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Altec recalls 1,200 vehicles due to defective boom

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 3, 2012

Altec Industries Incorporated has announced a voluntary recall for more than 1,200 units of its AA755 and AA755L vehicles, due to a design defect that can cause increased injury risk.  For certain AA755 and AA755L vehicles manufactured in model years 1993 through 2004, continually overloading or side loading the vehicle’s booms may potentially cause the lower boom to fracture adjacent to its lower boom pivot.

Unless the use of the AA755 and AA755L vehicles is discontinued, the boom could fail, putting any person or property below the boom at greater risk of sustaining injury or damage.

Altec has not yet specified a date to begin its recall program, but consumers will be notified, and owners of affected vehicles will be provided with a AA Boom Stiffener Kit. Consumers concerned about this recall or seeking more information can contact Altec Industries, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline.

The recall campaign number for this product is CSN 559.

As a highly experienced San Diego car accident lawyer, I sincerely hope that this recall will be successfully completed before this defective product hurts anyone. When heavy industrial equipment malfunctions it puts everyone in danger. If you or someone you love or care about  has been harmed by a defective product, please consider discussing the specifics of your legal case with a licensed San Diego personal injury lawyer.

Honda recalls 550,000 SUVs, risk of headlight failure

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 30, 2012

 

Honda has issued a voluntary recall for more than 550,000 of its C-RV and Pilot sport utility vehicles due to a potential risk of headlight failure. According to a statement issued by the automaker, the wiring connecting the headlight switch to the battery is too taut, causing it to loosen gradually from its connectors, possibly until it becomes unattached, cutting the lights off from their power source and causing the low-beam headlamps to switch off unexpectedly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than thirty complaints related to this issue, including 12 owners complaining that both headlights switched off suddenly.  These reports, along with information provided by the automakers, prompted the NHTSA to run diagnostic tests on the vehicles, which revealed the potential for malfunctioning headlamp wiring.

Honda will begin informing consumers of the recall at the end of April. The CR-Vs and Pilots under recall include vehicles from the model years 2002 through 2004. At this time, no incidences of injuries or accidents caused by this manufacturing defect have been reported.

As a San Diego personal injury lawyer, I sincerely hope this recall can be completed before anyone is hurt by this potentially dangerous defect.  If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a malfunctioning automobile, I urge you to consider discussing your case with a San Diego car accident lawyer.

Cadillac XTS To Unveil the First Ever Vibrating Safety Seat

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 27, 2012

Car technology continues to improve in a bid to keep motorists safe.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS, a full size sedan, will debut next month with a first of its kind safety feature:  a safety seat.  This technology has been designed to better alert the driver of a vehicle when an accident is about to occur.

Here’s how it works:  when the vehicle senses that an accident is in the offing, the seat will vibrate much like a cell phone.  But it goes a step farther than just simple vibration.  If the threat is happening off to your right, then the seat will vibrate on your right side.  When it appears that an accident is almost certain, then the entire seat will shake and the dashboard will blink at the driver.

After its debut on the XTS, the technology is scheduled to roll out on the company’s ATS  and SRX vehicles later this year.

Eventually, drivers will be able to choose from two systems.  The first is called Driver Awareness, which provides the vehicle operator with the aforementioned alerts.  The second system, which is scheduled to come out in the fall, is called Driver Assist.  If drivers choose to utilize a vehicle with this function, the car will take its own evasive action, such as braking or accelerating.

As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I can see that we’re living in a brave new world of car technology.  I only hope as a personal injury lawyer in San Diego that such technology becomes pervasive enough for everyone to be able to benefit from it.

Texting While Driving Could Be Banned by South Carolina

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on March 9, 2012

This week, Pennsylvania became the latest state to put forth a law that makes it illegal to text while driving.  And now another state is lining up to do that very same thing.

The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 93-15 to make texting while behind the wheel a crime that carries a fine of $100.  If the car is in motion, the texting is considered a primary offense, but it won’t be against the law to text while the vehicle is stationary.

But the law hasn’t been passed yet.  It still has to go through one more House vote, at which point the issue will be brought in front of the Senate to receive the final approval.  This could happen as soon as next week.

According to estimates by AAA, 87% of the population thinks there should be a law in place to limit texting and driving, and their findings also show distractions such as texting cause more than 8,000 crashes per day.

However, that’s not to say that everyone is for the potential law.  15 representatives dissented, citing the existence of rules that already limit distracted driving behavior.  They also call into question the broad wording of the measure.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Diego, I applaud any state that tries to make their roads safer.  I’ll be paying careful attention as a San Diego car accident lawyer to what other states jump in line to put bans on texting.

BMW Issues Recall Due To Possible Parking Failure

By PSB Admin on January 26, 2012

Driving a vehicle is hazardous enough, but once you’re parked and out of the car, you think you’re all good, right? Well, as it turns out, you don’t even have to be inside of your car for it to potentially cause damage to others.

BMW AG has announced a recall of certain of its 2012 model 20X5 xDrive 35i sport-utility vehicles. Only six vehicles are affected by the design flaw, but as you’ll see, the safety hazard is a large one. The vehicles were built between December 19 and December 21, 2011.

A production error affected the transmission case, causing the surface not be be properly machined. This means that possible excess friction in the transmission can prevent the vehicle from properly engaging its parking lock. Therefore, if the driver of the vehicle does not set the parking brake, the vehicle could roll away after the operator steps out.

Drivers of the affected automobiles can have their transmissions replaced by the company free of charge.

As a San Diego car accident lawyer, I’m used to dealing with cases involving cars where the driver is actually inside the vehicle, but one can see how this would still be a safety hazard. I hope the problem is fixed before a serious incident occurs, and as a car accident lawyer in San Diego, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to heed all recall directives.

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