Fatal San Diego Car Accident Caused by Stuck Accelerator, Officials Say

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Mark Saylor, 45, a 19-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, his wife Cleofe, daughter Mahala, 13 and brother-in-law Chris Lastrella, were all killed in a fiery San Diego car accident the evening of August 28, 2009, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. The fatal car crash was apparently caused by a stuck accelerator in the loaned Lexus that Saylor was driving making it go out of control and collide with a Ford Explorer SUV at the intersection of State Route 125 and Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

The Lexus continued through the intersection, hitting a concrete curb and through a picket fence. The car then hit a dirt embankment, became air-borne and rolled over several times before coming to stop at a dry patch on the San Diego river basin where it caught fire. None of the victims have been positively identified yet by the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. The victims were identified by CHP officials who confirmed that Mark Saylor had checked out that particular Lexus for a family trip.

My heart goes out to the Saylor family and their friends for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this family. They will certainly be in my prayers.
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Northern California Teenager Injured in ATV Accident

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The California products liability lawyers at Bisnar | Chase have represented many clients who have sustained serious injuries as a result of accidents involving ATV product defects. In California, we constantly hear about teenagers and young children who are injured or killed in ATV accidents. Recently, a news article in the Redding Record Searchlight reported about a teenager who sustained major injuries in an ATV accident on August 21, 2009 in Tehama County, California. The teen was airlifted to an area hospital soon after the crash. His name or age was not released. The ATV accident occurred near Highway 36 and Ball Road, California Highway Patrol officials said.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man. Dealing with major or catastrophic injuries where it involves young victims, is extremely devastating for their families as well. This teenager may have a long road to recovery, but I hope he has a complete recovery from his significant injuries. Please keep him in your prayers.
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Injured Man Finds Expert Help with Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers

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Jason found himself in need of an attorney after his Los Angeles car accident. He needed an attorney and fast. Jason discovered Bisnar | Chase and received a free consultation with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.

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Defective Blinds Recalled for Strangulation Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with several other companies issued a defective product recall of nearly 5.5 million hazardous window shades and blinds for potential strangulation hazards. This product recall comes in the wake of three child deaths and the near strangulation of seven other children. The recalled window coverings include Roman shades, roll-up blinds, cellular shades and traditional blinds. The companies participating in the recall are Pottery Barn Kids, IKEA, Vertical Land Inc., Lewis Hyman Inc., Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. and Victoria Classics. Victoria Classics’ Roman shades and many of Lewis Hyman’s window shades were sold exclusively at Target stores.
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Defective Auto Product Issue Leads to Volkswagen and Audi Recall

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Volkswagen and Audi are recalling about 16,000 cars because of a
vehicle defect that involves faulty transmissions. According to an ABC news report, these defective transmissions can cause the vehicles to suddenly lose acceleration and in some cases, completely stall. And what is surprising here about this product defect is that these are not older cars or models we’re talking about. These are brand new vehicles.
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Orange County Car Accident Leaves Two Dead

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Arlene Tjandrawansa, 19, and 18-year-old Daniel Tran were killed in an Orange County car accident the night of August 20,2009, The Orange County Register reports. The one-car accident occurred when a 1993 Honda crashed into a wall near a guard shack outside a gated community in Irvine, California. Three others were injured and hospitalized with injuries, Irvine police officials say. The cause of this fatal car accident is still under investigation.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of Arlene Tjandrawansa and Daniel Tran for their tragic, sudden and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
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Wal-Mart Recalls Defective Product Over Fire Hazard Concerns

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Wal-Mart has issued a defective product recall for about 1.5 million Durabrand DVD players because of a potential fire hazard, according to a CNN news report. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Wal-Mart issued the recall after the retailer received 12 complaints of the DVD players overheating. In five of those cases, the overheating started a fire resulting in damaged property. No injuries have been reported as yet. The DVD players, imported from China, were sold at Wal-Mart stores from January 2006 through July 2009 for $29. The recalled DVD players come with a remote control and are silver with a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective products right away and return them to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

I’m glad that Wal-Mart has recalled these dangerous and defective products that apparently cause fires. It’s indeed fortunate that no one has been injured so far due to these product defects.
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Enterprise Rented and Sold Cars without Side Curtain Airbags, Report Finds

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A detailed investigative report released by a group called Safety Research & Strategies, concludes that Enterprise Rent-A-Car rented and sold cars without the side curtain air bags they originally came with raising serious auto products liability issues. According to the group’s report, Enterprise ordered 66,000 Chevrolet Impalas and Cobalts, but got them without installing the side curtain airbags to save money. Enterprise then made the situation worse by reselling some of these 2006, 2007 and 2008 Impalas and the 2008 and 2009 model Cobalts to used car buyers who had no clue that these side airbags had been removed. In fact, Enterprise’s Web site had claimed in its advertisements that these cars came with the side curtain airbags.
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Fatal Riverside Car Accident Possibly Caused by Defective Tire

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Armando Castroesteban, 58, Linda Gutierrez, 31 and 10-year-old Areli Castro were killed in a Riverside car accident after a tire tread separated on their 2004 GMC Envoy SUV, causing the vehicle to roll over and crash into a freeway median. According to a news report in the Whittier Daily News, the fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of August 16, 2009 on the 10 Freeway in Blythe, California. The SUV’s right rear tire tread separated causing the driver, Castroesteban, to lose control, California Highway Patrol officials said. The vehicle then, hit a dirt median and rolled over several times.
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Riverside Rollover Car Accident Injures Five

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Five people were injured in a Riverside car accident after their van’s tire tread separated and the driver lost control and crashed. According to a news report in The Desert Sun, the driver of the van, 32-year-old Edward Dunbar, was also arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and child endangerment. California Highway Patrol officials say Dunbar was speeding east on the 10 Freeway near the Cactus City rest area the morning of August 15, 2009, when a tread on the rear tire of the van came apart and Dunbar lost control. The van skidded across both lanes, struck the raised asphalt curb and rolled several times before crashing through a barbed wire perimeter fence. In addition to Dunbar, a 35-year-old woman, 6-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, also sustained injuries.

My heart goes out to the van’s occupants, especially the young children, two of whom were apparently seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a trauma center. Please keep these injured children in your prayers.
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