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Feds Report Alarming Increase In U.S. Traffic Deaths

Federal safety regulators released some troubling news in their latest highway safety assessment: Traffic accident deaths soared in 2015, reversing five decades of steady, life-saving progress that made U.S. roads and highways safer. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people died in traffic crashes last year – a rise of 7.2 percent in the number of deaths reported in 2014. Data showed that traffic deaths are on the rise across nearly every segment of the population. The last time that the U.S. saw a single-year increase of this magnitude was in ... Read More

Tire Blowout Forces Morgan Freeman’s Airplane Into Emergency Landing

A tire blowout forced actor Morgan Freeman’s airplane to make an emergency landing shortly after it took from an airport in Clarksdale, Miss., Saturday evening. Neither Mr. Freeman nor his pilots were injured, but the actor indicated his airplane suffered some damage. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned and a tire blew on takeoff, which caused other problems,” Mr. Freeman said in the statement released by his publicist. “But thanks to my excellent pilot Jimmy Hobson we landed safely without a scratch. I cannot say the same about my plane,” Freeman added. He didn’t elaborate about the damage, but reports say ... Read More

Spider-Panicked woman Abandons Car, Causes Crash

A 9-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with minor head injuries Friday afternoon after his mother saw a spider on her shoulder and leaped from her car, which was still in gear. Angela Kipp, 35, of Syracuse, Indiana was backing out of the driveway Sept. 18 when she spotted the leggy critter hitching a ride on her shoulder, sending her into a panic. She abandoned the vehicle but apparently it was still in reverse when she fled because her son, sitting in the back seat, crawled into the driver’s seat to hit the brakes. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the ... Read More

Louisiana sues State Farm for endangering motorists with cheap auto repairs

State Farm Auto Insurance endangers the lives of its policyholders by effectively forcing auto body and repair shops to perform repairs as cheaply and quickly as possible, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office alleges in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, filed August 19 in a Baton Rouge federal court, State Farm repeatedly broke state laws against unfair trade practices and monopolies by directing consumers to preferred repair shops or “direct repair facilities.” The repair shops are then effectively forced to conform to insurance estimates by using cheap, imitation, and used parts “rather than in accordance with consumer safety and vehicle ... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court orders new trial for plaintiffs in Ford rollover case

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Ford Motor Co. “willfully” misled plaintiffs about its insurance coverage in a product liability case involving a vehicular rollover, and agreed with a lower court’s decision granting the plaintiffs a new trial. Plaintiffs Jordan and Renee Conley sued Ford in December 2007 for a Ford Explorer rollover crash in 2006 that killed one person and left another with traumatic brain injury. A state jury, however, returned a verdict in favor of Ford in the 2009 trial. Since that ruling, however, evidence emerged in another case that indicated Ford intentionally misled the plaintiffs during ... Read More

Dangerously old tires sold at bargain prices on eBay

Tires more than six years old pose a giant safety risk that many consumers may not be aware of, but that hasn’t stopped at least one company from buying old automotive tires and selling them to consumers on eBay. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS), a Massachusetts-based group dedicated to researching the safety of auto and other consumer products, an ad appearing in Tire Business alerted it to a business that willfully sells old tires to anyone who wants them. The ad states “We’re not afraid of older discontinued product and will make fair offers to clear out ... Read More

Royal baby’s first car ride becomes a lesson in proper infant car seat restraint

Child safety advocates and followers of the Royal Family were shocked when some of the first pictures of the U.K.’s new prince emerged showing baby George, the future king, improperly fastened in his car seat on his very first car ride. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge introduced Prince George to the public at St. Mary’s hospital on July 23. They then put him in the back of their black Range Rover and drove off. After press pictures of the event were published, some immediately took note of the baby’s potentially unsafe seating arrangement. Child care and safety experts ... Read More

Easter pileup kills three, injures dozens on Virginia highway

Three people were killed and at least 25 others were injured in a traffic pileup involving nearly 100 vehicles in southwestern Virginia near the North Carolina border Easter Sunday. The series of collisions occurred on Interstate 77 southbound in southwest Virginia, starting around 1:15 p.m. The Associated Press reported that Virginia State Police investigating the massive pileup determined that there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles. The crashes occurred in a mountainous region near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain when there was heavy fog in the area. An American Red Cross worker in Galax, Virginia, told the AP ... Read More

Ford introduces ‘hands-free’ texting feature to all new vehicle models

Ford Motor Company announced it is installing a new safety feature in many vehicle models that will read text messages aloud to drivers and allow them to respond hands-free with a limited number of pre-written messages. This feature is provided as part of the SYNC system in all new model vehicles and as a software update in older vehicles with the SYNC system in them. Many drivers will no doubt find the SYNC feature convenient to use behind the wheel, but the technology’s main purpose is to help drive down the number of distracted drivers. Little did cell phone developers ... Read More

Research finds most teen drivers crash from inexperience, undeveloped skills

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and a number of safety organizations and agencies across the country are working to boost awareness and understanding of the specific dangers that teens face when they get behind the wheel. Year after year, more teenagers are involved in traffic crashes than any other group of people in the United States, and studies have shown that the most dangerous time for teens is in the weeks and months that they drive unsupervised after obtaining a license. According to the AAA’s research, teen drivers are about 50 percent more likely to crash in ... Read More