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  • Motorcycles Recalled for Fuel Leak

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Product Recall, safety With | Comments Off

    10,000 off-road motorcycles were taken off the market by Kawasaki since they could lead to a fuel leak and fire hazard. Fuel could leak from between the fuel tank and fuel tap, resulting in the chances of a fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the 2010, 2011 and 2012 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles were part of the recall. They have a 110 cubic centimeter engine, along with a green fuel tank, as well as white side covers. Kawasaki is printed on both sides of the bikes. Their specific model names and numbers are located on both side covers. They include an automatic clutch, shift pedal, and they lack a clutch level. The seat height is about 27 inches. There have yet to be any injuries reported due to the recalled motorcycle. Customers should stop using them right away and get in touch with a dealer to get a repair free of charge. Customers of the motorcycles will be reached directly. The motorcycles were manufactured in Thailand and sold from 2008-2014 for $2,100 to $2,350 each. The company encourages customers to see if they own the product included in this recall, and schedule a free repair as soon as possible, according to news reports.

  • Train Derailing Prompts Rail Car Safety Concern

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    A train transporting crude oil derailed and crashed last week in Pennsylvania. The crash caused oil to spill, and caused concern about the environment. Railroad companies want to avoid crashes as much as possible since they can lead to environmental harm and tragedy for those involved. Experts think using newer tanker cars can help prevent a very dangerous spill. New safety standards were added in 2011, and if the rain cars were built after that time they are safer. There were three changes made to tank cars to protect them from harm. They include Manway Covers which are stronger and keep oil sealed inside the car during a crash. The cars also include stronger welds and thicker steel which makes them less likely to get punctured. A heat shield covers the front of the car and the back of the car so fires are prevented from spreading between the cars. The newest cars are more expensive and regulators don’t require them, so Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway said they will charge more for customers who ship using the older cars. Canadian National changed their rates to create incentive for customers to switch to the new cars, according to news reports.

  • States Ranked for Drunken Driving Laws

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving created a list of how the states rank in terms of their laws protecting motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, from drunk drivers. They announced Minnesota is in need of a state law to put sobriety checkpoints into place and mandate ignition interlocks for motorists convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content higher than a .08. Law enforcement requires certain tools in order to lower drunk driving fatalities, according to the organization. They also gave the state 2 of 5 stars due to their efforts to combat drunk driving. Wisconsin was also given two stars because they can’t force a driver suspected of a first drunk-driving offense to provide a blood sample. A first offense is just classified as a traffic violation rather than a crime. They’d like the state to improve their use of devices that prevent drunk drivers from starting a car, including the ignition interlock systems. 2 stars were also given to the states of South Dakota, Vermont, Michigan, and Kentucky. Montana and Rhode Island were given the lowest scores. States that earned top scores are Missouri, Utah, Virginia, Arizona, and Colorado, according to news reports. Alcohol played a factor in four fatalities during the first six weeks of the year in Minnesota, according to the Department of Public Safety.

  • New Car Technologies Helpful to Eldery Drivers

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    Many new technologies included with new cars help drivers and passengers stay safe while on the roadway. A list of the top technologies for older drivers was released in order to showcase 10 technologies that benefit mature drivers. The list was created through research conducted by the Hartford and MIT AgeLab. It includes 10 animated videos that show how technologies function, and it is located on the AARP Driving Resource Center website. Technology can assist a driver so they feel more confident, and this acts as a tool to show drivers the technologies that best improve an elderly driver’s experience behind the wheel. 55% of drivers over 50 plan to lease or purchase another vehicle during the next five years, showing that more drivers will encounter new technology in their vehicles. An AARP Driver Safety expert said it is critical to continue education and awareness of new traffic laws and changes to your vehicle in order to improve driver confidence. An AARP Driver Safety course can help a driver learn more new technologies and improve their defensive driving skills, along with get a discount on automobile insurance rates. A recent survey also shows the top three car brands as determined by consumers are Toyota, Honda, and Ford, according to news reports.

  • Drivers Concerned About Driverless Cars

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    Many automakers are developming driverless vehicle technology, and the public is growing more concerned about the chance of a wreck while using an automated car. A poll recently conducted in the US shows that 80% of drivers are worried about driverless cars. Laws governing autonomous vehicles went into effect in California, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada. An online poll surveying 2,039 adults revealed that 79% of drivers have concerns that software programs could fail, resulting in a loss of control of the autonomous vehicle. The research shows drivers won’t be as likely to get behind the wheel of a driverless vehicle until the automaker proves it is safe and free from the chances of any problems. Only 12% of those surveyed said they didn’t experience any issues with traveling in an automated vehicle. Men and women have similar concerns, although 64% of women said they were worried about driverless vehicles in comparison with 54% of men. Different age groups had similar concerns about driverless cars, too. 59% of those who are involved in the survey expressed concerns regarding liability, including if someone can hack into the electronics system of the vehicles. 37% are concerned about privacy and if the vehicle will control their speed, according to news reports.

  • Study Shows Rise in Drugged Driving Fatalities

    Posted Feb 18th, 2014 By in Personal Injury, safety With | Comments Off

    A study by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health revealed a rise in the number of drugged driving deaths in the United States. The press release says the Mailman School of Public Health analyzed toxicology testing details through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System. 23,591 drivers died within one hour of a crash and nearly 40% of them tested positive for alcohol use, while 28% tested positive for other drug use. A professor of Epidemiology said earlier research shows drug use increases the chances of a collision, however narcotic involvement in fatal wrecks are not studied as much. Because the availability of marijuana has increased, the role of controlled substances in motor vehicle wrecks is a public health issue. The American Journal of Epidemiology said non-alcoholic drugs rose from 16.6% in 1999 to 28.3% in 2010, and marijuana rates increased from 4.2% to 12.2% during the same period. Alcohol rates stayed the same from 1999-2010. Data from six states were part of the study, including West Virginia, California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The data is limited to these states and does not account for the type of drug, dosage, or the driver’s drug tolerance, according to news reports.

