queridos?

Le decimos algo así: "hay alrededor de 41 millones de bolsas de aire defectuosas llamadas Takata y hay un llamado a retirarlas lo cual es gratis si llegas a tenerla instalada en tu auto. entra a esta pagina deadlyairbag.com/viera y verifica si eres uno de los afectados y hasta te recompensan con $5 por hacerlo".

¿Cuales son sus formas favoritas de crear conciencia sobre temas que son importantes para ustedes?

A través de nuestro canal "Viera Family Vlogs en Youtube, Nos las ingeniamos con nuestra creatividad para poder así transmitir los mensajes correctos sin aburrir.

 ¿En qué proyectos estás trabajando actualmente ?

Nuestra atención está mayormente enfocada en crecer nuestra audiencia en nuestro canal de youtube ya sea haciendo "reviews', viajes, colaboración con diferentes compañías que promueven el bienestar familiar.

 ¿Donde más los podemos encontrar?

Nos pueden encontrar en nuestro canal de Youtube "Viera Family Vlogs"

 youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPFDDEgFcoBNNQJeDpSc6IQ?view_as 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aitza1/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vierafamilyvlogs/

¿Quieres hacer la diferencia como la familia Viera? Regístrate hoy para convertirte en embajador de Carma. Puedes ayudar a difundir información que salve vidas, crear tu propio video, ganar recompensas y posiblemente ser presentado en nuestro próximo Ambassador Spotlight.

Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Andrew Santiago

Meet Andrew Santiago, a Puerto Rican comedian from Brooklyn, New York. We recently partnered with him to raise awareness about the deadly Takata airbag and how it affects Latino communities everywhere. According to the Takata Monitor, only 52% of affected vehicles in the Hispanic community have been repaired. We were excited to not only partner with him on this initiative, but also to pick his brain on what raising awareness means to him.


First off, can you tell us about who you are, where you’re from and what you do?

My name is Andrew Santiago. I’m a Puerto Rican comedian, actor, and writer from Brooklyn, New York. I’m currently a UCB Maude team actor on the house team “Moon Goon” and host of the upcoming Fuse Media digital series “Chew It Up.”


How does your desire to help others influence the videos you create?

Laughter is the best medicine, so I make videos to entertain and heal the soul, but also to inspire young Latinos who, like me, didn’t and don’t see themselves represented in media. 


Why is raising awareness about the Takata airbag recall important to you?

The Takata airbag disproportionately affects Latinos, and raising awareness can save the lives of millions of people, especially the ones I know and love.


How would you tell your friends and family about the recall?

With a fun video that appeals to them and the things they already know and enjoy.


What are your favorite ways to raise awareness about issues that are important to you?

Finding the human element, finding the funny, and then combining that with that special glue - the heartwarming knowledge that we’re all living this life together, sharing the same planet, and have much more in common than we think.


What are some projects you’re currently working on at the moment?

I just did a commercial for the Census, another episode of “The Bright Side,” my series with mitú is releasing soon, and I’m the host of an upcoming digital series for Fuse Media. I’ll be in attendance at the Nosotros Gala and will be moderating two panels at Hispanicize this year. 


Where else can we find you?

My website www.AndrewSantiago.com is a good place to start and @andrewsantiago1 is my handle across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.


Want to make a difference like Andrew? Sign up to be a Carma ambassador today.

You can help spread life-saving information, create your own video, earn rewards, and possibly even be featured in your own spotlight.

Takata Airbag Recall: A Complete List Of Affected Vehicles

Here is a list of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls. It’s important to remember that although year, make, and model is one way to check if a vehicle might have a recall, it’s not the most accurate way to determine if your vehicle is affected. The reason is that every vehicle has a unique repair history and can potentially be manufactured with different parts. The most accurate way to check your vehicle’s latest recall status is by using its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). 

To see if your vehicle is affected by any other safety recalls, you can check your vehicle with our free look-up tool here.

