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When should car manufactures issue a recall?

Many people rely on their cars on a day-to-day basis. With such frequent use, it's easy to forget that cars are complex pieces of equipment. A single part of a car can take a manufacturer years to develop. Part of the reason that people do not often think of cars as dangerous machines is because they are supposed to be safe for consumers. People expect that when they get into their cars that they are going to work correctly. Missouri residents might expect a car's danger to come from other drivers; but, all too often, the danger comes from within the car.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 390 million cars, trucks and other motor vehicles have been subject to a recall since 1996. That year, the NHTSA was given the authority to recall unsafe vehicles under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Many Missouri residents may wonder -- under what circumstances should a car be recalled?

The universal helmet law

Missouri is a beautiful state. One way to enjoy the state's beauty is by driving throughout the state. While a car can provide some enjoyment, for many people, a motorcycle provides the ultimate joyride. In addition to the exhilarating ride, motorcycles help riders save on gas and are generally economical to maintain.

These benefits of motorcycles, however, come at a cost -- fewer safety features. Motorcycles do not provide the same level of safety offered to car passengers. Additionally, these vehicles are smaller than most motor vehicles, making them an easier target on the roadways.

Who can be held responsible for a truck accident?

When traveling down a Missouri highway, it would be unusual not to see a large commercial vehicle. These trucks provide important services throughout the state -- everything from hauling construction materials and food to exporting goods is done by commercial vehicles. Many times, however, these commercial vehicles can make other drivers nervous. People are well aware of the dangers created by these large trucks.

When a truck accident occurs, people may be left with large financial challenges. They may be looking for compensation for these injuries and not know where to turn. People may ask -- who can be held responsible for truck accidents in Missouri.

What is distracted versus reckless driving in Missouri?

Although the safety features of motor vehicles continue to improve, car accidents injure thousands and claim the lives of thousands more every year. Most car accidents are completely avoidable with at least one of the drivers involved to blame. A growing number of accidents are being caused by distracted drivers who may be acting recklessly.

A distracted driver is anyone who is driving while being distracted. A distraction can be anything from changing the radio to sending text messages. While most distractions today involve technology, eating while driving or doing one's hair are common distractions that occur daily. Today almost 80 percent of all car accidents involved some form of distracted driving. With more than 27 percent of fatal crashes happening to drivers in their 20s, distracted driving is an issue that is increasingly affecting the younger generation.

The importance of yielding the right of way

Driving is a relatively dangerous activity regardless of how safely one drives. Because driving is so dangerous, there are many rules that drivers must learn and apply whenever they take to the roadways. There are many rules of the road spelled out in Missouri state law. All drivers should know that a red light means stop and a green light means go, but not everyone remembers the finer points like how many feet one should maintain between cars or how much room is required to enter the lane in front of someone.

A very important rule that many people either ignore or don't follow involves yielding to others. According to a recent Missouri State Highway Patrol report, more than 15 percent of collisions are caused by a driver who failed to yield. A failure to yield can result in a ticket of more than $100 for a first time offense.

Smoke filled subway train leaves one dead

Passengers on public transportation systems put a lot of faith into not only the drivers who transport them back and forth, but also in the equipment that is used. With most passengers having no experience repairing trains, buses or subways, they are left at the mercy of others when there is a breakdown. Most breakdowns result in little more than a delay for passengers, but sometimes it can be deadly.

Shortly after pulling out of the station, a train in Washington, D.C., grated to a stop while a foul smelling black smoke filled the station and the train cars. In one of the stopped trains a woman died from smoke inhalation. More than 80 others were sent to the hospital due to smoke inhalation, with over a fourth remaining a day later. It is now known that an electrical malfunction caused the smoke, but there are still many unanswered questions. Although the woman's death is the first since a 2009 railway accident, passengers are questioning the effectiveness of the response to the accident.

Man finds surprise in arm from 1964 car accident

The effects of an accident can stay with those involved for months, years and, in some cases, a lifetime. Many times, the physical injuries heal first, leaving a victim to deal with the psychological trauma of being involved in a serious accident, which can leave a person scared to even get back in a motor vehicle.

A 75-year-old man recently had a 51-year-old memory removed from his arm. In 1964, the man in question was involved in a serious car accident when he crashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. The accident resulted in the man suffering a broken hip, among other injuries. Fast forward five decades and as the man is moving concrete blocks, his arm starts to hurt in the area where a prior x-ray had shown a slender object lodged. After his arm started to bulge, the man decided to undergo surgery to remove the object; the nature of the object turned out to be a surprise to all. The successful surgery removed what turned out to be seven inches of the left turn signal from his 1963 Thunderbird, a memento of the crash that had been overlooked by doctors at the time.

Is Missouri road rage negligence?

Driving in Missouri can be one of the more frustrating tasks in any person's day. A daily drive can expose a driver to anything from long waits in traffic to near collisions with other drivers. Most people are able to handle the stress of the roadways with little problem, while others fly into fits of road rage. Although statistics are hard to come by, road rage is a growing problem in the U.S. as more drivers take to the roadways.

Car accident claims Missouri family days before Christmas

There are car accidents in Missouri every day. Some accidents leave barely a scratch on the vehicle and person, but others destroy lives in the same instance. For some, the holiday season will forever be a reminder of the auto accident that took the lives of their loved one. For them, the season is nothing more than a reminder of what they have lost.

A Missouri 2-year-old and his father are dead after a tragic car accident, days before Christmas. The Missouri family was on their way home from a trip to Dallas when their Ford Escape, driving by the man's wife, was rear ended.

Defective air bag recall expands nationally

Over the last few decades, automobiles in the United States, including Missouri, routinely become safer. Drivers and passengers alike can attribute the feeling of security they have, while inside of motor vehicles, to inventions, such as anti-lock brakes, crash cages, automotive design and air bags. These are but a few of the innovations that make the daily drive to work safer. But, these safety devices are only as good as companies make them, meaning, sometimes, the very devices meant to keep people safe can cause them harm.

Ford has expanded the recall of cars equipped with Takata air bags with inflators. The majority of air bags were installed in older model Mustangs made during the period between 2005 and 2008. The recall started when it was discovered that the defective air bags could explode hitting passengers with shrapnel. It was believed that the issue was contained to warmer areas with humid climates, but an airbag explosion outside of the original regional recall forced automakers, and the government to reconsider the scope of the initial recall.

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