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NHTSA Makes Changes to Vehicle Recall Notices

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on August 19, 2013 - Comments off

San Diego Auto Product LiabilityThe lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group learned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that automakers will have one year to change the way they share recall information with affected motorists, according to a recent article in Automotive News. Drivers who don’t know about recalls may continue to drive unsafe vehicles and suffer serious injuries as a result – as many experienced San Diego car accident attorneys have seen.

One of the changes requires automakers to implement a function on their websites that allows customers to search for any recalls affecting their vehicle by inserting the vehicle’s VIN into a search field. The NHTSA has also changed the design standards for recall notices to make them stand out among the vast amounts of other information modern consumers must process. » Read More

 

NHTSA Opens Investigation into Honda Odyssey for Braking Issues

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on July 8, 2013 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently opened an investigation, based on owner complaints, into sudden and unexpected braking problems in 2007 and 2008 Honda Odyssey vehicles. If a recall is issued to correct the problem, it will affect as many as 344,000 vehicles, according to the agency. A similar recall was issued in March 2013 to deal with braking issues in other Honda and Acura vehicles.

The investigation is based on 22 separate complaints from Honda Odyssey owners who reported that the vehicle applied its brakes without driver action, sometimes quite suddenly. Sudden and unexpected braking can cause serious injuries, even if no other vehicles are involved in an accident. Passengers may be thrown violently forward and backward, causing whiplash or other serious car accident injuries. » Read More

 

NHTSA Launches Safety App for iPhone

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on March 26, 2013 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released an iPhone app that makes it easy for users to receive updates about vehicle recalls, learn about crash test safety ratings, and more. Just don’t use it while you’re driving!
The SaferCar app is available for free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A version for Android-based devices is currently in development.
The app gives users access to a wide range of safety topics from the NHTSA, which can also be accessed on the agency’s website, safercar.gov. Just a few of the safety steps users can take with the app include:

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Brake Failure to Blame for Spring Valley Car Accident

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on October 9, 2012 - Comments off

A female motorist was injured on September 23 around 11 p.m. in Spring Valley on State Route 94 going eastbound. Reportedly, the female motorist was driving her car at 45 miles per hour when the brakes failed and she jumped out of the car.
The motorist skidded on the roadway and hit her head on a pole after jumping from the car. The car hit the guardrail before it finally came to rest.
The motorist was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment for her car accident injuries. Our personal injury law office sincerely prays that the female motorist recovers from her injuries soon.

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Marine Killed In Oceanside Head-On Motorcycle Crash

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on October 3, 2012 - Comments off

Sgt. Ian Wiseman, a 28-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine, was killed in a head-on crash in Oceanside on September 29. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, this fatal motorcycle crash took place on El Camino Real near Skyline Drive.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Sgt. Wiseman lost control of his motorcycle due to unknown causes and veered off his side of the road. Sgt. Wiseman then crossed over a concrete median and entered the northbound lanes where he collided head-on with a silver colored Volkswagen Passat.
The impact of the collision was so strong that the marine was thrown off his bike and fell down an embankment. Medical Examiner officials pronounced Sgt. Wiseman dead at the accident scene. Our law office offers our heartfelt condolences to the marine’s family for such a tragic loss.

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Could Your New Car be Poisonous?

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on February 17, 2012 - Comments off

Motor vehicles are anything but organic, but a new study has shown that the materials that make up the interiors of cars may actually be toxic to occupants. A study done by Ecology Center has tested 205 different vehicles from recent years to find out if the “new car smell” often associated with the purchase of a new vehicle is actually a health hazard caused by toxic chemicals.
During the study, researchers examined interior components from 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles to find out what chemicals were present and how much each vehicle contained. Specifically, new vehicles are at a higher risk of exposing occupants to chemicals because their components are new and are much more likely to emit chemical fumes, known as off-gassing, that can be hazardous to one’s health over a long period of exposure in the confined space of a vehicle. The study found that the vehicle with the worst toxic levels was the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, while the 2012 Honda Civic was the best.

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Dangerous chemicals came with the use of flame retardants (which uses a heavy amount of bromine), PVC materials, and heavy metals to compose the interior components or coat them. All of these materials have been known to be toxic and can cause a great amount of off-gassing when heated up, which often occurs in vehicles. Additionally, materials such as polyurethane foam can break down over time, resulting in toxicity dangers for used vehicles as well. Fortunately, the study also found that 17 percent of 2011 and 2012 vehicles have eliminated use of PVC materials in interiors, compared to zero percent in 2006.
Automobile defects, such as toxicity, are often hard to detect until it is too late. If you or a loved one has been injured due to such a defect, the San Diego auto product liability lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group can assist you in finding compensation for your losses from those responsible. Auto defect injuries are serious and often life-altering, so for more information on how we can help you, call (888) 233-5020.

 

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