  • Acura

    • 2003 Acura 3.2CL

    • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL

    • 2013-2016 Acura ILX

    • 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

    • 2003-2006 Acura MDX

    • 2007-2016 Acura RDX

    • 2005-2012 Acura RL

    • 2009-2014 Acura TL

    • 2009-2014 Acura TSX

    • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

  • Audi

    • 2006-2013 Audi A3

    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant

    • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet

    • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan

    • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet

    • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant

    • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan

    • 2009-2012 Audi Q5

    • 2017 Audi R8

    • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

    • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan

    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant

    • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet

    • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan

    • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet

    • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan

    • 2016-2017 Audi TT

  • BMW

    • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series

    • 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series

    • 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series

    • 2011-2015 BMW X1

    • 2007-2010 BMW X3

    • 2003-2013 BMW X5

    • 2008-2014 BMW X6

    • 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid

  • Cadillac

    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade

    • 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV

    • 2007-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT

  • Chevrolet

    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD

    • 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado LD

    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban

    • 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Chrysler

    • 2005-2015 Chrysler 300

    • 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen

    • 2007-2008 Chrysler Crossfire

  • Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet)

    • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet

  • Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter)

    • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter

    • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter

    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

  • Dodge/Ram

    • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger

    • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger

    • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

    • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango

    • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum

    • 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 Pickup

    • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup

    • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis

    • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup

    • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis

  • Ferrari

    • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia

    • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale

    • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A

    • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider

    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB

    • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider

    • 2009-2014 Ferrari California

    • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T

    • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12

    • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf

    • 2016 Ferrari F60

    • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF

    • 2017 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

  • Fisker

    • 2012 Fisker Karma

  • Ford

    • 2007-2010 Ford Edge

    • 2006-2012 Ford Fusion

    • 2005-2006 Ford GT

    • 2005-2014 Ford Mustang

    • 2004-2011 Ford Ranger

  • GMC

    • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra HD

    • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra LD

    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon

    • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

  • Honda

    • 2001-2012 Honda Accord

    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic

    • 2003-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid

    • 2001-2011 Honda Civic NGV

    • 2010-2015 Honda Crosstour

    • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V

    • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z

    • 2003-2011 Honda Element

    • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity

    • 2007-2013 Honda Fit

    • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV

    • 2010-2014 Honda Insight

    • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey

    • 2003-2015 Honda Pilot

    • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline

  • Infiniti

    • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX

    • 2001 Infiniti I30

    • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35

    • 2006-2010 Infiniti M

    • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4

  • Jaguar

    • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF

  • Jeep

    • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler

  • Land Rover

    • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover

  • Lexus

    • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350

    • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460

    • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350

    • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C

    • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F

    • 2012 Lexus LFA

    • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430

  • Lincoln

    • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX

    • 2006-2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ

  • Mazda

    • 2004-2009 Mazda B-Series

    • 2007-2012 Mazda CX-7

    • 2007-2015 Mazda CX-9

    • 2003-2011 Mazda6

    • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6

    • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV

    • 2004-2011 Mazda RX-8

  • McLaren

    • 2016-2017 McLaren 570

    • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S

    • 2016 McLaren 675LT

    • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C

    • 2011-2015 McLaren P1

  • Mercedes-Benz

    • 2005-2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    • 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    • 2011-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio

    • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

    • 2010-2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

    • 2009-2010 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

    • 2009-2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

    • 2007-2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

    • 2011-2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class

  • Mercury

    • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan

  • Mitsubishi

    • 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

    • 2004-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer

    • 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

    • 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

    • 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider

  • Nissan

    • 2001-2003 Nissan Maxima

    • 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

    • 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

    • 2007-2012 Nissan Versa

  • Pontiac

    • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe

  • Saab

    • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x

    • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3

    • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5

  • Saturn

    • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra

  • Scion

    • 2008-2015 Scion XB

  • Subaru

    • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja

    • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester

    • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (Including WRX/STI)

    • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy

    • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback

    • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca

    • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI

  • Tesla

    • 2012-2016 Tesla Model S

  • Toyota

    • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner

    • 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla

    • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix

    • 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix

    • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4

    • 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia

    • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna

    • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra

    • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)

    • 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)

  • Volkswagen

    • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC

    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos

    • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf

    • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R

    • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI

    • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat

    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

    • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon



Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Bianca Ornelas

A couple of months ago, we partnered with Bianca Ornelas, an artist from California, to raise awareness about the Takata airbag recall. Along with teaming up with her to spread the word, we were also able to pick her brain about how her desire to help others influences her art, her favorite ways to raise awareness, and some projects she’s currently working on. Read on to check out the interview!


