The Voice of a Crash Victim

The Voice of a Crash Victim

April, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The most important challenge we face is how do we help get the voices of victims heard and heeded!

Marianne Karth’s latest post:

“We can do better than continue to put our heads in the sand and think that these horrific, preventable, tragic deaths will go away by handling these problems the same old way.

What is being done now to address traffic safety issues is just not working: Senate Prepares To Make Truck Safety Even Worse, Advocates Warn
If you could walk in my shoes (and those of the hundreds of thousands of other Americans who have lost loved ones this way) and bear the unnecessary grief on a daily basis, then you might be able to understand the frustration of knowing that something better could be done about this–but ISN’T.

Are you listening, Congress, everyone involved in the trucking industry and traffic safety advocacy, and especially, right now, President Obama?!

Life & Death Traffic Safety Problems Deserve Proper Treatment: Not Political Tug-of-War Game!”


NHTSA Revolving Door Spins in DC for Self-Driving Cars

NHTSA Revolving Door Spins in DC for Self-Driving Cars

April, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

As I just read in the Introduction to the new book “Nation on the Take”:

“In 1974, around 3 percent of former members (of Congress) became lobbyists.  Now, half of them pass through Washington’s “Revolving Door” … As the NY Times’s Mark Leibovich observed: “In some sense [they are] living proof of the thing that most voters loathe about Washington: the notion that membership in its political class guarantees a win-for-life lottery ticket.”

Now we read a new lobby group has been formed with David Strickland, former NHTSA Administrator and former Senate Staffer as spokesman:Insurance Journal - Property Casualty Industry News

Google, Ridesharing Firms, Automakers Form Lobby Group for Self-Driving Cars

A group of companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Ford Motor Co. and Uber Technologies Inc., are forming a coalition to advocate for safety regulations for self-driving cars and to bring them to American roads.
The group, which also includes Volvo Cars and Lyft Inc., aims to work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to “realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles,” according to a statement Tuesday.
Self-driving cars will make roads in the U.S. safer and less congested, according to the group, but “one clear set of federal standards” is needed to help facilitate bringing the cars to market. One of the group’s first tasks will be to work with civic organizations, municipalities and businesses to accomplish that goal, according to the statement.
“Fully autonomous vehicles will help people travel more safely and efficiently, as well as facilitate mobility for those currently unable to drive,” Ford said in a separate statement.
David Strickland, a former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will serve as the coalition’s counsel and spokesman.”

See Strickland smiling in recent photo (seated far left) with other former NHTSA Administrators attached.



Nader To Hold Conference on “Breaking Through Power”

Nader To Hold Conference on “Breaking Through Power”

April, 2016

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

To help us all be more effective citizens, Nader is holding a series of meetings in Washington, DC this May.

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed, the Center for Study of Responsive Law announces four days of civic mobilization at Constitution Hall inWashington, D.C. on May 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2016. Unsafe at Any Speed unleashed fresh energies and sparked the creation of numerous advocacy organizations leading to major consumer, environmental and worker safety protections.

The theme of this citizen mobilization will be elaborating ways to break through power to secure long-overdue democratic solutions made possible by a new muscular civic nexus between local communities and Washington, D.C. On these four days, speakers will present innovative ideas and strategies designed to take existing civic groups to higher levels of effectiveness.

This “Civic Mobilization” will involve thousands of people at Constitution Hall and around the country and connect long-available knowledge to long-neglected action for the necessities and aspirations of people from all backgrounds. Many of the presentations will feature reforms and redirections for the common good enjoy Left/Right support.

Breaking Through Power: How it’s Done—May 23, 2016 will feature presentations by seventeen citizen advocacy groups.

Breaking Through Power: The Media—May 24, 2016, brings together also for the first time a large gathering of authors, documentary filmmakers, reporters, columnists, musicians, poets and editorial cartoonists.

Breaking Through Power: War—May 25, 2016 is dedicated to enhancing the waging of peace over the waging of war. We will assemble leading scholars having military and national security backgrounds, veterans groups such as Veterans for Peace, and long-time peace advocacy associations, to explain how peace is more powerful than war.

