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A Brief History of Auto Recalls: The Explosive Ford Pinto

Over the last several decades, auto manufacturers have recalled millions of vehicles for defects. One of the most widely known auto recalls in American history involved the Ford Pinto (specifically models developed between 1971 and 1976). This blog will run you through the history of the Ford Pinto recall and how to ensure your vehicle is safe for use. The Ford Pinto recall is not one of the largest in American history, but it is one of the scariest. Ford’s Pinto was designed in a way that positioned the fuel tank behind the rear axle and directly in front of the rear bumper. In addition, the fuel tank was positioned next to various bolts from nearby brackets. When Ford Pintos were involved in car accidents, the fuel tank could rupture or be punctured, causing fuel leaks that led to explosions and fires. Ford knew about these dangers before releasing the…
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The Danger Hiding Beneath Offshore Oil Rigs

Federal regulators with the Department of the Interior are investigating potentially defective bolts used on blowout preventers and other subsea equipment. According to an Interior Department investigation, the bolts are prone to corroding and snapping. If these bolts were to fail, it may cause another massive oil leak. Unfortunately, the problems discussed in the investigation involve many oil rigs used in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent history tells us that leaks can also cause oil rig explosions, putting workers in danger. For those who don’t remember, the Deepwater Horizon disaster was linked to failed blowout preventers. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon suffered an explosion, killing 11 workers. The Interior Department began an investigation into the defective bolts after General Electric issued a recall three years ago. However, regulators have discovered that the defective bolts involve two other companies. Investigators also believe subcontractors excessively tightening the fasteners could be…
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Do You Plan On Riding This Summer? Make Sure to Stay Visible

During the last few months, we have discussed how riders can take steps to prevent motorcycle accidents. More can be said about the importance of increasing your visibility to other motorists. This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of motorcycle safety, as motorists may have problems spotting you while riding. If you plan on riding this summer, these tips may help increase your visibility to other motorists. Clothing: Bright clothing can help you stand out during the night and day. Helmets, jackets, gloves and pants are sold in bright colors. Some experienced riders may suggest neon-colored gear works best to achieve this goal. Reflective tape: Reflective tape is most useful while riding at night, because it reflects headlights and taillights from other vehicles. Another benefit of reflective tape is that you can use it almost anywhere, including helmets, jackets, windscreens, and other pieces of clothing. Buy a colorful…
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