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December 2013 Archives

Driver charged in crash that claimed life of Iowa man

An Iowa man who was a passenger in a 2008 Pontiac G6 operated by an alleged drunk driver was found dead at the scene of an accident that occurred in Davenport on Dec. 10. The driver who crashed the car into the front of a building and then fled the scene is now facing OWI and related charges, according to the Assistant Chief of Police for the Davenport Police Department.

Auto accidents caused by texting while driving are increasing

Iowa drivers who use their cell phones in the car should take notice of figures from the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicating that from 2005 to 2010, the number of fatal accidents in which a pedestrian or bicyclist was killed by a distracted driver who was using a digital device increased by 50 percent. The increase may be related to the enhanced functionality and wide spread use of mobile technology. According to the study, the fatalities occurred as often during daylight hours as during the night and were often caused by texting.

Nissan NV200s may be faulty

Iowa drivers may like to know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in early December that some 2,529 Nissan NV200s were being recalled because their engines could stall while driving. The NHTSA said that defective wiring harnesses that linked the battery fuses to other electrical components might wear out in the middle of normal operation; this, in turn, could result in fuel pumps cutting engines off and cause motorists to stall or get into car accidents.

Ford Motor Company announces three new recalls

Some Ford owners in Iowa could be interested in this story regarding recent vehicle recalls the car manufacturer has issued. Three separate Ford recalls are the latest in a string of automaker recalls this year. Most of the other major automakers, a list that includes Honda, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan, periodically announce recalls. However, Ford prefers to offer a response to postings on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website instead of announcing a recall.

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