The first motor vehicle fatality occurred in 1889 in New York City. Since then, The United States has continued to elevate its standards with regard to vehicle safety, including focusing on a concept called crashworthiness.
With two major recalls sweeping the nation very recently, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come under close scrutiny. The GM ignition switches and Takata airbags that spurred the recall of millions of vehicles cost the lives of dozens of people, leading officials to examine why these issues were overlooked for so long. Evidence suggests that the NHTSA was aware of the GM defect as early as 2007, but failed to take decisive action.
In 2014, Honda has initiated a massive recall of vehicles, centered around the dangers of airbags manufactured by Takata. This month, the company added about 3 million more cars to the existing list vehicles included. This addition stems from Honda expanding the previously regional recall to the entire country.
Electronics are part of our everyday lives, in simple tasks that we rely on for food, comfort, cleanliness, and convenience. Small appliances in homes across Texas and New Mexico are necessary and so common that we often forget the danger posed by electrical appliances if they prove to be defective. A frayed cord, poor wiring, sparks, and a wide variety of other issues can arise in defective appliances and lead to disastrous results.
Two safety advocacy groups have begun seeking access to previously sealed files concerning possible safety hazards posed by highway guardrail end caps manufactured by a division of Trinity Industries, a Dallas-based manufacturer. The Center for Auto Safety and Massachusetts-based The Safety Institute, based in Massachusetts, filed a request on Thursday asking a federal judge to unseal court records of a trial involving an accusation made by Joshua Harman, a guardrail installer employed in Virginia, in which he said that new versions of the ET-Plus guardrail are likely to jam, causing potentially fatal damage when struck.
Grilling might just be the official summer past time of Texas. Fire under hot dogs and burgers is welcome at a BBQ but fire anywhere else can make your family grill-out memorable for all the wrong reasons. And now that we are in peak grilling months, Liggett Law Group wants to remind you and your family to use safe grilling practices so no one gets hurt.
Yesterday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an updated report on how auto-brake systems and forward collision warnings in cars and SUVs were increasing vehicle safety. According to the report, “auto manufacturers are making strides in adopting the most beneficial systems with automatic braking capabilities and are offering the features on a wider variety of models.”