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car_seat_safety.jpgLATCH stands for “Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”. They became mandatory in vehicles in 2002 to help parents better secure the baby seat in the car and eliminate seat belt incompatibility. Pursuant to the actual law the lower anchors are designed to support a maximum weight of 65 lbs. Most parents are not aware that this weight includes the child and the child seat. When the total weight exceeds 65 lbs the child seat must be secured with the car seatbelt.

In order to make this information clear to parents the new LATCH law effective in February 2014, will require child seat manufacturers to modify their label to make sure parents understand that their child weight determines how long they can use the lower anchors.

This legislation was heavily pushed by automakers in order to protect themselves from product liability lawsuits as baby seats these days are heavier than those manufactured in 2002 and are putting increased strain on the lower anchors.

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If you are considering buying a new car that is safe for you and your family, you should definitely look at some of the new American automakers models. According to Consumer Reports, the revamped 2014 Chevrolet Impala takes on the world. Other “Made in USA” models that have been receiving excellent ranking are the Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Fusion as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Chevy Sedan improvement is a real surprise. Its ranking went from 64 to 93 to become the ConsumerReports’ highest scoring sedan, a ranking never achieved in the last 20 years by an American sedan.

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internationalroadsafety.jpg85% of car accidents worldwide happen in developing countries and 25,000 of the deaths involve tourists. The Center for Disease Control is asking Americans who are vacationing abroad to exercise extra precautions if they decide to drive a car during their stay. Very often roads in low incomes countries are poorly maintained and traffic laws are not sufficiently enforced. In case of an accident, emergency services may not be as fast as in developed countries, increasing the risk of a fatality. Adding to that the level of care may not be up to the level of US standards.

Making sure you know the local traffic rules or avoiding driving at night are among a CDC list of measures that may help minimize your risk of being injured in a car crash while you are on vacation.

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A 61 year old man was crossing the road when a NYPD van hit him. The accident took place on Broadway at Hooper St. under the elevated J line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. The poor man was declared dead when he arrived to the hospital.
Read the story in the Daily News

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SUV%20rollover%20due%20to%20tires.jpgCar accidents related to tire aging kill 90 people and injure 3200 every year. 9% of all car crashes are due to tire related issues according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As summer season is starting, the NHTSA is urging motorists to check their tires as hot weather and under-inflated or worn down tires are a dangerous mix on the road.

In a previous survey about Tire-Related Factors in the Pre-Crash Phase, NTHSA highlighted the following findings:

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In order to prevent teen car crashes and personal injury, an innovative online program focuses on improving frontal lobe execution functions such as self-regulation or impulse control so that young drivers can achieve insight about driving risks and improve their driving skills.

The frontal lobe of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25 and young drivers need specific help. With this concept in mind, Dr Robert Isler, PhD, an associate professor of Psychology at The University of Waikato in New Zealand, created eDrive, an online interactive driver training program that takes drivers on a trip through New Zealand while teaching them specific driving skills.

Read more about it in this interesting blog from Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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A boozed up 20 year old driver was going 120 mph when he lost control of his car and slammed into the guardrail on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, New York early Saturday. Two of the passengers died and two others suffered injury and were taken to the hospital. The driver suffered minor injuries and was booked for several charges including manslaughter, assault and criminally negligent homicide according to the New York Daily News
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Last Monday a woman died when she was struck by a truck and fell underneath the rear wheels of the tractor-trailer as it was turning onto onto Prospect Expressway in Kensington, Broolyn, New York. The intersection that once again proved to be very dangerous for pedestrians has been waiting for New York Department of Transportation to install a pedestrian island on Ocean Parkway near Church Ave at the entrance of the expressway.

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Picture Credit: Todd Maisel, Daily News

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Side car crash test shows that car occupants are better protected than 10 years ago in severe side crash accidents. See below the new video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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If a child is struck by a car at a speed of 40 mph there is 70% chance that the child will be killed. If a child is struck by a car at a speed of 30 mph there is a 80% chance the child will suffer personal injury and survive.

The legislation that we discussed last week in our blog has passed. 20 new cameras will be installed near schools that experience speed issues in their vicinity. Here is the link to the statements of Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.