Termination came to Ames bus driver involved in deadly accident

After several months of being placed on administrative leave, a bus driver in the City of Ames, Iowa was recently terminated from his post due to his involvement in a fatal accident that he failed to report, a November 26 article of Omaha World-Herald reported.

An attorney representing Ames City confirmed that the 24-year-old bus driver had been terminated by the city on November 22. Before the driver was terminated, he was still receiving pay from his employer CyRide, which is funded by the city government. The driver, in December, had been involved in a pedestrian mishap that killed a female student of Iowa State University. Reports said the driver spent 30 days in jail after pleading guilty of failing to report an accident with a fatality. The city explained that it took them time before terminating the driver to avoid being sued for illegal termination.



Mazda sports cars recalled in the US

About 70,000 previous models of Mazda sports cars are being recalled by the manufacturer to address a problem that could cause the vehicles to catch fire if a fuel leak is ignited during operation, an article of Reuters stated on November 15.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 15 stated that a fuel leak may occur because the “pump sealing rings” of the 2004-2008 models of RX-8 sports vehicles. The affected vehicles reportedly could catch fire if the leaking fuel is ignited. The NHTSA told reports that the leaking may take place if the pump sealing rings are exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust pipe or engine. Mazda said that neither accidents nor injuries involving the affected sports cars were reported before the recall. Dealers are expected to change the affected pump component in the vehicle at no cost.

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Manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles required to install sound device

Federal authorities passed a new law requiring vehicle manufacturers to install an “audible alert” on their electric and hybrid vehicles to promote pedestrian safety, an article from the NHTSA reported on November 14.

Reports said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to improve pedestrian safety, especially for those who are visually impaired, by requiring electric and hybrid vehicles to have an easily detectable sound device. Blind pedestrians and pedestrians who have poor eyesight are expected to benefit most from the rule. The new rule was approved because electric and hybrid vehicles are much quieter than fuel-powered vehicles. Ideally, the regulation will further reduce the number of pedestrian accidents, currently 2,400, which occur every year. The NHTSA set a deadline of September 2019 for manufacturers to complete installation of a sound device. According to the NHTSA’s Mark Rosekind, an audible alert is a “common-sense tool” that could help pedestrians navigating the road.

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NHTSA link faulty Takata airbag to fatal accident

A November 3 article of Fortune revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is linking defective Takata airbags to a recent vehicular accident in California that resulted in a fatality.

Information coming from the NHTSA revealed a woman, identified only as a 50-year-old in Riverside County, was riding in a Honda vehicle that was part of an investigation regarding exploding airbags. A spokesperson for the NHTSA recently expressed concern that automakers, including Honda, are reluctant to replace all the faulty airbags in their vehicles. In the U.S. alone, the hazardous airbags were associated with 11 fatalities. Takata agreed to recall their airbags after federal authorities discovered they could cause serious harm to vehicle occupants if the airbags burst. Namely, the airbags are liable to shoot metal bits from a broken inflator.

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