First off, can you tell us more about who you are, where you’re from and what you do?

Hello, my name is Bianca Ornelas, I’m from Pomona and I am a professional artist.


How does your desire to help others influence the art you create?

 As an artist, I feel like it is my duty to help inform others about current issues. My main source of inspiration comes from people, especially topics that directly impact others. I have the privilege to be able to create vibrate pieces and I will use it to my advantage. Nothing makes me happier than bringing awareness to others.


Why is raising awareness about the Takata airbag recall important to you?

Before working with the Carma Project, I’ve never heard about the Takata airbag recall. Knowing that there are 41 million vehicles with a deadly Takata airbag, has made me really nervous. Knowing that someone I know might have one in their car has made this issue very personal. This is an important issue that many are unaware about. By spreading the word about this recall (we? I?) can save a life and that itself is very important to me.


Would you tell your friends and family about the recall?

I would spread the word about the Takata recall. It is important for them to check if their car is safe!


What are your favorite ways to raise awareness about issues that are important to you?

I mainly use social media to raise awareness about important issues. My favorite way to bring attention to certain issues is by using my art. I create pieces that provide a platform for conversation. It is only until then real awareness is raised. 


What are some projects you’re currently working on at the moment?

 I’m working on many projects! On top of running two online shops, I am teaming up with a non profit organization called The Dream Complex, for a huge block party in Los Angeles. I am doing a couple of freelance work and illustrations for companies. Lastly, I am discreetly co-writing a comic with another talented artist.


Where else can we find you?

You can find me on my Instagram at bianca.ornelas. You can also find my work on Facebook at Bianca Ornelas Art


Carma Goes Local

Last week, Carma hosted an event with Sofar Sounds, a global organization that brings communities and artists together through a series of secret pop-up shows. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet our neighbors and also shed light on automotive safety, which oftentimes can get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Public awareness is critical to keeping our communities safe, so we wanted to use our platform and our space to not only support our community, but also educate them about the dangers of the deadly Takata airbag and how they could check to see if their vehicles were affected. Like us, you too can spread the word, connect with your neighbors, and make a difference in your own community. Post, share, and invite your friends to become Carma Ambassadors. Together we can raise awareness and save lives. 

Special thanks to:

BryteLife

Sofar Sounds

Kristina Marina

Vida Moxy

Soul Flow

The Most Accurate Way to Check Your Vehicle’s Recall Status

A common question we receive is, “Why don’t you just list year, make, and model?” Although year, make, and model is one way to check if a vehicle might have a recall, it’s not the most accurate way to determine if your vehicle is affected. The reason is that every vehicle has a unique repair history and can potentially be manufactured with different parts. The most accurate way to check your vehicle’s latest recall status is by using its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). 

Another common misconception is that you don’t have to check your vehicle’s recall status because your manufacturer would have notified you if your vehicle had a recall. While manufacturers do make an effort to send recall notices, the notices don’t always make it to the correct owner. For example, vehicle owners might buy used cars, change addresses, or there might be a delay in updating vehicle records at the DMV. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to be more transparent, we’ve launched a video series to clarify these points and more. Check it out below:

Back to School Giveaway

For our Back to School Giveaway this year, Carma will be awarding a one-year subscription to the Headspace app. To enter to win you must complete the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project ambassador

  2. Tag your friends in the comments section of Carma’s Back to School Facebook post here

Contest closes on October 1st at 12:00 PM PST. Winner will be emailed on October 2nd. 
*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://www.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile must match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Headspace, Instagram, and/or Facebook.*

How to Protect Yourself Online

Technology can feel like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it has innovated the way we live, communicate, and learn. On the other hand, putting so much of our lives online has exposed us to data-hungry scammers and hackers. The good news? There are steps you can take so that you can reap the great benefits of technology while protecting yourself online.

