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2020 | California Personal Injury Blog

Honda and Acura Vehicles Recalled for Power Loss and Rollaway Risk

By D L on December 30, 2020 - No comments

Acura and Honda Vehicles Recalled for Possible Fuel Pump Failure

Acura and Honda Vehicles Recalled for Possible Fuel Pump Failure

Honda is issuing a vehicle defect recall for nearly half a million vehicles to replace a driveline component that may fail and cause a safety risk. According to Consumer Reports, the automaker says that in certain Honda and Acura sedans and hatchbacks, the driveshaft, a part that helps transfer power from the engine to the wheels, may not have been properly rustproofed during the manufacturing process. As a result, it could rust and break prematurely in turn causing the vehicle to lose power without warning while in motion, or roll away when parked. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Volkswagen Beetles Recalled for Defective Takata Airbags

By D L on December 29, 2020 - No comments

NHTSA Opens Safety Investigations into Volkswagen and Audi Models

NHTSA Opens Safety Investigations into Volkswagen and Audi Models

Volkswagen is recalling 105,652 Beetle coupes and convertibles from the 2012 through 2014 model years to replace dangerous and defective Takata airbags that may rupture when they deploy and spray metal fragments that could injure or kill vehicle occupants. According to Consumer Reports, this recall is the latest chapter in the massive airbag recall and part of an agreement between Volkswagen and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) according to which the automaker will replace Takata airbags in phases through 2025. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

New Studies Show Vaping Could Cause a Mental Fog

By D L on December 29, 2020 - No comments

CPSC Warns Vape Batteries Can Cause Deadly Explosions

If you thought the effects of vaping were merely physical, think again. Two new studies from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has uncovered a link between vaping and mental fog. Both adults and kids who vape were more likely to report difficulties in concentrating, remembering or making decisions compared to their non-vaping, non-smoking peers. It also appeared that kids were more likely to experience mental fog if they started vaping before the age of 14. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Fire Dangers in Older Tesla Models Renew Safety Concerns About Aging Electric Vehicles

By D L on December 29, 2020 - No comments

Fire Dangers in Older Tesla Models Renew Safety Concerns About Aging Electric Vehicles

Fire Dangers in Older Tesla Models Renew Safety Concerns About Aging Electric Vehicles

A number of fire incidents involving older Tesla Model S and X vehicles that experts say are battery-related are raising questions about the safety and durability of electric vehicles as they age. According to a news report in The Washington Post, Usman Ahmad, the owner of a Tesla Model S vehicle said his car “erupted like a flamethrower.” Ahmad said his vehicle spontaneously ignited as he stood on the side of the road. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Chevrolet and GMC Recall Vehicles for Defective Seatbelts

By D L on December 28, 2020 - No comments

Chevrolet and GMC Recall Vehicles for Defective Seatbelts

Chevrolet and GMC Recall Vehicles for Defective Seatbelts

General Motors is issuing a safety recall for more than 624,000 Chevy and GMC pickup trucks and SUVs with front bench seats for potential seatbelt defects. According to Consumer Reports, the recall includes vehicles from the 2019 through 2021 model years because the front center seatbelt may not be properly attached to the seat. As a result, the seatbelt may not provide adequate protection to front-center passengers in a crash. This could cause serious injuries or even fatalities. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Ceiling Fans Sold at Home Depot Recalled for Blade Injury Risk

By D L on December 28, 2020 - No comments

Ceiling Fans Sold at Home Depot Recalled for Blade Injury Risk

Ceiling Fans Sold at Home Depot Recalled for Blade Injury Risk

Nearly 200,000 ceiling fans from Home Depot were recalled after people reported they were injured by the fan blades that broke off and fell when the fans were in use. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), King of Fans has recalled 200,000 Hampton Bay 54″ Mara Indoor and Outdoor Ceiling Fans that were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Study Shows Some Talc Products Contain Asbestos

By D L on December 23, 2020 - No comments

Study Shows Some Talc Products Contain Asbestos

Study Shows Some Talc Products Contain Asbestos

Nearly 15% of talc-based cosmetic products, which were analyzed in a recent study, contained asbestos. According to a HealthDay news report, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an American advocacy nonprofit that performed the analysis and commissioned the testing, said methods employed by the cosmetics industry to screen talc supplies are simply not adequate. The voluntary testing method developed by the industry is not sensitive enough to screen for asbestos when compared to electron microscopy, researchers said. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Will Your Renters Insurance Policy Cover Dog Bites?

By D L on December 23, 2020 - No comments

Los Angeles Was Third in Dog Attacks Against Mail Carriers Last Year

Renters insurance typically covers dog bites and dog attacks under personal liability coverage. However, some insurance companies may make some exclusions such as leaving out large dogs and certain dog breeds. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 67% of American households own a pet and dogs account for about 63% of these pets. The United States also has a high incidence of dog attacks and dog bites which, sometimes, leave victims seriously or even fatally injured. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Dog Bites

Ford Recalls Several Vehicle Models for Safety Issues

By D L on December 23, 2020 - No comments

Ford Recalls Millions of Vehicles to Replace Faulty Takata Airbags

Ford Recalls Millions of Vehicles to Replace Faulty Takata Airbags

Ford Motor Company recalled 33,228 new vehicles in North America for possible burn risk and power loss including vehicles that are sometimes used as hotel and airport shuttles and ambulances. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the 2021 Ford E-Series vans with a 7.3-liter engine may have insulation under the engine cover that fails to extend over the whole area as intended. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

New Subaru Outback and Legacy Recalled for Faulty Rearview Camera

By D L on December 22, 2020 - No comments

New Subaru Outback and Legacy Recalled for Faulty Rearview Camera

New Subaru Outback and Legacy Recalled for Faulty Rearview Camera

Subaru of America has issued an auto defect recall for the 2020 Subaru Outback wagon and 2020 Legacy sedan models because the car’s rearview camera may shut down reducing the driver’s ability to see cars or people behind the vehicle when it is backing up. According to a news report, 7,741 2020-model year Outback and Legacy models are affected by the recall. This is the second recall for the two cars manufactured at the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects


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