Honda expanded two product recalls this week to resolve issues that affect as many as 1.4 million cars. One recall expands an earlier warning about headlights to include Honda Civics from model-years 2002 and 2003 and Honda Pilots from model-years 2004 and 2005. The second recall targets V-6 Accords from model-years 2003 to 2007.
There are some roads in California that are just more dangerous than others, for a variety of reasons. Some can drive these roads every day without an incident, but others end up involved in a car accident. No matter how diligent a driver is, one wrong move can mean disaster.
Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly notorious source of roadway dangers and teenagers are particularly likely to focus on phone distractions while driving. Although it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a serious car accident, teenagers frequently switch their attention to a phone.
A fatal automobile accident earlier this year has resulted in charges for the driver, an aide to a Los Angeles councilman. The charge is one issued when there is evidence that a driver was distracted in a manner that caused the car accident. Should he be convicted, he could face a year in a county jail. He also may be subject to a wrongful death claim.
A story in this week's Los Angeles Times reminds us that GPS units are potentially dangerous products, especially if drivers do not listen to the unit's instructions with a bit of skepticism and common sense. On Thursday, a man drove his car off of a ferry in Alaska and listened to the instructions of his car GPS unit while doing so. The GPS told the man to make a right turn when leaving the ferry, and the man did -- driving straight into the harbor.
It is becoming a growing practice for cyclists to wear head-mounted video cameras on their commutes in California and around the country. Wearing a camera can offer a cyclist extra protection in the case of an accident with a motor vehicle. Reviewing the recording after a bicycle accident can help discover what or who caused the accident. If a driver leaves the scene of the bicycle accident, the recording can help to find the driver. These cameras work like the "black boxes" in planes that help investigators figure out why a crash occurred after the fact.
Police have arrested a man who they have reason to believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident. California police pulled over the 28-year-old man in the early morning hours recently. When they approached the driver, they noted that the car had sustained a substantial amount of damage and that the man had suffered facial cuts. This led them to suspect that the man may have been involved in an earlier car accident that resulted in serious injuries.
As discussed in the previous post, preventable child heatstroke tragedies occur far too frequently. The ongoing heat wave in Los Angeles means that more children may be in danger for heatstroke death if they are left in vehicles in these extreme temperatures.
The heat wave in Los Angeles has been putting pressure on the power grid and also causing dangerous conditions for older people and for outside exercise. Another danger that comes with extreme heat is the heatstroke that can occur if children are left in vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness of the tragedy that can result from leaving a child in a hot vehicle.
Traffic fatalities across the U.S. were up 13.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. This means traffic fatalities for the year are on pace to make this the second largest increase year-to-year since 1975.