Consumers Buying More White Cars and Greater Safety


Consumers Buying More White Cars and Greater Safety

November 5, 2013

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

It is that time of the year in the U.S. when days are getting shorter with less hours of daylight.

 

For years I have been trying to give consumers “hard to find” info on improving their safety by increasing their visibility at no added cost. Research has found that white cars are safer by about 10%.

See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-wishes.php

 

Pedestrians can be safer too by being brighter.

See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/besafe.php

 

So it is welcome news that I have just received from the Washington Auto Press Association and Matthew Keegan that PPG has found that White is now the most popular color for new cars.

 

“According to PPG’s global data, white ranked first (up 3 percent from last year to 25 percent) and silver and black tied for second (18 percent each)…. In North America, white remains most popular (21 percent), followed by black (19 percent), gray (17 percent), and silver (15 percent).”

 

See http://www.ppg.com/en/newsroom/news/Pages/20131024A.aspxhttp://www.autotrends.org/2013/10/28/white-remains-top-color-choice-new-cars/

 

Get the Safety Word Out

Imagine if the media would get the safety word out to consumers to increase safer choices in car color. You might think the media would want to give their audience life saving information.

 

Imagine Consumer Reports and IIHS spreading the free 10% safety improvement available to consumers by wise color choices.

 

Imagine NHTSA publicizing a 10% improvement in safety with a no cost wiser color choice by consumers.

 

If these get-the-safety-word out actions don’t happen, ask yourselves “Why not?”

And would it not be good if auto companies would specify greater reflective qualities in their paints to increase night time visibility?

 

Here’s hoping for a brighter future for fewer crash deaths and serious injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

West VA Freedom Industries: Trying to Build a Safer America While Lobbyists Build an Unsafer America


West VA Freedom Industries: Trying to Build a Safer America While Lobbyists Build an Unsafer America

January, 2014

Dear All,

When I came to Washington in 1966 I had my first encounter with a pollution lobbyist.

 

See film on Pollution and my comments at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd6I36UQWcc

 

Then think of the people of West VA and Americans everywhere who get their water from rivers.

 

Here’s to our health and safety.

 

Victims Voices Bringing Us Closer To Achieving Vision Zero Crash Deaths in a Decade


Victims Voices Bringing Us Closer To Achieving Vision Zero Crash Deaths in a Decade

May, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

 

An excellent article by crash victims was published in the NY Times.

See http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/nyregion/how-being-hit-by-a-vehicle-changed-times-colleagues-lives.html

 

Voices of crash victims desperately need to be heard and heeded if we are to accelerate progress toward achieving Vision Zero Crash Deaths and Serious Injuries in a decade.

 

When I started at NHTSA under Joan Claybrook, I had the privilege of beginning study of effects of crash injuries on families. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/effects-on-families.php

 

Reagan stopped that line of inquiry at NHTSA in 1982 along with reducing the agency by 33% (300 people). NHTSA today, after more than 1.5 million more crash deaths, is still operating at that reduced level and under greater industry influence.

 

These voices are eloquently joining other citizen efforts to achieve Vision Zero. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-lessons.php and for growing political interest and possibilities see https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-progressive.php and for even some positive action by NHTSA on pedestrian protection see https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-praise.php

 

Greater voices = greater choices for building a safer America.

 

Imagine the mapping that appears in the NY Times article extended across the nation by State and Congressional district. This can be done. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/CrashDeathMappingTools.php

 

As for detailed information on consequences of leg and foot injuries see https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/assets/CIREN3.pdf

Thanks to the NY Times, crash victim authors, citizen activists, and Mayor de Blasio for his leadership in setting a Vision Zero goal for NYC. Now we need such leadership for a national Vision Zero goal.

Secretary Foxx and NHTSA Continue Driving Under the Influence of GM


Secretary Foxx and NHTSA Continue Driving Under the Influence of GM

May, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

 

Bloomberg reports:

“U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said there’s no reason for General Motors Co. (GM) to pull cars affected by its ignition-switch recall off the road while waiting for new parts to be available.

 

Foxx said in a May 6 letter to lawmakers that he’s satisfied GM has limited safety risk by advising customers of precautions to take until their cars are repaired.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined the geometry and physics of the cars’ keys, ignition switches and steering columns, Foxx said. Regulators evaluated GM’s testing of cars driven with a single ignition key under different road conditions and believe they’re safe, he said.

 

“NHTSA is satisfied that for now, until the permanent remedy is applied, the safety risk posed by the defect in affected vehicles is sufficiently mitigated,” Foxx said in the letter to Senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.”

 

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-07/no-need-to-park-gm-s-recalled-cars-foxx-tells-senators.html

 

This raises questions of who in NHTSA provided this advice? Was anyone at NHTSA involved that previously worked for GM or another auto company? Or reported to someone who previously did so? Or is hopeful of future corporate rewards? The evidence is growing that

 

NHTSA has been driving under the influence of GM since 2001.

See: https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog-lastdecade.php

 

When NHTSA won’t even issue a public safety advisory, what is the public to do? As Nader recently said about his new book

 

Unstoppable” politicians need to hear the rumble of the people.

 

Listen to his eloquent lecture at:

http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/live_at_politics/2014/05/ralph_nader_unstoppable_the_activist_discusses_his_new_book.html

The media has a role here to inform motorists to protect themselves, because, sadly, the present DOT NHTSA management won’t.

Revolving Door Problem at DOT, NHTSA, and Other Regulatory Agencies Examined


Revolving Door Problem at DOT, NHTSA, and Other Regulatory Agencies Examined

January, 2014

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The LA Times has looked at the Revolving Door problem and asked a most important question of life or death or disability or freedom from harm. “what’s the ordinary person to do?”

 

“Government can’t pay young staff members or even top officials enough to keep them from seeking higher salaries in the private sector. Only oversight by a Congress and president truly devoted to the public interest, not commercial interests, can keep regulatory agencies focused on the people’s business.

But when business gets its say on Capitol Hill and the White House too, what’s the ordinary person to do?”

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20140126,0,1425489.column#ixzz2rXH9c6sH

 

As shown in the 2011 crash death data below, there are many reasons each year for the people of LA as well as all Americans to be concerned with the Revolving Door at DOT & NHTSA.

 

 

We can and must do better protecting Americans from harm – deaths and serious injuries in crashes. These statistics are only crash deaths. In addition, there are about 4 serious crash injuries that occur for each crash death.