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May 2017 Archives

FAA officially orders certain seats removed from smaller planes

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a proposed action last year to remove a certain type of seat from smaller, regional jets. The reason is that the seats have a defect that can turn an otherwise survivable crash into a tragedy. The agency has just announced it has made that action final.

Drunk driver critically injures bicyclist near Seward Highway

A woman is facing drunk driving charges after she crashed into a bicyclist near Seward Highway on May 15. The accident resulted in severe injuries for the bicyclist. While the driver has been charged with drunk driving and assault, the cyclist was riding against traffic, which is against the law and unsafe.

Research: Pedestrian deaths up, especially among poor, minorities

"There are a number of these urban boulevards that were designed in the '50s and things were different then. Everyone was in a car," says a spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration. "Over the last 30 years there has been a change in that, with more people walking and running."

Over 1.25 million Ram pickups recalled for bad software code

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has announced a recall of 1.02 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks in the U.S. and 259,205 elsewhere. The reason? If an affected vehicle gets into a specific, rare type of collision, bad code could disable the side air bags and seatbelt pretensioners, making the crash much more dangerous.

Surfers blame Rip Curl for dangerous boat, incompetent crew

It was a two-week outing on a charter boat with broken bilge pumps, no working emergency equipment and an incompetent captain. According to eight top surfers, a $30,000 trip with Rip Curl surf clothing went dangerously wrong. When the ship went down, they were left drifting for hours in the Indian Ocean while the captain abandoned them.

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