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New Generation of "Advanced" Airbags—Better or Worse?

New Generation of "Advanced" Airbags—Better or Worse? November 2, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Detroit, MI As vehicle manufacturers are adding "new and improved" airbags—including side airbags and curtain airbags—to their vehicles (the NHTSA gave automobile manufacturers until 2012 to provide advanced airbags), these airbags are also causing accidents. While some airbags do not deploy in a collision, others deploy without the vehicle being involved in an accident.
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GMC Side-Curtain Airbags Defective?

GMC Side-Curtain Airbags Defective? October 18, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Chicago, IL When the side-curtain airbags in Lisa Jarrett's GMC Envoy Excel deployed without cause—there hadn't been a car accident—she thought "it was a gunshot because you see this flash of light," then there was another bang as the steering wheel airbag exploded.
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Nissan Recalls More Than a Half-Million Vehicles

Nissan Recalls More Than a Half-Million Vehicles November 12, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY Nissan revealed late yesterday that it is recalling more than a half-million vehicles to remedy problems with steering problems and battery cables. In rare cases, a failure could be devastating.
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Car Crashworthiness Integral To Redesigned Police Cruisers

Car Crashworthiness Integral To Redesigned Police Cruisers March 22, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Dearborn, MI Ford Motor Company is rolling out a new style of police cruiser that it claims is faster, has better handling and exceeds the car crashworthiness of the Crown Victoria, which is going out of production late next year.
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What About the Crashworthiness of Subway Cars?

What About the Crashworthiness of Subway Cars? March 9, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC With the rising cost of oil and transportation, not to mention traffic gridlock, many urban commuters are taking the train in an attempt to save time and money—and shrink their carbon footprint in the process. But how safe is it? Vehicle manufacturers tout their respective crashworthiness data as a selling point. However, few people give a second thought to safety when they enter a train or subway car.
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SUVs Susceptible to Rollovers, Regulations for Roof Integrity Lacking

November 3, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Detroit, MI SUVs and other vehicles in which drivers ordinarily feel safe and secure can become a source for danger and personal injury when a traffic mishap combines with physics which govern a tall, top-heavy vehicle, resulting in a rollover.
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Car Crashworthiness: Are Newer Vehicles Designed for Failure?

Car Crashworthiness: Are Newer Vehicles Designed for Failure? November 1, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA "I want to say to everyone passing me on the highway that you will be dead if your car crashed driving that fast," says racing car driver Brian Watson. "Auto makers aren't doing enough to increase the survivability of high speed accidents." Increasingly, vehicles are designed for fuel efficiency and that means lighter cars. And that spells car crashworthiness failure.
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Faulty Fuel Tanks: Fuelling the Fire

October 29, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC For decades, vehicle manufactures have long agonized over the issue of fuel tanks and fuel systems, and the most appropriate and effective way to prevent leaks or ruptures that may cause a fire and affect vehicle crashworthiness.
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Car Crashworthiness: Another Airbag Failure

Car Crashworthiness: Another Airbag Failure October 28, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Seattle, WA A few weeks ago, Robert Russo's daughter got into a car crash in her 2004 Toyota Forerunner. "We thought she would be safe in an SUV but this wasn't the case," he says. Even though the car folded "like an accordion", the airbags failed to deploy--another case of car crashworthiness failure.
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SUV Rollover: A Tragic End for a Young Woman

SUV Rollover: A Tragic End for a Young Woman October 17, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC Laura Lynam, aged 17, was in the passenger seat of an SUV when it rolled over. The roof crushed like a tin can and the airbags didn't deploy—Laura was killed instantly. Tragic incidents like this make you wonder how vehicles are tested for car crashworthiness.
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