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2016 | Page 2 of 40 | California Personal Injury Blog

Dramatic E-Cigarette Explosion on Fresno Bus Caught on Camera

By Brian Chase on December 22, 2016 - No comments

e-cig explodes on bus

A surveillance camera on board a Fresno city bus caught the scary image when an e-cigarette in a passenger’s pocket erupted in a fiery explosion. According to a report on YourCentralValley.com, the passenger, a man in his 50s, suffered burn injuries to his hands and thigh. The incident occurred the afternoon of December 21, 2016. The bus driver apparently noticed one of his passengers was vaping on the bus. He told the passenger to put away his cigarette and he did. However, within moments the electronic device exploded in his pocket, sending the man to the hospital. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Federal Officials Investigating Reports of Dodge Rollaways

By Brian Chase on December 20, 2016 - No comments

dodge rollaways

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched what it is calling a “preliminary evaluation” of about 1 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks and Dodge Durango SUVs after 43 complaints alleging that the vehicles rolled away when they were in parked position. According to a CBS news report, the incidents have resulted in at least 25 car accidents and nine injuries to date.

The models being looked at as part of this investigation are model year 2013-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUVs equipped with an electronic transmission with a rotary control to select gear position. The reports alleged that the unintended motion or rollaway occurred after the driver moved the transmission gear selector to park and got out of the vehicle. Most of the complaints allege that the incidents occurred when the vehicle was running, some when the vehicle was turned off. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Has Your Yahoo Account Been Hacked? Protect Yourself

By Brian Chase on December 20, 2016 - No comments

Yahoo Agrees to $50 Million Settlement for Users Affected by Security Breach

Yahoo Agrees to $50 Million Settlement for Users Affected by Security Breach

Yahoo just announced yet another major security breach leaving its users worried sick again about protecting their personal information. This latest data theft affected more than 1 billion accounts, according to a CNN news report. This is roughly double the number involved in the security breach it announced in September, which is apparently separate from the most recent breach. The tech company has said it is notifying users who may have been affected by the breach and making them change their passwords.

What’s worse, the hack happened in 2013 and that means the hacker or hackers had more than three years to exploit the information they stole. But security experts say there are several ways to make your information secure. Here are just a few tips if you have been affected by the Yahoo security breach. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action

U.S. Senator Urges Feds to Consider Recalling Exploding E. Cigarettes

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2016 - No comments

Washington Woman Files Lawsuit Over E-Cigarette Explosion and Burn Injuries

Washington Woman Files Lawsuit Over E-Cigarette Explosion and Burn Injuries

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is urging the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to seriously consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that have caught fire and exploded seriously injuring dozens around the country. Schumer said the if another product had repeatedly injured people, immediate action would’ve been taken. E-cigarettes should not be an exception, he said. He urged the CPSC and the FDA to investigate and determine which e-cigarette batteries and devices are the most volatile and make “the explosions stop.” …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

One Killed Five Injured in Whittier Tree Collapse

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2016 - 1 comment

Whittier tree accident

Margerita Mojarro, 61, was killed and five others were injured after a large eucalyptus tree fell on them during a wedding photo shoot. According to a KABC news report, Mojarro was the mother of the bride. The tree fell the afternoon of December 17, 2016 at Penn Park, killing Mojarro and critically injuring a 4-year-old girl, who KABC is identifying as a niece of the bride. The wedding party was posing for photos under the tree when it suddenly uprooted and gave way crashing down on the group below. About 20 people were trapped under the tree’s trunk and branches.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Margerita Mojarro. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured victims. We wish them all the very best for a quick and full recovery. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

Dealers May Sell Certified Used Cars Still Under Recall

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2016 - No comments

GM Recall

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s main advertising regulator, has issued a ruling saying that General Motors and two big used-car chains could advertise their used vehicles as being “certified” and carefully inspected, even if the cars might still be subject to safety recalls for problems that haven’t been fixed. According to a report in The New York Times, the only requirement for dealers would be that they advise buyers that cars could be subject to recalls and give them information about how to find out if the cars are involved in safety recalls.   …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Deep River Potato Chips Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2016 - No comments

Deep river potato chips recall

Deep River Snacks is recalling some of its potato chips over concern that an ingredient that is used in the seasoning may contain traces of salmonella bacteria. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the company has said it is recalling three lots of Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips out of an abundance of caution after being told by a supplier that buttermilk powder used in the flavoring of the popular snacks may have been contaminated.

Deep River says no pathogenic bacteria have been found in any of its ingredients or snack products and no adverse health effects stemming from the possible salmonella contamination have been reported. The recalled products were sold nationally through retail and food service outlets and include only the sour cream and onion flavored chips. Those who bought the recalled products are advised to stop using them and contact the company at (860) 434-7347. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Food Poisoning

Uber Self Driving Car Runs Red Light in San Francisco

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2016 - No comments

self driving cars crash

Within hours of launching a fleet of its much-anticipated self-driving cars in San Francisco on Wednesday, the effort already hit a glitch when one of the cars ran a red light and almost hit a pedestrian. According to a report in the San Francisco Examiner, these vehicles also have Uber drivers and engineers to take over if something goes wrong. But, in the case of the Uber vehicle that ran the red light, it is not clear why no one took over or hit the brakes. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

AutoNation Reneges on Promise to Repair Recalled Vehicles Before Selling Them

By Brian Chase on December 14, 2016 - No comments

AUTONATION

AutoNation is betting that President-Elect Donald Trump would not care about auto safety. According to ConsumerAffairs.com, the new-car chain has backed down on its pledge to fix all outstanding recalls before selling cars to customers, apparently under the assumption that Trump will not pursue the matter. On November 28, AutoNation started selling used vehicles with open recalls after its CEO Mike Jackson concluded that Trump’s victory would mean the end of legislative efforts to require used car dealers to stop selling recalled used cars that have not been repaired. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Driver Exonerated in Fatal Crash Involving Defective Brakes

By Brian Chase on December 14, 2016 - No comments

deadly auto defect crash

A man who was charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash has been exonerated after it was revealed that his car’s brakes were defective. According to a news report on NBC Los Angeles, the horrific crash occurred August 29 2012 when Solomon Methenge crashed his Infiniti SUV into a minivan carrying a mother and her two children, ages 4 and 6. Everyone in the minivan was killed. Methenge himself spent a month in the hospital and was charged with vehicular manslaughter. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects


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