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Blog Posts in 2008

  • Effects of the Election on Auto Safety?

    With a new administration comes new opportunities for auto safety. There are two areas in which the president’s new appointee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) can immediately improve American auto safety. First, he or she can complete the revamping of some of our most antiquated auto safety regulations. For example, we are still operating under a roof strength ...
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  • Keeping Belts Snug in Rollover

    We have seen a remarkable number of cases in which seat belted occupants are somehow either partially ejected or completely thrown from a vehicle during a rollover despite the fact that they were wearing their seat belts. The evidence points to a startling conclusion: seatbelts are not reliably remaining locked during the course of a rollover. In some ways this isn’t surprising. The lock ...
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  • Finding a Safe Car Part One: Three Essential Resources

    Friends often ask me whether the car they are thinking of buying is safe. I always refer them to these three terrific sources of car safety information: 1. WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV – This is the government’s website reporting on its safety testing of vehicles. The government doesn’t test every vehicle sold, but it tests many of them, more rigorously than in the tests the car makers are required to pass to ...
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  • 72 Motor Vehicles Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards for 2009

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced its TOP SAFETY PICKS for 2009. 72 motor vehicles earned TOP SAFETY PICK awards, which is more than twice the number of vehicles that received the award for 2008. Garnering a top safety pick award means that a vehicle does the best job it can to protect vehicle occupants during front, rear, and side auto collisions, as evidenced during IIHS ...
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  • 1-Year-Olds Strangulation Death Leads to Recall of 670,000 IKEA Blinds

    The death of a 1-year-old girl has prompted a voluntary recall by IKEA Home Furnishings of some 670,000 IRIS and ALVINE Roman blinds in the United States. The recall also includes 4.8 million blinds that were sold outside the country. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toddler died after her neck became entangled in the blind’s inner cord. Her playpen had been placed ...
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  • WATCH Issues 2008 List of 10 Worst Toys

    As the holiday season approaches, more shoppers will start to arrive at toy and department stores to buy the latest toys for their sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews. To help parents and other purchase toys that are not only fun to play with but are safe for use, the nonprofit organization World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. has issued its list of 10 toys that it considers dangerous enough that ...
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  • Product Safety Suits Lead to Safer Products - Buckle unlatching

    We have previously written about how Auto Safety lawsuits helped to improve the rollover resistance of Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) design – with manufacturers adopting some of the design and testing techniques advocated in lawsuits for decades, to produce safer, more rollover resistant SUVs. In other areas as well, auto safety suits and the publicity and awareness they generate have led to ...
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  • CPSC Warns Parents Not to Use Simplicity Bassinets Following Two Infant Deaths

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is telling parents to stop letting their babies sleep in the “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets that are made by Simplicity, Inc. The warning comes following two deaths linked to the sleepers and the refusal of SFCA Inc., the company that purchased Simplicity Inc.’s assets, to issue a recall. SFCA says it is not responsible for the products that ...
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  • Odds of Motor Vehicle Accidents Occurring Due to Tire Blowouts Increase With Rising Summer Heat

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cautioned motorists that hot summer weather, defective tires, and motor vehicles overloaded with vacationers and cargo make up a deadly combination that can lead to serious auto accidents on US roads and freeways. One reason the summer heat can create an additional hazard to motor vehicle tires—especially those that are poorly maintained ...
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  • Consumer Safety Bill Bans Lead from Toys

    On Thursday, US President Bush signed a consumer safety bill that prohibits lead—except for the smallest levels—in products made for kids 12 years of age and under. The measure, formally called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, also bans chemical phthalates from children’s products. The bill, which received overwhelming support in both the US House and Senate, addresses the ...
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  • BMW AG Recalls 200,000 Cars and Sport Utility Vehicles Because Front Passenger Air Bags May Not Deploy

    Auto manufacturer BMW AG is recalling 200,000 SUVs and cars over concerns that the front passenger air bag may not deploy during a collision. BMW models affected by the recall include the: 2004-2006 5 Series 2006 3 Series 2004-2006 X3 SUV’s The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that small cracks could affect the seat detection mat and deactivate the air bags. This could also ...
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  • Choosing Your Childs Car Safety Seat

    Each year, hundreds of young children are injured in motor vehicle crashes. Many of these injuries could have been avoided if the child had been restrained in a well-designed and properly functioning child safety seat or booster chair. With all of the child safety seats currently available in the marketplace, it can be difficult to determine which seat to purchase for your son, daughter, or ...
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  • Millions of Motor Vehicles in the US Could Have Tires Fitted With Defective Tire Valve Stems

    There is growing concern that there may be millions of motor vehicles with defective tire valve stems that are currently being driven on US roads. Concern over the hazards associated with defective tire valve stems caught the media spotlight last year, when a Florida man died after the valve stem in one of his tires cracked, causing a rollover crash. The valve stem believed to have triggered his ...
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  • 320,000 Jardine Cribs Recalled After Four Entrapment Accidents

    Another crib line made the news headlines this month, as Jardine Enterprises and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall of 320,000 Jardine cribs because they pose a potential hazard for strangulation or entrapment. The recall was announced following 42 incidents involving the cribs and broken spindles and crib slats. Four children got trapped in the spaces left by ...
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  • US Congress Examines Use of Phthalates and Bisphenol A In Childrens Toys, Bottles, and Thousands of Other Products

    This month, a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee met to examine the way the government handles phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), two chemicals that have been used for over half a century on numerous consumer products. Phthalates is often used to soften plastics, and Bisphenol A is often applied when manufacturing shatterproof containers. One issue of concern is whether these chemicals should ...
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