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Speed Limiters for Big Rigs

Speed Limiters for Big Rigs

After Moving at a Crawl, U.S. Revs Up Interest in Slowing Heavy Trucks and Buses

For more than a decade, most large commercial trucks have been equipped with electronic technology that can limit the speed at which they hurtle down the nation’s highways. But federal officials have not required the devices to be switched on, despite requests by safety advocates as well as by the industry’s top trade group, the…

Miles to Go on Highway Safety

Miles to Go on Highway Safety

The 50th anniversary of federal auto safety regulation approaches, but there’s not much to celebrate. Signing the regulatory laws on Sept. 9, 1966, President Johnson predicted they would “cure the highway disease.”  They haven’t. The “disease” was a deadly pandemic, and still is. The year the laws were passed, some 50,000 people were killed in…

Maker of Drain-Cleaning Fluid Getting Steady Drip of Complaints About Acid Burns

Maker of Drain-Cleaning Fluid Getting Steady Drip of Complaints About Acid Burns

On the afternoon of June 30, Michael Taillard and his wife and four kids emerged from the Shop-N-Save in Benzonia, Mich., with a shopping cart full of groceries. On the lower rack sat a 128-ounce bottle of Rooto Professional Drain Opener, a powerful cleaner made almost entirely of sulfuric acid and sold in a protective,…

Even Furniture That Meets Industry Standards Can Tip Over and Kill Kids, Report Says FairWarining Reports

Even Furniture That Meets Industry Standards Can Tip Over and Kill Kids, Report Says

Furniture manufacturers don’t always follow voluntary industry standards designed to prevent tip-overs that can injure and kill children. That was underscored by IKEA’s recent recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the company admitted that many of its products didn’t meet voluntary industry standards and that six children have been killed since 1989 in…

Former Chief of Consumer Agency Testifying for Accused Company FairWarining Reports

Former Chief of Consumer Agency Testifying for Accused Company

As head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission until 2013, Inez Tenenbaum spoke out about the public health threat that button batteries pose to small children. These days Tenenbaum is serving as an expert witness for Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. in connection with a negligence lawsuit against the discount store chain – a case…

Congress Moves to Reduce Risk of Midair Collisions Posed by Drones FairWarining Reports

Congress Moves to Reduce Risk of Midair Collisions Posed by Drones

Congress today sent to President Obama legislation to address the growing safety threat posed by thousands of drones entering the nation’s airspace. The safety measures are contained in a bill to continue the funding of the Federal Aviation Administration, whose legal authority is due to expire on Friday. The Senate today approved the legislation following…

Federal Regulators Open Investigation Amid Reports of Exhaust Fumes Wafting into Ford Explorers FairWarining Reports

Federal Regulators Open Investigation Amid Reports of Exhaust Fumes Wafting into Ford Explorers

Federal regulators are investigating a possible defect in Ford Explorers following scores of complaints about exhaust and carbon monoxide pouring into the passenger compartments of the popular SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received 154 complaints from owners of 2011 to 2015 Explorers, who reported exhaust leaks into their vehicles. According…

IKEA Agrees to Massive Recall of Chests Linked to Tipover Deaths of Young Children FairWarining Reports

IKEA Agrees to Massive Recall of Chests Linked to Tipover Deaths of Young Children

IKEA, the home furnishings giant, announced today that it is recalling about 180 models of chests and dressers that it admitted do not meet voluntary industry safety standards, including the popular MALM-style dresser, which has killed three children by tipping over and falling on them. “The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are…

Critics Say Underride Fix Will Do Little to Curb Deadly Hazard FairWarining Reports

Critics Say Underride Fix Will Do Little to Curb Deadly Hazard

  Truck underride crashes are among the most horrific collisions on the road. The gruesome tragedies typically involve a car sliding under the back or side of a tractor-trailer. They have taken the lives of victims ranging from the actress Jayne Mansfield in 1967 to a pair of North Carolina teenagers on their way to…

Lawmakers OK Plan for Pioneering Gun Violence Research Center in California FairWarining Reports

Lawmakers OK Plan for Pioneering Gun Violence Research Center in California

California lawmakers have agreed to spend $5 million to open a first-in-the-nation gun violence research center, a move intended to circumvent a ban on federal firearm studies. The research center, which would be based at a campus in the University of California system, would take over a job the federal government dropped 20 years ago….