Feeling more ‘secure’ with a SP-4003 emergency 6-in-1 tool in the car

SP-4003_product_bBY GERRY MILES

Whether it’s ensuring one’s safety on the roads or staying connected on the go, motorists have a lot of devices they should carry in their vehicles.

Never mind a fire extinguisher, a flashlight, food supplies, blankets, and water, most likely center upon our mobile world’s power needs to power a tablet or smart phone and stay connected to wi-fi.

Meeting many of those needs is a slick 4.5-inch device from SeCur that’s a six-in-one portable on the go tool kit of sorts.

Wrapping a highoutput LED flashlight, with an emergency red flashing light, a seat belt cutter, a device that shatters glass for a quick escape within a power bank that can recharged your mobile world is the SeCur SP-4003.

SP-4003_cig_lighter_usbThe SP-4003 plugs into that age old device called a cigarette lighter or the more common 12-volt power outlet.


It can charge the powerbank while you use it to run a mobile device off the USB outlet. After you get to your destination, it can recharge a phone, tablet or whatever has a cord that needs power.




The LED flashlight is surprisingly bright and blinding to the human eye and supposed to last four hours when fully charged. A flashing red emergency light, with 10-hours worth of power, isn’t as bright as a roadside flare however its constant flashing LED light will catch someone’s attention.



Perhaps best of all, this lightweight 4.5-inch device easily slides into a coat pocket where it can be used to help you walk the dog at night, or venturing outside to grill late at night, ensure the hose was shut off or if the shingles stayed upon the house or not.

The plastic case is shock resistant. Four green lights indicate how much power the SP-4003 has left.


If you want to lighten the load of carrying a portable battery, a separate phone charging block, flashlight, emergency beacon, seatbelt cutter and glass breaker, this six-in-one deserves to be in your car at all times stowed in the console, glove box or side door pouch for just when you need it.



secur_logo_for_pkgSecur (www.securproducts.com) has a raft of other, compact safety-minded items at its website that allows you to watch them fuction via a small video or order them from their secure website.



M-B Car-to-X expands telematic horizon to prevent accidents, avoid hazards

Mercedes-Benz' Car to X

Mercedes-Benz’ Car to X

  • Mercedes-Benz is to be the first automotive manufacturer to bring Car-to-X technology to series production vehicles by the end of this year
  • Enhanced safety and convenience: Mercedes-Benz customers become aware of hazardous locations sooner thanks to Car-to-X technology
A new development by Mercedes-Benz card, called “Intelligent Drive”, will alert drivers to hazards long before they reach them on the road in what is being called the Car-to-X technology.
M-B will bring Car-to-X technology about by the end of this year which will enable the exchange of information between individual vehicles as well as between vehicles and the traffic infrastructure.
According to Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: “With the introduction of Car-to-X technology, we are once again reaffirming our tradition as a safety pioneer, and demonstrating that we are continuing to bring innovations to the roads with benefit for both our customers, and also other road users.
Car-to-X expands the telematic horizon
Car-to-X technology enables motorists to see around corners or beyond obstacles, helping to reduce the blind spots from which existing sensor systems suffer. The technology’s greatest potential lies in this expansion of the telematic horizon. “With Car-to-X communication we have made a base technology ready for the market which in the future will enable a new generation of driver assistance systems to be developed”, explains Prof. Dr. Weber. “Through the intelligent fusion of sensor data, we are able to obtain an extremely precise picture of the vehicles surrounding including areas further away from the vehicle – which also helps us with the further development of our autonomous driving functions.”
Car-to-X could also update traffic conditions, thereby improving traffic flow by alerting M-B motorists to bottlenecks before they get in one.
How does it work?
When messages are sent, the driver receives an advanced and the site is marked on a map. The driver can now slow down or exit when possible to avoid the situation. Benz also says its Car-to-X can warn at early stage wrong-way drivers or dangerous weather conditions.
Vehicles with Car-to-X communication can also transmit information on dangers to other road users, enhancing road safety.
For dangers which are not detected automatically, or which cannot yet be detected automatically, an efficient manual notification option has been created. At the press of a button, immobile vehicles or animals on the road, wrong-way drivers or shed loads can be notified via the Mercedes Cloud. This then sends a warning message to all vehicles fitted with Car-to-X technology which are in the vicinity of the hazardous location.
Mercedes-Benz is also working on full system integration of Car-to-X technology in future models to enable drivers and other road users to benefit from additional safety and convenience.
Pioneer of Car-to-X communication
Daimler spotted the tremendous potential of Car-to-X communication at an early stage and for decades has been a driving force behind the research and the development of this technology. The company therefore initiated research projects designed to create the necessary technology base and has been, and still is, involved in major projects around the world focusing on Car-to-X communication. As a founding member of the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium, Daimler is actively working on a Europe-wide standardised system for Car-to-X communication. And by acting as the project manager of a German and European field trial for the practical testing of Car-to-X communication, Daimler is also driving force behind the preparations for the market launch of Car-to-X systems.

Toyota Voluntary Recall of 2010 Toyota Prius, Lexus HS 250hs

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 4, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 87,000 model year 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h vehicles.

The involved vehicles are equipped with a brake pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack on an internal part due to vibration.  Toyota has had no reports of any accidents or injuries associated with this condition.

Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.  The recall remedy will involve inspection of the brake booster pump assembly to see if it is equipped with an involved accumulator.  If so, the dealer will replace the brake booster pump assembly with an improved one at no cost to the customer.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1-800-331-4331,www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-255-3987.