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How Many Deaths?

How many people are killed or seriously injured because of drivers fiddling with their cellphones? Due to widespread underreporting, no one really knows. In 2015, according to estimates of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 deaths caused by distracted driving, including 476 involving the use of cellphones. Depending who you ask, this last…

Don't Drive Distracted, Wireless Industry Says, But Safety Advocates Want More Than Talk FairWarining Investigates

Don’t Drive Distracted, Wireless Industry Says, But Safety Advocates Want More Than Talk

Just after noon on March 29, a pickup truck crossed the center line of a rural road in South Texas and slammed into a church bus, killing 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. A police report said the 20-year-old pickup driver, who survived, had taken medication and was texting. In other…

Johnson & Johnson Hit With Record Talc-Ovarian Cancer Verdict of $417 Million FairWarining Reports

Johnson & Johnson Hit With Record Talc-Ovarian Cancer Verdict of $417 Million

A Los Angeles jury today ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $417 million to a 62-year-old woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of using the company’s baby powder for feminine hygiene. It was the first California trial in the mushrooming legal battle over links between genital use of talc and ovarian…

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era FairWarining Reports

At Center for Auto Safety, a New Leader for a New Era

Since 1970 the tiny Center for Auto Safety has wielded enormous influence through its campaigns to recall vehicles for safety-related defects and to push states to enact consumer protections such as lemon laws. But consumer advocates say the Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the Trump administration. And,…

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front FairWarining Reports

Unbelted Rider in the Back Could Kill Someone in the Front

Editor's note: See update at bottom of story.

People who don’t buckle up when they ride in the rear seat because they think it’s safer back there are wrong. Instead, they pose a serious danger to themselves and those riding up front, according to a new study and crash test video by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The video of that crash…

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear FairWarining Reports

Despite Hazards, Push to Open Public Roads to Off-Road Vehicles in High Gear

More than 14,000 people, including roughly 3,200 children age 15 or younger, have been killed in crashes of all-terrain vehicles since federal safety officials began keeping track in the early 1980s. Studies have shown (here and here) that over half of the deaths occur on public or private roads — even though ATVs are required…