• Police Urge Drivers to Keep Vehicles Safe

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    Police and the New Zealand Transport Agency are asking drivers to keep their cars safe through taking an active roll in checking their car for safety. Police roadside compliance will begin issuing compliance checks in order to support a campaign for public safety. The checks are part of a campaign to encourage awareness of vehicle safety and make sure drivers keep their automobiles roadworthy. Police want to make sure all vehicles comply with all safety requirements by taking an educational approach whenever a new requirement is introduced. Those caught repeatedly driving an unsafe vehicle, or operating a vehicle with safety defects, will expect disciplinary action by receiving a ticket. The checks help assess the safety of the vehicle, make sure the driver is licensed, and perform a breath alcohol test. The whole test is only a couple minutes. Many compliance tests are already conducted by police officials. The awareness campaign began late last year, and it hopes to also encourage drivers to get advice if they have any concerns about the safety of their car. Vehicle owners are urged to check lights, tires, and brakes on a regular basis in order to avoid a crash or roadside emergency, according to news reports.

  • Mobileye Develops Automatic Car

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    Mobileye is working with Tesla in order to develop an automatic vehicle. Their system includes five cameras that work along with the vehicle’s navigation system. The automatic driving system ensures the cars have enough space from other cars on the roadway and maintain the center of the lane. It can also track traffic lights and signs, as well as cross an intersection that doesn’t have traffic lights with the side cameras. The car can also change lanes while it is still driving in urban traffic. The system was tested on vehicles produced by Audi, Toyota, Nissan, and Open. The founder of Tesla said their automatic vehicles would become available in 2016, however they would still do 95% automatic. The founder of Mobileye made similar announcements. Their automated car can allow temporary control to the cameras. Mobileye’s system can search for the location of other vehicles on the roadway to help warn the driver about a potential crash along with unplanned passing. It’s competing with manufacturers such as General Motors and Mercedes Benz, and they’re developing systems using photos taken with Street View. Three states now have laws that allow automatic cars to be test-driven. A driver who lost 95% of his vision used an automatic Google car to go through a drive-thru, for example, according to news reports.

  • Bus Driver Not Indicted After Crash

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    A grand jury in Dallas County did not indict a bus driver after his involvement in a fatal wreck last year. A charge of criminally negligent homicide was advised against the driver by the Department of Public Safety when the bus swerved and collided with a concrete barrier. Three people on the bus were killed, including the organizer of a group of senior citizens on their way to a casino in Oklahoma. The driver was never charged with a crime after the crash. An email from the DA office said the case was referred to a grand jury to see if any charges for criminally negligent homicide were necessary, and they based their answer on an investigation into the crash. The driver is still in the process of one dozen civil lawsuits in the collision, which resulted in injuries to dozens of passengers. An attorney representing the estate of a woman killed in the wreck believes the grand jury was just given a part of the evidence. He believes there will be more information available from depositions. The driver was also involved in another bus crash that lead to a death in 1998, according to news reports.

  • Ohio May Mandate Driver Education Course

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    Thousands of new, young drivers in Ohio might be required to take driver’s education courses after an amendment is added to the bill in the state House. The bill increases restrictions for driver education. 18-20 year-olds would be required to pay a driving school for education and supervised driving before they can receive their license. In Ohio, a driving test can be taken the day someone turns 18 without any training necessary. Those under the age of 18 must complete a driver’s education course, which includes 24 hours of in-class instruction and eight hours of supervised driving with an instructor who is certified.  The bill would increase restrictions by prohibiting non-family members under 21 from riding along with drivers who had their license for under one year. Currently, one non-family member can ride in the vehicle of a young driver. The bill would also adjust the curfew to 10pm, unless the driver is riding with a parent or guardian. 16-17 year-olds were determined to be at-fault during 71% of collisions in 2013, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety Crash statistics. Ohio had 357,876 licensed drivers aged 18-20 that year, and the state didn’t maintain data concerning how many driving tests were taken. The amendment exempts veterans who had drivers education while in the military, according to news reports.

  • Prius Recalled For Computer Error

    Posted Feb 12th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    1.9 million Prius Hybrid vehicles recalled, and 30,790 of those are registered in the UK.They were recalled as the result of a computer error that results in the vehicle stopping. The third-generation Prius was made beginning in March of 2009. Consumers who want more details concerning the recall can check the Recall Checker website which was established by Toyota. The Japanese automaker has experienced many problems regarding recalls during the last few years. There were 11 incidents in Europe reported involving a computer issue, although there haven’t been any injuries or accidents. Approximately 400 defective vehicles were found around the world. The most recent case involves a software issue. A boost converter is necessary when accelerating hard from a standstill. The vehicle slows down if the issue occurs when the car switches to a fail-safe operation. The hybrid system could potentially shut-down and the vehicle will stop. The driver won’t experience any changes in performance before the problem occurs, said a spokesperson. The problem wouldn’t happen in the company’s hybrid vehicles, because they are running under different systems. The control software will be updated for vehicle owners for free. Toyota stopped sales of some models in the US after defects with faulty seat heaters were discovered, according to news reports.

  • Car Seats Recalled by Graco

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    The largest recall of car seats within the last five years was recently announced by Graco. 3.7 million units and 11 models are part of the recall, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seven other models will be included in the recall. The seat’s buckle system was found to be defective and will remain under investigation. Car seats were manufactured between 2009-2013. The product defect involves issues with unlatching the harness buckles. They may become stuck, making it harder to release the child from the seat. This could pose a serious safety hazard in the event of a wreck, or other emergency. The recall represents the fifth-biggest child-safety seat recall. Graco did not give regulators a description of how it would fix the defect, or a schedule of when the products would be fixed. According to the NHTSA, Graco said they haven’t justified not announcing a recall of 1.83 million more car seats. The agency will continue an investigation regarding the defect, according to news reports. The company is also planning a public hearing concerning the recalled products. Owners can get in touch with Graco directly for more details on the recall, according to news reports.

