April 8, 2016 |
KEMBA HEPPARD was back in his old West Philadelphia neighborhood near 50th and Reno when a young man approached. Heppard, 32, recognized him as one of the kids from the block, back when Heppard, his mother and two siblings shared a row home near the guy's grandmother, the same block where Heppard was shot nine times as a teenager. The guy was one of many boys in his neighborhood who got caught up with the older drug dealers. Now here he was, still on the lookout. Except today he was on the lookout for something else, too. He'd heard Heppard was doing well.
May 18, 2013 |
DETROIT - Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly. Subaru's 2014 Forester was the only vehicle to get the top "good" rating in the results released Thursday. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was rated "acceptable. " But fast-selling models such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Jeep Wrangler received only "marginal" or "poor" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
November 29, 2012 |
The driver charged in the Nov. 13 crash on Bustleton Avenue that killed two men tested positive for numerous drugs -- including heroin, morphine and cocaine -- when his blood was drawn two hours after the crash, a Philadelphia prosecutor said this morning. Robert Brenzenger, 33, also tested positive for marijuana, and the prescription drugs alprazolam, and zolpidem, Assistant District Attorney John Doyle said this morning during a preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, where Judge Patrick Dugan ordered that Brenzenger continue to be held pending trial.
November 29, 2012 |
The driver charged in the Nov. 13 crash on Bustleton Avenue that killed two men tested positive for numerous drugs, including heroin, morphine, and cocaine, when his blood was drawn two hours after the crash, a Philadelphia prosecutor said Wednesday. Robert Brenzenger, 33, also tested positive for marijuana and the prescription drugs alprazolam and zolpidem, Assistant District Attorney John Doyle said during a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court. Judge Patrick Dugan ordered Brenzenger to remain in custody pending trial.
August 15, 2012 |
A new test that simulates a common and dangerous kind of front-end car crash shows major differences among high-end vehicles that would likely affect whether drivers walked away or suffered serious injuries in a kind of accident that kills thousands of U.S. motorists each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Among 11 models tested - all luxury or near-luxury 2012 midsize sedans - only three rated a score of "good" or "acceptable" in the new tests: an Acura TL, a Volvo S60, and an Infiniti G. Four vehicles - an Audi A4, a Mercedes C-Class, a Lexus ES 350 and a Lexus IS 250/350 - earned an overall score of "poor," as crash dummies recorded forces sufficient to cause severe lower-body injuries and testers found other risks of serious head or chest injuries, the IIHS said in a report due to be released Tuesday morning.
July 13, 2011 |
So the government is going to mandate more stringent fuel-efficiency standards for passenger cars, perhaps as high as 56 m.p.g., come 2025, and automakers are worried about what it means for them. My initial response? Tough luck for the automakers. Every time there's a new government mandate, it seems automakers decry how impossible it would be to meet the standard and push for ways to reduce or lower it. Seat belts. Catalytic converters. Air bags. Crash tests. They all met resistance from the folks who make the vehicles we drive.
April 30, 2011
An "Inquiring Consumer" blog posting about crash tests of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf was attributed in the print edition Friday to the wrong writer. The posting was by Jeff Gelles. A "PhillyDeals" blog posting published in the print edition Friday, and its headline, gave the wrong location for a Center City commercial property that signed as tenants the Children's Place and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The property is on Chestnut Street. A graphic published in some editions Friday based on initial county returns from Wednesday's election in New Jersey said voters rejected the Burlington Township School District's budget.
April 29, 2011
No single factor determines how well a car will protect its occupants if the worst happens. Smart engineering and design can make a smaller car safer. Bad design can eliminate the inherent advantage enjoyed by occupants of larger vehicles. But you can't repeal the laws of physics. And that could be one reason why two all-electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, performed especially well in crash tests made public by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The nonprofit insurance-industry group suggests that the vehicles are helped by an unexpected factor: the extra mass of the cars' heavy battery packs.
January 22, 2008 |
While seat belts save lives, the straps can unintentionally maim and even kill young children in crashes. In researching the problem, bioengineer Kristy Arbogast talked to automakers about devising restraints that would be safer for small, immature bodies. "The response I'd get back was, 'We don't have the tools we need to design better child seat belts,' " said Arbogast, a traffic-injury researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. What they needed was a smarter dummy for crash tests.
January 19, 2007 |
Consumer Reports magazine yesterday withdrew its Jan. 4 assertion that nine of 12 models of infant car seats "failed disastrously" when subjected to the kind of crash tests that federal officials use to rate vehicles' safety for adults. The move came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration questioned the magazine's methodology in one of two key tests. The agency said the magazine's side-impact test subjected the seats to the equivalent of a broadside crash by a vehicle traveling at more than 70 m.p.h.