In the past six years, over 10 million cars with air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. have been recalled in the U.S. alone. As many as that sounds, the latest recall has actually been targeted on specific regions of the country where the combination of heat and humidity makes it most likely that the air bags will burst. In a conference call yesterday, however, Deputy Administrator David Friedman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told reporters that his agency no longer considers that to be good enough.
Summer in San Diego often translates into increased time outside. Enjoying the beach and surf is one of the main perks of living in San Diego, but it is important to be aware of the fact that in addition to fellow San Diegans, tourists and visitors are also in town. This translates to increased traffic and a greater risk of people driving the city's roadways that are unfamiliar with where they are going. As a result, bikers can be at an increased risk for involvement in a pedestrian or bike accident.
If safety recommendations the National Transportation Safety Board has been pushing for had only been in use, some lives might have been saved in that deadly crash last week in Orland, California. That at least seems to be the suggestion behind comments from the chief NTSB official investigating the tragedy.
There are some 1.6 million General Motors cars on the road that may have faulty ignition switches in them. We're sure some of them must be cruising around San Diego. The company says the faulty switches can suddenly turn the motor of the car off, even as it is underway, creating a hazard. A recall has been announced and fixes are expected to begin starting next month.
In the first part of this post, we began discussing the new transportation option that ride-sharing companies have opened up for Californians.
A person’s mental state is invariably a tricky concept in the law.
The last two years have been fraught with high-profile bus accidents. Whether it is a bus careening down a ravine in the mountains of Southern California, or a bus driver falling asleep at the wheel in New York, bus crashes have certainly gained the attention of federal regulators.
California law prohibits drivers from using a handheld mobile device while operating their vehicles. The law is aimed at preventing dangerous, and often deadly, distracted driving car accidents. However, one man says law enforcement is taking their campaign a bit too far.
If you have ever taken a prescription sleep aid, you are probably well aware of the lingering effects it can have on you. Namely, the drowsiness, distraction and listlessness than can last well into the morning after you take the pill. Often, this is the product of an incorrect dosage or the wrong medication altogether. But regardless of the reason, those lasting effects can have dangerous consequences, significantly raising the risk of car accidents and related harms.
A recent study has found that now, for the first time in United States history, there are more women with driver's licenses than there are men. Could this lead to a decrease in car accidents, injuries and fatalities in California and throughout the country? Some experts believe that yes, it could - but not necessarily because women are safer drivers than men.