Karen Kaplan Los Angeles Times Published 9:32 p.m. UTC May 29, 2018 Officials in Puerto Rico say that 64 people lost their lives after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in September. A new report says that estimate is off — by about 4,600. If the analysis is correct, it means that for every hurricane-related death that’s currently on the books, another 70 fatalities in the U.S. territory have gone uncounted. “Our results indicate that the official death count of 64 is a substantial underestimate of the true burden of mortality after Hurricane Maria,” researchers concluded in a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. This isn’t the first time people have questioned the official estimate of the number of deaths that ensued after the then-Category 4 hurricane made landfall on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. The study authors noted that several “independent investigations” have put the true number “in … [Read more...] about Study: Hurricane Maria claimed 4,600 Puerto Rican lives
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Subaru of America is fresh off its best U.S. sales year.Its lineup is anchored by three all-wheel-drive crossovers that remain in strong demand, and the brand has achieved 74 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.This year, with a flowing pipeline of fresh products headed to retailers, including its largest model ever, the three-row Ascent, Subaru anticipates it will chalk up still another record sales year in the United States.That hasn't always been the narrative for Subaru, a car brand created by the Japanese industrial conglomerate formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries.This month, as the automaker marks its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in the U.S., Subaru of America officials and people who shaped today's business over the last few decades remark that success has been a long, and occasionally bumpy, road.Since its start here in 1968 as an importer of a quirky microcar called the 360, Subaru has fought — and usually won — a slew of uphill battles … [Read more...] about Underdog Subaru celebrates 50 years in the U.S.
The void in the U.S. diesel passenger-car market left by Volkswagen’s abrupt exit is becoming less and less of an empty space as Chevrolet, Jaguar, and others attempt to gain a foothold in this niche. Kia will be the next entrant with a diesel-powered version of the Sorento crossover, which is slated to go on sale in the United States by the beginning of 2019.Orth Hedrick, Kia’s vice president of product planning, confirmed at the Detroit auto show that the company is working with the EPA to get the Sorento diesel certified and ready for sale. He noted that the government agency is stricter than ever about emissions certification, which slows down the overall process, but claimed that the Sorento diesel is getting closer to U.S. sales starting by the end of 2018 at the earliest.Kia isn’t saying at this point which diesel engine will come to America, but the obvious candidate is the turbo-diesel 2.2-liter inline-four it offers in the Sorento in Europe. That … [Read more...] about It’s Official: A Kia Sorento Diesel Is Happening in the U.S.
Hundreds of thousands of Ford Super Duty pickups pollute at up to 50 times higher than federal emissions standards, a new class-action lawsuit alleges.Hagens Berman, the same Seattle law firm that filed claims against Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler for rigging diesel emissions tests, is putting the spotlight on Ford. It claims that 2011–2017 F-250 and F-350 pickups with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 were equipped with the same Bosch “defeat device” used by VW and other automakers. The lawsuit is seeking up to $4.2 billion, according to managing partner Steve Berman, for damages affecting more than 500,000 vehicles.In its filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Hagens Berman offered no direct proof that Ford colluded with Bosch on a defeat device, which the U.S. Department of Justice proved took place between VW and Bosch. In fact, the law firm tacitly admits that the Ford pickups pass the federal … [Read more...] about Ford Faces $4.2 Billion Lawsuit for Allegedly Dirty F-series Super Duty Diesel
A new proposed class-action lawsuit claims that Ford Motor Co. manipulated at least 500,000 of its Super Duty F-Series trucks to beat diesel emissions tests, and they spew as much as 50 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide pollutants despite being marketed as "the cleanest super diesel ever."The lawsuit, first reported by Bloomberg, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. It targets F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesels sold from 2011 to 2017 and makes Ford the latest automaker to come under fire for alleged cheating on diesel emissions, which started in 2015 when Volkswagen acknowledged wrongdoing in rigging diesel emissions tests.It comes just after Ford revealed specs on its first-ever diesel F-150, which aims to get 30 miles per gallon on the freeway, a 4-mpg improvement over its most efficient F-150 V6 gasoline engine. Ford also recently announced new best-in-class specs for its 2018 F-Series Super Duty trucks, but they did not … [Read more...] about Lawsuit claims Ford rigged Super Duty pickups to beat emissions tests