What To Do If You Are Hit By a Drunk Driver


Each time you get on the road, you take care to follow the traffic rules and regulations. Unfortunately, there are others who do not abide by the same rules as you, so there is always a risk of being involved in a car accident.All too often there are people who endanger all of those who cross their path by drinking and driving. When a drunk driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel of their car, they are putting themselves and the lives of all those they come in contact with at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk driving kills one person every 48 … [Read more...]

Air Bag Recall Expands as More Lawsuits Appear


Takata Corp makes airbags used by several auto manufacturers, nine total including Toyota, Honda,  and Chrysler. News of more lawsuits followed Toyota's recall of nearly a quarter-million vehicles and U.S. safety regulators advise drivers to have their airbags replaced as soon as possible. Read the article by Reuter's Ben Klayman posted Tue Oct 21, 2014.   … [Read more...]

City of Denton Bans Texting and Other Cell Phone Activities


The Denton City Council voted unanimously to outlaw texting and most usage of mobile phones with the exception of vocal conversation in the entire city excluding interstates and their service roads. The following information is gathered from reports by the Denton Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and NBC-5 News. Heated testimony filled the council chamber as citizens reported of incidents where pedestrians and bicyclists are injured as a result of neglectful and distracted driving while using cellular devices. One pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the historic Denton Square and … [Read more...]

Congressional Investigation of GM over 57 Cent Part

General Motors

Thirteen people had died in highway accidents as a result of a faulty ignition switch that would have cost 57 cents to replace. Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin of the Associated Press report that GM has failed to act even though the issue has been known for years. Read about GM CEO Mary Barra's testimony before  Congress as published in the Houston Chronicle.     … [Read more...]

Air Bag Failure Spurs Nissan Recall

Nissan Motors

Fred Meier and James R. Healey of USA Today report of nearly one million Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles being eligible for recall due to passenger air bag failure. Here's the article posted March 26 at USAToday.Com : Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles because the air bag system software might not be able to tell whether there is a person sitting in the front passenger seat, so the air bag might not inflate in a crash. It's the second passenger air bag recall for some of the vehicles. Last April, 82,038 2013-model vehicles from the same group were recalled because a sensor was … [Read more...]

Counterfeit Airbags Installed by Independent Repair Shops


For vehicle owners who have had their airbags serviced during the past three years at repair facilities other than new car dealerships, the Obama Administration suggests taking their cars to have their airbags inspected to be certain they are safe. This is termed an "extreme safety risk" as some airbags are failing to deploy and in some cases exploding on deployment with flying debris and shrapnel. Please read this article from the Asssociate Press dated October 9, 2012. By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with … [Read more...]

1/5 of Commercial Vehicles were Found Unsafe


The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that one-fifth of commercial vehicles they inspected in in 2011 were unsafe: "Since the first of the year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement personnel and specially-trained Highway Patrol troopers have inspected 331,505 commercial vehicles. As a result of these inspections, DPS removed 66,189 unsafe commercial vehicles and 12,301 unsafe commercial vehicle drivers from Texas roads for a variety of safety violations. “Commercial vehicles are responsible for approximately 15 percent of the fatalities in Texas crashes,” said McCraw. “Most … [Read more...]

Happy Stop The Texts Day!


Distracted driving is a real scourge in our society.  Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has declared today #StopTheTextsDay asking Twitter for ideas on how best to fight this menace and convince people to put down the phone and drive.   Celebrities like Kasey Khane have even released public service announcements with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urging drivers to “STOP THE TEXTS STOP THE WRECKS.” Unfortunately, distracted driving isn’t just a problem amongst consumers.  Many employers still have policies that allow, or even encourage employees to use their cell … [Read more...]

Honda Worldwide Recall of Sedans, Minivans, SUVs


By Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall of Reuters. Honda Motor Co Ltd plans to recall nearly 2 1/2 million vehicles: small SUVs, cars and minivans worldwide. This includes the popular Accord sedan. Problems relate to software issues that could damage the automatic transmission. The recall includes 1.5 million vehicles in the United States, about 760,000 in China and 135,142 in Canada, the automaker said on Friday. This week, Consumer Reports said it was not recommending the 2012 Honda Civic. This led some industry analysts to ask if that was a symptom of larger problems at the … [Read more...]

Chrysler Recalls Three Models of Ram trucks


News Source: The Kansas City Star - July 13, 2011 Chrysler Motor Corporation announces a recall nearly 250,000 Ram pickups because of a faulty part in the steering system which can cause loss of control. This recall affects Chrysler’s top-selling vehicle and covers about 243,000 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups ranging from year models 2008 through 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a part near the left front wheel can fracture and risk potential crash of the vehicle. … [Read more...]