Auto and Highway Safety

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

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

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

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…

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates FairWarining Reports

Feds Reject Insurance Hike for Big-Rigs, Pleasing Independent Truckers, Rankling Safety Advocates

Graham Brown was headed to his job as a computer technician when a drowsy big-rig driver swerved into his path and struck his car, sending it flying off a rural Illinois road and into a field. Brown was airlifted to a hospital for a six-hour surgery that saved his life. He suffered collapsed lungs, broken…

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars FairWarining Reports

Fix Sought for Heat Deaths of Children Left in Cars

Each year, roughly three dozen children die of heatstroke in unattended vehicles. Today three congressmen and a coalition of safety groups announced plans to do something about it, through legislation to require alerts in cars as a reminder that there may still be a child in the back. The proposal, backed by more than two…

Timing of Child Seat Recall Raises Questions FairWarining Reports

Timing of Child Seat Recall Raises Questions

Graco Children’s Products has announced a safety recall of 25,000 child seats. But the action comes more than two years after a test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that a strap to hold the child in the seat could break in a crash. That was revealed in a report posted Wednesday on the…

Tests Show a Remedy for Gruesome Underride Crashes FairWarining Reports

Tests Show a Remedy for Gruesome Underride Crashes

Each year, roughly 150 motorists are killed when their cars plow into the sides of big-rig trailers, slicing off the windshields and roofs. But many of these gruesome underride deaths can be prevented, according to a new study and crash videos from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The research shows that a trailer side…

Headlight Recall Turns High Beams on GM's Safety Vow FairWarining Reports

Headlight Recall Turns High Beams on GM’s Safety Vow

Three years ago, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra admitted that for years the automaker had concealed an ignition-switch defect, which has now been linked to at least 124 deaths. And she assured federal regulators that there would be a new pro-safety and pro-consumer attitude at the company. But federal safety regulators are now investigating…

Blind Spots in Police Reports Hamper Efforts to Curb Deadly Crashes, Study Says FairWarining Reports

Blind Spots in Police Reports Hamper Efforts to Curb Deadly Crashes, Study Says

The scope of deadly hazards such as texting and drug use by drivers may be underestimated and not adequately addressed because police aren’t collecting enough information at crash scenes, according to a new report. The report, released today by the National Safety Council, also found that no state systematically records whether crashes involve vehicles with…

Smartphone Distractions, Drinking Help Spur Rising Pedestrian Death Toll FairWarining Reports

Smartphone Distractions, Drinking Help Spur Rising Pedestrian Death Toll

Pedestrian deaths are surging across the nation, and analysts are putting much of the blame on drivers and walkers who are looking at their smartphones instead of watching where they are going. Tipsy walking also is part of the problem, with one in three victims legally drunk when they were struck and killed. The latest…