Fire Risks Concern Federal Officials and Auto Makers

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened investigations into several auto defect issues with different brands and models of vehicles this year involving fire hazards. Most recently the federal agency announced that it is looking into Chevy Volt batteries that ignite during a crash. According to a report in the Detroit News, NHTSA has initiated several investigations into fire hazards involving vehicles this year. It also has an ongoing investigation into whether more than 3 million Jeep Cherokees pose a fire hazard.

According to National Fire Protection Association, there has been a drop in the number of vehicle fires in recent years. The association reports that there were 184,500 passenger vehicle fires including 285 deaths and 1,440 injuries nationwide in 2010. The cost of damages due to these fires is approximately $1 billion.
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Federal Officials Launch Safety Defect Investigation into Chevy Volt

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Federal officials have launched an auto defect investigation into General Motors’ plug-in hybrid vehicles after crash tests on several Chevy Volts cars resulted in fires. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was “concerned” that the crash tests, which are designed to imitate real-world crash scenarios, resulted in the vehicles’ batteries catching fire. In one case, a fire that started in one of the Volts that was tested consumed three other vehicles that were parked nearby
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Dog Bites – A Defective Product

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It might be a bit of a stretch, but aren’t dog bites – or rather dogs that bite – defective products? They’re doing something they’re not suppose to do and it causes you an injury. It’s a bit strange to think of it that way, but that’s what we do at Bisnar | Chase. We tackle the obvious product defect cases such as consumer products and automobiles, but millions of dog bites happen every year as well.

Oddly, about 4.7 million dog bites happen every year – that’s nearly 13,000 every single day! What most people don’t know about dog bites is that they make for great personal injury cases.
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General Motors Company, Chrysler Recall Vehicles for Defects

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General Motors Company and Chrysler Group LLC have both issued auto defect recalls for vehicles with faulty seatbelt warning lights, and contaminated brake fluid that could lead to loss of braking ability. According to a Detroit News report, GM is recalling 5,220 early model 2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks to replace seatbelt buckle electrical connectors that may prevent visual or audible warnings that the driver’s seatbelt is not properly latched or fastened. GM officials say the belt itself functions properly. So far, no car accidents or injuries have been reported as a result.
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Toxic and Defective Toys Flood Stores This Holiday Season

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Even as shoppers await Black Friday, the traditional kick-off of the holiday shopping season, consumer advocates at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) have released a list of more than a dozen toys on store shelves that are basically dangerous and defective products, which violate federal safety standards for lead and other hazardous chemicals. According to an Associated Press news report, the group’s report states that many toys that are being sold this Christmas may also pose serious choking hazards.

The dangerous and defective toys named in this report include a whirly wheel, a plastic book for babies, a wooden blocks set and even a Sesame Street brand Oscar doll. PIRG warns consumers about toys that are too loud and could lead to hearing damage as well as balloons, which cause more choking deaths than any other children’s product. According to the report, about 40 percent of the choking fatalities reported to the government between 1990 and 2010 involved balloons.
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$9.85 Million Awarded in Day Care Drowning Case

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In Gwinenett County, Ga, a family finally received a bit of justice after a jury awarded them $9.85 million after their 2-year-old child drowned in a pool at a day care facility in Buford. Swimming pool accidents happen all the time, but those are usually due to defective products. This was negligence of the worst kind.

For a child to mistakenly slip into a swimming pool and drown in beyond inexcusable. There is literally no defense for being so careless. What many people don’t know is that there are several complex matters when it comes to a wrongful death case and legal consultation is highly recommended. Wrongful death attorneys can navigate through the difficulties of your case so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
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Ready Pac Bagged Salads Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination

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California-based Ready Pac Foods is recalling more than 5,000 cases of bagged salad over food poisoning concerns. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall came from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bagged romaine lettuce and salad mixes were distributed to 15 Western states including California. A random government test showed that some of the products were contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. The bagged salads that are part of the recall have a sell-by date of November 18, 2011.
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Personal Injury From Defective Products

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Manufacturers from all over the world have been making defective products ever since products began being made, but when they cause serious harm and personal injury, something needs to be done. Letting manufacturers create defective products and release into the general public can not and will not be tolerated.

One thing you can do, if you’ve been affected by a defective product, is report the incident to a personal injury lawyer who will advise you on your case. Then, you can bring a suit against the company to assure this type of “slip up” never happens again.
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GMC Vans Recalled for Defective Airbags

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Federal safety officials have recently issued an auto defect recall for 1,798 GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans made by General Motors, according to Consumer Reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states the recalled full-size vans, which violate federal safety standards for occupant protection, have faulty dual-stage airbags that may not inflate properly in the event of a severe frontal collision and were made between June and October of 2011. GM will begin notifying owners this month to bring in their vehicles to dealers who will replace the faulty airbags at no cost to consumers. For more information, please call 1-800-462-8782 or visit www.safercar.com.
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Worker Severely Injured at Caltrans Worksite in San Diego

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A worker suffered major job injuries while he was clearing brush near the San Luis Rey River, the afternoon of November 17, 2011. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the worker’s arm was severed in the incident that happened along state Route 76, near the Interstate 15, in Fallbrook. Officials say the man, a sub-contractor, was with a Caltrans work crew, when a steel cable got caught in some machinery that was being used. The cable snapped and struck the worker’s arm severing it at the shoulder and throwing the limb in the air.

The man was taken to an area hospital where surgeons were attempting to reattach the arm surgically. The arm was found in the work area, by a 25-member volunteer search team. The worker was said to be in stable condition. Officials said he was an employee for Dendra Inc. that was hired to work on the Route 76 widening project.
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