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Man dies as snowmobile goes through the ice

A 65-year-old man died as a result of his snowmobile crashing through thin ice on a lake near Rättvik in central Sweden on Saturday evening. One of several accidents across the country over the weekend.

The man disappeared in connection with scooter trip. When he did not arrive at the party’s destination his relatives went back to search for him. The 65-year-old man was later found by a lake.

“He sat on the edge of the ice,” said Göran Svahn at Dalarna police to news agency TT.

The man’s snowmobile had crashed through the ice, but he had managed to pull himself up. He was taken suffering from hypothermia to Falun hospital.

Despite strenuous attempts to resuscitate the man his life could not be saved, the hospital confirmed on Sunday.

Several other accidents involving thin ice occurred over the weekend.

Early on Saturday a man went through the ice on Håtunaviken in Lake Mälaren north-west of Stockholm. The man was helped into an ambulance helicopter and taken to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, police confirmed.

The hospital confirmed on Sunday that the man was suffering from hypothermia but had recovered well.

Elsewhere a 62-year-old man was saved from a hole in the ice on Hallbosjön near Nyköping by a hunting team on Saturday. He was taken to Nyköping hospital.

Outside of Östersund in northern Sweden another man fell through the ice on Storsjön.

“Hew was suffering from hypothermia but is ok,” said Camilla Leoson at Jämtland police.

US

Risky makeovers for US cars sold in Sweden

Swedish road safety experts have warned that a new batch of damaged US cars has made its way to Sweden from Lithuania, with new paint jobs hiding potentially life-endangering mechanical flaws.

Risky makeovers for US cars sold in Sweden

As many as 61 percent of cars imported to Sweden from Lithuania last year had a claims history in the US, according a survey from Larmtjänst AB, a non-profit organization owned by industry organization Insurance Sweden (Försäkring Sverige).

“We discovered that American cars got a new identity in Lithuania, so we started the investigation,” Torbjörn Serrander, Larmtjänst investigator, told The Local.

The potentially faulty cars come not only from Lithuania. One in five of all cars imported to Sweden, regardless of the last port of call, has had claims taken out on them in the US.

From the US junkyard to Sweden, most of the cars are sent to Lithuania where the chassis is replaced. The vehicles end up looking sparkling new on the surface, but under the hood there can be critical damages, meaning unsafe products are being sold on the Swedish auto market.

Larmtjänst highlighted that a Swedish customer can look up whether a car has been deemed non road-worthy by a US insurer. If, however, the car has received minor damages and the previous owner chose to sell it on, the Swedish would-be buyer cannot access the information.

“Storm-damaged cars from Hurricane Sandy that suffered minor damages or water damage, and were not deemed totally wrecked, will, however, not show up if you make an information request,” Larmtjänst wrote on its website.

Larmtjänst warned Swedes looking for a second-hand car to look out for certain tell-tale signs.

“If the car is sold with only one key and no book (with vehicle details), don’t buy it,” John Erik Heed, Stockholm police investigator, told The Local.

“The airbag may not be there”

Last year, around 5,000 cars were imported from the US to Sweden and around 500 came from Lithuania to Sweden.

“Cars are put together in the wrong way so customers must check the car’s origins. If it has been exported from USA to Lithuania, the car is probably dangerous,” Heed said.

Elodie Pradet

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