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Reckless Disregard: Corporate Greed, Government Indifference, and the Kentucky School Bus Crash Hardcover – September 1, 1994

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In a shocking expose of the nation's school buses, Kunen (The Strawberry Statement) focuses on the 1988 head-on collision of a Kentucky school bus and a pickup truck driven by an intoxicated motorist, which killed 24 children and three adults aboard the bus. Kunen had the cooperation of Janey and Larry Fair, whose daughter Shannon was among the victims. The Fairs and another victim's parents, the Nunnallees (whom he also interviewed) initially rejected a settlement offer from Ford, maker of the bus. Instead, the couples pressed the corporation for safety improvements. During a 1992 trial, both couples decided to settle; each was awarded $5 million. The trial and federal hearings indicated that the 27 deaths resulted from an exposed fuel tank, flammable seating materials which emitted toxic fumes, and inadequate safety exits. Many, perhaps most, U.S. school buses today have the same hazards. Using the Kentucky tragedy as a vehicle, Kunen has written a compelling report that deserves the national attention accorded Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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On May 14, 1988, a fiery school bus crash near Carrollton, Kentucky, took the lives of 27 adults and teenagers; it was caused by a drunk driver going the wrong way on an interstate highway. The crash raised sensitivities about drunk driving, but, more importantly, it raised issues about school bus safety. The real revelation in journalist Kunen's book is the story of how two families successfully sued Ford Motor Company, which knowingly manufactured buses that had severe safety defects. Fuel tanks were not shielded to prevent rupture, fire seats were made of flammable polyurethane, and there was a single emergency rear door. The book incorporates many first-person accounts, court records, and records of interviews; of real note is a transcript of a meeting with then President Richard Nixon, Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford II, and John Ehrlichman about safety. Recommended for public libraries.
William A. McIntyre, New Hampshire Technical Coll. Lib., Nashua
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; First Edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 379 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0671705334
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0671705336
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.56 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.75 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
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