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Tire Blowouts Inevitable as 38M Americans Embark on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips

An estimate by the National Safety Council suggests there could be as many as 439 deaths and an additional 50,500 serious injuries from auto crashes during the three-day Memorial Day holiday period. With more than 38 million Americans expected to …

Holiday Hazard: Barbecue Brush Wire Bristles Can Cause Serious Injuries

While many people view Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, they may not be aware of the dangers of eating food cooked on grills cleaned with wire-bristle brushes. A new study conducted at the …

Back Seat Safety Focus of New Safety Agency Crash Tests

Crash-test dummies, who have dutifully endured thousands of simulated accidents from the front seat, are about to get a ride in the back. Regulators are making the move as part of a new emphasis on the safety of back-seat passengers, …

People Moves

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Appoints Gonzalez as CEO North America Swiss Re Corporate Solutions announced the appointment of Ivan Gonzalez as CEO North America. He moves from his current position as CEO Latin America and assume the new role on …

Insurers Say Da Vinci Surgical Robot Maker Hid Liability Claims

It’s health insurers’ cardinal rule: disclose pre-existing conditions. Now comes a case in which that familiar decree involves not a patient, but rather a $1.5 million surgical robot known as the da Vinci system. Two insurance companies say da Vinci’s …

Chubb: U.S. Chemical Firms Expanding Abroad See Heightened Risk

Foreign risk management challenges will be a growing concern for chemical firms, according to Ernie Salas, vice president, Specialty Casualty & Construction, Chubb. By 2019, the U.S. is expected to run a $77 billion trade surplus in chemicals, according to …

Listeria-Linked Frozen Food Recall Affects All 50 States

Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it’ll be difficult to …

Goodbye El Nino, Hello La Nina Mayhem

Think of it as Mother Nature’s roller-coaster ride: the shift between the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina that, at their worst, can cause havoc worldwide. El Nino – spurred on by a warming of the equatorial …

Federal Agency Alleges NFL Sought to Influence Study on Brain Injuries

National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to …

JD Power: Insurance Websites Not Keeping Up With Customer Expectations

Insurer websites are not keeping up with customer expectations, with just over half saying they “definitely will” return to the site for their servicing needs, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Insurance Digital Evaluation Study, released last week. The Insurance …

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