NHTSA Fails to Stop Vehicle Deaths by Keyless Ignition Switches

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The NY Times reports:

“Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, pressed Ms. King to treat the lack of such features as a design flaw, to complete the rule-making process and to raise awareness about the problem. “It’s potentially fixed very easily, virtually costlessly,” he said.

But Ms. King, the agency’s deputy administrator since late last year, agreed only to call attention to the issue, indicating that she needed more information. She noted that “research performed to date suggests a number of causes” for carbon-monoxide poisoning in homes and that deaths in such cases were generally not reported to her agency….

“The agency later concluded the investigation without taking action. Sean Kane, an auto-safety advocate who has tracked the regulator’s investigations and policies for 25 years, said the failure to pursue the inquiry was a crucial missed opportunity to address hazards linked to keyless-ignition vehicles, including carbon-monoxide poisoning.”

See
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/16/business/carbon-monoxide-keyless-cars.html

How many more preventable deaths and injuries due to vehicle violence must we suffer?

Lou Lombardo

Proposed Loophole Protects Corporations Building Autonomous Vehicles – Not People

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community:

CNN reports:

“People riding in selfdriving cars that crash could find themselves unable to hold the manufacturer accountable if legislation currently pending on Capitol Hill is passed, consumer advocates warn.

They caution that the legislation under consideration in the Senate benefits big tech and car companies at the expense of average Americans.”

Nader warns:

“Going back 50 years, I’ve never seen a more brazen attempt to escape the rule of safety law, and the role of the courts to be accessible to their victims,” longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader told CNN. “With their unproven, secretive technology that’s fully hackable, the autonomous vehicleindustry wants to close the door on federal safety protection and close the door to the court room.”

“The largest players in the selfdriving car industry, Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Ford, Zoox, Toyota, Tesla, Uber and Lyft, all declined to comment for this story. The SelfDriving Coalition for Safer Streets, an industry lobbying group, also declined to comment.” 

Five (only 5 so far) U.S. Senators all Democrats have written in favor of safety and justice for people that will be injured in self driving vehicles.

Justice for Burn Death of Child in a Jeep

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Legal Reader has published an article that I submitted pro bono on the litigation seeking justice for the death of Remi Walden six years ago , just decided by the Georgia Supreme Court.

The article briefly describes the tragedy followed by efforts of the Center for Auto Safety and a team of Trial Lawyers led by James E. Butler, Jr. to produce Justice for the family and end such vehicle violence for all of us.

See it at https://www.legalreader.com/justice-burn-death-child-jeep/

Not until many more of us know of these tragedies and the legal and political battles won and battles lost will enough of us become active to end such vehicle violence.

An educational and inspirational talk at La Verne University by Ralph Nader gives us the information we need to learn how we can advance our own safety and happiness through Justice.  Watch it on YouTube (in 3 Parts) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sntBXOFP7Kk

Covering Up the VW Diesel Scandal

Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:

Legal Reader has published an article on this deadly scandal.  See https://www.legalreader.com/covering-up-vw-diesel-scandal/

The article by Jack Ewing of the NY Times reports on deceptively rigged research funded by auto companies that forced monkeys to breathe automotive diesel exhaust gases.  The testing was rigged so that exhaust gases during the test were controlled to much lower levels than produced during road use.

In the article I include a 1975 EPA Report showing an oil Industry effort to similarly deceive with “scientific” experiments forcing monkeys to breathe nitrogen oxide pollutants.

Since 1975 Americans have been forced to breathe more automotive pollutants than they would have if the laws had been properly complied with.  The result is more early deaths due to air pollutants.

Under just the first year of the Trump Administration an estimated 55,000 people have suffered early deaths due to automotive air pollutants.

What government and industry do and don’t do can make important differences to the safety of the public.

Lou Lombardo

Republican Racketeers – Violent Roots of Republican Policies

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Kleptocrats are now running government in Washington.  What are we the people to do to protect ourselves?

We have reached the point in history when we must ask the existential question “To be or not to be?”

MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has labeled the Republican Party “the most dangerous organization in world history”.

Legal Reader has kindly published a pro bono article I submitted on this subject.  https://www.legalreader.com/republican-racketeers-violent-policies/

 
The footnotes are live links to documents that were the basis of the article.  In particular see interview of Prof. Chomsky at
Can we look to the legal profession?  Will Blue State Attorneys General step up to the need for legal remedies?
 

The NY Times’ Danny Hakim reports on the efforts of one such AG at

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/nyregion/eric-schneiderman-attorney-general-new-york.html

Please see the NY Times article’s “Most Recommended” comments. 

“N. Smith

New York City 2 days ago

This is nothing new. Eric Schneiderman set himself on a collision course against Donald Trump when he first set his eyes on the questionable charitable activities of the Trump Foundation during the course of the presidential campaign.
It would only be a matter of time before one thing lead to another — as anyone familiar with Trump’s business practices would be quick to tell you.
By reaching this recent “milestone”, the New York Attorney General remains one of the strongest of lone voices in the wilderness.
Thank you, Mr. Schneiderman. Well done, Sir.

Alden

Kansas 2 days ago

Anything anyone can do to divest our country from the horrid menace in the White House is welcome. In addition, a national movement to vote against any politician running as a Republican should begin now. The Republican Party is a bottom feeding organization. Our democracy is threatened as never before by self serving Republican politicians who are putting their personal financial interests ahead of their constitutional oath. It is time to wash the Republican stain from the halls of Congress.”

What will readers do?

 
Lou Lombardo

Voices of Victims: New Hope for Victims of Violence

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

At one of the darkest hours for Americans in decades, there comes a breakthrough in ways for citizens to politically fight for safety.

We, the people, now have a new organizing tool to help end vehicle violence. And it can be used to help end many types of violence too.

Legal Reader has published an article I submitted, pro bono, on this tool to empower victims to share their stories and organize for more effective advocacy.

This citizen breakthrough enables people to join forces to advance safety from many types of violence. Please read about what one crash victim, Marianne Karth, has created for us all.

Voices of Victims: New Hope for Victims of Violence

Lou Lombardo–