Sunday, April 28, 2013

Grill Safety

For some reason, the first bar-b-cue of the season is always the best. Maybe it's the change in the weather, the family, or the food. But it's also when most fires and explosions occur. Anne Brown of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says if you have a grill that hasn't been used all winter, be sure to carefully inspect it and clean it, and make sure the gas container is properly attached to the grill. The Insurance Information Institute says to look for leaks, cracks and brittleness in the hoses leading to the burners. Make sure the grill is at least ten feet from the house, garage or trees. Never leave the grill unattended around children, says Captain James Resnick of the Montgomery County Fire Department, because there are so many potential hazards. And always keep a fire extinguisher handy. In an emergency, it can stop a fire before it spreads.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lynne McChristian, Soaring Car Insurance Rates on FOX

Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute on FOX News talking about the increasing cost of auto insurance. The rampant cases of fraud in Florida led to higher rates for everyone and recently there has been massive PIP reform. Now drivers are waiting for their rates to drop, but it will take several more months for decreases to be seen by consumers.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bob Hartwig at the Boston Marathon Discussion Terrorism Insurance, WRIN

Bob Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, on WRIN talking about his experiences at the Boston Marathon. Hartwig was present to support his son who was running the marathon and witnessed some of the events of the day.

Depending on whether or not this event is classified as terrorism will impact regulation around terrorism insurance, specifically the extension of TRIPRA, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 6

1. Ford Escape
Number reported stolen: 1,014
The Ford Escape was the number one most stolen vehicle in the report, with a total of 1,014 reported thefts.
(AP Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 5

3. Toyota RAV4
Number reported stolen: 801
More CUV thefts were reported than SUV thefts. The Toyota RAV4 is among those CUVs with 801 reported thefts.
(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

2. Chevrolet Tahoe
Number reported stolen: 856
The Chevrolet Tahoe is the most-stolen of the three SUV models on the list (Honda CR-V and Jeep Grand Cherokee). There were 7,891 SUV thefts reported in total compared to 12,070 CUV thefts.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 4

5. Dodge Journey
Number reported stolen: 721
CUVs are built on a car platform to combine the features of an SUV with the handling and fuel economy of a passenger car.
(AP Photo/Daniel Roland)

4. Ford Edge
Number reported stolen: 739
The report found that Hybrid classes for CUVs and SUVs had the least number of thefts. This is due in part to lower production numbers for these models.
(AP Photo/Ford)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 3

7. Jeep Wrangler
Number reported stolen: 643
Some recent news reports erroneously named the Cadillac Escalade as the most stolen vehicle. In reality, the Escalade never attained a ranking higher than number 11 of the 25 makes and models stolen each year.
(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

6. Honda CR-V
Number reported stolen: 643
SUVs, like the number six most stolen SUV the Honda CR-V, are typically built on a pickup truck platform. They were originally designed to combine the passenger space of a minivan or large sedan with the utility and towing capacity of a pickup truck.
(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 2

9. Nissan Rogue
Number reported stolen: 547
The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-Pennsylvania area posted the most thefts of SUVs and CUVs with 2,438.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
Number reported stolen: 641
The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. area reported the second-most thefts with 1,229.
(AP Photo/Chrysler)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Top 10 Most Stolen Utility Vehicles Part 1

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released a ForeCAST report that analyzes thefts of 2009, 2010, and 2011 model year sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2008 and June 30, 2012. In total, 19,961 vehicles were reported stolen during that period.

10. Nissan Murano
Number reported stolen between 2008-2012: 473
The report analyzed other statistics such as the states with the most reported thefts. California had the most thefts with 3,003, followed by Texas with 1,826 and Florida with 1,784.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Monday, April 1, 2013