Tag Archives: safety

Parents Of Driver Killed While Texting Publish His Interrupted Final Message

Copyranter is calling this “more powerful than the usual violent, bloody images created by big fancy ad agencies.” The police report says Heit, a Northern Colorado student, drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car. Witnesses told police that Heit appeared to have his head down when he began drifting into the ...

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Loose Cabin Seats Forces American Airlines To Cancel Dozens Of Flights

American Airlines has cancelled about 100 flights while they check their aircraft for more loose seats. Airline officials said late Thursday that they had come up with a fix for the seats, and they began pulling 48 Boeing 757s out of service to make repairs. All the planes should be back in service by Saturday. The seat repairs, however, could ...

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Luxury Cars Fail New Crash Test

Many of the most expensive luxury cars have failed a new crash test sponsored by the Insurance Institute. The new test examines the results of front-corner crashes, one of the most common angles of crashes in two-way traffic. Most midsize luxury cars — including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class — performed poorly in a new frontal crash test developed by the Insurance ...

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Portable Airbag

This is an actual thing for bicyclists. The airbag is shaped like a hood that surrounds your head. It’s made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against asphalt. The way the hood is designed and folded into the collar ensures that it will inflate quickly and safely. It takes about 0.1 seconds to inflate and the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Subway Officials Consider Barriers To Stop Jumpers

New York City’s MTA is considering installing a system of sliding subway platform doors as the number of deaths and injuries from suicide attempts and falls continues to rise. Ninety people were struck by subway trains in 2009, resulting in 40 deaths. The proposed barrier/door system would be similar to that used by the JFK Airtrain, seen above. NYC Transit ...

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Safe Sex

Spain’s hookers are required to wear reflective safety vests when they work in traffic. No vest = 40 Euro fine.

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California Considers License Plate Ads

In a desperation move to shore up the state budget, California lawmakers are considering a bill that authorizes a feasibility study on digital advertising on license plates. In addition to being a moneymaker, the high-tech plates also could be used to streamline automobile registration procedures and to quickly tell motorists about hazardous road conditions and Amber Alerts, officials suggest. Critics ...

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NYC Declares Balconies Unsafe At 16 Buildings After Deadly Fall

Following the death of a Manhattan man after the railing on his 24th floor balcony gave way, NYC has banned residents at 16 buildings from using their balconies. Inspectors have also found that about 800 building owners have failed to file inspection reports, required every five years, demonstrating the safety of their balconies and terraces. Teams have been conducting street-level ...

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Volvo Safety Demonstration Fail

When you invite a bunch of journalists to witness your new automatic collision prevention braking system, you should probably have the bugs worked out first.

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In Case Of Zombies

In the event of a zombie attack during your sleep, the Safe Bedside Table quickly disassembles into a medieval-ish club and shield. Get yours here.

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And When You Flip The Car, The iPad Screen Conveniently Auto-Rotates

Somebody’s already mounted their iPad on their dashboard.

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Heads-Up On West 28th

Five years ago, when NYC’s Eagle opened on West 28th in Chelsea, it was a lonely walk down a crack-head strewn sidewalk to reach the Eagle’s front door. Today W.28th is the epicenter of Manhattan nightlife, with a dozen or more major nightclubs popping up in the area over the last few years. With all that traffic comes a lot ...

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