March 2014 Archive

Dangerous Defect Prompts Massive General Motors Recall

The fine against General Motors (GM) for building cars with faulty ignition switches has reached $35 million after failing to cooperate with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).The bad switches have been linked to 31 crashes and 13 deaths.

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Drunk-Driving Deaths in U.S. Regularly Go Unreported

A recently released study shows that in the United States, traffic deaths resulting from drunk driving often fail to be reported.

Nissan Recalls Some of Their Best-Selling Cars

Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles due to a dangerous flaw in the software that controls the airbag systems. This defect may prevent front passenger seat airbags from deploying during a car accident.

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Teens Define 'Driving Under the Influence'

Just before high school prom season, a recently released survey highlights the inability of some teens to define what it means to be "under the influence" while behind the wheel.

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Just One Drink May Impair Older Drivers

Many seasoned drivers wouldn't blink an eye at the thought of driving after having a glass of wine or one casual beer. However, a new study suggests that drinking just one serving of alcohol may impair the driving ability of people over the age of 55.

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Allegheny County: Texting While Driving Citations

A recently released AAA report has found that drivers in Allegheny County receive more citations for texting while driving than any other county in Pennsylvania.

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Top Causes of Accidental Deaths in US

A new report has found that deaths from accidental injuries are on the rise—they increased 3.2 percent in 2012 from the previous year. Although poisonings from drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death for working-age adults, motor vehicle crashes and falls caused the most fatal injuries for other US demographics.

Various Honda and GM Vehicles Recalled
Honda is recalling almost 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans of model years 2005 through 2010. The vehicles have a defect that causes the cover of the fuel pump strainer to deteriorate. If fuel leaks out of the cracks, this could increase the risk of a fire. Honda is stating that no fires or injuries have been reported.
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Beef Product Recall Spreads to 35 States, Including PA

US health officials initially believed retailers in only six states received shipments of contaminated beef products from Rancho Feeding Corp. However, weeks later the grisly recall involving "unwholesome" beef products spread to 35 states, including Pennsylvania.