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Are Current Truck Underride Standards Insufficient to Protect the Lives of Motorists?

April 10, 2015

In the first part of this series, we discussed the evolution of under-ride protection standards. As discussed previously, underride protections standards were first promulgated in 1953. The 1967 death of celebrity Jayne Mansfield due to her vehicle striking a commercial truck from behind and under-riding, created a public outcry for tougher standards and a US […]

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A Brief History of Federal Trucking Underride Standards

April 9, 2015

We have known about the dangers large vehicles like 18-wheelers, dump truck, Mack trucks and others present to a much smaller, everyday passenger vehicle. Regardless of whether the motorist is driving a compact car, a sedan, a pickup truck or even an SUV the commercial truck dwarfs the passenger vehicle. While the danger is most […]

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How Vehicle Hacking May Endanger the Safety of the American Driver

April 7, 2015

The past several decades have seen immense technological change occur in all aspects of life as computers have moved from what some once considered a curiosity to becoming a ubiquitous part of everyday life. While computers and computing technologies are perhaps most identifiable in the form of desktop machines and hand-held mobile devices, even the […]

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Senators Propose Measures to Address Recalled, Unrepaired Vehicles on Nation’s Highways

April 3, 2015

2014 was undoubtedly the year of the vehicle recall. The more than 63 million cars, trucks, and SUVs that were recalled last year smashed previous annual recall records as the Takata airbag and GM ignition switch recalls accounted for more than 20 million recalled vehicles, alone. A broad array of additional defects affecting automobile systems, […]

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Does Overnight 15-Passenger Van Crash Illustrate the Vehicle’s Inherent Risks?

March 30, 2015

According to the Florida Highway patrol, who arrived on the scene shortly after receiving a 911 report of a serious accident, 8 have been killed after a single-vehicle accident involving a 15-passenger church van. Those killed include the driver and seven others from a Fort Pierce church. 10 more suffered moderate to severe injuries and […]

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Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Fuel Tank Fires May Represent a Safety Crisis in the Making

March 24, 2015

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are at least 58 burn-related fatalities and 119 non-fatal burn-related injuries due to vehicular accidents each year. One of the more common ways that vehicle fires occur is when a car, truck, or SUV with a rear gas tank placement is struck from behind. This impact […]

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Takata Airbag Recall Expanded Again Following January Death & NHTSA Fines

March 19, 2015

The issue affecting millions of Takata produced airbags has again been expanded. While the recall originally began as one that was limited to high humidity areas, NHTSA began its push to expand to cover the entire United States in November 2014. By the end of 2014, all of the automakers most affected by the Takata […]

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Da Vinci Robotic System’s Aggressive Marketing and Incident Underreporting May be Concealing Surgical Dangers

March 12, 2015

According to the manufacturer of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, the system has already been purchased by nearly 1,400 hospitals in the United States. The company touts that many facilities actually bought two or more surgical devices. While Intuitive Surgical presents the da Vinci system as an unparalleled commercial and medical success story, the […]

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Increase Motor Carrier Financial responsibility Minimums to Protect Motorist Safety

March 11, 2015

Motorists driving to work, school, and to handle the daily errands expect to travel on roads and highways that are safe and free from unnecessary risks and hazards. For the vast majority of commuters and trips, this expectation can hold true. However even a single reckless driver or unsafe vehicle can significantly increase the likelihood […]

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Takata Refuses to Cooperate with Federal Airbag Defect Investigation amid Calls for New Enforcement Powers

March 6, 2015

There are few people who have not yet heard about the massive recall affecting millions of Takata produced airbags. The defective Takata airbags are found in a broad array of vehicles produced by many major manufacturers. Left uncorrected, the inflator in the airbag can rupture potentially sending metal shrapnel into the face and neck of […]

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