January 2018 Archives

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).

Toy safety group releases list of dangerous toys

Parents in Arizona might be interested to learn that a safety organization has released a list of 2017 toys it considers dangerous. World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as WATCH, has been compiling the lists for more than 40 years. However, an industry trade group called the Toy Association has criticized the list for not testing the toys. It also says that any toys sold in the United States must pass safety standards.

Overloaded trucks and driving safety

Commercial truck drivers should know that an overloaded truck is in violation of several federal as well as state trucking regulations. Cargo that is unbalanced or overweight increases the chances that a driver will not be able to control the vehicle. However, according to statistics, overloaded trucks are one of the main causes of accidents involving trucks in Arizona and the rest of the country.

More recalls for Takata air bags

Takata, the Japanese manufacturer already going down in history for one of the biggest product recalls in the United States, has set the bar even higher by recalling 3.3 million more airbag inflators. The company expanded the recall to include frontal airbags in certain car models with a production year of 2009, 2010 and 2013. The car manufacturers that are involved in the recall include Honda, Toyota, Audi and more. The automakers are still compiling a list of affected vehicles that they will then file with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

CPSC: large furniture a hazard when improperly anchored

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to those who have purchased or plan to buy large items like flat-screen TVs, chests and drawers for their homes. Large furniture can pose a serious safety risk if not anchored properly to the wall, especially when young children are present. Every year in Arizona and across the U.S., emergency rooms treat an average of 30,700 people for injuries caused by these fixtures, and over 50 percent of them are children.

Defusing road rage and avoiding aggressive drivers

At some point in their lives, many Arizona drivers will experience road rage. While they can work to calm themselves down if they are experiencing this phenomenon themselves, the situation can become particularly scary when it is another driver who is acting angry or aggressive. In order to defuse road range that is happening behind them, there are several things drivers can do.

  • United States District Court | District Of Arizona
  • Maricopa Country Bar Association
  • State Bar Of Arizona
  • United States Court Of Appeals | Ninth Circuit

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