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man dies in Rhino ATV crash

In Fairview, Canada on October 4, another fatal accident occurred involving a Yamaha Rhino. According to Sun Media, the passenger, a 29-year-old man, was thrown out of the ATV, resulting in a fatality. Fortunately, the 31-year-old driver left the accident unscathed. The police were notified at 1:32 a.m. and found the ATV flipped on private property. The police have reason to believe that alcohol may have contributed to the accident. Still, another person has unfortunatuely died while riding a Yamaha Rhino. ... Read More

NHTSA roof crush rule delayed to December

In June, we reported that the U.S. Senate panel reviewing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposal for increased standards in roof strength had asked the agency to delay its decision, originally scheduled for July 1. The NHTSA agreed to further review of the policy, and set a new date for release on Oct. 1. Yesterday, the agency announced another delay, pushing the decision back to December, according to a report in the Detroit News. Several items in the proposed new standard, which updates the 35-year-old current regulation of vehicle roof strength, are being reviewed. The new standard would ... Read More

U.S. Senate looking into bus safety bill

The United States Senate is looking into establishing a sweeping bus safety bill due to the amount of Americans who die each year on buses according to the Washington Post. Buses are no longer considered safe because if a bus rolls over, the outcome is usually injury or death of passengers. If a bus is broad-sided, the frame of the bus will twist, resulting in the bus’s windows popping or the passengers being thrown out of the bus. The bus safety legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to add safety precautions to motor coaches, including installing seat belts ... Read More

Mercedes M-Class recalled, defect could cause crash

If you own a 1998 to 2003 Mercedes M-Class SUV, you will soon receive a notice from Mercedes-Benz notifying you of a recall. According to Reuters, The German automaker is recalling nearly 103,000 vehicles because of a defect that can cause the loss of power steering and could result in a crash. Bloomberg reports that a clamp on a steering-fluid hose that may loosen and allow leaks may not have been properly installed on some of the vehicles in a recall five years ago. According to theNational Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), “This could result in a loss of control and ... Read More

Teens who lost legs in crash settle lawsuit against Isuzu

A night at a high school dance ended in tragedy for two Berthoud, Colorado teens. Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros were on their way home from a dance on January 15, 2007, when the 17-year-olds noticed a flat tire on Carron’s 1999 Isuzu Trooper. The boys stepped out of the SUV and walked to the back of the vehicle to fix the tire when a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Michelle Berra came speeding up behind them. Berra slammed into the back of the Isuzu and hit the boys. The impact severed the legs of both teens, leaving them permanently ... Read More

Defective switch can cause auto fire

CNNMoney.com reported today that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a second warning to owners of selected Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickups, vans and passenger cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a cruise control switch repair. The switch, if defective, could lead to a fire at any time, even if the cruise control switch is not in use or the vehicle is turned off, parked and unattended. NHTSA expressed concerns that only 5 million of the 12 million vehicles involved in the recall have been repaired. A similar warning was issued in ... Read More

Labor Day weekend Rhino rollover

Two youngsters in Amador County, California, were injured over the Labor Day weekend when the Rhino in which they were traveling rolled over during a turn, according to the local Ledger Dispatch. Both the driver and passenger were 17 years old. Their names have not been released due to their being minors. The Ledger Dispatch reports the driver, who was from Livermore, received “major injuries” to his neck and face, and was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment. The passenger, a resident of Galt, endured injuries to her neck and right arm and also was airlifted for treatment, ... Read More

15-passenger van dangerous carpool

As youngsters head back to school, many will be sharing the ride on public transportation or a school bus. In many cases, students traveling to smaller schools, special events or sporting activities may climb into a 15-passenger van. The vehicle is a popular choice to relatively inexpensively and conveniently transport small groups. But it could be deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of a rollover crash is greatly increased when 10 or more people ride in a 15-passenger van. There are two main factors at play – vehicle design and driver reaction to the ... Read More

child killed in Rhino rollover

A Wisconsin family is picking up the pieces after a tragic weekend, when 3-year-old Andrew M. Bahl was killed in a Yamaha Rhino rollover accident. The boy was a passenger on a vehicle driven by his father, Bradley J. Bahl, age 29. According to reports on local television station NBC15, the rollover occured on private property in the area of Lancaster, Wis., on Sunday morning. The report says the Rhino rolled over, pinning young Andrew. The boy was transported to the hospital by local emergency response personnel and then life-flighted to Madison, Wis., where he passed away. His father suffered ... Read More

Doctors support drug litigation

Attorneys who take on the pharmaceutical industry as a voice for consumers injured by medications found an unlikely ally this week, in doctors. Noting that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is often “overwhelmed” by drug safety problems ranging from serious side effects to unsafe manufacturing facilities, editors of the New England Journal of Medicine said patients benefit from information uncovered by attorneys during liability investigations, according to an Associated Press report released Friday. Journal editor Dr. Jeffrey M. Drazen says the litigation process and the court system is a “key defense mechanism” to insure drug safety and to obtain ... Read More