Two steps forward. Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as two-step verification, protects your online accounts and data by adding a second layer of security. The most common two-step verification method is entering a password and then entering a code sent to your mobile phone to complete the log-in process. Most websites offer two-step verification and you can usually toggle this feature in the settings section of your account. 

Code words. Ideally, your password should be hard to guess and contain capitals, special characters, and be unrelated to something someone may know about you (e.g: date of birth). You can even use a password manager that will store, generate, and remember passwords for you. 

Lock it up. Along with your online accounts, you should also be protecting your home and office wireless networks with a strong password too. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be extra cautious about the information you share and make sure to connect with a VPN. Public Wi-Fi networks are generally less safe than private ones because you don’t know who set them up or who else might be connecting to them. 

Stay up-to-date. Although it can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, it’s important to have the latest software, web browsers, and operating systems on your computers and mobile devices. Keeping your devices up to date is the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats. As a best practice, turn on automatic updates, so you can receive the latest fixes as they become available.

Step into the breach. Data breaches are scary, but they happen and it’s important to be aware and proactive about them. You can check to see if you’ve been part of a data breach with this tool by Mozilla Firefox. In the event that your account has been part of a data breach, you should take necessary safety steps like changing your passwords and reviewing your financial records.


Our Commitment to Your Safety

As technology becomes more present and necessary in our daily lives, companies are gaining access to more data than ever before. And with all the noise in our respective feeds increasing, it’s important that we gain a better understanding of how we consume and share information.

In an effort to be more transparent, we’ve launched a video series to answer some of our most frequently asked questions regarding privacy and automotive recalls. Check out the first two below:

 
 
 
 

Our main goal is to reach the millions of people who might be unaware they are driving around with a deadly Takata airbag. As we work to achieve this goal, we’re also striving to make our online and offline community a safer place. This is just the beginning--so stay tuned for more.

Back to School Safety: College Edition

College for many is an exciting journey, but can also be a stressful time that could create a wide range of mental health challenges. According to the American Psychological Association, 1 in 3 first-year college students will struggle with mental health. It’s important that throughout their college experience, students learn to prioritize both their mental and physical wellness. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to support and protect our community, we put together some tips on how to practice good safety habits. We’re also hosting a special giveaway this month, so scroll on to learn more.

Raise your hand. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or depressed, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Many college campuses provide resources like counselors and health centers. If you’re unsure if your campus has one, check on your college’s website or with your RA. You can also chat, text, or email with a counselor at Your Life Your Voice.

Mind your gut. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that influences mood, and millions of other mood shaping microbes live in the digestive tract. So it’s a no brainer that your diet can influence your mental state immensely. In fact, studies show that foods rich in vitamin B, magnesium, probiotics, vitamin D3, and omega-3s can help manage depression. Try to incorporate these foods into at least one meal a day.

Action plan. Physical activity not only reinforces physical wellness, but also helps improve your mood. According to NCBI, exercising regularly can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, protect the brain against cognitive decline, improve sleep, and boost serotonin levels. Hit your school gym, and whenever possible, take the stairs or even walk the long way to your classes.

Point of contact. Socializing and cultivating relationships can have healthy outcomes on your mental health and life span. In fact, studies on social relationships and health show that people with active social lives tend to live longer and healthier lives than their isolated peers. So try to eat meals with friends, and consider joining on or off-campus organizations related to hobbies or causes you care about.

Good looking out. Whether you’re riding in your friend’s car or they’re riding in yours, it’s important to make sure the vehicle doesn’t have any outstanding safety recalls. For example, a recalled Takata airbag can seriously injure or kill not just a driver, but also their passenger. Check your vehicles with our lookup tool to make sure you’re safe no matter what vehicle you’re in. 

Enter the gap. Studies show that practicing mindfulness through meditation can reduce negative thoughts and stress. Meditation also helps develop capacities for calmness, clarity, and concentration. Don’t know where to start on your meditation journey? Try Headspace, an award-winning meditation app and a great introduction to practicing meditation and mindfulness. 

