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    More to Come: GM Fined for Failures and Recalls More Cars

    By Michael Barasch

    Difficulties for owners of cars manufactured by General Motors (GM) continue as another 2.7 million cars are recalled and the carmaker is fined millions for its systematic safety failures. Many consumers are aware of the problem with GM cars. Earlier this year, the company began recalling older cars for a deadly ignition switch defect that […]

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    A New York Plan to Share the Road: Swedish Style

    By Michael Barasch

    In May each year, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds motorists across the United States to share the road. In New York this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio planned for New Yorkers to share the road Swedish style. In February, Mayor Blasio announced Vision Zero, a sweeping plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the […]

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    Technology Improves Safety in Automobiles

    By Michael Barasch

    Since the creation of the first automobile, the world has strived to improve auto safety in many innovative ways. Yet despite the abundance of safety hardware inside today’s cars, trucks and motorcycles, millions of Americans are injured in motor vehicle crashes each year and tens of thousands more are killed.  Many people believe that the […]

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    Death by Auto: Drunk Trunk Driver Kills Princeton Man

    By Michael Barasch

    Alcohol, poor personal choice and a Mack truck took another life, this time in Princeton, New Jersey.  In New York and throughout the United States, fatal accidents involving alcohol end lives and destroy families. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 344 alcohol-associated fatalities in New York in 2012.  On Thursday […]

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    In Case of Emergency: Use the Seatbelt

    By Michael Barasch

    During an accident, there is no opportunity for second thoughts. Occupant protection is critical, every time you travel.  In the past year, the importance of occupant protection was highlighted when a Metro-North passenger train commuter train derailed. During the accident, four died and 59 were injured when passengers were tossed about as the cars left […]

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    Hope for Victims of Hit-And-Run Accidents

    By Michael Barasch

    A 14-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver before being hit by two other cars on February 6, 2014. The ninth grader was crossing Hempstead Turnpike when the driver of a passenger vehicle crashed into her, throwing her into the air before fleeing the accident scene.  A day later, a commercial truck hit a […]

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    Surviving a Car Crash: Minicars Come Up Short

    By Michael Barasch

    A recent study found minicars do not measure up in a common crash scenario. Small cars offer savings in size and cost, but the difference in safety could be deadly in an accident.  To respond to consumer demand for highly maneuverable, economic transportation, auto manufacturers offer minicars, lightweight vehicles that are easy on fuel and […]

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    Problems with “The Safest Car in America”

    By Michael Barasch

    In October, Tesla Motors took some heat when one of its Model S cars caught fire and burned across the Internet in a viral video. In the weeks since, the safety reputation of this unique electric car has gone up in smoke as two more fires raise questions about its design. In the past, the […]

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    Tragic Motor Vehicle Accident Kills New York Woman

    By Michael Barasch

    With her longtime love at her side, 65-year-old Olga Rivera was strolling on a sidewalk at midday on a Monday in November. The couple was startled by a truck heading straight at them. Unable to get out of the way, Ms. Rivera was struck by the truck after it was hit by a taxi at […]

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    Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Case After Guilty Verdict

    By Michael Barasch

    In 2007, Jean Bookout was at the wheel of her 2005 Camry with her friend Barbara Schwartz. The friends exited an Oklahoma highway before Ms. Bookout discovered she could not stop her car. The vehicle sped through an intersection and hit an embankment, killing 70-year-old Ms. Schwartz and seriously injuring now 82-year-old Ms. Bookout. For […]

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