A new public database may protect American consumers, keep rolling wrecks off the highways and save lives in the process.
OTC Member States May Consider Current California Policy
The Ozone Transportation Committee (OTC) held its annual meeting last week to discuss upcoming initiatives for 2008--2009. During the meeting, OTC members referenced the new CARB Suggested Control Measure (SCM) for Automotive Coatings and made plans to consider the rule and its possible implementation in the OTC member states.
While most flood-damage claims in Wisconsin have been for homes and businesses, insurers are starting to see more claims for waterlogged automobiles and trucks.
Chrysler LLC, the third-largest U.S.-based automaker, said it will boost prices an average of 2 percent on all 2008 model-year cars and trucks because of rising costs for steel and other commodities. The increase will take effect on vehicles shipped to dealers starting June 16, Chrysler spokesman Stuart Schorr said. Chrysler's U.S. sales fell 19 percent in the first five months of this year.
Some 431 customers from around the country have reported unintended or sudden acceleration in their Toyota Tacoma pickups, resulting in 51 crashes and 12 injuries, but Toyota said there are no flaws in the trucks and that many reports were "inspired by publicity."
NABA announced that it completed tabulations of the annual survey that invites shops to rate insurance companies. NABA’s most recent survey was based on the 2007 calendar year and asked repairers to rank insurers on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the lowest (worst) rating and 10 being the highest (best) rating. State Farm Insurance with an overall rating of 8.38 stayed in the number one position, a spot it held for the past three years. Farmers Mutual Insurance, with a rating of 7.55, retained the number two-position, and Battlecreek, with a rating of 6.77, moved into the number three position a spot previously held by AAA in 2005 and Union Insurance in 2006.
by Ken Thomas, Claims Journal
From Jeannie Harrison's perspective, the social lives of most teenagers tend to revolve around their cell phones -- even when they are behind the wheel.