Monday, September 23, 2013
According to the Journal of Public Safety over 200,000 Americans die each year due to avoidable medical injuries. The full study is available as a free download at:
It also is published in an article in Scientific American:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NHTSA investigating electric Ford Focus stalling problem.
The AP (9/11) reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating claims that electric Ford Focus vehicles can stall without warning after receiving 12 complains about 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles. None of the incidents resulting in an injury but some vehicles did stall when moving at 30 miles per hour or more. NHTSA says these incidents have happened in the last five months. Ford reports that it has sold just over 1,900 electric Focus cars.
Reuters (9/10) reports that the probe includes about 1,000 vehicles. Ford says it is cooperating with NHTSA in the probe.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Toyota to recall 780,000 vehicles again after fix fails.
The New York Times (9/9, Jensen, Subscription Publication, 9.44M) reports that Toyota is recalling 780,000 vehicles for a second time because its previous efforts to address a handling problem created by a failure of the rear tie rod on the suspension. The recall includes 18,000 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles while the rest are 2006 through 2011 Toyota RAV4 SUVs. The Times notes that the issues of a second recall is rare and that “Toyota, once seen as a benchmark in quality and reliability, has seen that image undermined in recent years.” Toyota will now attempt a different repair after learning that some vehicles still had problems after the previous recall.