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Michigan Police Officer Promotes Child Car Seat Safety Through Act of Kindness

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When Michigan’s Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall pulled over a car for a traffic violation near downtown Battle Creek, he noticed the driver’s young daughter in the backseat restrained by a seat belt, but not riding in a booster seat. Officer Hall immediately questioned the driver, Lexi DeLorenzo, about why her child was not properly restrained in the backseat and discussed with her the importance of child seat safety. DeLorenzo’s response to Officer Hall’s concerns motivated him to go beyond his duties as an officer. “She was telling me that she hit a rough patch,” Hall recalled. “I ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

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General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More

GM launching two new safety recalls of more than half a million cars, SUVs

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General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs. The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash. GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect. The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year ... Read More

Department of Transportation announces new plan for pedestrian and bicyclist safety

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a new initiative by the DOT to reduce the growing number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. This comprehensive approach will address infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and around 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. The 2012 fatalities represent an increase of 6 percent from 2011 and were the highest number of fatalities in the last five years. Also in 2012, 736 pedalcyclists were killed and around 49,000 were injured due to traffic crashes. This number ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

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The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

U.S. Treasury approved GM exec pay raises despite poor performance, losses

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Top executives at General Motors (GM) and Ally Finance (formerly GMAC, GM’s former consumer finance offspring) received “excessive” pay hikes approved by the U.S. Treasury Department, which has monitored and approved executive salaries and bonuses since the companies received $66.7 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money. According to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the Treasury Department allowed total pay packages of at least $1 million for all of the top executives at both companies. The report also says several GM executives who received a combined $3 million ... Read More

GM announces two new recalls to repair fire hazards

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General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls over defects that could potentially result in fire, and in some cases, explosion. Last week, GM said it was recalling about 3,200 natural gas-powered cargo vans for gas leaks that could lead to an explosion and fire. The recall affects 3,196 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Sahara vans powered by compressed natural gas. The Detroit automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the affected vehicles “may have a CNG (compressed natural gas) high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere,” adding that this flaw “could cause ... Read More

NHTSA’s failure to address GM ignition switch problem detailed in Congressional report

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Federal auto safety regulators fell under scathing criticism again this week following the release of a House committee report that underscored their failures in policing General Motors (GM) while consumer complaints about defects and accident reports piled up in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its report. The report blames NHTSA for failing to notice a ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

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LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights importance of proper installation, use of car seats

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Despite the fact that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles, many families in our country travel either without a child safety seat or are not using the seats properly. The misuse of child safety seats in automobiles drastically increases the risk for injury and death of a child during a crash. Thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes each year, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 ... Read More