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Survey: Decrease in Seat Belt Use in Tennessee

A recent survey shows a decrease in seat belt use in Tennessee. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced that the statewide rate for the month of June is 86.2 percent, a decrease from the previous …

2014 One of Worst Years Ever for Vehicle Safety: NHTSA

Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data. The tally released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closes the book on …

Maine Officials Alert Consumers, Businesses to Flood-Damaged Autos

Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage and Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa cautioned consumers and businesses that recent severe weather and flooding in Maine, throughout the Northeast and in other parts of the country increases the possibility of flood-damaged autos being …

Rock-Throwing Attack in Pennsylvania Shows Cars’ Vulnerability

A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass. As 52-year-old middle school language arts teacher Sharon …

Carmakers, Regulators Looking Into Flaws in Air Bag Technology

When Ford Motor Co. recalled 600,000 sport-utility vehicles last week, it became the fourth carmaker this year to acknowledge an issue with malfunctioning air bags. So far in 2014, automakers in the U.S. have recalled about 6.6 million cars and …

Car Makers Offered Relaxed Regulation for Installing Ignition Lock Tied to Seat Belt Use

A U.S. regulator’s offer to relax auto safety rules for manufacturers that install technology to prevent drivers from starting a car unless seatbelts are fastened drew swift opposition from safety advocates. Cars featuring so-called seatbelt interlock devices would be given …

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Virginia Expanding

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety expects to complete a $30 million expansion at its Ruckersville campus by late 2014. Construction of new vehicle testing facilities began in March. The project includes a larger outdoor test track, a domed vehicle …

Texas Senate OKs Tougher Punishment for Fleeing an Accident

The Texas Senate has has passed a bill that toughens the punishment for leaving an accident that causes an injury. The measure by Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson passed unanimously. Senate Bill 275 makes fleeing the scene of an accident …

Maine Car Buyers Warned to Avoid Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True

Maine residents in the market for a new car are being warned to stay away from deals that appear too good to be true. Experts say some of the estimated 250,000 vehicles damaged during flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy are …

Traffic Accidents Lead Cause of High-Severity Workers’ Comp Injuries: Study

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of high-severity workers’ compensation injuries. Moreover, they are pervasive; indeed, a 2006 study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) noted that even the clerical classification has surprisingly high exposure to traffic accidents. …