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South Korean students injured in Oregon bus crash sue tour company

A couple of South Korean exchange students who survived a bus crash that killed nine other people in Oregon December 30 are suing the Canadian tour company for their injuries. The students, Chae Jong-hyun and An Seong-jun, cousins from South Korea, had been living in Tacoma, Washington, for several months before they embarked on a nine-day tour of the western U.S. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Mi Joo Tour & Travel Ltd. organized the bus trip, which was on the final stretch when the crash occurred. The bus was traveling north on Interstate 84 when it slid off the road and rolled ... Read More

Fog and speed blamed for Texas highway pileup

Authorities investigating the deadly Thanksgiving Day pileup on an East Texas interstate say that foggy conditions were likely to blame for the massive 150-vehicle wreckage that killed two people and injured about 100 others. But talk on big-rig trucking forums suggests that professional and private drivers traveling at dangerously high speeds may have contributed to the collision, according to a Christian Science Monitor report. The pileup occurred on Interstate 10, about 15 miles west of Beaumont in Jefferson County, around 8:45 a.m., when the road was congested with holiday traffic. Images of the crash show a number of tractor-trailers scattered ... Read More

Chrysler recalls nearly 1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Liberties

Chrysler is recalling nearly a million of its Jeep vehicles worldwide because the airbags may deploy automatically while the vehicles are in operation. The recall affects 2002 to 2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties, and involves nearly 750,000 vehicles in the United States. The problem involves the front and side airbags, which can go off at any moment, as well as the sudden tightening of seatbelts. The airbag deployments can increase the risk of injury and the chances of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Chrysler says there have been no reports ... Read More

Tennessee trucking firm settles whistleblower case with OSHA

A Tennessee trucking company and federal regulators have agreed to settle a whistleblower case brought by an employee driver who accused the company of firing him when he refused to make a delivery because he was ill, fatigued, and did not have enough legally permissible driving hours left to complete the run. On May 4, 2010, Mark Alvis Inc., a Brush Creek-based motor carrier, assigned the driver to deliver a truck of milk to a supermarket in Murfreesboro Tenn. While getting ready to make the haul, the driver slipped and was injured but assumed the pain would go away. The ... Read More

Most luxury cars flunk partial collision tests, new study finds

Consumers paying top dollar for luxury automobiles might expect nothing but the best in vehicle performance, but most would be sadly mistaken if they believed the quality of their vehicles extended to matters of safety, according to the results of a new study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the performance of 11 midsize model-year 2012 luxury and “near luxury” cars in what it called “small overlap frontal crashes,” a type of crash that affects the vehicle’s vulnerable edges, such as when a car strikes a tree, pole, or clips the backside of another vehicle. Frontal overlap crashes ... Read More

Fatal accidents prompt Illinois governor to seek federal Megabus probe

Illinois governor Pat Quinn is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an investigation of Megabus, the low-cost express bus motorcoach company that was recently involved in two fatal Illinois accidents. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Gov. Quinn asked that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the DOT branch that regulates the trucking and bus industries, to probe the bus company and determine whether its buses and drivers adhere to federal safety rules. Gov. Quinn’s request came after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it would not conduct its own investigation of the ... Read More

Toyota recalls 780,000 vehicles over potential rear suspension damage

Toyota is recalling approximately 780,000 vehicles over potential safety problems affecting the suspension system of 2006 to early 2011 model-year Toyota RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h cars. Toyota announced that a rear wheel alignment service could result in excessive wear on the threaded portion of the suspension arm, followed by rusting. “If this were to occur, the threaded portion of the rear suspension arm may wear and cause the arm to separate,” Toyota said. Toyota said the problem could be triggered if the nuts on the rear suspension arm were not tightened according to Toyota’s specific procedure and torque ... Read More

Fatal Megabus crash kills one, company had federal safety alert

One person died and dozens more were injured Thursday afternoon when a Megabus double-decker coach crashed into a concrete pillar on Interstate 55 in Litchfield, Illinois, about 35 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. Authorities say they don’t yet know what caused the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle and collide with the pillar of an overpass, but the investigation is pointing toward a possible tire blowout, according to the Chicago Tribune. Officials have not released the name of the driver, who is undergoing surgery for injuries he sustained in the crash. Megabus said in a statement Friday ... Read More

Vehicular heatstroke warning devices ineffective, NHTSA warns

Safety products designed to alert parents about children accidentally left in dangerously hot vehicles are unreliable, federal safety regulators said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the announcement amidst a push to raise awareness of auto safety concerns affecting children, including efforts aimed at preventing heatstroke death and injuries in children left in unattended vehicles. According to the agency, 527 children have died from heatstroke injuries they received by being locked in hot vehicles – about 38 deaths per year on average. Heatstroke is the leading non-crash, vehicle-related cause of death for children. NHTSA also warned that ... Read More

Ford issues urgent recall of some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs

In an extremely rare and unusual warning, Ford Motor Co. told owners of certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to stop driving their vehicles immediately due to the risk of a faulty fuel line creating an engine fire. The recall involves about 11,500 model-year 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines sold in the U.S. and Canada. Ford said that most of the new vehicles remain on dealership lots, while about 5,000 are being driven by consumers. According the car maker, a fuel line in the engine compartment is susceptible to splitting and leaking fuel, which ... Read More