Driver Killed in Los Angeles Rollover Accident

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Moises Alvarez Viscaino, 36, of Palmdale, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was ejected from his overturning pickup truck, the morning of January 27, 2012. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the fatal car accident occurred on the Avenue R alignment in the Little Rock Wash near 90th Street East. California Highway Patrol officials say Viscaino’s pickup truck rolled over and that he was thrown out of the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured. Officials are investigating the cause of this fatal crash.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Moises Alvarez Viscaino for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Woman Killed in San Bernardino Car Accident

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Leonor De Coronado, 37, of Big Bear City was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after her Kia Sorrento collided with a gravel box trailer frame that had disconnected from a truck. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal car accident occurred on Highway 18 near Paradise Way in San Bernardino, the morning of January 20, 2012. Officials say the trailer frame became disconnected when a truck veered out of control on a curve. The trailer entered into the opposing lane of traffic where it struck the Kia. De Coronado died in a nearby hospital and her 16-year-old daughter suffered moderate injuries. It is unclear why the truck driver lost control on the roadway.

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Longshoreman Killed On the Job in Port of Long Beach

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A longshoreman was fatally injured on the job in the Port of Long Beach after a container aboard a ship fell and crushed him. According to a CBS news report, the incident occurred the night of January 19, 2012 at Pier J. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say the crane operator dropped the container on his boss. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is handling the investigation.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Tankless Water Heaters Recalled due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Risks

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Navien America Inc., an Irvine-based company, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a defective product recall for about 13,000 tankless water heaters. According to a CPSC safety alert, an unstable connection can cause the water heater’s vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied. A detached vent collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer. So far, no incidents, injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of this product defect.

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Cadillac SUVs Recalled for Transmission Issues

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an auto defect recall for 2010-2011 Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles for transmission issues. According to Consumer Reports, the 8,789 recalled vehicles have improperly installed transmission shift cables that may prevent drivers from shifting the SUV into or out of “park” and possibly cause a car accident. The problem affects SRX models made by General Motors between October 2008 and June 2011.

Drivers of the vehicles in question may have problems shifting the automatic transmission out of the park mode because the cable has come out of the bracket. The vehicle’s shifter may also incorrectly show that the SUV is in “park” when it is not. In such cases, there is the danger of the SUV rolling away and causing a crash. When the recall begins in January, General Motors will notify the owners of the affected vehicles. Dealers will have the transmission shift cables inspected and replaced free of charge.

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Saturn Aura Sedans being Investigated for Problems Relating to Shifts

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Federal safety regulators are investigating 2007 and 2008 model year Saturn Aura sedans for possible auto defects involving corrosion of the shift-actuating cable. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the protective covering for the cars’ shift cables can corrode and allow moisture to seep into the cable structure. Weakness or sloppiness in the cable assembly can cause the transmission to be set in one position when the shift lever indicates another. In addition, corrosion can also cause the cable to break resulting in loss of shifting ability. The investigation affects a total of 88,729 cars.
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Steering Defects Lead to Toyota Prius Recall

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Toyota has issued an auto defect recall for 106,000 first-generation Prius hybrid vehicles for a steering defect. According to a news report in the Associated Press, the recall involves a faulty steering in which a nut may come loose. So far, one accident has been reported in connection with these steering defects. This recall affects vehicles in Japan, the United States, Germany and Great Britain, which were manufactured from 1997 to 2003.

This recall is part of a long line or recent recalls by Toyota. Over the last two years alone, Toyota has recalled 14 million vehicles, a majority of them for sudden acceleration issues. Recent recalls involve steering defects, braking problems and faulty driveshafts. If you are concerned that you own a vehicle related to this most recent recall, it would be in your best interest to contact a Toyota dealer and ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.
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Ford Recalls 1.2 Million Pickup Trucks for Sudden Airbag Deployment

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Ford has issued an auto defect recall for about 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks after receiving hundreds of consumer complaints about sudden and unexpected airbag deployment. According to a report in Detroit News, this new recall also includes 2004 to 2006 model F-150 vehicles some 2006 Lincoln Mark LT SUVs. The auto maker agreed to recall the vehicles under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has so far received 269 reports of sudden airbag deployment and 98 injuries related to the airbag defects. Injuries from the unexpected airbag deployment include chipped teeth, broken arms and even burns.

Ford Forced by NHTSA to Issue Recall

Ford officials in February agreed to recall about 135,000 pickup trucks for the very same problem. But that was just a mere fraction of the 1.3 million vehicles federal officials demanded that Ford recall in a Jan. 26 letter. Ford made two separate design changes to the F-150 pickup trucks in 2006 after numerous complaints about the defective airbags. Ford opposed the recall that was demanded by NHTSA saying it was not necessary.
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Man Killed in Sacramento Workplace Accident

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Zeke Odom, 40, sustained fatal job injuries while working on electrical lights at a Staples store the morning of March 16, 2011. According to The Sacramento Bee, the fatal jobsite accident occurred on Truxel Road in Sacramento. Odom, an employee of Century Lighting & Electric was crushed when he raised his articulated boom and basket in an attempt to position himself to work on the lights. However, he was trapped between an overhang and a bar in the basket. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) are looking into the cause of this horrific accident.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Zeke Odom following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Occupational Fatality Statistics

According to the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), a total of 926 fatal job injuries occurred in California between 2007 and 2008. These deaths account for about 9 percent of all work-related deaths in the United States during that same period.
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Woman Injured in Mall Parking Lot Accident Involving Elderly Driver

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A Chico mother was seriously injured in a car accident in a local mall’s parking lot after she was struck by an elderly driver who lost control of his vehicle. According to a news report in the Paradise Post, Michelle Sobrero was walking with her daughters Brooke and Carly, when she was hit by a vehicle in the parking lot the evening of March 7, 2011.

Officials say 80-year-old Hirabhai Patel lost control of his 2002 Mercedes, struck a van in a handicap parking spot and then hit Sobrero. She sustained fractures to her right foot, right collarbone, a left rib and left hand. Her daughters say she will be in a wheelchair for at least two weeks and will need physical therapy afterward. Police have revoked the elderly driver’s license. He will be required to retake his driver’s test to regain his license.

My heart goes out to Michelle Sobrero and her daughters who witnessed their mother get hit. I can only imagine how frightening it must have been for them. I wish the seriously injured victim a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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