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Categories: Safety

Drivers Lament; Wait! How Did I Get Here?

On: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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A recent report by the Erie Insurance Group has uncovered some very disturbing information. 65,000 fatal accident reports were studied from a two-year period (2010 – 2011) and there was one cause of the crashes that outnumbered texting or talking on the phone by 5 to 1. Was it drunk driving? Nope. Maybe it was falling asleep at the wheel. Wrong again. Speeding? Another good guess but the answer doesn’t concern any of the irresponsible behavior we’ve come to associate with car accidents.

The Invisible Bike Helmet [VIDEO]

On: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:32AM | By: Karen Cook

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You have to hand it to Sweden. They come up with some pretty good ideas. The Swedes gave us ultrasound technology and the pacemaker. Not to mention their delicious meatballs. Now they’ve done it again. Another revolutionary invention has come out of Sweden, thanks to Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt.

New Idea to Control Drunk Drivers

On: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:26AM | By: Karen Cook

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Did you know that between 2006 and 2011 the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol declined consistently? Were we more responsible? Were we not driving drunk? Or were we just lucky? We may never know but the trend is over. Intoxicated drivers killed more 4.6% more people in 2012 than in 2011. And it appears the numbers will continue to rise.

Honda Recalls 344,000 Mini Vans

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:05PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Honda has issued a recall of its Odyssey models built between August 8, 2006–September 8, 2008 which encompasses most 2007 and 2008 models. The recall totals a whopping 344,187 models in all and is due to a potential malfunction of the car's software. This potential defect may cause the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) to engage the brakes unexpectedly and forcefully. What's worse yet is that when the brakes are applied by the VSA, the brake lights do not light up, which could cause a potentially fatal crash.

Unfortunately, replacements parts for this recall will not be available for at least another six months. Honda has said they will notify owners of the potential problem and include instructions on how to avoid having the car brake unexpectedly. Obviously when parts become available, Honda will notify owners immediately and set up a free repair of the issue. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 with any questions they may have.


Dodge Recalls 36,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 4:33PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Chrysler has issued a recall of 36,710 of its Dodge Ram pickup trucks. The trucks in question were built between February 20, 2007 through December 22,2012 which were designated as 2008-2012 model years. The recall is limited to Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 models. These trucks are typically limited to work use -- tow trucks, light dump trucks, and plenty of towing applications.  The issue here is a defect from the factory, a weak left tie rod assembly that has the propensity to break under stress.  Naturally, these trucks are exposed to tons of stressful work and with the amount of weight they can be hauling around, a broken tie rod assembly could cause the loss of steering capabilities and subsequently cause massive damage and potentially a number of fatalities if it were to occur in the wrong scenario.  

Is Tesla Driving Us Mad? A Burning Question

On: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Karen Cook

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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American who lived from 1856 to 1946. He was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and physicist. He was considered a “mad scientist” by the main populace of the time. He had astonishing ideas and managed to make quite a few of them work. He worked with Thomas Edison for a while and we have them to thank for quite a bit of our modern technology. Tesla’s name is now fittingly attached to an electric car company. Unfortunately it seems that this manufacturer is living up to the “mad scientist” legacy.

Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all.  What is the issue you ask?  Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing.  Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out.  If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists.  The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.  

Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it.  Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair.  Read on for the full report ...

How Did That Happen?

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:50AM | By: Karen Cook

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Are you a good driver? Most of us think so, but traffic accidents accounted for 33,808 deaths in 2009. That number has risen since. Crashes cost Americans $200 billion a year according to the Department of Transportation. The question is, are these really “accidents” or could they have been prevented.

They Are Watching

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:22AM | By: Karen Cook

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I have opinionated children. Everything from what I put on the table to which clothes they consent to wear. Children pay attention to friends, television, and parents to determine how they feel about things and how they choose to do things. Even things you don’t notice yourself are absorbed by your children and mold them into who they will be.

Crash Test Corpses?

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:08AM | By: Karen Cook

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I’ve always felt sorry for crash test dummies. I have anthropomorphism, which is the assignment of feelings to inanimate objects. It got worse when all those commercials came out featuring self-aware and auto-ambulatory dummies. The first dummies produced and used to test automobile safety were made in the 1950s, but the ones we are used to seeing came into use in the 1970s.

Be Aware of Vehicle Defects

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:42PM | By: Karen Cook

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In order for any manufacturer to be successful they must give us a product that is useful, dependable, and safe. We count on automobile makers to provide us with transportation that we can count on and which will not harm us, unless we do something stupid. It’s in their best interest if they want us to continue to buy. The government also checks in to approve safety measures in vehicles. Unfortunately, unforeseen defects happen and even though recalls are continuous, sometimes the problem is noticed too late.