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Federal Regulation Saves Millions of Lives

by Ralph Nader September 9, 2016 Fifty years ago this month (on September 9, 1966), President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety laws that launched a great life-saving program for the American People. I was there that day at the White House at the …

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Miles to Go on Highway Safety

The 50th anniversary of federal auto safety regulation approaches, but there’s not much to celebrate. Signing the regulatory laws on Sept. 9, 1966, President Johnson predicted they would “cure the highway disease.” They haven’t. The “disease” was a deadly pandemic, and still is. The year the laws were passed, some …

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$663 Million in Penalties for Maker of Guardrail

By AARON M. KESSLER and DANIELLE IVORY JUNE 9, 2015 A Texas federal judge handed down a $663 million judgment Tuesday against Trinity Industries, the guardrail maker accused of producing a faulty product that can jam and spear through vehicles. The judgment stems from the trial held last year in …

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30 States Ban Dangerous Guardrails

12/17/14 When it comes to highway safety, cover-ups and delaying tactics aren’t a good idea. Full disclosure is usually a much better option. Consider the history: Ford stonewalled on its exploding Pintos, and that ended up costing the company far more than if it had just quickly admitted there was …

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Virginia Sues Trinity Industries Over Potentially Risky Guardrail

12/11/14 Virginia is suing the guardrail maker Trinity Industries, saying that it sold the state thousands of pieces of potentially dangerous, improperly tested and unapproved products. The suit makes Virginia the first governmental entity to participate in whistle-blower suits against Trinity, which is based in Dallas. The suits were brought …

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