Breaking Through Power: Congress—May 26, 2016 will unveil a new Civic Agenda to be advanced by engaged and enraged citizens in each Congressional district.

Conference ogranizers will create several new organizations. One such group will work to open up the commercial media, which use the public airwaves free of charge, to serious content. Another will facilitate action by retired military, national security and diplomatic officials who want to deter unconstitutional and unlawful plunges into wars that lead to calamitous and costly blowbacks.

SOURCE Center for Study of Responsive Law


Having watched, learned from, and been inspired by Nader for 50 years, I believe this will be an important initiative to help us all improve our government to build a Safer America.

As written in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


PS  Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.  Look up Ralph Nader Presents Breaking Through Power.  There is a 4 day series package.  


MD House Votes To Keep Consumers In the Dark and in Danger

MD House Votes To Keep Consumers In the Dark and in Danger

April, 2016

D Senate to strengthen the bill to better protect consumers.

“The bill would sharply limit our ability to share with our customers the information about defects the manufacturers share with us in service bulletins, warranty updates, and other communications,” notes Jack Fitzgerald, the president of Fitzgerald Auto Malls who has run a string of car dealerships in Maryland, Pennsylvania, andFlorida for 50 years. 

“It’s absurd for Maryland law to prevent us from telling our customers about information that Congress and NHTSA say should be public. That’s a terrible disservice to the people who rely on us to sell and service their cars,” Mr. Fitzgerald argues.

On March 26, NHTSA published new rules in the Federal Register to enforce the MAP-21 law Congress passed in 2012. The rules insist that all communications from car manufacturers to dealers about safety and defect issues must be shared with federal safety regulators and made available to the public on NHTSA’s website. The bill the Maryland House passed would, in most cases, prevent dealers from disclosing that same information to their customers.

You can read the full regulation here:

House Bill 525 would allow dealers to share such information only if a customer comes in for service and asks about a problem mentioned in a service bulletin or if the dealer confirms that a car in its service shop has that problem.

“Under these rules, if you go to Jiffy Lube to get your car serviced instead of the dealer, you probably won’t find out about important safety information your dealer has,” Consumer Auto Executive Director Franz Schneiderman notes. “Or if you take your car to the dealer but don’t ask the right question or the dealer doesn’t happen to notice the problem, you probably won’t find out – unless you happen to search for it on the little-known NHTSA site.”

“That leaves too many drivers exposed to dangerous and sometimes deadly defects and deprives consumers of information about problems that could become very expensive repairs years later,” says Schneiderman.

Few people understand more vividly how dangerous unknown defects can be than Laura Christian, the birth-mother of a 16-year old girl named Amber Marie Rose who died in a 2005 accident caused an ignition switch failure in her new Chevy Cobalt. Her daughter was one of at least 124 people who died due to a defect that GM told dealers about in a technical service bulletin in Dec. 2005, but didn’t fully disclose to the public until it began recalling more than 2 million dangerous vehicles in Feb. 2014.

Ms. Christian, who has worked for the last decade to win justice for Amber and other victims of the GM defect and testified before the MD Assembly calling for much stronger safety disclosures, believes the Assembly needs to do much better for defect victims and other Maryland drivers.

“Drivers need someone to make an effort to let them know about defects,” Christian says. “The House bill preserves way too many restrictions on the safety information dealers can share, and will leave too many Marylanders in the dark and in danger from defects the manufacturers haven’t made public.”

Consumer Auto and other consumer advocates are working with the MD Senate to amend the House bill to enable dealers to disclose all the safety and defect information they get from car manufacturers to all their sales and service customers.

“There’s just no justification for keeping that information from the customers who need it most,” states Mr. Fitzgerald. “Dealers need to be able to stand up for the safety of their customers, and we won’t stop working until Maryland’s law allows us to do that.”

Consumer Auto is a coalition of advocates, consumers and people in the auto industry working for consumer safety and greater fairness and transparency in car sales. You can learn more”


More evidence that it is the corruption, stupid – widespread.  See