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Roof crush hearing June 4

A Senate hearing on roof crush strength and related driver and passenger safety in vehicle rollover accidents is set for Wednesday, June 4, from 10-11:30 a.m. ET in room 253, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Sen. Mark Pryor, chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Automotive Safety, called for the hearing after meeting with representatives from non-profit citizen action group People Safe In Rollovers Foundation. The group was founded by Paula Lawlor, a crusader for safer made cars. The organization is working hand-in-hand on this project with Kevin Moody, whose son Tyler was killed in a vehicle rollover accident ... Read More

Unreasonably Dangerous

A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against Yamaha USA, Yamaha Manufacturing, and Yamaha Motor, saying the Rhino ATV is unreasonably dangerous, according to a report in the Southeast Texas Record. Ryan Rogers was injured while riding in a Yamaha Rhino on relatively flat ground when the ATV rolled toward the passenger side, the Record reports. According to the paper, the suit alleges the ATV was “in a defective condition, unreasonably dangerous” and “not fit for its intended use and reasonably foreseeable purposes.” Causes of actions filed against the defendants include strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The report ... Read More

ATVs claim 2

A report in the Appalachian News-Express, which serves Eastern Kentucky, reported ATV accidents claimed two lives over the Memorial Day weekend. The newspaper said the death of a 12-year-old girl, Sarah Elizabeth Colley, and a 17-year-old girl, Brianna Castle, died in unrelated ATV accidents. The paper says the Kentucky State Police report indicates Colley was riding with a 13-year-old boy on a 2008 Yamaha Rhino ATV along railroad tracks. The statement said the ATV got stuck in the gravel on the railroad tracks and Colley and the boy were trying to free the vehicle when it went into a nearby ... Read More

Don’t Drive and Dial

Today, Occupational Health & Safety magazine published the results of a report from Experimental Psychology magazine, which examines why language – talking and listening, even or especially on a cell phone – may interfere with visual tasks like driving. Two different experiments, conducted by Dr. Amit Almor, a psychology researcher at the University of South Carolina, found that planning to speak and speaking put far more demands on the brain’s resources than listening. “We measured their attention level and found that subjects were four times more distracted while preparing to speak or speaking than when they were listening,” said Almor ... Read More

Grief Spurs Senate

Since his son Tyler’s death, Kevin Moody has been on a mission to get the roof strength standard, FMVSS 216, upgraded and convince Congress to pass new legislation regulating and mandating a new and adequate roof strength standard beyond what NHTSA, (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has proposed. WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kevin Moody, a grieving father who lost his son Tyler on January 16, 2003 due to injuries from ‘roof crush’ has that day forever etched in his memory: “Five and a half years ago, my son, Tyler, was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident in his ... Read More

Report Outlines Danger

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATVs killed more than 500 people in 2006 and of those victims nearly 1 on in 5 was a child. In addition to ATV deaths, accidents involving such popular vehicles as the Polaris ATV and the Yamaha Rhino ATV sent 146,600 people to hospital emergency rooms that same year. Some 75 percent of the ATV accidents result in serious damage to the head or spinal cord of the accident victim. Head injuries are a major cause of serious life threatening or lifelong physical problems and ailments. Injury to the spinal cord can result ... Read More