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    Deadly accident drives Hatfields to campaign for bus seat belts
    The former senator and his wife say Wednesday's collision with a car has shown them the dangers of riding buses unsecured Read More...

    By BRENT WALTH and JONATHAN NELSON
    THE OREGONIAN
    Air bags punch out of their dash- board cocoons at more than 140 miles per hour.
    Because of their speed, they both save lives and occasionally squander them. Read More...
    We all enjoy the convenience, fun and safety of flying.
    We also understand that there may be times when our best efforts for a safe flight will be inadequate, and an accident could happen. While most accidents are minor and pose no significant risk to the airplane or its occupants, some can result in major injuries or fatalities. However, studies of serious accidents have shown that the proper use of shoulder harnesses, in addition to the safety belt, would reduce major injuries by 88 percent and reduce fatalities by 20 percent. Read More...
    Tom Terry, director of crash evaluations for General Motors, holds up a head.
    It is from a crash-test dummy, an aluminum-and-vinyl replicated human head. Terry contemplates it, assuming the "Alas, poor Yorick" position. "It weighs ten pounds," he says. "In an automobile crash, because of the forces at work, your body parts may weigh 20 times normal, so this head would be 200 pounds-you couldn't control where it went." Read More...
    New standards from the federal government
    for securing child safety seats should simplify installation and reduce injuries Read More...
    New dual-stage air bags part of some 2000 autos
    Experts say improved technology will reduce the number of deaths and injuries from the equipment Read More...

    By CATHERINE STRING
    The Associated Press
    Not wearing your seatbelt?
    You just might live to regret it. Just ask Arizona Cardinals' lineman Ernest Dye, who recently underwent surgery to repair a severed arm after his car overturned Read More...
    The Safest Cars on the Road
    Would you believe the VW Beetle tops the Jeep Cherokee? Our new ranking system goes beyond the usual data and finds some surprises. Robert L. Simison reports. Read More...
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