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Fire Danger Persists for Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Industries has recalled hundreds of thousands of its ROVs due to a fire danger. The hazard is linked to at least three deaths and three dozen injuries ranging from minor scrapes to limbs burned so badly amputation was required.

Consumer Protection

What Happens When a Driver Kills Someone While Fiddling With A Cellphone? Often, Not Much

There are no national statistics on the results of prosecutions brought against distracted drivers who kill or severely injure someone, but light punishment appears to be the norm.

Public Health

California and 5 Other States Get Best Ratings for Highway Safety Laws

Amid a resurgence in U.S. traffic fatalities now taking roughly 100 lives a day, an advocacy group today issued a report card identifying states that do the most, and least, to improve highway safety.

Consumer Protection

Amid Rush to Deploy Driverless Cars, Federal Regulators Urged to Keep Hands on the Wheel

Federal transportation authorities haven't done nearly enough to prepare for the challenges of regulating self-driving cars and trucks, according to a new report.

Consumer Protection

Survey Finds 27% of Autos Being Sold by CarMax Are Targets of Safety Recalls

More than one in every four vehicles being sold by used car giant CarMax are under recall for safety flaws, including some with potentially deadly defects, according to a survey by auto safety groups.

Consumer Protection

Federal Regulators Ratchet Up Probe of Ford Explorer Exhaust Complaints

Over the last five years, auto safety regulators have received hundreds of complaints of exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide wafting into the cabins of Ford Explorers.

Consumer Protection

Lots of Love for Driverless Cars, Except From One Group–Drivers

As tech companies and automakers race to test and promote autonomous vehicles, several surveys show that most motorists don't want to drive, ride in or be on the road anywhere near them.

Consumer Protection

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

Countermeasures to prevent drivers from fiddling with their phones have proven ineffective. Safety advocates want wireless companies to implement technology that automatically block electronic distractions, but the industry is reluctant to take this approach.

Consumer Protection

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

Jason K. Levine, the new executive director for the Center for Auto Safety, says his organization is entering a new and perhaps more challenging environment under the Trump administration.

Consumer Protection

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.

Consumer Protection

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

ATVS are not designed to be operated safely on roads, yet officials in small towns and rural areas around the country, at the urging of riding enthusiasts, have been approving the use of off-road machines on public roadways.

Public Health

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

Each year, close to 4,000 people are killed in the U.S. in crashes involving large trucks and tens of thousands more are hurt. Yet for more than three decades, the federal minimum for truck liability insurance has remained stuck at $750,000. That amount, which must cover all victims of a crash, may be a fraction of the expenses for a single badly injured survivor.

Consumer Protection

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.

Consumer Protection

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.