Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars for Defective Floor Mats

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Toyota Motor Corp. will issue a massive vehicle defect recall involving 3.8 million cars in the United States to address problems with a floor mat that could cause the accelerator to get stuck and cause a car accident. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall will involve the 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry; 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon; 2004-2009 Toyota Prius; 2005-2010 Tacoma; 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra; 2007-2010 Lexus ES350; and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.
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Tire Blowout Causes Fatal San Bernardino Car Accident

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Enrique Yepez, 62, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident San Bernardino car accident the morning of September 27, 2009 after the vehicle he was a passenger in rolled over and struck a tree. According to a news report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Yepez was riding in the back of a 1992 Honda Civic traveling west on the 10 Freeway near Citrus Avenue in Fontana when one of its tires blew out. The car then overturned and crashed into a tree, California Highway Patrol officials said. Yepez died at a local hospital shortly after the car accident. Two other occupants of the Honda were hospitalized with injuries.
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Orange County Fatal Car Accident

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Ryan Kritz, 20, died in an Orange County car accident on September 26, 2009 after he crashed his car through a concrete block wall and landed in a home’s swimming pool, in Orange, California. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Kritz was headed north on Cannon Street in an Acura sedan and near Via Escola when he drove over the center median, crashed into a wall and landed in the swimming pool of a home in the 5000 block of Full Moon Court. Kritz was pronounced dead at the scene. No one at the home was hurt. Police do not know yet whether alcohol or drugs played a part in this accident.
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Chrysler Auto Products Liability Case Resolved

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A bankruptcy court judge overseeing Chrysler assets has approved a $24 million settlement in the auto products liability lawsuit filed by the family of Los Angeles longshoreman Richard Mraz who died when he was run over by a 1992 Dodge Dakota due to a transmission defect. According to an Associated Press news report, the settlement comes two years after a Los Angeles jury awarded $55 million in damages to Mraz’s family. The family’s lawsuit alleged that DaimlerChrysler had failed to fix and properly warn consumers about a transmission defect that made it seem as if the trucks were in park position when they were actually between gears. After Chrysler’s bankruptcy filing in April, negotiations began in this case, which resulted in the settlement this week.
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Man Killed in Riverside Skydiving Accident

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Wojciech Aleszewicz, 29, a British skydiver was killed after he suffered serious personal injury in a skydiving accident in Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, on September 18, 2009. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Aleszewicz collided midair with another skydiver shortly after they started their jump. He fell 200 to 300 feet hitting the ground at the east end of Skylark Airport. It is not yet known whether Aleszewicz’s parachute failed during his descent. The other skydiver who was involved in the collision escaped with minor injuries and wasn’t identified.
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Mitsubishi Recalls Crossovers for Airbag Defect

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Mitsubishi is issuing a vehicle defect recall for about 530 of its Endeavor sport utility vehicles from the 2010 model year. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, Mitsubishi officials are saying that the retainer bracket, which is used for the seat-mounted side airbag frames, may not have been properly welded and could fail in the event of a car accident. The product recall only includes vehicles manufactured between May 26 and July 28, 2009. Dealers will check the weld and, if necessary, replace the seatback assembly free of charge when the recall begins this month.
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Los Angeles Boy Killed in Car Accident

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Eric Sandoval, a 5-year-old boy was fatally injured in a San Bernardino car accident after the van he was a passenger in, went out of control and crashed on Mount Baldy Road. According to the San Bernardino County Sun, 27-year-old William Sandoval was driving the 1995 Chevy Astro van the afternoon of September 19, 2009 when he experienced engine trouble. Sandoval was unable to stop the van but apparently, still able to steer it as it continued down the road.
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A Dear Client and Friend Passes Away

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The California auto products liability attorneys auto products liability attorneys at BISNAR | CHASE have fought pretty much every large auto maker on behalf of injured clients. Joshua David Newman was one of those clients we were honored to represent. We took on Nissan Motor Co. when the seatbelt anchor of his Nissan Sentra ripped out and caused him serious personal injury. In Joshua’s case, he not only suffered a traumatic brain injury, but also ended up with a lifelong heart condition as a result of the car accident. Josh passed away last week after he collapsed while working out at the gym. His father, Keith Newman, was with him. Josh could not be revived.
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Medtronic Recalls Defibrillators for Product Defects

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Medtronic has issued a defective product recall for some of its LifePak CR defibrillators because humidity may cause them to malfunction. According to a news report, these defibrillators were manufactured and distributed between July 9 and August 19, 2008. Defibrillators are medical instruments that are designed to fix abnormal heart rhythms by delivering electric shocks. Company officials say the recalled products may break down in humid conditions and may fail to analyze heart rhythm accurately. As a result the defibrillator may fail to send the required electric shocks or delay sending it, which may result in serious personal injury or death to patients. The company has not yet announced the scope of this defective product recall.
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Defective Product Manufacturer Slapped With Fines

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered four companies to pay about $615,000 in fines for manufacturing defective products that posed a safety hazard to consumers. According to an Associated Press news report, these companies improperly sold hooded sweatshirts or jackets that have drawstrings at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to children, which can result in serious personal injuries or death.
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