Amity Insurance Newsletter — April 21, 2016

Get Instant Earthquake Alerts on your Smart Phone
Earthquakes happen about 20,000 times per year in the United States alone - and not just in California. Earthquake damage can occur in at least 42 states. While the vast majority of these tremors do little or no damage, the few that do can be devastating: Earthquakes caused about $313 million in damage in 2014 - and $54 billion in damage in 2011, according to information from the Insurance Information Institute. Read More>>

Safely Operating a Keyless Ignition System
Keyless ignition systems are becoming more popular in modern vehicles and offer several benefits to drivers. Over the past several years, new variations of these systems have been appearing. In the early 2000s, they were only options in luxury vehicles, but keyless ignition systems grew in popularity enough that they are now offered even in economy vehicles. However, it is important to understand the basics of a keyless ignition system before purchasing a new car that has one.More>>

IIHS Names Top Booster Seats
In 2008, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety started its system for rating booster seats. During the initial year of the ratings, most seats failed in belt fit; however, companies have adjusted and improved their designs. Most seats that are evaluated today have an acceptable or good fit for children between the ages of four and eight. More>>

How Safety Features Affect Front and Rear Crash Rates
Vehicles with front crash prevention are not as likely to cause rear accidents as vehicles that do not have this safety feature. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported this in their study about the effectiveness of the feature, which was based on crash data from police departments. More>>