Children Killed, Parents Injured in Ford Explorer Rollover Crash

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Fifteen-year-old Sonya De Anda Martinez and 6-year-old Jesus De Anda Martinez, were killed in a San Bernardino car accident after the Ford Explorer SUV in which they were traveling blew a tire, went out of control and rolled over. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the parents, identified as 40-year-old David D. Chavez and Luz M. Chavarria, 35, of Las Vegas, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

California Highway Patrol officials say the 1998 Ford Explorer was traveling on the Interstate 15 near Baker, the morning of April 29, 2012, when the left rear tire deflated. Chavez, who was driving, veered rapidly to the right across traffic lanes and the right shoulder. The Explorer became airborne and rolled down a 25-foot dirt embankment. Two passengers were ejected.

I offer my deepest condolence to the family members of these two children, especially the grieving parents. Tragic! Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I also wish the injured parents the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Drivers Report Inadvertent Side Airbag Deployment in Honda Vehicles

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A driver in Cobb County, Georgia, reported that the side airbags in his Honda deployed suddenly and without warning as he was driving the vehicle. So far, Honda has not issued any recalls for these particular airbag defects. However, WSBTV in Georgia reports that 24-year-old Shane Kurth is not the first one to report inadvertent deployment of side curtain airbags in Honda vehicles.

According to the news report, Kurth was heading to chiropractic school and driving 65 mph on Interstate 285 when his driver’s side airbag deployed for no apparent reason and hit him on the side of his head. Kurth initially thought he had been hit by another vehicle, but soon realized that wasn’t the case. Fortunately, he was able to maintain control of the car. WSBTV reports that Kurth’s story, while frightening, is not unique. The report says there have been dozens of similar complaints about various Honda models. Another Georgia driver, Chris Androvic, also complained in October 2011 after his airbags deployed while the car was in motion and had not been hit.

No Recalls Yet

So far Honda officials have not issued an auto defect recall in connection with these airbags. Six months ago, the Japanese automaker released a statement that the airbag deployments have not been linked to a common condition or defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet opened an investigation into this matter. So far, it is not known if any injuries have been reported.

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How Safe is Your Sushi?

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Even as two Wisconsin women, 22 and 33, filed a food poisoning lawsuit after suffering a bout of salmonella infection from contaminated sushi, a controversy has erupted over the use of “Nakaochi Scrape” or backmeat that is scraped off fish bones for use in sushi. According to a Reuters news report, the backmeat is added to products such as yellowfin tuna that is used in sushi. California-based Moon Marine USA has recalled 59,000 pounds of raw, ground yellowfin tuna from India, which was packaged as “Nakaochi Scrape AA” or “AAA.”

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Man Killed in Ford Expedition SUV Rollover Accident

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Juan Alfredo Perez, 32, was killed in a Riverside County car accident after his Ford Expedition SUV overturned and crashed. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the SUV rollover accident occurred along Interstate 10 near Thousand Palms. Perez was ejected when the 1999 Ford Expedition overturned during the early morning hours of April 23, 2012. It is unclear what caused him to lose control of the vehicle or why the vehicle rolled over. Officials suspect the driver may have been traveling at a high rate of speed.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Juan Alfredo Perez following this terrible rollover accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Man Killed in San Juan Capistrano Car Accident

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Thomas Abdoyan, 28, of Burbank, was killed in a San Juan Capistrano car accident after the vehicle he was driving went out of control and crashed near Pacific Coast Highway. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred during the early morning hours of April 22, 2012 on the northbound side of the Interstate 5 close to Capistrano Beach.

According to California Highway Patrol officials, the 2006 Mini Cooper that Abdoyan was driving careened into the center median and rolled over several times before coming to rest on its roof about 650 feet from the first point of impact. Abdoyan went into cardiac arrest and died shortly afterward at the hospital. The 29-year-old male passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts at the time. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident.

I offer my deepest sympathies to everybody who knew and loved Thomas Abdoyan for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. My heart also goes out to the passenger who was injured. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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STOK Gas Grills Recalled for Fire Hazard

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A defective product recall has been issued for nearly 90,000 STOK gas grills due to fire hazards. According to a news report in Consumer Affairs, there have so far been 569 reports of the regulators on the grill leaking propane gas. The propane leak at the regulators of these grills can could ignite, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The recall involves STOK Island and STOK Quattro gas grills. The grills were sold by Home Depot stores nationwide and in Canada and Direct Tools Factory Outlet stores nationwide from March 2011 through February 2012 for between $79 and $350. The defective grills were manufactured in China. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact One World Technologies at (800) 867-9624.

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Ford Expedition SUV Rollover Accident Proves Fatal

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Rafael Gonzalez, 46, Isabel Arellano, 29, and Eddie Gonzalez, 33, all Las Vegas residents, were killed in a San Bernardino car accident after their Ford SUV went out of control and overturned. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal rollover accident occurred the night of April 18, 2012 on the Interstate 15 just south of Halloran Summit Road near Baker. Rafael Gonzalez was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition SUV north on the freeway when he lost control and swerved into the center divider. The SUV rolled over several times. The victims suffered fatal injuries. It is not known if there were any survivors. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Rafael Gonzalez, Isabel Arellano and Eddie Gonzalez for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thought and prayers.

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BMW 7-Series Vehicles Investigated for Transmission Control Problems

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Federal safety regulators have found 16 car accidents and five injuries in an eight-month investigation of transmission control problems with BMW 7-Series luxury cars. According to an Associated Press news report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the investigation in August. The probe has now been “upgraded” to an engineering analysis, which takes it a step closer to a recall. However, no recalls have been announced yet.

This probe covers approximately 122,000 BMW vehicles from the 2002 to 2008 model years. These cars have a push-button start and electronic transmission controls. In some cases, the car owners may believe that their vehicles are in “park,” when they actually may be in neutral. The cars could roll away unexpectedly and crash. So far, the German automaker and federal investigators have received 50 complaints from consumers about this problem.

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Carfax Study: Consumer Safety Threatened When Auto Recalls are Ignored

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A new study from Carfax shows that choosing to ignore auto defect recalls can seriously jeopardize public safety. According to a news release issued by Carfax, which serves as a vehicle history expert for used cars, in 2011, more than 2.7 million used cars were on sale online with safety issues that were never fixed. Carfax recommends that car owners and sellers can greatly improve public safety by actively checking for open recalls and having their vehicles repaired by franchise dealers. Not doing so is inexcusable because these fixes are always free and finding cars with open recalls is as easy as getting on a computer and checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s web site.

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Parents and Child Killed in Long Beach Ford Explorer Rollover Accident

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A baby girl and her parents were killed in a Long Beach car accident after the Ford Explorer SUV in which they were traveling crashed. The father has been identified by Coroner’s officials as 20-year-old Abel Israel Gutierrez and the infant has been identified as 2-month-old Sophia Gutierrez. The child’s mother, 19, has not yet been identified. According to a news report in The Press Telegram, the fatal rollover accident occurred the night of April 16, 2012 on the southbound 710 Freeway near Long Beach Boulevard. California Highway Patrol officials say the Explorer, which was driven by the 19-year-old woman, for an unknown reason, went out of control and overturned. Gutierrez and his daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. The mother was transported to an area trauma center where she too died from her injuries. CHP officials are still looking into what caused this tragic accident.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of these three deceased car accident victims for their tragic and devastating loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  More

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