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Chrysler’s Recall Refusal of 2.7M Jeeps Could Invite Major Liability

A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company …

Motorcycle Injuries Rise After Helmet Laws Weakened: Study

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory …

Deaths of Bicyclists, Large Truck Occupants Rise as Other Traffic Fatalities Fall

Deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year even as total traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 1949, federal safety officials said Monday. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent and deaths of occupants of large …

U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Black Boxes in All Cars

Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir …

Electronic Stability Control in Cars Saving Lives: NHTSA

Electronic stability control technology (ESC) is saving an increasing number of lives each year, according to a three-year study by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA study estimates that ESC saved 2,202 lives …

US Safety Regulator Warns about Counterfeit Airbags

The U.S. safety regulator issued a warning on Wednesday to consumers with repaired vehicles that they may have air bags that don’t inflate in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said testing had revealed the problem involving the …

Traffic Deaths Spike 13.5% in First Quarter

Traffic deaths soared 13.5 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, and the number of deaths per miles driven also rose significantly, according to preliminary government estimates. An estimated 7,630 people died …

Young Drivers Know Risks But Text Anyway: Survey

Most young American drivers agree that it is dangerous to text while driving, but nearly a third admit they do it anyway, a survey by Consumer Reports shows. While eight in 10 said they knew of the risks, about 29 …

Traffic Deaths At Record Low in U.S. in 2011

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads in 2011 fell to their lowest level since federal safety regulators started counting in 1949, the regulators said on Monday. Preliminary data estimates that 32,310 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year, down 1.7 …

Tennessee Hoping Federal Program Reverses Recent Rise in Traffic Deaths

After years of declines in traffic fatalities, deaths in crashes are on the rise again in Tennessee. But state highway officials are hoping a federal demonstration project will reverse that trend. Kendell Poole, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, …