Two Injured in Orange County Car Accident

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An Orange County car accident the morning of January 26, 2010 left two people injured, according to a news report in The Orange County Register. The injury car collision apparently occurred after a driver lost control and slammed into other vehicles waiting on an off-ramp of the 55 Freeway in Orange.

California Highway Patrol officials said the driver of a Honda Civic lost control of the vehicle and suddenly drove across the on-ramp and the divider before crashing into several vehicles including a Chevy Silverado, a Ford Ranger, a Mercedes Benz C240 as well as a Honda Odyssey van, which were waiting on the off-ramp for the light at Chapman Avenue. Both the drivers of the Civic and the Mercedes sustained injuries in this Orange car accident.
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Sudden Acceleration Problems Cause Toyota to Stop Sales of Eight Models

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In an unprecedented move, Toyota Motor Corp. has stopped the sales of eight of its models involved in a recently issued auto product defect recall because the accelerator pedals can become jammed causing these vehicles to accelerate suddenly. The Los Angeles Times reports that Toyota will stop the production and sales of eight models affected by the recall including the top-selling Corolla and Camry until the problem can be evaluated and fixed. These auto product defects have proven to be extremely dangerous because of their potential to cause serious injuries and deaths.
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Defective Power Window Switches Spur Honda Vehicle Recall

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Honda has issued a vehicle defect recall for 646,000 of its Fit models worldwide of which more than 140,000 are in the United States. According to a Reuters news report, the problem involves the driver’s master power-window switch, which can overheat and cause a fire when it makes contact with “excessive liquid” such as heavy rain. So far, seven incidents have been reported in the United States. A similar incident involved a child who was killed in South Africa after a car caught fire. Honda officials believe that death may be related to the problem with the defective switch.

Officials say only 10 percent of the models will need new switches. In other vehicles, a water-tight skirt will be installed to keep the switch dry. Honda Fit owners affected by this recall can expect to receive a notice in the mail soon.
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1 Million More Toyotas Recalled for Defective Floor Mats

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Toyota Motor Corp. has expanded its vehicle defect recall to include 1.1 million more vehicles to the 4.2 million already recalled due to defective floor mats that can cause the gas pedal to get jammed, according to a CNN news report. In an unprecedented move this week, the Japanese auto maker stopped production and sales of eight of its vehicle models, including its top-selling Corolla and Camry models. Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles over the defective floor mats as well as another issue relating to accelerator pedals that can stick and cause sudden, unintended acceleration.
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Toyota Halts Sales of Eight Models Affected by Vehicle Defect Recall

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Toyota Motor Corp. has stopped selling eight of its models covered by a recently issued vehicle defect recall because of gas pedals that can stick and cause sudden acceleration. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, this is an unprecedented step taken by an auto maker of actually stopping sales and production of eight models. These include the top-selling Camry and Corolla because their accelerator pedal can stick and cause “runaway acceleration,” which could of course, lead to a car crash and cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities.
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Learn Why Insurance Companies Limit Payouts

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Personal injury victims are faced with a variety of new challenges after a car accident. Dealing with insurance companies, treating your injury, and trying to do your usual day-to-day duties can become stressful.

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Salmonella Outbreak Leads to Salami Recall

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A company in Rhode Island has recalled about 1.2 million pounds of Daniele brand pepper-coated salami and other sausage meats after numerous cases of salmonella food poisoning across the country. According to an ABC news report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates there were 184 potentially outbreak-associated cases across 38 sates. Thirty of those cases were reported in California, including six from Los Angeles. Nationally, more than 35 people have been hospitalized. So far, no fatalities have been reported relating to the salmonella outbreak.

The recalled salami and ready-to-eat sausages were sold at grocery stores, warehouse stores and online, including Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, and other locations. Most of these recalled products were sold under the Daniele brand name, but several items under the labels of Boar’s Head, Black Bear, and Dietz & Watson are also part of this recall. The earliest cases of salmonella poisoning involving these products were noticed in July 2009.
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Holding Wrongdoers Accountable — Our Common Goal

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Last week, the Associated Press reported and we blogged about a massive defective product recall involving 1.5 million strollers, after several children’s fingertips were amputated or severely injured. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the defective stroller’s hinges that opened or closed the canopy, posed a danger to children. Our friends at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) have issued a statement emphasizing the need for a “new decade of corporate accountability.” The advocacy group’s goal, rightly so, is to level a playing field that offers too many advantages and tilts the balance way too much in favor of powerful corporate interests.

AAJ’s President Anthony Tarricone issued a statement recently saying that the last decade turned out detrimental for consumer rights with the government protecting negligent corporations, the country going through an unprecedented economic crisis and big business’ unrelenting attempts to undermine the civil justice system. Almost on a daily basis, we see adverse effects of defective products being put in the market by negligent product manufacturers.
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Vehicle Defect Recalls Surge in 2009

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Auto makers, in 2009, recalled the most number of defective autos since the last five years, according to an article in Detroit News. Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that in 2009, auto makers recalled 16.4 million vehicles, which is the highest annual tally since 2005. Leading these recalls was Toyota Motor Corp., which recalled 4.87 million vehicles, most of those for sudden acceleration problems. Ford came in second with 4.5 million vehicles largely because of its recall involving faulty cruise control switches that posed a fire hazard. General Motors recalled 2.2 million vehicles; Chrysler 590,000; Honda recalled 454,000 primarily for airbag defects; Nissan 706,000; Hyundai and Kia about 1.3 million.
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Defective Cribs Recalled after Infant’s Death

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Dorel, a Barbados-based company, has issued a defective product recall for about 635,000 cribs after a 6-month-old baby boy was strangled to death by getting trapped in one of these cribs. That fatal incident occurred when the drop-side hardware of the crib broke. According to an Associated Press news report, the recalled cribs were made in China and Vietnam and were sold at major retailers nationwide such as Kmart, Wal-Mart and Sears. According to federal officials, the recall involves 20 models of Dorel Asia cribs with both drop sides and front rails. The drop sides can detach, creating a space where the child can be trapped and become suffocated.
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