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Sleep Apnea Among Truck Operators: A Growing Concern

While large commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers are essential for supporting the backbone of our economy by facilitating interstate commerce and transporting goods, their substantial size and weight can make them hazards on the road. The presence of these oversized vehicles increases the risk for other road users, especially when operators of these trucks fail to adhere to safety standards.

Over 1.5 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Fire Risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for more than 1.5 million dehumidifiers after they were linked to at least 23 fires and 688 incidents of overheating. These dehumidifiers, responsible for an estimated $168,000 in property damage, were sold under brand names including GE, Kenmore, Norpole, SoleusAir, and Seabreeze. Retail giants such as Home Depot, Sam’s Club, and Walmart stocked these units, manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances in China, and sold from January 2011 to February 2014.

Car Buyers Could Pay Extra for Blind Spot Warning Feature

A new analysis by Consumer Reports found that a safety feature called Blind Spot Warning (BSW) can cost over $1,000 extra for people buying popular trucks and SUVs. This feature helps drivers by alerting them if another car is in their blind spot. A 2019 study showed that BSW can lower crashes with injuries by 23%.

Minimum Age for New Uber Drivers in California Upped to 25

Uber recently changed its age policy for most new drivers in California, increasing the minimum required age to 25. The company cited rising commercial auto insurance costs within the state as the primary reason for this policy update.

Recall: Airbag Issue in Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer SUVs

Chrysler recently initiated a recall involving more than 44,000 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs units. The reason behind this action is the potential issue concerning the side curtain airbags in these vehicles. Specifically, the upper trim located on the B-pillar, which serves as the anchor point for the seatbelt, might not have been assembled correctly. This could result in a situation where the airbag fails to deploy as intended in a collision.

Ford F-150 Trucks Recalled for Parking Brake Flaw

Ford has recently issued a massive recall affecting more than 870,000 of its popular F-150 pickup trucks from the 2021 through 2023 model years. The recall is a potential flaw in the electronic parking brake system, which could lead to unintended activation while the vehicle is in motion. Such a malfunction could pose serious safety risks, including drivers losing control of their vehicles.

California’s Latest Initiative: Better Slow Than Sorry

There’s a growing concern about the dangers of speeding in California, which has led to 35% of all traffic deaths. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) have launched a new campaign called “Better Slow Than Sorry.”

Merced’s Efforts to Reduce Motorcycle Collisions in 2023

Motorcycle-related crashes have become a pressing concern for the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Merced. In 2021 alone, they were compelled to respond to 32 accidents involving motorcyclists. Determined to make the roads safer for all, the CHP has set its sights on reducing this alarming statistic by the end of the current year.

Implementation of New Truck Parking Regulations in Oakland

In April of 2022, the Oakland City Council took a significant step forward by adopting new truck parking regulations to limit commercial truck parking in the West Oakland area. The council recognized the need to address the challenges posed by excessive truck parking in the neighborhood, and thus, the new regulations were set in motion.

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