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May 2015 Archives

Airbag recall expanded to include 34 million vehicles

Tennessee motorists may wish to visit a website provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find out if their vehicle is included in what safety experts say is the largest vehicle recall in history. The auto parts maker Takata had already recalled approximately 18 million vehicles because of defective airbags, but that number has since been doubled. Many of the vehicles involved were manufactured by Honda, but Takata also provided airbags to several other manufacturers for installation in vehicles produced between 2000 and 2011.

Days bringing higher risk of car accidents in Tennessee

Although a car accident can happen at any time, there are certain days each year in which the likelihood of being involved in one is significantly greater than on other dates. By being aware of when the risks are greater, Tennessee drivers can take additional precautions if they plan to be out on the road at those times.

The violence and benefits of airbags

Some people in Tennessee might question the safety of airbags as they can injure people when going off at the wrong time or even when deploying during an accident. This safety device seems to have a certain amount of risk inherent but can also save lives, and these devices work the way they do in an aim to be effective during an accident as there is typically less than a second before a driver or passenger makes contact with a steering wheel or front panel during a collision.

Heat-related illness and death in the workplace

When summer approaches and temperatures rise, employees in eastern Tennessee who work outdoors may be concerned about the dangers of excessive heat exposure. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 30 workers across the nation succumbed to heat-related illnesses in 2012, and thousands more became ill. Because the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires that workplaces be kept free of hazards known to cause serious injury or death, employers must protect their employees from serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.

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