Few Vehicles Get Top IIHS Safety Rating

Categories: Vehicle Accidents

Only 15 new vehicles meet the enhanced IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) safety requirements and earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+, according to Consumer Reports last month. Many other new cars, trucks and SUVs were unable to meet the more stringent IIHS safety standards at this time. The safety guidelines focus on the…

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The Recalls Keep Coming for Hyundai and Kia

Categories: Lemon Law

Most Californians rely on their vehicle to get them to work, to school and to transport their families to where they need to go. For the most part, modern motor vehicles work reliably. But there are many times these days when automotive defects can lead to recalls, and, in some cases, serious accidents that endanger…

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Takata Airbags are Still Plaguing Consumers  

Categories: Personal Injury

It was reported last month that yet another person had been killed by a defective Takata airbag. The faulty airbag inflator in a Honda killed a person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to media reports. The unnamed victim was the 20th person killed by the defective airbag inflators, which can explode with excessive force and…

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These Technologies Might Curb Distracted Driving

Categories: Accidents

National statistics reveal that car crashes with serious injury and death are rising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,477 road deaths from distracted driving in 2015 alone, with 391,000 injuries. Many experts believe the increase is due in part to driver distraction by smartphones and other electronic devices. What is the solution? Some…

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Fatigue Driving Becomes Hot Topic After California Bus Crash Investigation

Categories: Accidents

It appears that driver fatigue among commercial vehicle drivers is becoming a grave concern in California. A fatal bus crash in California’s Central Valley in August 2016 was caused by a ‘severely sleep-deprived driver’ and a bus company with an abysmal safety record, according to federal investigators in a report released November 13. This is…

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Spontaneously Shattering Sunroofs a Growing, Dangerous Menace

Categories: Accidents

Sun Roof Defect

Two United States senators last month put pressure on auto manufacturers to provide answers and transparency about injuries that have resulted from sunroofs that shatter for no apparent reason. A letter to CEOs of auto manufacturers that make products for the U.S. market was sent by Senators Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, and Edward Markey, of…

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Regulators Update California Rideshare Services

Categories: Vehicle Accidents

California regulators decided recently to adopt new safety regulations for ridesharing companies – namely Uber and Lyft – that will not mandate that drivers have their fingerprints taken as part of the background check. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in October met in San Francisco and agreed unanimously to approve the new regulations. The…

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You Might Be Sharing the Road with Driverless Cars in 2018

Categories: Vehicle Accidents

Get ready, Southern California: You could be sharing the busy roads of Los Angeles with driverless cars in 2018. While you will not yet be able to purchase a driverless car, the Surveys conducted by AAA and the University of Michigan revealed recently that three out of four drivers expressed fear about riding in a…

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