Mission Viejo Propane Tank Explosion Injures Three

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A faulty backyard barbeque at a residence in the 26700 block of Baronet in Mission Viejo caused an explosion badly injuring three Mission Viejo residents, according to a recent article in The Orange County Register.

Ken Kelly, 50, was barbequing in his backyard with his family close-by when the propane tank connected to the grill exploded. The powerful blast shook neighborhood houses, set off car alarms and destroyed the Kelly family’s backyard. The five-gallon propane tank had reportedly leaked and ignited causing second-degree burns to Ken, burning his daughter Meghan Kelly, 11, and bruising his 78-year old father. The injured are now said to be recovering.

Jardine Children’s Cribs Recall And Warning

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About 320,000 children’s cribs sold under the brand name Jardine Cribs at various stores nationwide including babiesrus.com, KidsWorld, Geoffrey Stores, Toys “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us from January 2002 through May 2008 are being recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) announced on their Web site today that Jardine Enterprises, of Taipei, Taiwan, the product manufacturer is recalling the cribs voluntarily and consumers are being advised not use the crib as it poses an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The CPSC has found the crib’s wooden slats and spindles can break, creating a gap, and this becomes hazardous for young children who could get stuck. There have been four children injured by the crib’s defect and 42 cases of the crib slats and spindles breaking.

The CPSC is to be commended for taking decisive action to encourage Jardine Enterprises to act appropriately and for making sure that an unsafe children’s product is taken off the marked and is no longer an injury risk to infants.

Ford Explorer Roll-over Accident In Madera County

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A tire tread separation accident on Highway 99 at Avenue 20 1/2 in Madera County involving a 1998 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle (SUV) has killed Eleoterio Colohua Nezahuale, one of its five passengers, according to a news report in The Fresno Bee

The accident happened as the left rear tire of the Explorer separated, causing the driver to lose control. This is a common Ford Explorer rollover phenomenon. It has happened hundreds if not thousands of times.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Ronnie Lopez said the SUV spun, rolled over and came to a stop on the dirt shoulder of the highway. Nezahuale, a 45 –year-old Fresno resident who was reportedly traveling in the rear cargo area, without a seat belt, was ejected from the SUV. He was the only fatality in this accident. The other five people in the SUV, whose identities are not revealed, had worn their seat belts. The report did not state whether they suffered any injuries.

Based upon our experience with Ford Explorer tire separation, rollover accident cases, this accident was not the fault of the driver. Most likely, this accident was the fault of one or more of the following, the tire manufacturer, seller, installer and/or Ford Motor Company.

Car, SUV and truck tire defects and failures are a common precursor to rollover accident. This is especially true in top heavy, rollover prone SUVs such as the Ford Explorer, Ford Bronco, Chevrolet Blazer and 15-passenger vans..

Defective Dryer Kills Girl

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Nayeli Garcilita, a 6-year-old girl, was recently killed in a Haywood County house fire most likely caused by an electrical defect in a clothes dryer, according to a news report in the Asheville Citizen Times.

Investigators from the County Fire Marshall’s Office said there was a high probability that the early morning Lakesite Lane mobile home fire in Canton was electrical and came from the dryer unit. The fire also injured the girl’s parents Roberto and Rachael Craig Ortiz, and Raini Ortiz, their 9-year-old daughter.