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Resource ID: #16198
Subject: Automobiles
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: December 5, 6, 19 and 31, 1999



This investigation of vehicle safety led to a series of stories which focused on "... overlooked aspects of the dangers posed by cars and trucks on America's roads.... government and automakers have neglected to address a long-standing safety hazard that causes injuries to and deaths of back-seat passengers: weakly built front seats that collapse backwards in rear-end collisions.... most children who died in crashes were victims of safety lapses, negligence and recklessness, often by their parents.... the government's program to investigating and recalling defective vehicles has a serious defect of its own: namely the power of automakers to forestall expensive recalls by withholding information from federal safety regulators..."

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