  • Beef Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

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    90,000 pounds of beef jerky products were taken off the market by Prime Snax Incorporated because of an undeclared allergen. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled the products after authorities discovered the product was processed with soy lecithin, although this isn’t included on the product’s label. They were produced before February 2, and distributed to various locations across the country. The products included in the recall are the Arizona Jacks Brand, Desert Star Brand, Southwest Trail Brand, and Terrell Brand. The products include a specific establishment number located inside the USDA mark of inspection. The FSIS determined there was a labeling error during a routine label review. The company believes a releasing agent was a processing aid that did not need to be mentioned on the label. FSIS and the company haven’t received any reports concerning adverse reactions as of yet as a result of these products. Those who are concerned about an allergic reaction should reach their health care team. There haven’t been any reports of an adverse reaction as of now. The FSIS will conduct checks to make sure the firm conducts all the mandatory steps involved with product recalls. Customers can reach the FSIS with questions, according to news reports.

  • Food Allergies on the Rise

    Posted Feb 11th, 2014 By in Child Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    The number of children with food allergies is increasing, from 3.5% in 1998 to 5.2% in 2012, says the National Center for Health Statistics. Along with a rise in allergy awareness, many parents say their children are called hypochondriacs, and others think the child’s parents are simply too overprotective. The mother of a toddler with allergies to wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and dairy said many people will get defensive about food, and some claim they are able to treat allergies themselves until they disappear completely. However, nobody wants to put a child’s health at risk. Some parents say they face challenges because many don’t understand just small amounts of a food can lead to an allergic reaction that could become fatal. One mother believes older generations are more skeptical of children nowadays who have allergies. One study showed that a six-month course of oral immunotherapy desensitized most children who had peanut allergies. Authors of the study warned that parents shouldn’t attempt this on their own. Some parents say many don’t believe their child’s allergies are real. Many Americans add to this belief by avoiding gluten or taking part in a dairy-free lifestyle for other reasons besides having life-or-death allergies. A 2010 study in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that Americans are becoming too reliant on blood tests to diagnose a food allergy, and this had leads to many avoiding foods that can actually be consumed. This feeds the increasing number of those who think many Americans are misdiagnosed hypochondriacs.

    Over the course of two years, three young people died in Massachusetts after experiencing allergic reactions. Schools have since then been persuaded by education, advocacy, and lawsuits to accommodate children with allergies, such as peanuts and tree nut allergies. They must provide allergy-safe lunch room tables and issuing strict rules for hand-washing. Many parents are urging institutions such as this to accommodate allergies, such as one mother who is currently petitioning airlines. Public perception is often persuaded, as well, such as an episode of the Daily Show that showed a piece which satirizes the military for denying veteran treatment for PTSD by saying it is a made-up disease, such as peanut allergies. Some parents are angry because their children can’t eat nuts in school due to other children who have allergies. Some parents are against the idea that someone shouldn’t be able to enjoy a snack because a classmate suffered an anaphylaxis reaction. As more parents struggle with getting institutions to accommodate their child with allergies, many others continue to believe they are being overly accomodated, according to news reports.

  • The Possible Hazards of Hot Yoga

    Posted Feb 11th, 2014 By in Personal Injury, safety With | Comments Off

    A growing exercise trend, hot yoga, may be more risky than many realize.Many celebrities have taken a class, and more hot yoga studios are showing up across the country. Although, getting exercise during extreme heat and humidity may lead to health problems for some. Many who try hot yoga for the first time say they feel exhausted, lightheaded, weak, and fatigued after a class. These are signs of heat exhaustion. A hot yoga class requires a temperature of at least 105 degrees and 40% humidity. A doctor said there hasn’t been enough research in the area of hot yoga, however many are aware that dangerous symptoms can arise among participants. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include dizziness, nausea, or muscle cramps. A doctor asked those who participate in hot yoga to go to the emergency room immediately if they experience a fever, vomiting, confusion, or unusual weakness. Those who teach the classes say the temperature and humidity are healthy because they eliminate toxins and allows the body to become more flexible. However, overstretching can result in health problems such as joint damage and muscle damage. Doctors urge stopping right away if pain or heat exhaustion arise during class, and continue to drink enough water, according to news reports.

  • Human Cadavers Used in Crash Tests

    Posted Feb 11th, 2014 By in Car Safety, safety With | Comments Off

    Crash tests are now underway at a public research center called TESSA. An infant dummy is strapped into a simulator lead by an engineer who said he appreciates the science that goes into each test dummies. They have 4-5 sensors which measure 150 values such as force, deceleration, movement of the skeleton, and resistance. Although, dummies are not the perfect replication of a human body. Many models don’t account for extra fat or muscle on a real person, or bone strength differences that exist between women and men. A child’s tissue is developing, and more prone to internal injuries, which influence crash test results. In efforts to improve crash test data, TESSA introduced a system of freezing human cadavers donated to science. They will be used to test a new safety product such as a seat belt or car seat, and how well they will protect humans from soft tissue injuries. For example, dummies showed a new safety belt to be safe, however when they used the cadavers they discovered a design flaw. The safety belt protected the thorax, but not the pelvis. The dummies would not show this flaw since there are no working parts in these regions. The design flaw was resolved before the product went on the market, according to news reports.

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