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BMW Air Bag Recall

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BMW Air Bag Recall

According to the Associated Press, German automaker BMW is getting ready to recall 1.6 million cars due to faulty air bags. Their air bags were also made by the Takata Corp, which have been the subject of other recent recalls. Automobile manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota have also recalled vehicles for similar air bag inflator problems. The Associated Press points out that most of the air bag issues have happened in hot or humid climates, but that recalls are being conducted on all affected makes and models, regardless of location.

What’s Wong with the Air Bags?

The problem with the Takata Corp. air bags involves a faulty inflator. Apparently, under the right conditions, the air bags can rupture. Shards could fly out and injure drivers and passenger occupants. Additionally, the air bags may not properly protect passengers in the event of a crash. Thanks to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many vehicles with the faulty air bags have already been recalled. At this time, the only known malfunctions have occurred in warm humid climates.

Details on the BMW REcall

• 2000-2006 3-Series cars are being recalled from around the world.
• At least 574,000 U.S. cars are being recalled.
• Dealers will be replacing the passenger-side front air bags.
• All vehicles with the faulty air bag system are being recalled, regardless of location.

NHTSA’s Investigation of Faulty Air Bags

Since six reports of air bag inflator ruptures were reported in Florida and Puerto Rico, the NHTSA has launched an investigation into the malfunctioning air bags. Safercar.gov has information for motorists about their investigation as well as a statement from Takata Corp. about the air bag inflators. They also have recall information for all known makes and models of affected cars.

Defective Products

Manufacturers and retailers have a duty to make sure their products are safe for their customers. Items that are meant to increase safety like seat belts, child car seats and air bags need to be functioning properly at all times. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a defective air bag, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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DUI Rollover Crash in Santa Barbara

DUI Rollover Crash in Santa Barbara

On Sunday night, a man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a rollover wreck on Gibraltar Road. The single-car rollover wreck happened just before 10:00 p.m. on the 2700 block of Gibraltar Road. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, first responders with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department were swiftly on the scene.

The driver, 25-year-old Austi Marquez, was able to exit the vehicle on his own. He reportedly left the scene on foot, after becoming agitated about a 9-1-1 call. He was found down the hill from where the car came to rest. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Thankfully, nobody else appeared to have been in the vehicle with him at the time of the crash, and he wasn’t injured.

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Big Rig crash in Escondido

Big Rig crash in Escondido

Earlier this week, a crash involving a pickup truck and a tractor trailer sent an Escondido man to the hospital. The collision happened at the intersection of West Valley Parkway and Home Depot Center. According to Fox Channel Five News, the driver of the pickup truck apparently ran a red light, and was subsequently struck by the semi truck.

First responders with the Escondido Fire Department had to extricate the driver of the pickup truck from his vehicle. He was immediately transported to Palomar Hospital for treatment of significant injuries. A team from the San Diego County Hazardous Materials Department also responded to the crash to clean up vehicle fluids that were spilled onto the roadway. This wreck is still under investigation.

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Advanced Frontal Air Bags

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Advanced Frontal Air Bags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants motorists to know how advanced frontal air bags save lives. Although air bags have been saving lives since the 1980’s, advanced frontal air bags hadn’t reached commercial production until 2004. They use sophisticated sensors to determine whether, when and how much to deploy. Since it’s not always advantageous for a frontal air bag to deploy, this was an important advancement in passenger vehicle occupant safety technology.

Advanced Frontal Air Bags work with Your Seat Belt

It’s important to note that an advanced frontal air bag system, or any type of air bag system, doesn’t replace the importance of your seat belt. In fact, air bags actually work with your seat belt to keep you safe. Sadly, some people still think that they don’t have to wear their seat belt, because their car has frontal air bags. Nothing could be further from the truth. These two safety features work together. Most importantly, in cases where air bags aren’t deployed like certain types of rollover crashes, it’s absolutely critical to buckle up. Your life depends on it.

Advanced Frontal Air Bags: Need to Know

• Always buckle up, for every trip.
• Adults, keep at least 10 inches between your breastbone and the air bag cover.
• Children ages 12 and under should always ride in the back seat either buckled up or in size and age-appropriate restraint systems.
• The elderly and small-statured adults should push their seats back as far as possible.
• Pregnant women should always keep at least 10 inches between their breastbone and the air bag cover, and also make sure the seat belt is positioned properly. The lap belt should be positioned low on the abdomen.
• Always install new advanced frontal air bags after deployment.
• If the air bag readiness (warning) light isn’t illuminated, you should have a qualified technician take a look as soon as possible.
• Check your vehicle’s owner manual to find out whether or not your car has advanced frontal air bags.

Air Bag Deployment in a Crash

Even though the NHTSA estimates that 39,976 lives were saved by frontal air bags from 1987 to 2012, buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a crash. After any kind of crash, whether air bags deploy or not, it’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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Fatal Crash at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Fatal Crash at Vandenberg Air Force Base

On Sunday afternoon, a crash at Vandenberg Air Force Base injured two men and took the life of another. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, this one-vehicle wreck happened sometime around 4:00 p.m. on Highway 1, about a mile north of Santa Lucia Canyon Road. Apparently, the black Subaru drifted off of the roadway as it was headed southbound on Highway 1 at a high rate of speed.

