Buying Used Tires Not Worth the Safety Risks

New sets of tires can be expensive, but purchasing used tires for their cost savings is not worth the risk. Although used tires are cheaper than new ones, opting to purchase used is not the same as making a similar decision when shopping for other expensive items. Hidden Risks of Used Tires While many consumers believe that finding a used tire with good tread depth implies it is safe to drive, there are many hidden factors in buying tires used. Tires degrade more quickly if they are driven for long periods of time while underinflated, overinflated, overloaded, or at high…

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NHTSA Warns Ford and Mazda Pickup Truck Owners of Dangerous Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a serious warning for vehicle owners with 2006 Ford Ranger and 2006 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Both vehicles are under recall because they contain defective Takata airbag inflators, which can rupture and spew metal shrapnel into passenger cabins. The Takata airbag inflators in these vehicles have an increased chance of rupturing. Due to this heightened risk, NHTSA issued a “do not drive warning” for vehicle owners. It is the second time NHTSA issued the warning for Ford and Mazda pickup truck owners. What If I Am Affected by NHTSA’s Do Not Drive…

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Do 15-Passenger Vans Have an Increased Risk of Rollover Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a warning about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. NHTSA warns that these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers. According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that increases the risk of a rollover accident. Statistics published by NHTSA show that rollovers cause roughly 60 percent of crashes involving these vehicles. In addition, older models of these vans may lack modern safety features that can prevent other types of accidents. There are a few reasons why 15-passenger vans can suffer a rollover accident. First, these vehicles…

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A Push to Test Crash Worthiness of Child Safety Seats in Each Car | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has urged car makers to crash-test child safety seats in their vehicles so we have data to recommend which child restraints are the safest in each auto.  The proposed “new system would be a victory for parents who struggle to find the best car seats for their children.” LaHood said, “What I’d like to talk to the car manufacturers about is the idea that they get some seats, they put them in their car, they crash test them so they can tell people ‘This is the best…

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Threat of Fires Causes GM to Recall 1.5M Cars | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced that General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured between 1997 and 2003.  According to CNN, “the problem involves a potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold during hard braking. When a car operates under normal conditions, the manifold can get very hot.”  The abnormal heating can lead to fires.  “The recall covers certain mid- and full-size passenger sedans under GM’s Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac brands.”  Owners and dealers of the recalled vehicles will be notified soon so that alterations…

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