California Personal Injury Blog
Hyundai and Kia are recalling 37,327 vehicles to address a problem with the fuel pump and fuel rail, which could pose the danger of a fire.
According to Consumer Reports, the recalled vehicles include Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonatas, as well as Kia Sorento and K5 SUVs and sedans from the 2021 and 2022 model years.
A faulty fuel pipe connection could cause a blaze to break out within the car. …Read the rest »
A 7-year-old boy was killed in a home elevator accident at a beach rental home in North Carolina just three days after federal regulators pushed another major elevator manufacturer to fix a similar problem.
According to a report in The Washington Post, the boy was trapped between the bottom of the elevator car and the home’s upper doorframe. His neck was crushed after he appeared to have gotten between the moving elevator’s inner accordion door and an outer door.
The boy’s family was reportedly visiting from Canton, Ohio, and arrived earlier that day to begin their vacation. Investigators are still looking into what precisely happened here, but they say it fits a pattern of children being crushed by residential elevators after they get trapped in a small space between two elevator doors. …Read the rest »
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against Amazon saying it is selling dangerous products to its customers.
According to a CNN news report, the federal safety watchdog is suing Amazon to make it stop selling these products in its online marketplace.
Among the dangerous products cited in the lawsuit are carbon monoxide detectors that fail to warn, children’s pajamas that could catch fire, and nearly 400,000 hair dryers that could electrocute people if dropped in water. …Read the rest »
California-based company, LoHi Tech, is recalling its SOWTECH Espresso machines because they pose a burn hazard.
According to a report in the International Business Times, there have been five reports of burn injuries caused by the product so far.
A number of burns have occurred due to faulty glass flasks (called glass carafes) breaking and sending hot liquid spilling out.
The company is recalling about 24,900 of these machines, which all come with potentially faulty glass carafes. They will be replaced with safer alternatives. …Read the rest »
Johnson & Johnson is issuing a product defect recall for most of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from U.S. stores after detecting a potentially cancer-causing chemical in some product samples.
The manufacturer found contaminant traces of the high-risk chemical benzene in some products. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the pharmaceutical giant has said consumers should stop using and discard five of its six Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens. …Read the rest »
General Motors announced this week that two recent Chevy Bolt EV fires occurred in vehicles that had already received a fix meant to prevent the battery pack from igniting.
The discovery of a battery fire hazard forced the company into a recall last year. But according to a report on The Verge.com, the latest news has raised questions about the recall and sparked fears that the fix was not effective.
In the meantime, the automaker is warning owners of the 2017-2019 model year Bolts not to charge the electric cars overnight and to park them outside in case they catch fire. …Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving vehicles that are fully or partially automated.
According to a report in the Associated Press, this move by NHTSA indicates that the agency is taking a tougher stance on automated vehicle safety than in the past. So far, the watchdog has been reluctant to issue any new regulations of the new technology over fears that it could hamper the adoption of these modern systems, which are often viewed as the way of the future.
But this new step will help to ensure self-driving vehicles are safe enough to be on the road. …Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into an incident where a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid sedan caught fire in Haverford, Pennsylvania when its owner was at the wheel.
According to news reports, the vehicle owner became trapped inside as the blaze broke out, but managed to escape. An investigation has been launched into this potentially lethal fault. …Read the rest »
General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the United States because the side airbags could explode without warning and send parts flying in the cabin.
According to an Associated Press news report, the recall covers 410,019 trucks. There are concerns that the roof-rail airbag inflator may deploy without a collision occurring, prompted by a series of accident reports.
This could propel parts into the cabin at high speeds, putting drivers and passengers at risk of major injury. …Read the rest »
Mazda is recalling about 260,000 Mazda 3 sedans and hatchbacks from the 2004-2007 model years over concerns that the airbag deployment could cause the steering wheel logo emblem to shatter, spraying the driver with fragments that could cause serious injuries.
As with most vehicle models, the manufacturer logo is set into the center of the steering wheel. But the faulty material can cause the badge to break apart into sharp slivers when the airbag explodes from within the wheel.
According to Consumer Reports, this recall comes after eight incidents that have been documented outside the United States. There are two lawsuits in the U.S. alleging related injuries. …Read the rest »
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