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Car Crashworthiness Legal News Articles & Interviews
November 2, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ New Generation of "Advanced" Airbags—Better or Worse? ]
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.
October 18, 2011. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ GMC Side-Curtain Airbags Defective? ]
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.
November 12, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Nissan Recalls More Than a Half-Million Vehicles ]
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.
March 22, 2010. By Charles Benson.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness Integral To Redesigned Police Cruisers ]
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.
March 9, 2010. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ What About the Crashworthiness of Subway Cars? ]
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.
November 3, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ SUVs Susceptible to Rollovers, Regulations for Roof Integrity Lacking ]
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.
November 1, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: Are Newer Vehicles Designed for Failure? ]
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.
October 29, 2007. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Faulty Fuel Tanks: Fuelling the Fire ]
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.
October 28, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Car Crashworthiness: Another Airbag Failure ]
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.
October 17, 2007. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ SUV Rollover: A Tragic End for a Young Woman ]
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.
- Ford's Airbags: Another Car Crashworthiness Failure By Jane Mundy (Sep-24-07)
- Car Crashworthiness: Can $54 Million Really Compensate this Little Girl? By Brenda Frohloff (Sep-19-07)
- Car Crashworthiness: Hyundai Tiburon Worthless By Jane Mundy (Sep-17-07)
- Car Crashworthiness: Not All Vehicles Are Completely Safe By Heidi Turner (Sep-7-07)
- Crash-worthiness: New standards woefully inadequate By Gordon Gibb (Sep-7-07)
- Car Crashworthiness Failure: A Family's Agony By Jane Mundy (Aug-31-07)
- Car crashworthiness and Airbag Deployment: Hit or Miss? By Jane Mundy (Aug-27-07)
- Car Crashworthiness: Auto Manufacturers must be held Responsible By Jane Mundy (Aug-20-07)
- Defective Tires from China: Where the Rubber Hits the Road, it's Buyer Beware By Gordon Gibb (Aug-14-07)
- Crashworthiness: When Ideals and the Real World Collide on the Road By Gordon Gibb (Aug-13-07)