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Missing 5 Days, Woman Pulled From Hummer in Mojave

Many questions remain about her disappearance

(Newser) - A woman who'd been reported missing five days earlier was found alive Saturday, trapped inside a Hummer that had crashed in the Mojave Desert. San Bernadino County Fire reports on Facebook that search and rescue teams had to use off-road vehicles to reach the SUV, which had rolled down...

Toyota Accused of Hiding Evidence in Rollover Case

Special counsel will investigate claims

(Newser) - Toyota is accused of hiding evidence during a 2006 lawsuit regarding a woman paralyzed in a crash, and a Texas judge has appointed special counsel to investigate the claims. In 2005, Pennie Green swerved on a highway and her 1997 Camry rolled over. The roof collapsed and broke her spine,...

Toyota Accused of Hiding Evidence on Rollover Deaths

Lawsuit from former company lawyer says Toyota concealed documents in hundreds of cases

(Newser) - A former top lawyer for Toyota says the company concealed evidence relating to hundreds of rollover accidents that caused death and injury, the Los Angeles Times reports. The attorney, who says he was forced to resign from the firm in 2007, has filed a lawsuit alleging that engineering data that...

Seinfeld Rolls Vintage Car, Is Unhurt

Brakes fail, but comic's quick thinking avoids major crash

(Newser) - What’s the deal with brake lines? Jerry Seinfeld found his suddenly inoperable Saturday night, leading to a spectacular rollover crash in the swanky Hamptons, the New York Post reports. With the car careening out of control, Seinfeld swerved sharply to avoid sailing into an intersection, and the car flipped—...

Are Car Roofs Tough Enough?

US regulators consider stricter strength-to-weight standard

(Newser) - Three-quarters of vehicles on the road today would fail a proposed tougher standard for automobile roof strength, reports the Wall Street Journal. The current standard, unchanged since 1973, requires that car roofs withstand a force equivalent to 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight, but it exempts those more than...

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