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March 2, 1988 | Associated Press
Although the increasingly widespread use of automobile lap-shoulder belts is saving hundreds of lives, the belts often are misused in ways that reduce their effectiveness, a federal study concluded Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said the most common abuse of the safety belts is that they are worn too loosely or--often in the case of children--are tucked under the arm or back because of concern about the high angle of the harness.
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BUSINESS
August 18, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Mazda Motor Corp. has recalled 215,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 sedans because they can experience a sudden loss of power steering while the car is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash, federal safety regulators said Tuesday. Meanwhile, General Motors Co. said it was recalling about 243,000 SUVs to inspect the safety belts in the second row of seats in the vehicles. In some instances, the buckles on the seatbelts can become damaged in such a way that passengers believe they are latched in when they are not. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it had received at least 33 complaints alleging steering problems in the 2007 to 2009 model-year Mazda vehicles.
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NEWS
April 24, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
None of the passengers wore safety belts aboard a twin-engine plane that crashed during takeoff with two teams of international sky divers aboard, federal investigators said Thursday. National Transportation and Safety Board investigators also found that "no power was being developed in the right engine at the time of impact," said NTSB acting Chairman Susan Coughlin, who headed the inquiry. She said it was impossible to determine if the plane could have taken off with only one engine.
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September 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Nils Bohlin, the inventor of the three-point seat belt, a standard safety device in most cars that is credited with saving up to a million lives worldwide, has died. He was 82. Bohlin died Saturday in Ramfall, Sweden, after suffering a heart attack earlier last week and a stroke in May, family members said. The lap-and-shoulder belt invented by Bohlin was introduced by car maker Volvo in 1959. Its use is now required by law in many countries. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1988 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who this week ordered all officers to buckle up both their shoulder and lap belts after a traffic accident that killed three officers, refused to approve the same regulation six months ago.
NEWS
April 24, 1992 | VICTOR MERINA and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The investigation of the deadly crash of a twin-engine plane carrying two teams of international sky divers focused Thursday on whether the jumpers wore safety belts during takeoff. Wednesday's crash at the Perris Valley Airport in rural Riverside County killed 16 people, including veteran sky-diving instructors and a trio of sky-diving camera operators, one of whom may have inadvertently had his video camera running as he died. Six other people on board were seriously hurt.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | From Times staff and wire reports
While certain common auto safety belts can pop open in laboratory tests, there is no credible evidence they do so in "real world" crashes, officials of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Based on a two-month review of 24 years of crash test data, as well as complaints from crash victims, the safety agency concluded there is no need to recall the tens of millions of cars that have been sold with side release buckles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1991
Drivers ticketed for failing to use safety belts or car seats in Downey now are required to attend a two-hour session called "Family Safety in the Car" if they want the charges dismissed. The new class is part of a pilot program developed by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. Downey Municipal Court is the first in the state to implement the program. According to California law, children must ride in special safety seats until they are at least 4 years old and also weigh more than 40 pounds.
NEWS
June 27, 1991
Beginning Monday in the Downey Judicial District, drivers ticketed for failing to use safety belts or child car seats will be required to attend a two-hour class called "Family Safety in the Car" if they want the charges dismissed. Downey Municipal Court is the first court in the state to implement the program, which is similar to traffic school that motorists may attend if they are ticketed for moving violations. The new class is part of a pilot program developed by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992 | GEOFF FEIN
Motorists heading north along Saviers Road in Oxnard on Wednesday morning received words of warning from Oxnard police officers and the California Highway Patrol, as the two agencies joined forces to alert the public to a new seat belt law. The officers from the two law enforcement agencies stopped 880 vehicles along the northbound lanes in the 4400 block of Saviers Road, handing out brochures on seat belt compliance, and asking riders who were not wearing their safety belts to buckle up.
AUTOS
September 25, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cadillac has begun the recall of 269,000 of its 2000 to 2002 DeVille sedans because of a potential safety-belt problem. General Motors Corp.'s luxury unit said the front lap and shoulder-belt retractors in DeVilles built from May 1999 to May 2002 might not remain locked in certain crash situations.
NEWS
February 16, 2000 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faster, shorter and no dance numbers. That's the promise from the new producers of the 72nd annual Academy Awards, who are in the throes of designing a streamlined ceremony for viewers tuning in to watch the live telecast March 26. "I hate to use this cliche, but we want to take the show into the 21st century," Lili Fini Zanuck says. Fini Zanuck is producing the show with her husband, Richard D. Zanuck. The duo have their own Oscar at home, one they received for producing the 1989 best film, "Driving Miss Daisy."
FOOD
February 16, 2000 | DONNA DEANE
Eating right means being prepared. When hunger strikes, have on hand low-fat snacks such as this cottage cheese spread. This recipe was given to me by a Hungarian friend, Ildiko Worner. She likes to make a batch and keep it in the refrigerator. When she wants a little nibble of something, she has a bit of dip with fresh vegetable sticks or a toasted baguette slice.
NEWS
October 7, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday signed legislation requiring safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses on all new school buses starting in 2002, but giving California an emergency exit if the federal government prohibits such restraints. Davis signed the bill three weeks after the National Transportation Safety Board concluded lap and shoulder belts offer no extra safety on school buses and may even cause harm in certain crashes.
NEWS
September 22, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents wondering whether seat belts would make their children safer on school buses got an unexpected answer from a federal watchdog agency on Tuesday. Lap and shoulder belts provide no added benefit for the 23 million kids who ride the nation's school buses--and can even cause unintended harm in certain severe crashes--the National Transportation Safety Board concluded after an 18-month study.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1998 | Lauren Viera, Lauren Viera is a Times staff writer
As if there weren't enough strikes against Hollywood already, Michigan State University recently released results from a survey conducted late last year proving that movie characters are too wrapped up in their own drama to remember their seat belts. Sponsored by the American Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and led by Bradley S.
NEWS
January 12, 1988
A couple whose son was crippled in a 1985 traffic accident urged the Transportation Department to order the recall of 1.7 million Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx cars from the 1984 model year to the present, alleging their back-seat safety belts are dangerous. The couple, Larry and Patricia Garrett of La Plata, Md., won a $3.3-million judgment against Ford from a Baltimore federal jury last month.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency said today it has upgraded an investigation into allegedly defective automatic safety belts in more than 1 million Ford Escort and Lynx subcompact cars from the 1987-89 model years. The government safety agency, which has the authority to order a manufacturer to recall vehicles if a safety defect is determined, said it is aware of 316 owner complaints, including 76 injuries and 5 fatalities. Ford Motor Co. spokeswoman Linda Becker said the No.
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June 14, 1997 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shannon Fertal said she told the boys to buckle their seat belts. But that was before the crash. Before Tommy Weiss, one of her son's new friends, suffered fatal injuries when he wasn't wearing a safety belt. Fertal paused Friday and said tearfully: "I wish it was me" who had died instead.
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December 26, 1994 | L.D. STRAUB
No one relishes the thought of being thrown to the pavement in a car wreck, but lots of motorists still come up with reasons not to buckle up. Seat belts are uncomfortable. They wrinkle your clothes. They can be, literally, a pain in the neck. And with all the new safety features available in new cars, such as air bags and automatic shoulder straps, are seat belts really vital to your safety? You better believe it.
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