  • Truck Fleets Seek Training Methods

    Posted Feb 14th, 2014 By in Personal Injury Lawyer, safety With | Comments Off

    Truck fleets are seeking new methods to train more drivers that aren’t as expensive. Many companies use various technologies that may include driver simulators for employee training. The interactive, computer based courses bring drivers through several different topics and a web-based learning management systems that provide training for their drivers, then track their process More than 40 training modules are provided by J.J. Keller through an online subscription. They give fleets the ability to upload training videos and materials for topics geared toward each company. Users will be able to assign certain coursework to truckers from the same portal used to monitor driving safety, as well as performance and compliance. Training On Demand has a web-based training system that will be integrated into J. J. Keller’s. The two systems will stay on separate web sites for now. As part of the first phase, the list of drivers will be added from a current list of drivers into the portal. Another feature of the new system allows the course drivers to finish in Encompass and managers would be able to train drivers directly.

    A web-based system has been used by Brown Integrated Logistics, Infiniti-i for more than two years. The online Pro-Tread training video from Instructional Technologies assigns specific modules to drivers after they experience any problems. Both systems are optional to all drivers where a computer can be dedicated for training purposes. Drivers can log in from their own device or in the office and review all of the modules assigned to them. Driver simulations can be very effective, although many fleets aren’t able to rationalize the investment. Studies show the safety improvements and lowering training costs will help pay for the simulations. The American Transportation Research Institute reviewed the impacts of using training simulators for various truck driver fleets. The results revealed that driving simulator training improves the performance of drivers. They are more efficient compared with behind-the-wheel methods. A four-hour session can be completed in one hour using a simulator. A financial saving is also noticeable when accounting for fuel costs. Training also becomes more effective. The most effective fleets use simulators to identify unsafe driving behavior and target their performance to improve the fleet’s safety. The experiences of those who received simulator training over the course of a year were reviewed, and it discovered a majority of drivers are pleased with the technology, according to news reports.

  • Experts Urge Testing Stroke Survivor’s Driving Skills

    Posted Feb 14th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    A survey shows survivors of strokes got behind the wheel afterward without taking a road skills test first. A stroke can influence someone’s ability to perform daily tasks, and over half of survey participants said they began driving again after a stroke. 59% got behind the wheel after one month and 5.6% were formally evaluated regarding their driving skills. Out of 83 stroke survivors who resumed driving, nine said their strokes affected their regular functioning. Over 45% of those who started driving again said the stroke didn’t have any affect on their functioning and they lowered the time they spent driving. The researchers think survivors would benefit from a formal evaluation before returning to the driver’s seat. The fourth leading cause of death in the US is strokes, and research shows 80% are preventable. The National Stroke Association advises quitting smoking, eating well, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol consumption in order to help prevent strokes. They occur when a blood clot stops blood from flowing into the brain. The research was presented at the International Stroke Conference, which was hosted by the American Health Association. It hasn’t been published as of now in a medical journal, according to news reports.

  • Doctor Checkups May Lead to 700,000 Illnesses Annually

    Posted Feb 14th, 2014 By in Child Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    University of Iowa researchers revealed that bringing a child in for a wellness checkup could expose them to an increased risk of illness. The study says doctor visits could lead to over 700,000 flu-like illnesses every year. A doctor said research shows healthcare professionals should lower the risks of spreading infections in waiting rooms and clinics. Patients and their families should also pay attention to these areas and make sure safety guidelines are followed. The research used information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to review healthcare trends among 85,000 families. Demographic, hospital, off-based, and outpatient case records were part of the evaluation. The authors of the study found that well-child visits for patients under the age of six increased the chances of flu-like illnesses for the patient and their families by 3.2% during the two weeks after the hospital visit. The authors of the study said more than 700,000 avoidable cases of illness every year resulted in more than $490 million in costs. The study shows that infection management in hospitals is very important, and suggested healthcare providers follow all hygiene rules and maintain clean regimens. Infections are spread easily when hospital safety steps aren’t taken, according to news reports.

  • FDA Warns Consumers to Discuss Dietary Supplement with Doctor

    Posted Feb 14th, 2014 By in Product Liability, safety With | Comments Off

    The US Food and Drug Administration warns customers to discuss with their doctor before taking any dietary supplements. An investigation showed that hundreds of them contain ingredients that could result in health problems. A database which began in 2007 now contains nearly 500 tainted supplements, and the database is available to the public. There are more than 85,000 supplements on the market as of now. The FDA said they do not approve products before they go onto the market, and many customers think they’ve been approved even if they haven’t. A woman in Cleveland sustained serious liver damage after taking a dietary supplement for many months in order to help lose weight. The company recalled the supplement when it was connected with 56 cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis. A letter was sent to the manufacturer from the FDA to discontinue distribution and they are continuing to investigate what could be the cause of illnesses. Customers are warned to keep an eye out for claims made by dietary supplement manufacturers, since they believe natural ingredients mean they are also safe, which isn’t always the case. 1,000 complaints concerning adverse events were received in connection with dietary supplements last year. The association which represents the supplement industry says most dietary supplements are safe, however, according to news reports.

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