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Improving surveillance for injuries associated with potential motor vehicle safety defects
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    Re: Unwarranted Assumptions about FARS data

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Carra for his comments[1] and we appreciate his attention to our work.[2]

    Our paper was directed to a method for ranking potential safety problems that merit additional statistical and engineering review. We envisioned a surveillance process to develop a rank ordered problem list. A follow-up review process should start at the top of the problem list and work down through it,...

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    Unwarranted Assumptions about FARS data
    • Joseph Carra, Director, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA, Washington, DC, USA

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest the article by Whitfield and Whitefield that recently appeared in Injury Prevention.[1] I share their concern in identifying traffic safety issues as early as possible. Unfortunately the authors have made some unwarranted assumptions about the FARS data system and analysis based on it.

    We do not find any problem with the statistics on tire problems or fires that were repo...

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