Riverside Rollover Car Accident Kills Man

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Manuel Garcia Baltazar, 26, was killed in a rollover car accident on the 10 Freeway in Riverside County, California. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, officials are puzzled as to what caused this fatal car accident and why Baltazar lost control of his pickup truck. Baltazar was ejected from the truck and died at the scene of the early morning car crash, which occurred on July 29, 2009. California Highway Patrol investigators say he was not wearing his seatbelt.

Baltazar was reportedly traveling eastbound on the freeway in the fast lane when his 2003 Chevrolet truck went off the roadway on the left. He then overcorrected and skidded into the dirt where the truck rolled once. Officials don’t know how fast he was going, but according to witness reports, Baltazar was not speeding. No other cars or vehicles were involved in this car crash and CHP officials also say that alcohol or drugs were not a contributing factor.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Manuel Garcia Baltazar for their tragic and untimely loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Baltazar. Please keep them in your prayers.
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Defective Subaru Fuel Pipes Pose Fire Hazard

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Subaru has issued a defective auto product recall for about 15,000 of its model year 2005 to 2006 Baja pickup trucks. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, cracks could develop in the fuel hose connection to the fuel pump, causing a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel pump bracket with a “new and stronger part.” This vehicle safety recall is expected to begin in September.

Fuel hose defects are no doubt dangerous especially in this case because they can cause vehicle fires, which could result in catastrophic burn injuries or even death to the car’s occupants. I’m pleased that Subaru is recalling these defective vehicles. However, as with any product recall, one has to wonder whether the auto maker has been dragging its feet over this recall. Many auto and product manufacturers do too little too late when it comes to recalling their defective and malfunctioning devices or parts. I hope this is not one of those instances and that consumers will hear about these dangerous and defective products and have the faulty fuel hoses repaired.
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Defective Tire Causes Fatal California Car Accident

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A sport utility vehicle blew a tire the afternoon of July 22, 2009 causing a California car accident in San Bernardino County, which killed a 10-year-old girl. According to a news report in the Victorville Daily Press, the left rear tire tread of the SUV separated while the car was traveling in the fast lane of the 15 Freeway near Oak Hill Road. The driver, the girl’s mother, lost control of the SUV that spun around backward and careened into the guardrail across the freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said. The 10-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl’s cousin, uncle and the driver suffered minor injuries.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of this young girl who was killed in this car accident. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this child, especially her grieving parents. Please keep this family in your prayers.
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Los Angeles County Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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A 25-year-old man was killed in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident early morning on July 24, 2009, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. The Downey, California, resident, who has not yet been identified, was traveling north on Studebaker Road when the motorcycle he was riding struck a concrete guardrail near Loynes Drive. The motorcyclist died at the scene. Anyone who saw this motorcycle crash or has more information is asked to contact Long Beach Police at 562-570-7355.
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California Auto Defects Lawyers File Wrongful Death Action Against General Motors, Seat-Belt Manufacturer and Car Dealer

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Did General Motors have knowledge of auto defects that could have prevented the death of a young mother?

A little over two years ago, Joanna Campbell was a passenger in a GMC SUV when the vehicle rolled over in a roof crush accident along Interstate 90 in Wyoming. Ms. Campbell was partially ejected from the vehicle and eventually succumbed to a severe skull fracture. She left behind two children.
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Orange County Car Accident Leaves Man Seriously Injured

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A 21-year-old man, driving a white Nissan Versa, suffered major injuries in a Orange County car accident the morning of July 24, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. The man had veered off the road on Los Alisos Boulevard near Trabuco Road in Mission Viejo, California, and sustained major head injuries, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials say.
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Defective Product Recall Involves Tow Behinds that Pose Risk of Serious Injury

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Sevca LLC. is issuing a defective product recall for 94,000 Sevylor Tow Behinds with Quick Hitch connectors. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the Quick Hitch, which connects the towable to the boat, can break and project pieces of the plastic Quick Hitch back to the boat. If this happens, individuals can be struck and there is the potential for serious personal injury. The company has apparently received one report of a boat occupant being struck by a piece of Quick Hitch still attached to the towrope. This product recall involves Sevylor Tow Behinds with Quick Hitches manufactured between 2005 and 2009. These defective products were made in China and sold in department and retail stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2008 for between $50 and $240.
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Polaris Recalls Defective ATVs

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Polaris Industries is issuing a defective product recall for about 4,700 2009-model all terrain vehicles because the valve assembly can fail in freezing temperatures causing oil to leak into the exhaust system and pose a fire and burn hazard to the rider. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, Polaris has received six reports of the valve assembly failing in freezing temperatures resulting in three fires. So far, no injuries have been reported.

This product recall involves the Polaris ATVs with model year 2009 that were sold under the market names ESP XP850 and Sportsman XP 850. Polaris dealers nationwide sold the ATVs from September 2008 through June 2009 for about $9,000. Consumers who own one of these defective ATVs must stop using the vehicles in sub-freezing temperatures and call their Polaris dealer to schedule a free repair. If you are a registered owner, you should receive a direct mail notification about this recall.
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Defective Gas Grills Recalled for Serious Burn Hazard

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Fiesta Gas Grills is issuing a defective product recall for about 88,000 of its Blue Ember gas grills because the hose of the grill’s gas tank can get too close to the firebox and be exposed to heat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. According to a consumer alert put out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fiesta has received 161 reports of grill fires resulting in nine personal injuries including two incidents of major burn injuries in different parts of the body, six incidents of minor burns and one incident involving temporary hearing loss.

This product recall involves Blue Ember liquid propane outdoor grills that were sold at various home centers and retailers nationwide from November 2006 through June 2008 for between $400 and $500. Consumers who own these grills are asked to stop using them right away and call Fiesta Gas Grills to get a free replacement grease pan assembly and instructions for installing the part and the gas tank. The grill should not be used until the new grease pan assembly and the gas tank have been properly installed. Consumers are also asked to inspect the gas burner hose and regulator, which will be replaced free of charge if there are signs of damage.
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Los Angeles Fatal Rollover Car Accident

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Lindsay Nava, 24, of Glendora, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of July 19, 2009 after her car flipped several times on the 210 Freeway in Azusa, the Pasadena Star News reports. Nava was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla east on the freeway near Vernon Avenue when for unknown reasons, she lost control of the Toyota and veered off the roadway, California Highway Patrol officials said. The Toyota rolled over several times. Nava died at the scene of the car crash, Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials said. CHP is still investigating the cause of this fatal car accident.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Lindsay Nava for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Nava. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 249 injuries involving car accidents in Azusa. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car crashes.
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