In fact, for our Back to School Giveaway this year, Carma will be awarding a one-year subscription to the Headspace app. To enter to win you must complete the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project ambassador

  2. Tag your friends in the comments section of Carma’s Back to School Facebook post here

Contest closes on October 1st at 12:00 PM PST. Winner will be emailed on October 2nd. 
*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://www.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile must match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Headspace, Instagram, and/or Facebook.*

6 Essential Safety Tips for Back to School

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Summer is slowly puttering to an end and a new school year is just around the corner. But preparing for back to school doesn’t just come in the form of shopping for school supplies,  it also means being proactive about your children’s safety.

To make things easier for you, we compiled six essential safety tips to help you keep your children safe this back to school season. Let’s break it down...

  1. Pedestrians first. Go over pedestrian safety with your child. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, pedestrian-related accidents are considered the fifth-highest cause of injury-related fatalities for children between the ages of 5 and 19. 

  2. Don’t break their back. Make sure your child owns a backpack sturdy enough to carry heavy textbooks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 14,000 children seek treatment for backpack-related injuries every year. A general rule is that your child’s backpack should be no more than 10-20% of their body weight to avoid potential pain or injury. 

  3. Heads up. If your child is a bike-rider, make sure they have an approved helmet to wear and that they know how to use hand signals.

  4. Put a label on it. If your child has any food allergies, print out a food allergy action plan (like this one from The Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network) for them to bring to school. This will help the school’s teachers, nurses, and administrators decipher food labels accordingly so they can make safe food decisions for your child.

  5. Wake up call. Start transitioning into a school sleep routine by establishing bedtimes for the school year. Your child should start following these at least one week before school starts. According to the U.S Department of Education, children should be getting 8 1/2 - 9 1/2 hours of sleep each night.

  6. Stranger Danger. Have a Family Safety Code Word that only family members and close friends know and remind your children to steer clear of strangers unless that person knows the code word. If your children walk to or from school, remind them to avoid taking shortcuts and accepting rides without your permission. Safety is better in numbers, so make sure to set up a buddy system for your children as well.

Ambassador Spotlight: The Garcia Family

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This month’s Ambassador Spotlight highlights the Garcia family who helped us raise awareness about the dangerous Takata airbag recall in the Hispanic community. 

Angie and her family have a popular Youtube channel where they share their weekly adventures and show what it is like growing up in a Mexican household. Angie and her husband Jose took the time to educate their followers about the recall in one of their videos and they received a great response.


Here are some of the comments that their video received:

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Oh my! I have received a notice twice about my car but have not scheduled an appointment because there are so many fraudulent companies and people but I will check it now.

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Yes, we received a letter that tells us that our car has faulty airbags so we will take it in for a repair.

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Thank you Angie and Jose for explaining this recall that affects our cars. I used the link and checked the status of my vehicle and luckily it is not on the list of recalled vehicles. Thank you so much for the information. God bless.

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Hi beautiful family, thanks for the tip about the airbags and for caring about your followers. God bless.

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Hi Angie, thank you for the information. It is indeed very important for us because I live in Arizona and it’s very hot here. I will check my airbags now. Thank you and send my warmest regards to your beautiful family.


There’s a good chance that these people would not have been aware of the dangerous recall or scheduled a repair if it were not for this family that cares deeply about the safety of their community.

In their video, they also share the staggering statistic that over 1.8 million vehicles are affected by the Takata airbag recall in California. That figure keeps increasing as well as the probability that someone you know is affected by the deadly recall. 

Remember, this recall affects both driver and passenger airbags, so if checking for yourself is not the priority then check for your kids, your dog, or anyone else who might ride in your passenger seat. 

You can check your vehicle (from any manufacturer) using our lookup tool here. And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a recalled Takata airbag, you can earn up to $55 once the vehicle gets fixed.

Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story with us!

Ambassador Spotlight: La Familia García

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El Ambassador Spotlight de este mes está dedicado a la familia García que nos ayudó a crear conciencia sobre el peligroso retiro de las bolsas de aire Takata en la comunidad hispana.

