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October 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
When it comes to autos, white is the new white. Automakers in North America offered more white cars than vehicles in any other color during the just-completed 2012 model year, according to the automotive coating division of PPG Industries. The paint company said 22% of the 2012 cars painted white.  That compares to 21% last year.  White stole market share from black, which fell to 19% this year from 20% last year.  Silver held steady at 20%. Americans just don't seem to be into cars with dynamic colors, according to the 2012 model year build data collected by PPG.  Red is 9%, blue 7% and green 2%. But that hasn't stopped PPG from offering up some interesting colors for consideration by the industry for the 2014 model year and beyond.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989
Three people were injured when a car failed to stop at a red light and struck the rear of a private school van in Anaheim, authorities said. Two schoolchildren were in the van but neither was injured, California Highway Patrol spokesman Matt Clark said. Three vehicles, including the van, were involved in the accident, which occurred about 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Wilhelmina and East streets, Clark said. The van was stopped behind a compact car at a red light when it was hit from behind by a Chevrolet El Camino, which was traveling about 40 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995
Investigators are asking for public help in finding two men who kidnapped and raped a 29-year-old woman who was stranded on the Santa Ana Freeway after a car accident, California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday. The woman struck a van from behind at about 40 mph on the Santa Ana Freeway north of Alton Parkway about 5:45 p.m., triggering a chain-reaction collision involving another vehicle, CHP spokeswoman Angel Johnson said.
AUTOS
March 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
An airbag problem forced Nissan to recall of a bunch of its cars Wednesday, including its Altima sedan, Leaf electric car, Sentra compact car, Pathfinder sport-utility and the upscale Infiniti JX35. Late last year, the automaker started to see cars come into its dealers with warranty claims about the airbag system.  Sensors placed in the passenger seat were faulty and caused the system to malfunction and could block activation of the airbag in the event of a crash. The same part is in all of the autos, which are 2013 model year vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
An Oak View man who used his big-wheel truck to push an abandoned car over the edge of a 200-foot cliff near Ojai early Friday was killed when his truck also tumbled over the edge, authorities said. Robert Alan Beverland, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:15 a.m. accident off Rice Road, Deputy Coroner Mitch Breese said. An autopsy showed that Beverland died from a traumatic chest injury, Breese said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A motorcyclist suffered major head injuries Friday when she struck a car whose driver swerved to avoid a truck on the Orange Freeway, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The San Bernardino resident, 40, whose name was withheld, was southbound near Tonner Canyon Road about 7 a.m. when she struck a compact car driven by a 47-year-old Corona woman, Officer John Sisk told City News Service.
NEWS
September 5, 1986
A Santa Ana teen-ager escaped serious injury Thursday when he failed to heed warning lights and his car was struck by a slow-moving train in Tustin, police reported. Ross Jordan, 17, suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released from the Health Care Medical Center in Tustin shortly after the 10:10 a.m. accident, Tustin Police Sgt. Mike Shanahan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001
A woman tinkering with the front end of her car was crushed to death Saturday when the vehicle slipped into gear and rolled over her, police said. The 40-year-old victim was discovered about 5 p.m. by a young boy in the parking lot behind her apartment building in the 8000 block of Langdon Avenue. The woman was found pinned under her compact car, its engine running, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rod Grahek of the Valley Traffic Division.
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