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March 2019 Archives

Families of underride victims take crash tests to Capitol Hill

Families of people who have died in underride collisions gathered Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. to observe a series of crash tests demonstrating the effectiveness of side underride guards. An underride collision is one in which, because of the mismatch in height between a semitrailer and a passenger car, a portion of the passenger car slides underneath the semitrailer, often resulting in the semitrailer crashing into the "survival space" of the passenger car and killing people in the car.

The workplace can be more dangerous for women

It is coming to the end of Women's History Month.  We couldn't let it pass without one post about women in the workplace. The National Safety Council recently released its analysis of data from 2017. It found a number of areas where the likelihood of injury to women workers was disproportionately high.

Were your child’s products recalled in the past two months?

In March, 2019 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled dozens of products and many of them could be within your child’s reach. Unfortunately, children’s toys are in high demand which often causes manufacturers to make dangerous shortcuts to make a deadline or a bottom line.

Honda recalls one million vehicles

The Honda Motor Company has announced that it will recall 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles because of faulty air bag inflators. This is now the largest motor vehicle recall in history. Not to be confused with an earlier recall involving Takata airbags, this new recall involves the replacements of the previous recall in 2015, which involved propellant that could became unstable and explode upon impact. This led to the deaths of an estimated 220 or more people worldwide, including a dozen here in the U.S.

Bipartisan bills could require trucks to install underride guards

Large commercial trucks can pose a serious danger to smaller passenger vehicles. Because of their size, they tend to cause severe autobody damage or inflict personal injuries to the other parties in a crash. In some instances, a small car may even slide underneath the side or front of a tractor-trailer, leading to catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

Complications from a fall can be fatal for elderly

One of the most common fears among the elderly is an injury from a fall. Seemingly countless people 65 and older have broken their hip or injured themselves in some way from a fall, but it is actually not the fall that is the problem. The bigger problem is the complications from the falls. According to a recent article in the New York Times, it is complications from falls that are the biggest cause of fatal injuries among the elderly. It is estimated that there is a death every 19 minutes directly tied to complications from a fall.

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