Anyone who has driven or ridden a motorcycle knows just how exhilarating it is, especially in Texas, where we are free to ride without a helmet. Unfortunately with the great freedom that operating a motorcycle gives its riders comes the very real danger of an accident. Many times this danger presents itself by way of other carless drivers failing to see motorcyclists. Still other times accidents occur due to uncontrollable elements such as slick or wet roads or loose gravel. While these dangers are not in the control of the rider, some accidents occur simply because the rider's bike or equipment was not properly inspected before riding. These types of accidents can be greatly reduced by performing a pre-ride inspection of your bike and gear. Per-ride inspections should include inspecting the following: tiers, engine oil, fuel, turn signals, belts, sprockets, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to name a few areas to check.
The new head of the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that recent attention on defective automobiles will likely result in over 60 million vehicles being recalled in 2015.
In 2014, GM has issued over 50 recalls for millions of cars in a crisis that has left the company's in CEO Mary Barra in constant damage control mode.
Over the past several months, General Motors (GM) has recalled over 29 million vehicles. This staggering number is more than the total amount of vehicles GM has sold in the last seven model years. Most if not all of the recalls are related to safety issues such as faulty ignition switches. This problem dates as far back as 2003 and is potentially deadly.
A total of 6.39 million vehicles are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese based car manufacturer. Roughly 30 models globally have been affected.
Still recuperating from controversy involving a faulty ignition switch, General Motors announced three new recalls recently involving another 1.8 million vehicles. The biggest of the recalls affects 1.2 million of its popular SUV models that need to have wiring for their seat-mounted airbags fixed. The models involved are the 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and the GMC Arcadia, along with the 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse. Those vehicles have a warning light that reads "Service Air Bag". If a costumer ignores the light it can eventually result in the non-deployment of the airbags and other safety features in case of a side impact collision.
According to a recent article in USA Today, General Motors announced three new recalls involving nearly 1.5 million vehicles. GM said the trio of new recalls is "a result of (CEO) Mary Barra's request for a comprehensive internal safety review following the ignition switch recall." Last month's switch recall involves 1.37 million vehicles in the U.S. and has triggered lawsuits and federal investigations into why GM knew of a switch problem as early as 2001 but only recalled the cars last month GM says it knows of 31 crashes and 12 deaths linked to the switch recall and new probe in Canada could add a recent death there.
According to the New York Times, nearly nine years after the death of young girl, General Motors has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars in the United States, including Cobalts, saying that the ignition switch can shut off a car's engine and electrical system, and disable its air bags. Amber Rose's death was the first of 13 linked to the problem, and was an early warning in what would become a decade-long failure by G.M. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address a problem that engineers and regulators had been alerted to years ago.
General Motors Co. is recalling almost 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars to fix a problem that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash. The automaker said it knows of 22 such accidents, including five in which six people died. Abraham Watkins is currently handling cases involving faulty airbag deployment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a series of complaints regarding the unintended deployment of side air bags on the 2008 Honda Accord when the front doors are closed. Currently, it is estimated there are 363,000 of the popular midsize Accords on the roads, and the NHTSA reports it has received 28 complaints. At least two injuries have been reported as the force of an airbag deployment has the ability to cause serious injury.