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WASHINGTON — The first warning sign was a house in Humble.

Between 1977 and 1995, the National Flood Insurance Program paid out $806,591 for repeated storm damage to a suburban Houston home that was valued at $114,480. If you think the math doesn’t add up, you’re not the only one.

The federal government’s program to protect coastal residents from nature’s devastation has coughed up more than $8 billion over the past 15 years for more Read the rest of this entry »

DETROIT (AP) ? None of the six most-popular midsize sedans earned a top rating in bumper safety in the latest crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Mazda 6 was the only car to receive an “acceptable” rating ? one rating below “good,” the top rating ? based on the average cost to repair front, rear and corner bumpers following a 6 mph crash.

A 6 mph crash can simulate a common parking accident, Read the rest of this entry »

Highway safety advocates say a deadly gap exists in the nation’s seat belt laws: Most states don’t require adult passengers in the back seat to buckle up.

The District of Columbia and 49 states have seat belt laws for adults, but only 21 states and D.C. require that seat belts be used in all seating positions. Safety advocates such as Barbara Harsha of the Governors Highway Safety Association hope a new federal transportation funding bill will Read the rest of this entry »

A study of car safety released on Wednesday shows that four of the top-scoring automobiles in tests of five new models were small cars or so-called super-minis — including the Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Soul and Peugeot 3008.

The study, conducted by Euro N.C.A.P., a group that campaigns for automobile safety, was backed by European governments and motoring and consumer organizations. The results, the study’s authors said, show that Read the rest of this entry »

California was the only state in the nation to receive consistently top marks across the board on a recent ranking of traffic safety laws conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The study examined the strength of traffic safety laws in six key areas, including: DUI/DWI, young driver licensing, safety belt use, child restraint use, motorcycle helmet use and red light cameras.

“I am extremely pleased by the results Read the rest of this entry »

The Obama administration’s sweeping fuel-economy and emissions initiative announced Tuesday reopens a fierce debate over tradeoffs between fuel economy and auto safety.
The government says no tradeoff exists, because nothing in the new rules would force automakers to sell more small cars, which are more dangerous in crashes than larger ones. But some safety experts think otherwise.

“The deadlines are so tight that downsizing will be Read the rest of this entry »

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to require safety belts on commercial motor coaches, the agency told Congress Monday.

The issue has gotten significant attention in the wake of a number of highly publicized, deadly commercial bus crashes; seat belts on motor coaches have been long urged by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB makes recommendations on safety, but doesn’t Read the rest of this entry »