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Disasters and Accidents

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  • Backup Cameras Likely Mandated for 2014

     
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 228 people die and around 17,000 people are injured annually in backover accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs. What's worse is that nearly half of the fatalities are children. In 2010,...
  • NHTSA Crash-Tests Several 2013 Vehicles

     
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released crash-test results for a crop of new and redesigned-for-2013 vehicles. The redesigned-for-2013 Ford Escape compact SUV received an overall score of four out of five stars, earning four...
  • Insurance Study Finds GMC Sierra 1500 Best for Safety

     
    A new study of insurance rates for injury protection and medical payments ranked the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck highest for occupant injury protection. The Fiat 500 ranks lowest. Insure.com studied prevailing insurance rates across hundreds of ZIP codes...
  • Recall Alert: 2013 Chevy Express, GMC Savana Vans

     
    GM is recalling 980 model-year 2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans due to a problem with the ignition system that could result in a rollaway accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Express vans....
  • Obese Drivers at High Risk in Cars

     
    A new study by the Emergency Medicine Journal finds that overweight drivers are between 20 and 80 times more likely to die in car crashes than individuals with a "normal" body mass index below 30. As if we needed more......
  • Possible NHTSA 'Silver' Ratings Aim to Protect Older Drivers

     
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may turn an eye toward ol' Gramps as it looks to update its crash-test ratings. Bloomberg Businessweek reports NHTSA may implement a "silver" rating system for crash-protection of elderly drivers....
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: Is Your Car Covered for Earthquake Damage?

     
    A pair of California earthquakes this week that sent tremors from San Diego to Santa Rosa fortunately caused no injuries or substantial damage. They're a good reminder that motorists should think about disaster preparedness, particularly for drivers who...
  • Know Your Limits: Minimum Auto Coverage Varies by State

     
    Some people seem able to traipse through life doing only the bare minimum. But while aspiring only to the mediocre may allow you to enjoy, say, "The Hangover Part III," it could cause more than a bad headache when it......
  • 13 Infant Car Seats Earn Best Rating in Consumer Reports Crash Tests

     
    Of 34 infant safety seats crash-tested by an independent lab hired by Consumer Reports, only 13 of those rear-facing car seats earned the highest score of best. Sixteen infant seats earned the midlevel better rating and five received the lowest......
  • Recall Alert: Approximately 215,000 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Vehicles

     
    The Chrysler Group issued six separate recalls affecting around 215,000 vehicles in the U.S. According to the automaker, the following vehicles are affected: 61,400 model-year 2007-08 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs. Chrysler has stated that it's...
  • How Many Airbags Are Enough?

     
    Vehicle safety has come a long way since Volvo first introduced the three-point seatbelt in cars way back in 1959. Recently, we've all come to rely on safety features like antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and six airbags as......