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  • Driving with suspended license top crime in Menlo Park, many lose cars

    Over 4.4 million Californians have suspended driver’s licenses simply because they can’t afford to pay a traffic ticket. We chronicled the impact on everyday people and showed how minorities are affected disproportionately, focusing on the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park, with populations representing the very affluent and the very poor.
  • Seat Back Failures

    Even if you bought a car with a five-star safety rating, if you're hit from behind, your seat may not protect you or the children sitting behind you. Experts say in certain crashes, some car seats can break and collapse, leading to paralysis or death. Kris Van Cleave reveals the findings of the investigation.
  • Exploding Gas Tank Cover-Up

    CBS News exposes a secret deal between government agencies and the auto industry to deal with a gas tank issue that put the drivers of certain popular vehicles at risk and was responsible for the deaths of children.
  • The Wrong Way

    “The Wrong-Way” is an eleven-month-long investigation that revealed Texas has been slow to install highway safety measures already used to prevent deadly wrong-way crashes in other states. Our team obtained new statewide crash data showing the staggering toll of injuries and deaths on Texas roads. Using that data we mapped high frequency crash locations, pinpointing the spots in the state where people are most likely to be injured or killed by wrong-way drivers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5a3Ga8g45k&feature=youtu.be
  • ABC News Investigation Uncovers Hundreds of New Vehicles Across the U.S. Sold with Open Safety Recalls

    In this hidden-camera investigation, ABC News went undercover and bought a brand new truck with an open safety recall. ABC News also found that hundreds of vehicles from various automakers were sold illegally with open recalls at more than 100 dealerships across the United States. The story was broadcast on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline as well as ABC News digital.We are entering both the Nightline and GMA versions of the story. http://abcnewsvod.com.edgesuite.net/abcnews/2016/01/150319_gma_benitez_test_2500.mp4 http://abcnewsvod.com.edgesuite.net/abcnews/2015/03/150320_ntl_car_1252_2500.mp4
  • Collision Course

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), nearly 4,000 people died in trucking accidents in 2012 – up 18% from 2009. But what is being done to ensure better safety on U.S. roads? "Collision Course," a four-part investigative series reported by Eamon Javers, shines a light on the dangers of crashes that involve long-haul trucks. CNBC breaks down the numbers highlighting that 20% of trucks (over 2 million) inspected in 2012 had out of service violations – faulty brakes, bad tires and shouldn't have been on the road. And, nearly 5% of truck drivers (171,000) had enough violations to be pulled from behind the wheel.
  • City Savings Over Police Safety - How The Ford Crown Vic Still Haunts Fort Worth

    The call came in on police scanners as an accident - Two cars, one was on fire and a major highway may need to be shut down. Turns out, after witness and chopper video was secured, our station had confirmed the car on fire was a police patrol car; but not just any patrol car, a Ford Crown Victoria. Yes, THE Ford Crown Vic. The scene was, unfortunately, a familiar one for the City of Fort Worth. During the height of the Ford Crown Vic revolt, Fort Worth Police lost one of its own officers. He was responding to a late-night DWI call when he was hit from behind. He was trapped in his car and burned to death in his Ford Crown Vic. More than seven years later, it felt like history was repeating itself. But why? The city had promised they'd make things right by making sure no other officer was ever put in that position again. The CBS 11 I-Team dug through years of records to find that wasn't true. That in fact, the City of Fort Worth had chosen saving money or police safety.
  • Runaway Toyotas

    Toyota has recently been in the news following “hundreds of owners having their vehicles suddenly accelerating out of control”. The investigation revealed “over two thousand cases of runaway Toyotas and Lexus cars, including reports of 200 accidents and 16 deaths”. Toyota blamed many of these accidents on the floor mat becoming stuck under the gas pedal and this was the cause of the acceleration.
  • Company's Choice Made Cars Less Safe

    General Motors removed the side airbags, at request of fleet customers, from the standard package Impalas to save money for these fleet customers. In doing so, they risked the safety of thousands of people. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was one of these fleet customers, who bought “65,000 vehicles” knowing that the airbags had been removed. Enterprise not only rented these out, but also sold them online using false advertising. After this was revealed, Enterprise and many car dealerships issued apologies and bought back these vehicles above book value.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigation

    Currently, there are “three million Jeep Grand Cherokees on the road today”. Furthermore, they have been involved in “hundreds of fatal fire accidents in the past 11 years”. The investigation revealed a flaw in the vehicle; the fuel tank is located in the rear of the vehicle. This flaw is the main cause of these fatal deaths. After these accidents had occurred, the automaker has relocated the gas tank in a more secure location and since then zero accidents have occurred.