AutoNation sells used vehicles with unrepaired defects, according to a new report from the US PIRG Education Fund and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation. AutoNation operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide and is the largest car retailer in the United States.
In January 2018, an armored truck driver in Arlington, Texas, made an unexpected left-hand turn, hitting and killing a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist's family filed a lawsuit against the security company that employed the driver, arguing that the company had a history of failing to adequately vet, train, and supervise its drivers.
Ford Motor Company knowingly launched sales of the Focus and Fiesta models with defective transmissions and continued to sell them despite thousands of complaints, according to a recent investigation by the Detroit Free Press. The cars were put on sale in 2010-11 and at least 1.5 million remain on the road. The defective transmissions can result in random loss of power on the freeway or unexpected bolting into intersections.
A jury in Dallas recently determined that the seatbelt system in the 2011 Honda Odyssey is defective. The lawsuit claimed that the design of the seatbelt for the third-row middle seat was defective. The seatbelt design was a two-part system that required the rider to anchor the detachable shoulder strap from the ceiling of the van to the seat and then pull the belt across the users hips before it can buckle. Independent testing performed by an expert found that less than 10% of participants successfully operated the Honda Odyssey's two-part seatbelt system.
Time and time again, we have helped people injured in car wrecks who thought they did not need to call the police or 911 after a wreck. The other driver is apologetic on scene. The damage seems manageable and luckily the at-fault driver seems to have insurance. No one seems hurt - nothing broken or bleeding - as everyone goes through the motions of exchanging information after being in a wreck.
As the vehicle industry continues to make advances in their designs and with passenger safety being a top priority, it could logically be assumed that newer cars would be safer for passengers. Well, new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggests that passengers of modern pickup trucks are more at risk of injury or death than the driver. The study found that specifically for two-row pickup trucks, the vehicles failed to maintain their structure when going through crash tests that are designed to recreate the event when the front-right corner of the vehicle crashes into something.
After last year's Houston Chronicle investigation, "Out of Control," local law enforcements have responded with the establishment of a regional task force to better patrol the roads. The article identified that "more than 600 motorists, passengers and pedestrians die every year in traffic collisions often caused by drivers who are speeding, driving while intoxicated or distracted and often on poorly designed roads", ranking Houston roads among the nation's deadliest. The article also criticized local law enforcements for their lack of a comprehensive strategy to lower the number of traffic accidents, and even lowering the number of enforcements in certain regions where fatal accidents rose. However, Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzales is hopeful that the creation of the new task group which aims to crack down on traffic violations and unsafe drivers will help keep the roads safer for Houstonians. Sherriff Ed Gonzales stated that "we want to make sure we're visible and not just performing spot enforcement, and make it more sustainable."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more people are killed in motor vehicle accidents due to faulty tires than in accidents caused by distracted driving. The NHTSA reports that 738 people died in 2017 from accidents caused by tire-related issues. Compare that to deaths caused by cellphone-related accidents, which has never exceeded 500 people for any year the NHTSA has collected such data. The NHTSA recommends having your tires checked annually. Clearly, ensuring that the tires on our vehicles are in good condition is something we should all take the time to do.
A Seattle, Washington jury awarded $123 million to victims and their families of a 2015 Ride the Ducks crash which resulted in the death of five people and injured more than 60 people. The trial lasted approximately four months against the manufacturer of a popular Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle and the company responsible for operating the vehicles.
A Toyota Corolla sedan was rear ended by a Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. After the collision, a 6-year-old girl who was in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the sedan and a 12-year-old passenger were hospitalized.