May 28, 2010

4 NY teens hurt when driver holds breath, faints

As a car and truck accident attorney, I must encourage all drivers to drive with the utmost care, especially young drivers lacking in experience. Jokes, pranks, and dares are never wise when behind the wheel. This week, “four upstate New York teenagers who tried to hold their breath for the time it took their car to go a third of a mile were hurt when the driver fainted.” (AP, 5/26).

Authorities say four teenages boys were “traveling together late Monday night when they decided to try to hold their breath while riding through Garbutt, a rural Rochester-area hamlet that's just three-tenths of a mile long.” The 19- year old driver fainted while holding his breath, causing the car to hit a boulder. The driver is paraplegic for whom the car was specially equipped to drive. Fortunately all four teens were okay after being treated at a hospital.

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May 28, 2010

Sleeping woman left on plane in Philly for 4 hours

As a personal injury attorney, I hope all airlines take this incident seriously and take more care ensuring all passengers are off the plane in the future. After a sleeping passenger was left about a flight for four house after landing in Philadelphia, Airline officials are trying to figure out how the lapse occurred. (Philadelphia, AP, 5/26).

According to police and the Transportation Security Administration, “the passenger didn't wake up when her United Express flight from Dulles airport outside Washington landed shortly after midnight Tuesday. At about 4 a.m., a cleaning crew found her.”

United Airlines says, “they're working with a regional partner carrier to determine why the plane wasn't cleared upon landing.”

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May 25, 2010

Nissan Is Recalling 42,000 Trucks

Nissan announced this week that it is recalling almost 42,000 of its 2010 Infiniti and Nissan trucks because poor welding on a suspension part may result in its failure. (NY Times, Wheels, C. Jensen, 5/21).

According to the automaker, the failure of a cylindrical collar that is part of the lower control link assembly could “allow the vehicle handling characteristics to deteriorate.” The vehicles included in the recall are the 2010 Nissan Titan, Armada, Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder as well as the Infiniti QX56.

As a car and truck accident lawyer in Chicago, I always encourage consumers to maintain up to date knowledge regarding recalled vehicles and to act swiftly if their vehicles are affected.

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May 17, 2010

Hummer recalls 198,000 H3s worldwide to fix hood

General Motors announced recently that it is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving. (D. Stumpf, AP Auto, 5/5).

The recall is voluntary by the automaker after two complaints in the U.S. and three in Japan, and affects nearly 165,000 Hummer H3s and H3Ts in the U.S. A Hummer spokesman says, “a device on the hood called a hood louver (LOO-ver) can come loose and possibly detach while driving.” The faulty device helped to cool the engine on older models but is purely decorative on the newer H3.

As a automobile accident attorney in Chicago, I encourage all consumers to stay on top of auto recalls and act quickly if your vehicle is affected to avoid needless injuries.

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May 2, 2010

Acura Recalling 167,000 TSX Models for Fire Hazard

Christopher Jenson reports, “Honda is recalling about 167,000 of its 2004–8 Acura TSX models because of a fire hazard.” (NY Times, 4/29). This is the third recall of an Acura model for a similar problem, now affecting almost 500,000 vehicles.

Honda said the fire hazard stems from “prolonged under-hood temperatures,” which may cause a crack in a house to the power steering, which would leak fluid and potentially create a fire hazard. The first report, according to Honda, of such a fire was last September, which prompted further investigation leading to a series of recalls.

As a products liability lawyer, I encourage all Acura drivers to monitor the recalls and ensure their vehicles are not affected.

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May 2, 2010

Toyota Offers a Fix for S.U.V.’s Control Problems

Toyota said Thursday, “it had resumed sales of the Lexus GX 460 after fixing a problem with the stability control system that could cause the luxury sport utility vehicle to roll over.” (N. Bunkley and M. Maynard, 4/29, NY Times) These actions came after a highly-public consumer reports warning against purchasing the car.

The fix, according to the company is a software upgrade for the vehicle, which has been distributed to dealers who have been instructed to schedule repairs. This news comes only a day after Toyota issued another recall, this one regarding the 2003 model of the Toyota Sequoia. Although no accidents had resulted, Toyota plans to upgrade the stability control systems on the recalled vehicles.

As a car and truck accident attorney, I am glad that Toyota has found a fix to the issues with it’s SUV’s, and as always, I encourage consumers to remain aware of recalls and act quickly if necessary.

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