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U.S. Unveils Car Accident Database

Ohanian Comment: Given
the U. S. government's insistence that data on
public schools' performance on standardized
tests whose validity is, at best, suspect, and,
at worst, criminal, isn't it interesting that
this same government has been so reluctant to
release data on deaths, injuries and cases of
property damage involving passenger vehicles?
Now just whom do you suppose they are
protecting? Citizens or corporations?

by Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government unveiled a
public database that will allow consumers to
look up the number of alleged deaths, injuries
and cases of property damage involving
passenger vehicles.

Consumer groups have sought the information,
which was part of legislation passed by
Congress following the massive recall of
Firestone tires in 2000. The law was devised to
help the government quickly detect potential
trends in car accidents. It required
manufacturers to provide data on complaints of
deaths, injuries, property damage and warranty
claims. The "early warning" data reports can be
found at:

In July, a federal appeals court ruling barred
the government from withholding key data
reported by manufacturers.

— Associated Press
Wall Street Journal


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