Toyota Camry Regains Consumer Reports’ Favor After Crash Tests
(GM) s minicar Chevrolet Spark, were named top safety picks. Small Overlap There are a few automakers who are really leading the charge, IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a phone interview. Theyre way out in front. This is more about front-runners than laggards. The institute in 2012 started adding a so-called small-overlap front crash test, simulating a collision at 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) in which the drivers side corner strikes another vehicle or an immobile object such as a tree. Since the tests inception, automakers that market on safety have redesigned models including Hondas Odyssey minivan to get a top rating in the test. What youre seeing is that the introduction of front-crash prevention systems is a relatively recent phenomenon as is our introduction of the small-overlap front crash test, Lund said. There are a lot of makes out there that arent doing well in both of those categories. Sole Minivan The Odyssey is the only minivan among the 22 winners of the top score.
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The magazine, based in Yonkers, New York, excluded Camry in October after the 2013 model sedan received a poor rating in a new front-end test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2014 Camry with a strengthened frame received an acceptable rating when retested, prompting Arlington, Virginia-based IIHS to give Camrys built after November its second-highest total rating in a report released today. The Consumer Reports recommendation is certainly a big thing for Toyota, said Jake Fisher, the magazines director of automotive testing, in a phone interview. Fisher said he wasnt aware of any vehicle returning to the recommended list faster than Camry. Twenty-two passenger vehicles, only two of them from a U.S. manufacturer, won the insurance groups highest rating of top safety pick plus, after the new testing designed to prod automakers to improve protection in one of the deadliest types of front-end crashes. Ford Motor Co. ( F:US )s Fusion and Lincoln MKZ are the only vehicles from U.S.-based automakers on the list. Honda Motor Co., including its Acura brand, had the most top picks with six. Another 17 vehicles, including the Camry and General Motors Co. ( GM:US )s minicar Chevrolet Spark, were named top safety picks. Small Overlap There are a few automakers who are really leading the charge, IIHS President Adrian Lund said in a phone interview.
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COPS: Drunk Driver Bought Six-Pack Moments After Causing Seven-Car Accident
30 crash also killed the driver, Walkers friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they wont firm up that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriffs office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
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‘Speed Alone’ Caused Paul Walker Crash, According to Investigation
According to witnesses, he then marched over to a nearby Chevron station, bought a six-pack of beer, and quickly downed one. The accident occurred on Monday at 11 PM on the heavily trafficked Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, just north of L.A. According to detectives, they have surveillance video that shows the man buying beer. Jeffery Sherman, who survived the crash uninjured, said about the driver of the Taurus, “He bought a six-pack of beer and drank one really fast.” The Chevron cashier also told NBC, He went over there, picked up beer — a six-pack — threw money on the counter and left.” Sherman said he was told that some suspects may imbibe alcohol after an accident if they had been drinking before the accident to create reasonable doubt for subsequent legal action. The woman who died at the scene was driving a Saturn Ion that was decimated on impact. Her neck looked like it broke, according to Sherman. A second person also was injured in the crash and investigators shut down a portion of Ventura Boulevard to explore the wreckage. “I just hope people won’t drink and do drugs and get behind the wheel of a car,” Sherman begged.”…Or text, or anything that takes your mind off when you’re driving. Just drive.” Police said they do not know if alcohol was a factor in the accident but said that speed definitely played a role.
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Car, tractor-trailer crash in Bethel Township; man injured
when he came upon the tractor-trailer that, according to witnesses, was making a U-turn. The car crashed into the trailer, part of which was in the southbound lane, and became wedged underneath it near the rear wheels. Firefighters freed the man, and he was flown by Life Lion helicopter to the Hershey Medical Center. His condition was not available Thursday night because state police, who are investigating the crash, have not yet released his name. Other information about the crash also was not available from police Thursday night. A couple who live next door to where the accident occurred were watching television when they heard a loud bang. The woman, who gave only her first name, Ann, said there was a small fire in the car and her husband used a fire extinguisher to put it out. She said the truck driver appeared to have made a U-turn in the yard.
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