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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
March 10, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota is asking for the return of more than 7,000 of its new Highlander crossover SUVs in order to fix an issue with its seat belts. The automaker is voluntarily recalling 7,067 Highlander crossovers from the 2014 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the middle seat belt in the third row may not be properly secured to the vehicle's floor. If the Highlander were to crash, a seat belt that's not properly anchored to the floor could increase the risk of injury to the passengers, the NHTSA said.
Investigators are looking into whether weight was a factor in the death of a woman who fell from a steep water ride Friday at Knott's Berry Farm. Lori Mason-Larez, 40, of Duarte fell from the Perilous Plunge ride as it dropped 115 feet at up to 50 mph. The mother of five slipped from both a seat belt and lap bar and fell to the water below.
November 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Auto safety regulators are pushing for new equipment to protect motorists from their biggest threat: themselves. They're aiming to keep drunk drivers off the road with the help of onboard technology that immobilizes their cars. New vehicles may soon come with systems to help prevent collisions. And engines may not start unless occupants buckle their seat belts. It's all part of a push by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to use technology to reduce traffic fatalities.
October 23, 1985
Thanks, California for having a law for the enforcement of car seat belts. My friend was in a car accident. She didn't put on the seat belt. She got thrown out of her car and was struck by another car. She died within an hour. If she'd put on her seat belt, it would be a different story. She would probably be still living with her family. JASMINE CHIU Monterey Park
August 25, 2011 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration denied a petition from safety groups, consumer advocates and doctors to require seat belts in school buses, saying the vehicles are "already very safe. " The cost of adding belts — $5,485 to $7,346 per bus — would outweigh expected benefits, the agency said in a notice that will be published Thursday in the Federal Register. Requiring seat belts may force school districts to reduce bus service and lead to more students walking or riding in cars, both of which are more dangerous than riding a bus, the agency said.
May 2, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Many toddlers -- some as young as a year old -- can unbuckle themselves from car seats, new research finds. But take note, parents: If this happens in your car, don't panic -- that can make matters worse. Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine surveyed 378 parents of children under 6 about whether those kids had ever tried to unbuckle themselves. Of the 621 children younger than 6 assessed in the study, 40% were reported to have unbuckled themselves.
November 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Seat belts on airplanes are useless. That was the latest rant by Michael O'Leary, the chief executive for RyanAir, the ultra-low-cost airline based in Ireland. O'Leary, who opposes seat belts because he is pushing for standing-room sections of his planes, called aviation authorities who disagree with him “plonkers.” “Seat belts don't matter,” O'Leary told The Telegraph. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.” ALSO: American Airlines on-time rating drops during labor dispute FAA recommends seat inspections on some airlines Chicago's O'Hare, LAX to be busiest airports for Thanksgiving Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin
May 14, 1999
The tragic bus crash in New Orleans (May 10) has again reminded me that seat belts are not required on buses. Why not? Twenty-three people died in this accident, several of them by being thrown through the windows of the bus. In California seat belts are not required even on school buses. Seat belts are required in airplanes and cars but not on the very buses that carry little children to school. Could someone explain that to me? And don't tell me that it is so kids can get off the bus more quickly after an accident.
November 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
David S. Cunningham III is a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, former president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and a onetime federal civil rights attorney. But on Saturday morning, he found himself handcuffed in the back of a UCLA police car. Officers had pulled him over as he was driving his Mercedes out of his Westwood gym - because, the police said, he wasn't wearing his seat belt. What happened next is a matter of dispute, but it ended with the African American judge yelling to a growing crowd in the heart of Westwood Village about police brutality.
November 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A prominent African American judge has filed a complaint against two UCLA police officers, accusing them of using excessive force when they pulled him over for not wearing a seat belt. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president, said the officers shoved him against his car, handcuffed him, locked him in the back of their police cruiser and told him he was being detained for resisting arrest. Cunningham's complaint does not attribute the incident to his race, but his attorney said race was clearly a factor in the officers' behavior.
August 7, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota announced Wednesday that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 342,000 of its midsize Tacoma pickup trucks to fix an issue with the seat belts. The recall affects Tacoma Access Cab trucks from the 2004 through 2011 model years. At issue are screws on the seat belt pre-tensioner that can come loose over time as a result of the door repeatedly closing. When the bolts become loose, it can cause the seat belts to retract incorrectly. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled?
July 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Rapper DMX has been arrested again, this time on suspicion of DUI.  The rapper, 42, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested Friday in South Carolina and charged with driving under the influence as well as not having a driver's license, according to Greenville County officials who spoke to the Associated Press. A trooper received a call about a possible DUI driver and then saw the hip-hop star driving erratically in his Plymouth station wagon, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol told E!
July 22, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Several people suffered minor injuries Monday when the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed on touchdown in New York City, sending the Boeing 737-700 skidding hundreds of feet down a runway on its nose until it veered into a grassy area and ground to a halt. Thomas Bosco, the general manager of LaGuardia Airport, where the accident occurred, said Flight 345 from Nashville was carrying 143 passengers and six crew members. At an evening news briefing, Bosco said 10 people - six passengers and four crew members - were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
June 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A 5-year-old boy riding in the backseat of an SUV died when it rolled onto its roof, authorities said Wednesday. The boy was not in a car seat and was not wearing a seatbelt, sheriff's officials said. Det. Jeff Perkins of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said the SUV damage was “not significant enough to cause any serious injury. " He said the boy might have survived if he had been appropriately restrained. The boy's 19-year-old brother, Fabian Pineda, was driving the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, according to officials.
May 8, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There is something about hamburgers that seems to inevitably lead to excess. And May being National Hamburger Month (wait, you hadn't heard?), we're seeing it in spades. The most recent exhibit is this $100 hamburger from an Atlantic City casino. It's not only the price of the thing that is so crazy - though it does make the uproar several years ago over Daniel Boulud's $29 hamburger stuffed with short ribs, foie gras and truffles seem positively quaint. Mother's Day dining guide It's more the object itself, which looks kind of like one of those car crash photos they used to show in drivers ed classes.
March 15, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. is recalling about 209,000 of its FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicles because of a problem involving seat belt retractors. Toyota said the seat belt retractors for the driver and front passenger seat belts are mounted in the rear doors (access doors) of the vehicle.  Due to insufficient strength of the rear door panel, Toyota said cracks may develop over an extended period of time if the rear door is repeatedly and forcefully closed.
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