December 28, 2010

GM recalls almost 100,000 vehicles due to 2 issues

General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 100,000 vehicles “to fix two problems that could cause the rear axle to lock and the passenger-side airbag not to work.” (NY AP, 12/23). The airbag recall affects 2005 to 2007 model year Cadillac CTS. The axle recall affects the 2011 model year versions of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Silverado 1500.

As a personal injury attorney in Chicago, I urge all GM consumers to determine if their vehicles are affected. A defective airbag is an especially serious issue that has the potential to lead to many unnecessary serious injuries and even deaths. Please act quickly if your vehicles are affected.

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December 20, 2010

Honda recalls 1.35 million Fit subcompacts

Honda Motor Co. says it is “recalling 1.35 million Fit subcompact cars globally to fix defective wiring in the headlights.” (Tokyo AP, 12/16). The recall will affect just shy of 150,000 cars in the United States, as well as over 700,000 cars in Japan. Honda has not released numbers for the European and Asian recalls, and say not accidents have resulted from the recall.

Chrysler and Volkswagen also issued large recalls. The Chrysler recall affects the 2008 Town and Country and Dodge Caravan minivans because of a leak near the heating and air conditioner. Volkswagen says its recall affects “2007-2009 model year Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Rabbit and 2006-2010 New Beetle small cars [due to a] small plastic tab in the windshield wiper fluid reservoir could rub against a fuel supply line under the hood. A fuel leak could develop and lead to fires.” (Washington AP, 12/15).

As a Chicago car and truck accident lawyer, I always encourage consumers to act quickly on recalled vehicles. Especially during this holiday season, when long road trips are common, please ensure your vehicles are safe.

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December 12, 2010

JetBlue flight has close call on Boston Runway

As a personal injury lawyer in Chicago, I am thankful that the air traffic controller acted quickly in this near miss in Boston, but hopeful that similar close calls will be avoided in the future.

Thankfully, a “quick-thinking air traffic controller at Boston's Logan International Airport urgently told a JetBlue flight to "hold" just before it entered a runway where another plane was about to take off.” (Boston AP, 12/7). The Jet Blue flight arising from Austin, Texas landed safely, but came face to face with danger when the pilot accidentally took a right instead of a left. The mistaken turn nearly cause it to pull out in front of a plane going full speed to take off. Ground radar images show that the close call was nearly a tragedy.

While the air traffic controller is, and should be, praised, airport safety must be taken seriously, and we must avoid such close calls in the future.

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December 5, 2010

Gov't offers new rules for rear visibility in cars

The government is proposing new rules aimed at “improving rear visibility standards for cars.” (K. Thomas, AP Washington, 12/3). These new regulations may make rear view cameras more common in future vehicles to address concerns about children being inadvertently struck by drivers backing up.

Most carmakers plan to meet the new requirements by installing rear view video cameras with corresponding in-vehicle displays. The regulations may be phased in as early as the 2013-14 model years.

The government estimates “nearly 300 people are killed and 18,000 injured each year because of backovers. Nearly half the deaths involve children under age 5.” As a , I fully support the new government regulations. Safety, especially when it involves children, is paramount.

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