Angie y su familia tienen un canal popular en Youtube donde comparten sus aventuras semanales y muestran cómo es crecer en un hogar mexicano. Angie y su esposo José se tomaron el tiempo para educar a sus seguidores sobre el retiro en uno de sus videos y en cambio recibieron muy buenas respuestas. 

Estos son algunos de los comentarios que recibió su video:

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Existe una buena posibilidad de que estas personas no hubieran sido conscientes del retiro peligroso o programado una reparación si no fuera por esta familia que se preocupa profundamente por la seguridad de sus seguidores. 

En su video, también comparten la asombrosa estadística de que mas de 1.8 millones de vehículos se ven afectados por el retiro de las bolsas de aire Takata en California. Esa cifra sigue aumentando, así como la probabilidad de que alguien que conoces esté afectado por el retiro mortal.

Recuerda, este retiro afecta tanto las bolsas de aire del conductor como las del pasajero, entonces si verificar por tu seguridad no es lo más importante, hazlo por tus pasajeros: tus niños, tus mascotas o cualquier otra persona que viaje contigo.

Puedes verificar tu vehículo (de cualquier fabricante) utilizando nuestra herramienta de búsqueda aquí. Y como siempre, si encuentras un Toyota elegible con una bolsa de aire Takata, puedes ganar hasta $55 una vez que se repare el vehículo.

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Ambassador Spotlight: La Familia Latorre

Un hecho poco conocido es que el retiro de las bolsas de aire Takata afecta de manera desproporcionada a las comunidades Hispanas en los territorios de los EE.UU. y EE.UU. Segun el Takata Monitor, los códigos postales donde la mayoría de los residentes son de ascendencia hispana tienen más probabilidades de tener una bolsa de aire Takata defectuosa sin reparar que las regiones con menores concentraciones de residentes de ascendencia hispana. Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos para llegar a la comunidad hispana, recientemente colaboramos con nuestros embajadores de Carma...la Familia Latorre. 

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La Familia Latorre tiene un popular canal de Youtube donde suelen compartir sus aventuras familiares a través de una serie de vlogs semanales. Esta fue la oportunidad perfecta para colaborar con ellos para crear un video corto para ayudar a crear conciencia sobre el retiro de las bolsas de aire Takata con sus fans y suscriptores. 

Esto fue increíblemente importante porque una gran parte de su audiencia se puede encontrar el climas calurosos y húmedos como Florida y Puerto Rico. Estos entornos tienen un MAYOR riesgo de muerte o lesiones, debido a una bolsa de aire retirada, ya que este tipo de clima puede acelerar el deterioro de los infladores defectuosos de las bolsas de aire. 

Solo en Puerto Rico hay por lo menos 100,000 vehículos Takata sin reparar. En Florida, al menos 300,000. 

 


Hasta ahora, la respuesta ha sido genial.  ¡La familia Latorre ha ayudado a más de 1,500 personas a verificar el estado de retiro de su vehículo!

La familia Latorre también nos ayudó a difundir que nuestro sitio de Carma ya está disponible en español; así que si conoces a alguien que prefiera participar en nuestro programa en español, ¡díselo!

Entonces, si aún no has revisado tu vehículo para verificar si tiene un retiro activo, ahora es el momento perfecto para hacerlo. Como dice la familia Latorre, "Este retiro es muy real y afecta a las personas que tu y yo conocemos, así que no olvides revisar tu vehículo".

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Ambassador Spotlight: The Latorre Family

A little known fact is that the Takata airbag recall disproportionately affects Spanish speaking communities throughout the US and US territories. According to the Takata Monitor, zip codes where a majority of residents are of Hispanic descent are more likely to have unrepaired faulty Takata airbag than regions with lower concentrations of residents of Hispanic descent. As a part of our efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community, we recently collaborated with Carma Ambassadors...the Latorre Family. 

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The Latorre Family have a popular Youtube channel where they typically share their family adventures through a series of weekly vlogs. This was the perfect opportunity to work with them to create a short video to help raise awareness about the Takata airbag recall with their fans and subscribers.


