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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Toyota Recalls More Than 800K Minivans Due to Defective Doors

    In a recent announcement , Toyota has announced that it will recall more than half a million minivans due to an issue with the vehicles’ sliding doors. The issue, found in Toyota Sienna models manufactured from 2011 to 2016, involves a circuit issue which can cause the doors to not properly latch when closed and suddenly open while in motion, potentially leading to accidents. What Is the Issue? ...
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  • Ford Recalls 680K Vehicles Due to Seatbelt Defect

    Of all the various safety features and technologies included in modern cars, basic seatbelts still offer some of the most essential and life-saving protection in the event of a collision. That is, as long as they work properly. For Ford, the uncertainty of the proper function of their vehicles’ seatbelts has prompted a massive recall of more than 680,000 vehicles sold globally. The Michigan-based ...
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  • December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stated that close to a quarter of a million emergency room visits each years are related to dangerous or defective toys . The vast majority of those injuries are caused to children less than 15 years old. It is also believed that many of the incidents of children being exposed to dangerous toys happens around the holidays, as gift giving from ...
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  • Why You Should Not Ignore Your Vehicle Recall Notice

    If you have owned several cars, chances are good you have probably received a notice from your auto manufacturer at some point informing you that your vehicle is subject to a recall and is eligible for free repairs. While many are tempted to toss these notices out with the rest of their junk mail, this can be a major mistake. Your Life Could Be At Risk Automotive safety recalls are only issued ...
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  • BMW Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Fuel Pump

    BMW USA has announced that it will recall as many as 154,000 vehicles due to an issue with the cars’ fuel pumps. According to Consumer Affairs, the cars’ loose wiring within the fuel pumps could cause a connector to melt over time, causing fuel to leak and possible vehicle stalling – a combination which can potentially lead to crashes. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between 2007 and 2012 ...
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  • Exploding Sunroofs Cited in Hundreds of Car Owner Complaints

    As if there were not enough auto defects consumers have to worry about, recent reports are coming in about randomly exploding sunroofs. Upwards of 400 complaints about self-shattering sunroofs have been filed so far, many of them with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it seems that the problem could be prevalent in numerous makes and models, a noticeable portion of ...
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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week 2016

    Reaching out to teenagers is notoriously difficult. Even trying to tell your teenage son or daughter the proper way to fold their laundry can be a battle of wits as they resist your instruction. So what is a parent to do if they need to teach their teenager the importance of safe driving techniques and behaviors? The Traffic Safety Marketing (TSM) group is looking to do its part in simplifying ...
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  • National School Bus Safety Week 2016

    The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) is bringing back the School Bus Safety Week Program. It will begin on October 17 th , 2016 this year and conclude on the 21 st . This is one of the most exciting safety programs geared to protect children in the nation, as it reaches thousands of school districts and countless children. Last year’s theme was “Bully Free Zone!” and addressed ...
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  • 5 Common Child Safety Seat Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    Child car safety seats are a great and necessary way to protect young or small children from injuries caused by car accidents . Simply putting a child into a safety seat and expecting the best is not enough, however. Parents need to pay close attention to harnesses, seat size, child weight, and more to properly secure their little ones. Otherwise, the seat may afford them little to no protection ...
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  • Drive Safely Work Week™ 2016 Information

    It is estimated that 94% of all car accidents are caused by some form of human error. In other words, unless an auto defect takes control from the driver or a wild act of nature throws unpredictable elements at the driver, every single car accident should be preventable In order to cut down the number of car accidents around the world, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) will be ...
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  • Looking into Autopilot Liability: Is Tesla to Blame?

    Tesla is once again feeling the scrutiny of the skeptical public and safety associations after a string of news stories hit headlines regarding the safety, or lack thereof, of their “Autopilot” system. In Netherlands, a Tesla electric vehicle flew off the road and struck a tree, killing the driver. Although the crash is still being investigated, it would appear the self-driving feature had been ...
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  • Ford Police Interceptors Face Massive Recall Due to Fuel Pump Defect

    Ford has issued a wide-scale recall of its Ford Police Interceptor sedans due to a fuel pump defect . The problematic part can apparently shut down a vehicle in motion without warning and, once it does, it never starts back up again. If this were to happen while in the middle of the highway, the results could be catastrophic. We are thankful to be able to say that no accidents, injuries, or deaths ...
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  • National Child Passenger Safety Week 2016 Coming This September

    Automobile accidents are a serious concern for children across the country. Statistics indicate that car crashes are actually the leading cause of death for many young age groups, including children between 3 and 6 years old. To help counteract the problem of children losing their lives in car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will organize the National Child ...
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  • Cause of Deadly School Bus Accident in Denver Unknown

    An Adams County school bus driver lost her life on Sunday, September 11 th , after her school bus collided with a concrete fixture at the Denver International Airport. The driver had just picked up 28 members of the Legacy High School football team, as well as four adult supervisors. Initial reports state that along with the driver losing her life, 15 other passengers required hospitalization, 2 ...
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  • Ford Recalls Roughly 830K Vehicles with Faulty Door Latches

    Ford has announced a massive recall of more than 830,000 vehicles in the United States and Mexico due to an issue with the vehicles’ door handles. According to Ford, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch of the affected vehicles has been known to break, causing the doors to fail to latch and possibly open while driving. As it stands, only one reported accident and one injury have been ...
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