At least 53 people have died in fatal fuel-fed fires that have occurred after a rear-end collision in certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty model years. The reason these collisions weren't minor accidents but serious, catastrophic car collisions is a defective fuel system design that has the fuel tank exposed on the back end of the SUV.
Off the field, it's been a tough season for those connected to the NFL and the SuperBowl was no break from seemingly consistent occurrence of fatal motor vehicle accidents. No players were involved in this particular crash; the fatal accident victims were relatives of Delanie Walker of the San Francisco 49ers.
Two deputies from the Harris County sheriff's office wound up in a head-on collision earlier this week. While head-on collisions can be very dangerous, it turns out that so-called "overlap crashes" are potentially worse. An "overlap crash" is a head-on collision that involves the outer 25 percent on either side of a car's front end.
The truck crash that claimed the lives of 14 people in South Texas just a few weeks ago likely occurred because of a problem with one of the truck's front tires.
Ask almost any parent and chances are they will share their tales of struggling to get the car seat properly installed in the back seat of the car. It comes as no surprise, then, that a recent study found exactly how difficult it is to install child safety seats.
It may seem rather remarkable, given the attention paid to safety by automobile manufacturers, but defective products still manage to find their way onto the market and into the hands of buyers. In the 1970s Ford's Pinto had gas tanks that exploded upon impact. More recently, Audi and Toyota have had problems with unintended acceleration.