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20
Nov 12

Musical Roads to Prevent Accidents?

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Bott’s Dots (Photo credit: Peter Kaminski)

Any driver who accidentally drifts out of the lane and on to the edge of the shoulder may be familiar with rumble strips that make a very loud noise and startle drivers into alertness. The deep grooves can also be substituted for Bott’s Dots, which are raised markers to help indicate lane lines. Either way, the placement and size of the groove or dot can create a rhythmic notes in the vehicle.

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14
Nov 12

Common Causes of Mistaken Pedal Pushes

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English: Photo showing the pedals of my car for use in the article on manual transmissions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you read enough about car accidents,  then you’ll find that often enough the cause of the accidents was usually something trivial. Either the driver was glancing down, thought they had more time before the red or, in some cases, they mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal.  Continue reading →


09
Nov 12

Two Recalls for Salmonella in Separate Companies

Salmonella species on X.L.D. agar.

Salmonella species on X.L.D. agar. (Photo credit: Nathan Reading)

Consumers should be on the look out for two products that are recalled for the presence of salmonella in certain batches. In two separate recalls, Nesquik and Fresh Express have called for the removal of certain products because the presence of the potentially life-threatening bacteria. Continue reading →


26
Oct 12

Volvo Promises Driverless System in 2014

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Volvo original preliminary logotype used for the Volvo ÖV4 modell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Driverless technology is the wave of the future that’s getting a lot of fanfare right now. From The tech giant Google, now various car manufacturers are looking to grab their share of the autonomous driving market. Most recently, Volvo has announced their own system of autonomous vehicles that they expect to be ready by 2014.  Continue reading →


18
Oct 12

When Filing a Claim, Remember Statute of Limitations

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After you are in an accident, all you want is for the whole thing to be over. Unfortunately, there quite a few hurdles to jump over before you can receive a settlement and forget about the experience. Sometimes, in an effort to be avoid a huge headache the smaller accidents are handled under the table. It can be a great way to keep insurance premiums down and get repairs done expediently.

In some of those cases, there may be some unseen effects of the accident that you aren’t aware of at the time. You may not have gone to the doctor following your accident or went to the auto shop for a full diagnostic on your vehicle. Later, these effects may emerge and you may need to file a lawsuit. If that’s the case, make sure you understand the statute of limitations.  Continue reading →


17
Oct 12

Ford Fiesta Airbag Problems Prompt Recalls

Ford C-Max car safety display

Ford C-Max car safety display (Photo credit: amcgore)

Airbag problems seem to be a problem this month. Ford has received reports of a malfunctioning side airbag in its economic line of Fiesta vehicles. Over 154,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. Specifically, the 2012 and 2013 model years built between November 2, 2009 and September 21, 2012.

Technically, the airbags are up to snuff with the federal safety standards. There is a glitch in the deployment software system that doesn’t unfurl the side curtain airbags when the right rear seat is empty. It’s only a danger to the left rear seat passenger if there is a crash.  Continue reading →


10
Oct 12

Advisory Issued for Faulty, Cheap Air Bags

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SEAT Ibiza Mk2 pre-facelift interior, featuring safety systems like airbags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you recently replaced an airbag in your car after an accident for a price that seemed like a steal? Beware that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a warning against  counterfeit airbags manufactured in China that do not meet industry standards. There is a risk of the airbag injuring the driver and passengers in the vehicle.

The air bags appear to be the same as certified parts with the correct logos and branding to be passable at most repair shops. However, testing from the NHTSA proved that the airbags were consistently malfunctioning. The air bags were shown to fail by not deploying at all or exploding with such force as to send metal debris into the vehicle. Continue reading →


03
Oct 12

Phantom Objects Hit Cars in Bay Area

Cracked windshield

Cracked windshield (Photo credit: runran)

If you are driving in the Antioch area, beware of an unknown person who seems to be throwing objects at passing cars. It may seem like a harmless prank, but the result of the string of incidents has caused hospitalization for the affected victims and damage to passing vehicles.

The incidents seem to be centered on Highway 4 that runs through Antioch, California. As cars pass under an overpass, something hits their vehicle. In some cases, the object has gone through the windshield and injuring the people inside.  Continue reading →


01
Oct 12

Train Crashes with Big Rig in Central Valley

Level Crossing

Level Crossing (Photo credit: fatedsnowfox)

An Amtrak train headed southbound from Oakland was hit by a big rig mid-afternoon October 1. At least 20 people on the train were injured in the crash that knocked the four car train and locomotive off the tracks. The train was due to arrive in Bakersfield, but was hit just south of Hanford, California.

While the big rig was crossing the tracks at a gated stop, the truck did not yield to the oncoming train with dangerous consequences. The driver sustained minor injuries, ranging from cuts to bruises. Four passengers on the train were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.  Continue reading →


28
Sep 12

Fox News Airs Car Chase Gone Wrong, Fails to Censor Suicide

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English: FOX News Channel’s Shepard Smith anchoring Studio B (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People like a good car chase. For whatever reason, footage of desperate criminals running out of gas with flat tires surrounded by police cruisers and news choppers keeps the attention of the public. Some people may even have their favorite chases, or at least memorable ones like the OJ Simpson car chase in the ’90s.

Fox News is known for airing live car chases on their programming. Shep Smith, one of the lead journalists for Fox News channel, is particularly fond of narrating car chases as they unfold for the audience at home. Today, in a clear case of someone asleep at the controls, Shep Smith’s program aired a car chase that ended in suicide that was aired across America.  Continue reading →