Automakers issued more recalls than ever last year. But even as the number of defects in cars mushroomed, many motorists ignored the safety defects lurking under their hoods.
The government agency charged with keeping motorists out of harm's way has long lauded seat belts as "the single most effective way" vehicle occupants can keep themselves safe. For years, it has also opposed efforts to require seat belts on school buses. As contradictions go, that's a doozy.