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2020 | California Personal Injury Blog

CHP Launches Program to Curb Teen Crash Fatalities in California

By Brian Chase on October 26, 2020 - No comments

CHP Launches Program to Curb Teen Crash Fatalities in California

CHP Launches Program to Curb Teen Crash Fatalities in California

The California Highway Patrol is teaming up with Impact Teen Drivers to teach and reinforce positive driving habits to teens through education. According to a Patch.com news report, California loses the equivalent of eight large school buses filled with teenagers each year to car accidents. The CHP’s partnership with Impact Teen Drivers aims to teach young people positive driving habits and behaviors statewide through virtual classes as well as enforcement. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Companies Recall Furniture for Potential Injury Hazards

By Brian Chase on October 26, 2020 - No comments

Companies Recall Furniture for Potential Injury Hazards

Companies Recall Furniture for Potential Injury Hazards

Two separate product safety recalls were issued for pieces of furniture that could injure consumers. According to alerts issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the first recall involved CB2 Bordo and Bordo XL dining tables. About 1,120 of these tables were recalled after three people suffered injuries when the tables collapsed. The Chicago-based furniture store is warning consumers to stop using these concrete dining tables immediately. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

General Motors Expands Brake Recall to Include More Vehicles

By Brian Chase on October 26, 2020 - No comments

General Motors Expands Brake Recall to Include More Vehicles

General Motors Expands Brake Recall to Include More Vehicles

General Motors is issuing a vehicle defect recall for an additional 14,620 trucks and SUVs because their brakes may suddenly become difficult to use. According to Consumer Reports, the recall addresses a flaw with the power brake-assist system, which reduces the amount of effort a driver needs to exert to stop the vehicle. If the system fails, he or she may find that the brake pedal takes much more effort to push. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Is Tesla Playing a Dangerous Game by Putting Autonomous Features in Consumers’ Hands?

By Brian Chase on October 26, 2020 - No comments

Is Tesla Playing a Dangerous Game by Putting Autonomous Features in Consumers' Hands?

Is Tesla Playing a Dangerous Game by Putting Autonomous Features in Consumers' Hands?

Tesla is forging ahead with its autonomous driving features in spite of several doubts raised by safety advocates about whether the automaker’s technology is ready for primetime. According to a news report in The Washington Post, an industry coalition consisting of General Motors’ Cruise, Ford, Uber and Waymo among others, has criticized the move by Tesla saying that its vehicles are not “truly autonomous” because they still require an active, human driver. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Morfboard Skate and Scooter Toys Recalled for Fall and Injury Hazards

By Brian Chase on October 23, 2020 - No comments

Morfboard Skate and Scooter Toys Recalled for Fall and Injury Hazards

Morfboard Skate and Scooter Toys Recalled for Fall and Injury Hazards

About 162,000 Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo toys were recalled because the “Y” handlebars could break posing a fall and injury hazard. According to an alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company has so far received 18 reports of the “Y” handlebars breaking.

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Posted in: Defective Products

Trucking Company Slapped with $411 Million Verdict in Connection with 45-Vehicle Pileup in Florida

By Brian Chase on October 23, 2020 - No comments

Trucking Company Slapped with $411 Million Verdict in Connection with 45-Vehicle Pileup in Florida

Trucking Company Slapped with $411 Million Verdict in Connection with 45-Vehicle Pileup in Florida

A jury in Florida handed down a $411 million verdict in connection with a 2018 crash that left a motorcyclist severely injured. According to news reports, a jury in Florida’s Second Circuit Court returned the verdict for 42-year-old Duane Washington in a case against Top Auto Express Trucking Company. Washington, a former career Army sergeant, suffered major injuries in a 45-vehicle pileup that occurred in stormy weather on the westbound I-10 in Tallahassee, Florida, on July 24, 2018. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accident

Ford Recalls 2020 Vehicle Models for Safety Defects

By Brian Chase on October 23, 2020 - No comments

Ford Recalls 2020 Vehicle Models for Safety Defects

Ford Recalls 2020 Vehicle Models for Safety Defects

Ford has recalled a number of its 2020 model vehicles for safety defects. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Ford warned that some 2019-2020 Ford Transit Connect vans have an engine flaw that could create fire risks while some 2020 Ford Escape SUVs have tire pressure monitoring problems that could lead to loss of vehicle control. Both vehicles have been recalled along with the high-performance Mustang Shelby GT350 and Mustang Shelby GT500 for its light system. Ford says it is not aware of any accident or injury related to these auto defects. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Data Breach at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Leaves 3 Million Consumer Credit Cards Exposed

By Brian Chase on October 19, 2020 - No comments

Data Breach at Dickey's Barbecue Pit Leaves 3 Million Consumer Credit Cards Exposed

Data Breach at Dickey's Barbecue Pit Leaves 3 Million Consumer Credit Cards Exposed

As indoor dining still remains unavailable in many parts of California, it makes good sense to get dinner delivered or to go. But, as a consumer, you may want to think twice about using your credit or debit card at a restaurant because this is apparently a busy time for hackers as well. Restaurants are perfect targets for cyber attacks because of the sheer number of credit cards that go through their systems each day. Now, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which has a number of restaurants in Southern and Northern California has been targeted by cybercriminals in a data breach, leaving millions of customer credit cards exposed. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action

Here’s the Latest Thing That Can Cause Tesla’s Autopilot to Crash

By Brian Chase on October 19, 2020 - No comments

Here's the Latest Thing That Can Cause Tesla's Autopilot to Crash

Here's the Latest Thing That Can Cause Tesla's Autopilot to Crash

New research shows that “phantom” images such as similar road signs flashed in roadside billboards could confuse semi-automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot. According to a report in Tech Times, in some cases, hackers could even hijack billboards on main roads leading to accidents or total loss of vehicle control. Wired recently reported that researchers were able to trick the Tesla autopilot feature by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an internet-connected billboard. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Peloton Recalls Thousands of Bike Pedals After Reports of Injuries

By Brian Chase on October 16, 2020 - No comments

Peloton Recalls Thousands of Bike Pedals After Reports of Injuries

Peloton Recalls Thousands of Bike Pedals After Reports of Injuries

Peloton has recalled clip-in pedals on about 27,000 of its exercise bikes after it received reports of broken pedals causing injuries including five that needed stitches or other types of medical care. According to a report in The New York Times, the recall applies to pedals on bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016. It came after 120 reports of the pedals breaking and 16 reports of injuries. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products


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