I-5 Blocked After Motor Home Catches Fire

Local news outlets have announced that a motor home fire caused an alleged traffic jam Wednesday morning. According to the official reports from the Washington State Patrol, the accident happened when the engine compartment of the motor home going northbound on Interstate 5 caught fire.

Two people were known to be in the vehicle at the time of the accident and fortunately were able to make it out of the burning motor home in time for the sake of their safety.

The Washington State Patrol has released a report saying that the vehicle was entirely destroyed by the fire but that no one was left injured.

Although we have no details on what time the I-5 was completed cleared, the authorities were able to clean the lanes in a timely manner according to official announcements. Authorities are allegedly investigating the case to discover the real causes behind the fire.

As a Bellingham car accident attorney I sincerely hope that both individuals involved in this accident are healthy and away from any possible physical harm related to the fire accident.

Personal injury lawyers understand that an accident of this nature will need a long investigation so its causes may be revealed with accuracy and clear evidence.

I-5 Blocked After Motor Home Catches Fire is a post from: Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog

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GE Recalls Gas Rangetop Grill Due to Explosion Hazard

In a press statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with General Electric Appliances, announced the recall of the GE Monogram Pro Rangetop with Grill due to the risks of delayed ignition and explosion that they pose to consumers.

This recall was initiated after it was discovered that the burners, which operate on liquefied petroleum (LP), might fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is positioned between the OFF and LITE settings. This poses a risk of delayed ignition or explosion to consumers. The affects grill units are either 36 or 48 inches wide and feature a stainless steel finish and the GE Monogram badge on the front of the unit. The front control panel overhangs the cabinet and contains the burner control knobs. Only LP models and natural gas models that have been converted for use with LP are affected by this recall. GE is planning to notify known owners of these units and provide free repair to individuals that have converted their Rangetop Grills to LP. These grills were available through GE authorized representatives and distributors nationwide from May 2008 until August 2011.

GE has been informed of six incidents involving explosions with LP operating grills, including damage to kitchen cabinets beneath the grill. No fires or injuries have been reported.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen similar recalls in past and know the very real dangers these defective products present to consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, call a personal injury lawyer in your town to discuss your rights as a consumer.

GE Recalls Gas Rangetop Grill Due to Explosion Hazard is a post from: Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog

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NHTSA Looks into Mini Cooper Engine Fires

In a news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that its federal investigators are attempting to determine whether Mini Cooper sport coupes pose a significant risk to consumers.

According to the NHTSA, their Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has received roughly a dozen complaints concerning fires that have ignited within the engine compartments of Mini Cooper S models from both the 2007 and 2008 model years. These models include both the Clubman and Convertible models. Of the dozen complaints, eight allege that the fires ignited within the engine compartment while the engine was turned off. Five of the engine fire occurrences resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. However, the report did not specify whether those five incidents were within the complaints that pertained to the engines being inactive, or whether the engine was running at the time.

None of the engine compartment fires resulted in the injury of an owner or passenger. However, the ODI does note that a rising number in complaints concerning the Mini Cooper engine fires have forced the agency to examine the issue further. Upon the completion of their investigation, the NHTSA will be able to determine whether a broader recall of the roughly 36,000 Mini Copper S models is necessary.

As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen defective auto parts and their subsequent recalls similar to this in the past and know the dangers they pose to the public. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Tow Wiring Harness on Hyundai and Kias Recalled

In a press release, Curt Manufacturing, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced the recall of their tow package wiring harnesses due to a potential fire hazard they pose to consumers.

The recall affects roughly 2,400-tow package wiring harnesses and was initiated after it was discovered that moisture could seep into the converter module and cause the internal circuit protection to fail. This could possibly result in the overheating of the module and poses a significant fire hazard to consumers. The tow package wiring harnesses connect the tow vehicle circuit to the trailer light circuits in some 2009, 2010 and 2011 Hyundai Veracruz and Kia Sorento passenger vehicles. The units affected by this recall due to not being watertight feature the part number 56024.

The manufacturer has not stated whether any injuries have been reported in relation to this recall. The safety notification is slated to begin this month and with affected units will be replaced free of charge.

As an Everett car accident lawyer, I’ve seen this type of recall before and understand that wide spanning effects the defect can have on consumers. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you think was the result of a defective auto part, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.

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Sony Bravia Televisions Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

In a news release, Sony announced the recall of 1.6 million flat-panel Bravia televisions sold around the world due to a faulty component that poses a potential fire hazard to consumers.

The recall was initiated after Sony discovered that a faulty component in the backlight system of the affected televisions could potentially overheat, resulting in the television melting or catching fire. While the company is not officially recalling the units, a statement from Sony states, “It has come to our attention through reports in Japan that in rare cases a particular component incorporated in certain models of 40” Bravia LCD HDTVs was damaged and as a result, may overheat and at times ignite inside the television. Sony has sold nearly 400,000 of these TVs in the US and no incidents have been reported to date. While we have no reports of any resulting damages to other property or bodily injuries, Sony offers all customers of the affects models a free in-home evaluation for the covered product.”

The recall of certain 40-inch Bravia televisions has been announced in Japan, but will ultimately spread over the globe, as the same model was sold in the US and UK.

As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve witnessed similar recalls in the past and want to warn consumers to be overly cautious in situations where appliances have been known to start fires. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to discuss to legal options open to you.

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