In news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with General Motors Company (GMC), announced the recall of certain 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles because they contain tire pressure monitoring systems that do not meet federal safety standards.
The recall affects roughly 34,000 Equinoxes and Terrains from the model year 2012. This recall was initiated by the NHTSA after the agency found that the vehicles feature tire pressure monitoring system computers that fail to alert drivers when their tire pressure falls below the federal safety standard. The federal standard for tire pressure monitoring systems in vehicles is designed to alert drivers when the air pressure in any of the vehicle’s tires falls under 25 percent of the vehicle’s recommended cold inflation pressure. Certain models of each vehicle fail feature tire pressure monitoring systems that fail to illuminate the dashboard warning light until the internal tire pressure falls to a level beneath the 25 percent standard.
According to the NHTSA, improperly inflated tires can result in the overheating of the tires or even blowouts, which can further result in auto accidents that involve injury. Underinflated tires can also result in premature and uneven tread wear, poor vehicle handling and increase fuel consumption.
General Motors plans to begin notifying known affected consumers this month of the NHTSA recall. Owners will be scheduled to bring in the vehicle to a local dealership where technicians will replace the faulty modules free of charge.
As an Olympia car accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls concerning defective auto parts before and understand the significant dangers they pose to drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to call a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights a consumer.
In a news statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Evergreen Enterprises, announced the voluntary recall of the company’s Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles due to the potential burn and flash fire hazards they present to consumers.
This recall affects approximately 23,400 bottles of Fireside Gel Fuel in 30-ounce bottles. The gel fuel was available with and without citronella. They can be identified by the words “Fireside”, “Gel Fuel”, “Evergreen” and “Flag & Garden” that appear on the container labels. The recall only affects the bottles sold in cases of 12. The gel fuel is intended for use in stainless steel or ceramic cups in the center of ceramic and glass firepots for ignition. The gel fuel was available at independent retailer nationwide from December 2010 through September 2011.
The pourable gel fuel was found to ignite without warning and splatter onto people and nearby objects when added to an already-lit firepot. The burn and flash fire hazards exist when the consumer is unaware or unable to see that the firepot is already lit. Neither the CPSC nor Evergreen Enterprises is aware of any injuries that have occurred in connection with this recall.
Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the gel fuel and return the bottle to the company for a full refund.
As an Olympia personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and understand the severity of the dangers they pose to consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to consult a personal injury lawyer in your area.
News outlets reported that a car crash killed a 20-year-old Spokane Community College student on Interstate 90 near Ritzville Monday morning.
According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the accident happened just before 6am as the 20-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90, approximately 17 miles east of Ritzville. The woman and her 21-year-old male passenger were apparently driving from Yakima to Spokane, where the woman attended college, when for unknown reasons the woman veered off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled roughly 150 feet down an embankment before coming to rest. Upon reaching the bottom of the embankment, the vehicle ignited in flames. The male passenger was able to escape the vehicle, however he was unable to extricate the female driver.
Emergency crews pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger was transported to East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville for the treatment of injuries, including several broken bones, which he had sustained in the crash.
Troopers were forced to close one lane of I-90 to facilitate a cleanup effort and their investigation. Authorities are continuing their investigation and have yet to state whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident.
As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. In my time as a car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the devastating effects that accidents similar to this have had on those left behind. My sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of this woman as they mourn their loss.
Media outlets reported that a 19-year-old Camas man was moderately injured in a single-vehicle accident on state Highway 14 Sunday evening.
According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, the 19-year-old driver was traveling eastbound on state Highway 14 when the accident occurred at roughly 6pm. The Washington State Patrol alleged that the man fell asleep at the wheel, causing his 202 Hyundai Accent to veer off of the roadway. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and continued on through underbrush, until ultimately colliding head-on with a tree. No other vehicles are suspected as being involved with this accident.
The 19-year-old driver sustained moderate injuries in the accident, including two broken femurs and a laceration to his head. The man was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for the treatment of his injuries. As of Monday morning, he was listed in satisfactory condition by hospital staff.
Authorities have not stated whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident or whether any citations may be issued.
As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m relieved that no one was more seriously injured, or killed, in what could have been a potentially deadly accident. I wish this man a speedy recovery from his injuries so that he may more quickly put this incident behind him. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you think was the result of another driver’s negligent actions, it may be in your interests to speak with a car accident lawyer in your area.
Media outlets reported that a 26-year-old Portland man sustained moderate injuries in a car accident on Highway 14 in Skamania County Wednesday night.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident happened at approximately 7:30pm in Skamania County roughly 2 miles west of North Bonneville. The man was traveling on Highway 14 when he approached a curve and allegedly lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons; however troopers believe the man was driving at excessive speeds for the road conditions. The 26-year-old’s 2003 Suzuki then struck a guardrail and skidded from the roadway. Debris from the accident covered the roadway and was struck by a Ford pickup truck driven by a Battle Ground man, who was not injured in the incident.
The Portland man was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver for the treatment of lacerations and abrasions to his leg, hip and back he sustained during the crash. As of Thursday morning, he was listed in satisfactory condition by hospital staff.
As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m relieved to hear that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. I wish the victim a speedy recovery from his injuries so that he may more quickly put this event behind him. If you’ve been injured in an accident as the result of another’s negligent driving, it may be in your best interests to speak with a car accident lawyer in your city.