This was incredibly important because a large part of their audience can be found in hot and humid climates such as Florida and Puerto Rico. These environments are at GREATER risk for death or injury, from a recalled airbag, because this type of climate can accelerate the deterioration of defective airbag inflators. 

In Puerto Rico alone there are at least 100,000 unrepaired Takata vehicles. In Florida, at least 300,000. 

So far, the response has been great. The Latorre Family have helped over 1,500 people check the recall status of their vehicle! 

The Latorre Family also helped us spread the word about our Carma site being available in Spanish; so if you know anyone who would prefer to participate in our program in Spanish, please let them know!

So if you haven’t checked your vehicle for an active recall, now is the perfect time to do so.

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As the Latorre Family says, “This recall is very real and affects people that you and I know, so please don’t forget to check your vehicle.”

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Summer Driving Tips for You and Your Family

It is finally summer and we know that lots of our ambassadors are preparing to embark on extended road trips and spend more time with their families. Here’s some important information about summer driving trends, including safety precautions that you can take to make sure that you stay safe and have a fun summer.

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The AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index reports that: drinking, driving, speeding, and distraction are among top killers of teen drivers. The report also states that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the worst time of year for crashes and fatalities (statistics based on 2016 NHTSA FARS data). This time period has officially become known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers, which makes sense, since there are more road trips, parties, and first time drivers on the road. It’s crucial to talk to your teens about safe driving and ensure that they are being as careful as possible. It’s also important that parents set a good example for their families and practice safe driving tactics.

Here at Carma, we care about everyone’s safety, and we encourage you to check, not just your teen’s, but your vehicle as well, for any dangerous recalls. According to Carfax , there are more than 57 million recalled vehicles still on the road. That roughly translates to 1 out of every 5 vehicles in the US across ALL manufacturers.

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Of the 57 million vehicles with an open recall, 41 million are affected by the deadly Takata airbag recall, which puts people living in hotter and more humid climates at a greater risk. These climates break down the materials used in airbag inflators at a quicker rate, which means that even the smallest of fender benders can activate Takata airbags that explode and launch metal fragments towards the driver and/or passenger.


So before you take off to Disneyland or Yosemite, make sure to check that your vehicle is safe to drive. We also encourage you to use this time to talk to your children about road safety. 

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Are you packed and ready?

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It takes less than a minute to check and ensure that you and your loved ones are safe. If it turns out that you have a recall, we will provide you with the information you need to repair your vehicle as soon as possible and at no cost. 


Ambassador Spotlight

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In the short time since launch, we’ve seen Carma Ambassadors that have gone above and beyond expectations. We’re happy to kick off our ‘Ambassador Spotlight’ series to acknowledge some of these outstanding individuals. Each month we’ll introduce Ambassadors from our community and share their personal stories about doing some good. 

Our first story is about Linda S. who cares deeply about saving lives and has even written a letter to her state senator. Here’s an excerpt from her letter:

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I’m reaching out because these airbags can cause wrecks and kill innocent people if the airbags are not replaced. We need tougher legislation to where as citizens, we can identify the vehicles that have not been repaired by dealerships. Then a company like [Carma Project] can contact current owners via Tag information, if given permission by all the states. [This would especially benefit people] who are more than likely unaware of the danger that [they are in] if they purchased a car from someone who did not fix the airbags. 

When we asked Linda what drove her to write a letter to her senator she let us know that her goal was to save at least one life and that if she could help a million more people, that would be another million lives that can be potentially saved from deadly, preventable accidents. 

And just like her, we believe that giving up is not an option!

If I can save one life by reaching out, I’ve done my job.

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Our second Ambassador story is about David S. who believes that safety is a priority and has worked extensively in the automotive manufacturing industry. Here’s how he responded when we asked him why he decided to join us as an Ambassador:

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I worked as both an industrial maintenance tech and as an offsite inspection coordinator for a major quality assurance company for the big three. I’m not sure who still uses Takata airbags but I do remember it being a scary safety issue.


So just like David, we encourage you to check your vehicles for recalls and get them repaired before it is too late.

