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Ford recalls 1.4 million cars over steering wheel defect

Arizona car owners should be aware that Ford has announced a recall of nearly 1.4 million sedans in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a safety issue with the steering wheel. A defect could cause the steering wheel to come off while the car is in motion, making the driver lose control of the vehicle.

Certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between 2014 and 2018 are affected by the recall. According to Ford, the problem is caused by steering wheel bolts that can come loose over time. Two car crashes have allegedly been linked to the issue. There has also been one possible injury. Owners of the recalled vehicles can take their cars to a Ford dealership for a free repair. Technicians will fix the problem by installing longer bolts with heavier threads and a nylon patch to prevent them from loosening.

The most common car accident injuries

Car accidents happen every day across Arizona, and the injuries that result from them vary. Factors like speed and the location of impact are important. For instance, a car going 15 mph that rear-ends a stationary car may lead to minor injuries and scratches in occupants of both vehicles. The injuries will most likely not be long-term. If the car were going 40 mph, however, there could be a fatality, especially if the car collides on an occupant's side.

The most common injuries in auto accidents are back and neck pain, facial lacerations, contusions and bone fractures. Whiplash, or the straining or spraining of the soft tissues in the neck, is another frequent outcome. This condition in turn can cause shooting pains and chronic inflammation. In serious cases, victims suffer from slipped discs and joint dysfunction.

Do you have a case for breach of fiduciary duty?

Thankfully, most people can live entire lives without ever having to deal with a breach of fiduciary duty from someone in whom they put their trust and assets. But for those who do have to deal with such scenarios, it can truly be a nightmare.

There are many ways a fiduciary duty can be breached. But one of the most common is when a financial adviser takes advantage of his or her position as an investment agent or stockbroker. Because of this, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.32 deals with holding these professionals to specific fiduciary standards.

What to know about soft tissue injuries

While hard tissue injuries affect the bone and cartilage, soft tissue injuries affect the muscles, tendons and ligaments. They are often linked with car accidents because the impact combined with sudden braking leads to the stretching of the tissues and, consequently, tears, sprains, soreness and strain. Drivers in Arizona will want to know more in case they find themselves filing a personal injury claim.

Soft tissue injuries normally result in aches and pains, bleeding, inflammation and a certain loss of function. Unfortunately, X-rays cannot detect the condition, so a correct medical diagnosis can be hard to achieve. While symptoms may appear hours after the accident, other individuals feel nothing until days after the collision, which can affect their decision to get medical help. Not receiving treatment will prevent full healing.

Study shows automatic braking can prevent backup collisions

Backing up a vehicle is a risky maneuver that can lead to vehicle damage, injuries and sometimes even death, especially that of children. For this reason, drivers in Arizona should be aware of a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that studied the effect of new safety technology on backup collision rates.

The report found that rear automatic braking systems are especially effective, leading to a 62 percent decrease in backup collisions among those vehicles equipped with it. These systems send an alert to the driver whenever they detect an obstruction, and if the driver does not respond within a given time, they automatically apply the brakes in the driver's stead. Vehicles that combined these systems with rearview cameras and sensors saw an overall 78 percent decrease in rear collisions.

Harley-Davidson recalls more than 250,000 motorcycles

Arizona residents who own some of Harley-Davidson's most iconic models may have recently received recall notices. The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer is recalling more than 250,000 VSRC performance bikes and CVO cruisers made between 2008 and 2011. These models are better known as the V-Rod and the Street Glide. The voluntary recall has been issued because degraded break fuel can cause the anti-lock braking systems fitted to the bikes to corrode and fail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration became involved when it received 43 complaints and learned about three accidents and two injuries. One owner reported the failure of both the front and rear braking systems without warning. Harley-Davidson's maintenance recommendations call for brake fluid to be drained and replaced every two years, but the company says that many owners ignore this advice. Proper maintenance is necessary because the Dot 4 brake fluid used by Harley-Davidson degrades over time, and its chemical properties weaken.

Study shows advantage of collision avoidance systems

Arizona motorists may want to reconsider the benefits of collision avoidance systems after hearing about the results of a study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS has shown that these systems can dramatically decrease the number of accidents and injuries.

Researchers analyzed more than 5,000 accidents in 2015, all of them involving situations that collision avoidance systems were designed to prevent. They found that those cars with systems like lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems were involved in 11 percent less accidents, including single-vehicle, sideswipe, and head-on crashes. Injury rates also dropped by 21 percent in the same vehicles. They compared their results to those of two other studies conducted in 2015, one concentrating on commercial trucking in the U.S. and the other on Volvo cars in Sweden. Both concluded that lane departure warning systems could cut down crash rates by half.

Auto recalls hit record high in 2016

Anyone in Arizona who owns a car that was not involved in a recall back in 2016 could consider themselves lucky. That year set a U.S. record for car recalls, with a total of 53.1 million vehicles recalled. A large part of the reason for that high number was the Takata air bag and General Motors ignition switch issues both happening in 2016. Combined, the Takata and GM recalls made up almost half of the recalls at 23 million cars. All the 2016 recalls cost up to $22.1 billion for automakers and suppliers.

However, 2015 had plenty of recalls as well, hitting a total of over 50 million. Recalls have been on rise as car technology has advanced. According to reports, automotive recalls involving electrical systems and electronics have risen 30 percent annually since 2013. Prior to that, electronics recalls only increased at a rate of 5 percent per year.

You may be surprised at the many causes of truck accidents

The more time you spend on the roadways in and around Phoenix the more you'll realize that you're always in close proximity to commercial trucks.

As you share the road, it's only natural to have some concerns about being part of an accident. After all, a crash with one of these large vehicles can lead to serious injury or even death.

NTSB explains how speeding deaths could be reduced

In Arizona and across the U.S., roadway fatalities have been increasing. This is due mostly to speeding, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. After studying the crash history between 2005 and 2014, NTSB researchers found that 31 percent of all traffic fatalities were caused by speeding. The number of speeding deaths (112,580) was just a little lower than the number of DUI-related deaths (112,948).

Thanks to national campaigns, drunk driving has developed a cultural stigma; however, no similar attempts have been made for speeding. This is why the NTSB recommends more severe consequences for speeding. When people are more aware of the dangers of speeding, traffic deaths may go down.

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