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Reducing the speed of trucks on California highways

Trucks weighing more than 20,000 pounds may soon be built not to exceed 60 miles per hour if a new rule is passed. While all 3.6 million large trucks in America are fitted with speed limiting devices already, not all of them have any limitations to how fast they can drive. The rule, which was proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is currently in a 60-day comment period. After the comment period ends, it will be determined whether or not the new rule should be implemented.

Manufacturers installing Takata airbags despite upcoming recall

California motorists may want to check if their vehicles have Takata airbags, which will be the subject of a massive recall scheduled for 2018. These bags, which can explode violently, have been blamed for severely wounding and killing car occupants.

New research may shed light on fatigue and truck accidents

In March 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed new data concerning how truck driver tiredness might be correlated with accident risk. According to the analysts who wrote the report, prior research had been hindered because it is hard to obtain an unbiased, accurate gauge of how much fatigue drivers suffer from. Analysts say that the new assessment's revelations could help enforce existing measures intended to keep tired drivers off the road, and the report comes on the heels of industry outcry for clearer standards on what constitutes fatigued driving.

Takata hid airbag issues, ruptures caused 10 deaths

California drivers might be surprised to hear that Takata Corporation is under fire from lawmakers for trying to hide issues with its airbags, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 10 deaths. At the same time, vehicle manufactures say that the airbag ruptures were caused by a mixture of design, humidity and manufacturing problems and the use of ammonium nitrate, a volatile chemical.

New regulation against truck driver coercion coming

California truck drivers and carriers may want to learn about a new rule announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The new rule provides more severe penalties for carriers, brokers and shippers who coerce truck drivers into driving through threats of reduced hours, fewer loads and other economic means.

GM may have to pay punitive damages

A ruling handed down by a New York federal judge may open General Motors to punitive damages in addition to actual damages incurred by people in California and elsewhere whose vehicles' ignition switches proved to be faulty, costing the lives of at least 169 persons. The judge's argument is based on a presumption that after GM declared bankruptcy and emerged into the marketplace again, GM staff and their accompanying knowledge joined the new company that was formed.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Tips

According to the US Department of Transportation run Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 4,735 pedestrians and 743 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2013. In addition to those numbers, there were a reported 66,000 pedestrian and 48,000 bicyclist injuries in the same year.

Ikea recalls millions of chests and dressers following deaths

California residents who purchased Ikea furniture should be aware that on July 22, the Swedish company recalled approximately 27 million of its chests and dressers because they could fall over and crush children. The recall occurred after two children were killed when the company's Malm chest tipped over onto them in 2014.