Chrysler and Ford recall more vehicles for dangerous defects

Automotive giants recalling millions of their automobiles to fix life-threatening defects have become the norm this year. Now, Chrysler and Ford have announced even more recalls relating to problems with airbags, door latches and electric windows. The defects allegedly have not resulted in any known injuries or fatalities, according to the manufacturers. Hopefully, all vehicle owners in Massachusetts will be proactive about reporting to the dealership to get these potentially dangerous problems fixed before they are involved in a car accident. These most recent recalls will affect hundreds of thousands of automobiles. Ford’s recall involves over 750,000 C-Max and Escape Continue Reading

U.S. traffic fatalities on the rise for first time since 2005

It’s the end of a trend Massachusetts drivers and pedestrians would probably like to have seen continue, but after 7 years of declines, the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. increased in 2012.Motor vehicle accident deaths rose 3.3 percent nationwide for a total of 33,561 on the year. That meant an average of 91 people killed on roadways every day as calculated by AOL Autos from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. Injuries rose during 2012 as well. In what the NHTSA said was the first “statistically significant” increase in people hurt in traffic accidents in 17 years, more Continue Reading

Allstate releases results of safest cities survey

The Allstate Corporation, which insures approximately 10 percent of the nation’s motorists, conducted a survey over a two-year period to find out which part of America has the best drivers. The company looked at accident claims in 200 of the country’s largest cities in the years 2011 and 2012. Massachusetts residents may find the results of the survey, released in the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report, interesting. The survey found that the drivers least likely to be involved in an accident reside in Fort Collins, Colorado. On average, they are involved in a car accident once every 13.9 years. On Continue Reading

Man injured in motor vehicle accident at pizza eatery

A driver has been cited in a crash that injured a patron inside Papa Gino’s pizza restaurant. The allegedly negligent driver is a 73-year-old Massachusetts resident who left the roadway following a rear-end collision with another auto. The driver reportedly attempted to hit the brakes in his Ford F-150, and a Brockton police sergeant followed up by stating that the driver appeared to have instead pressed the accelerator. The scene of the motor vehicle accident was the 600 block of Crescent Street in Brockton’s east side on a Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported from the initial car accident. The Continue Reading