Business Briefcase Oct. 22, 2010

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By The Staff

 Some Toyota models being recalled

because of brake cylinder problem

Toyota is recalling 740,000 Lexus, Avalon and other models in the U.S. for brake fluid problems. There are another 800,000 being recalled internationally as well for other problems.

The majority of these vehicles require repairs to a problem with the master brake cylinder that could diminish the capability of the brakes. No accidents have been reported because of the problem.

The models affected in the U.S. include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 and IS350 vehicles, the company said in a release.

The release said a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, resulting in illumination of the brake-warning lamp.

U.S.-based owners of the vehicles will be notified by mail beginning early next month. Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners, the company said.


Energy savings class

Would you like to stre-e-e-tch your energy dollars? There will be an Energy Use in Your Home class at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Shelby County Extension Office. Jefferson County Extension Agent Valerie Holland will present many tips on how to cut the cost of energy in your home.


Identity protection event

The Better Business Bureau and Consumer Credit Counseling Services are encouraging consumers to fight identity theft this week and will hold a document-shredding event Saturday at Kroger on Taylorsville Road. You can have your documents destroyed between 7 a.m. and noon. There is no charge, and consumers don’t even have to get out of their cars!

Consumers are encouraged to drop of any documents that contain bank account numbers, social security numbers, birth dates or PIN numbers.

Identity theft reached $11.1 million in 2009, a 12.5 percent increase over the previous year.


Crawford to speak for Chamber

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Luncheon to be held on Nov. 9 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Guest speaker is journalist and author Byron Crawford. The Chamber Member of the Year and the Diplomat of the Year will be named, and the City of Shelbyville will present the Citizen of the Year award. Tickets are $15. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 2.

Other events:

  • The Business After Hours hosted by The Sentinel-News on Tuesday.
  • The chamber will hold its annual day at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, the day before the Breeders Cup. Cost is $40 per person and includes admission, a reserved seat, buffet lunch and a racing program. A cash bar is available. The gates open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from 11:30-2  Post time for the first race is 12:40. Seating is limited.


Bits & bytes

§       The Future Business Leaders of America Region 3 and 4 Conference is being held today at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. This is the first year that the university has hosted the fall conference, which focuses on gathering the student leaders for a day of fun and leadership training.  The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Bradford Hall Auditorium and will include a lunchtime address by Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and information about dressing professionally.

§       Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.84 per gallon. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.83, according to LouisvilleGasPrices.com.


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