We are all fortunate to have Ambassadors like Linda and David as part of our community. It is individuals like them that motivate us to work hard and keep people safe on the road. 

You can check your vehicle (from any manufacturer) using our lookup tool here. And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a recalled Takata airbag, you can earn up to $55 once the vehicle gets fixed. 


Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight Series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story!

3 Tips for Rideshare Safety. Uber and Lyft Riders Take Note!

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A recent Consumer Reports study found that 1 in 6 rideshare vehicles has an active safety recall. This means that you are potentially putting yourself and your friends at risk each time you get in an Uber or Lyft. Luckily there are things you can do to make sure you’re safe.

Uber and Lyft: The Potential Danger

Uber and Lyft drivers are currently not required to prove that their vehicle is recall-free before joining either platform. They may need to own a car from the past decade, but this could be loosely enforced.

Over 41 million vehicles in the US have recalled Takata airbags, so it’s very possible that when you get into an Uber or Lyft, you could be riding in one of them. Many of these recalls affect the front passenger airbag, so if you’re taking a Lyft Line or Uber Pool, or splitting a car among 4 friends, the person who sits in the front is at greater risk.

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Here are 3 easy things you can do to make sure you’re safe before getting into your next Uber or Lyft.

1. Check the car for a recall before it gets to your location. When you call a car, you get that driver’s license plate number. All you need to do is enter that number and the state (which will probably be the one you are currently in) and you can search using Carma’s free vehicle lookup tool. You can even bookmark your own unique share link so that if you find a recalled, Takata airbag you can get credit for it.

You’ll be able to see if your vehicle has a recall, and exactly which recall it has. If you find that the vehicle has a recall, tell the driver when they arrive. If it’s a dangerous recall, inform the driver, and cancel your ride! Your safety is the most important thing.

2. Verify that the vehicle that arrives matches the license plate and model you see in your app. Never get into a car if the information is different. And if you haven’t already checked for recalls, you can also snap a photo of the driver’s license plate and use that to check their vehicle as soon as it arrives.

Again, if you find a recall, tell the driver about it. If they drive an eligible Takata vehicle and get it fixed, you could even get $55, just for searching and letting them know.

3. Verify the driver’s name, and make sure they say yours. Confirm that your driver is the person who is registered with Uber and Lyft, so you can make sure you are in the right car with the right driver.

Lastly, if you or anyone you know drives for a rideshare company, encourage them to check their vehicles. This way, you can help make sure that they, and anyone who gets in their car will be safe.


National Safety Month Giveaway

One lucky Carma Ambassador will win a $75 Target gift card. Enter for a chance to win by helping us raise awareness for National Safety Month by completing the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project Ambassador

  2. Press “Going” on our National Safety Month Facebook event page

  3. Tag your friends in the comment section of our pinned post on Carma’s Facebook page with “Check your vehicle’s recall status for National Safety Month!”

This contest will run from 06/10/19 12:00 PM PST to 06/23/19 11:59 PM PST.

Winner will be notified via email on 06/24/19 at 12:00 PM PST.*

*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://www.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile should match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram, and/or Facebook.*

Carma Project and National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, a time when the National Safety Council encourages thousands of organizations to raise awareness and help reduce the leading causes of injury and death from work places, to the roads, to homes and communities. The National Safety Council has been the nation’s leading safety advocate for over 100 years, working with businesses, the government, and the public to help lower the death rate from preventable injuries.

At Carma, our main goal is to keep you and your loved ones safe, by helping you become aware of any dangerous problems with your vehicle. National Safety Month is the perfect time to get involved and start spreading the word about potentially deadly recalls across all auto manufacturers.

Tell your friends and family to check their cars, trucks, or SUVs using Carma’s free vehicle safety search.

  • There are currently 53 Million vehicles on the road with open safety recalls, which means

  • 1 in 5 vehicles in the US is affected across ALL manufacturers, of those

  • Over 41 Million vehicles have potentially deadly, recalled Takata airbags in them.

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It only takes a few seconds to help protect your loved ones. Please spread the word, join the movement, and take a stance against needless injury and death.

CHECK YOUR VEHICLE NOW