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September 2016 Archives

Testing shows that 1 out of 371 Takata inflators rupture

Georgia residents may be aware of the massive recall of Takata airbags, which are installed in tens of millions of U.S. cars. The recall, which is the largest in American automotive history, was initiated because the inflators inside of the airbags can deploy with too much force in an accident and cause metal shards to fly into the vehicle's passenger compartment. So far, the airbags have caused 10 deaths in the U.S.

Proposed sleep apnea rule draws both praise and ire

Many commercial truck drivers and railroad workers in Georgia and around the nation suffer from sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that causes frequent interruptions in breathing while people are sleeping. These interruptions can leave the sufferers feeling fatigued during their waking hours. Because of this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have proposed a new rule that would mandate that truck drivers get tested for the condition.

Better safety features on vehicles good for older drivers

Seniors in Georgia might be more likely to retain their independence as drivers in the years ahead as safety technology in motor vehicles improves and becomes more widespread. It is predicted that by 2030, 54 million people in the country will be over age 70. In 2014, that age group made up 31 million people.

Rule mandating 30-minute breaks will stand

Thirty-minute breaks will continue to be required for truck drivers in Georgia and around the country. In August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration denied a petition to lift the break requirement. The 30-minute break rule was instituted in July 2013, and it requires that drivers take at least that much time off during the first eight hours of service each day.

Car Accident Deaths Spiral Out Of Control

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 32,744 deaths in traffic accidents in 2014. The NHTSA and the Department of Transportation are now reporting that traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent last year to a total of 35,092. That is the largest year-over-year increase since 1966. The National Safety Council reports that the first 6 months of 2016 have seen another increase. The NSC projects that the total fatalities in 2016 will be 9 percent higher than 2015. This alarming two-year trend has safety experts searching for new methods to improve auto safety.

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