The car overturned and went down an embankment. A passenger in the car, 21-year-old Nicolas Dibona of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, was killed in the crash. The driver and another passenger, both from Lompoc, were injured. The cause of this crash is still under investigation, but authorities did remark that drugs and alcohol didn’t appear to be factors. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Nicolas Dibona.

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San Diego Bicycle Crash

San Diego Bicycle Crash

On Saturday, a bicyclist was sent to the hospital after a collision with a car near an apartment complex in San Diego. According to Fox Channel Five News, the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of 30th Street. The 34-year-old cyclist was headed southbound when a Toyota sedan pulled out in front of him.

The driver was coming out of an apartment complex when the bicyclist struck him. The cyclist was swiftly transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Fox Channel Five News reports that he suffered from a fractured femur. Very few details have been released about this crash which is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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Caltrans’s “Slow for the Cone Zone” Safety Campaign

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Caltrans’s “Slow for the Cone Zone” Safety Campaign

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wants motorists to “Slow for the Cone Zone.” They’re encouraging drivers to slow down through work zones to make sure roadway workers and other motorists get home safely to their families. Since roadway workers are literally just a few steps from traffic, it’s absolutely critical to put down the distractions and pay attention as you travel through the “cone zone.” Listed below are just a few of Caltran’s work zone safety tips for motorists.

Caltran’s Work Zone Safety Tips

• Never speed through work zones.
• Always stay alert, and expect the unexpected.
• Exercise caution when driving through a “cone zone.”
• Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.
• Don’t make calls or use your phone when driving through a work zone.
• Turn on your headlights, so workers and other motorists will spot you.
• Exercise additional vigilance when driving through work zones at night.
• Allow more space than necessary between your car and the car in front of you.
• Watch out for and anticipate potential lane shifts.
• Be patient.

Work Zone Safety Facts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 130 worker fatalities at road construction sites in 2012. In 2008, there were 101 worker fatalities. Over the ten years from 2003 to 2012, Texas led the country for most worker deaths in work zones. California was number six behind, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Most transportation incidents that happen in work zones involve a pedestrian worker getting struck by a vehicle.

Distraction Free Cone Zones

The most important thing you can do in a work zone is put down the distractions. Whether it’s reading a text, talking on the phone or changing your radio station, it can wait. Workers are too close to the roadway for you to take your eyes and attention away from the task of driving. It only takes a split second for something bad to happen.
Increasing roadway work zone safety needs to be a priority for all motorists. Workers are focusing on their job, and their “office” just happens to be a few steps from busy traffic. If you’re on the phone or not paying attention to the road, it could be disastrous. Caltrans wants you to pay attention, stay alert and always remember to slow down for the cone zone.

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Electric Cart Crash Injures SBCC Workers

Electric Cart Crash Injures SBCC Workers

On Tuesday afternoon, two Santa Barbara City College workers were injured when the brakes failed on the electric cart they were riding in. The cart crash happened sometime before 2:00 p.m. and sent both workers to the hospital. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the workers were riding in the cart and traveling down a steep path when the brakes failed. They tried to use the emergency brake, but it didn’t work either.

The cart continued to gain speed down the hill, at which point the two men decided to jump off. They were both injured in the escape, but luckily got out of the cart before it crashed and flipped over about 40 feet away. There’s no information on what make or model the cart was, but Cal-OSHA is currently investigating this workplace incident.

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Fatal Motorcycle Wreck

Fatal Motorcycle Wreck

On Tuesday, a motorcyclist was killed in a wreck that happened near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. This one-vehicle wreck happened at Camino Ruiz and Miralani Drive. According to Fox Channel Five News, first responders found the motorcyclist unconscious. He was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, but was pronounced dead.

Very little information has been released about this crash, which is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. The motorcycle rider’s name has also been withheld pending notification of the family. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the victim.

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Recall Alert: Graco Car Seat Harness Buckle

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Recall Alert: Graco Car Seat Harness Buckle

Thanks to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco is conducting a recall of 1.9 million rear-facing infant seats due to faulty harness buckles. The New York Times reported on the issue, which follows behind recall announcements by Graco in February and March for similar harness buckles.

The Faulty Harness Buckle

The seats are being recalled, because under certain conditions, these faulty harness buckles may not release like they’re meant to. This means that if you or a first responder needs to get your child out of a car, as quickly as possible, they may not be able to unbuckle the harness. Sadly, an incident involving a forward-facing seat (the model which was later recalled in February in March) led to the death of a 2-year-old girl who was trapped in the seat during a car fire in 2011. After pressure from the NHTSA and concerned consumers Graco has issued a recall and is replacing the defective buckle for free.

Infant Seat Models Being Recalled

• 2011-2013 SnugRide and SnugRide Classic Connect
• 2010-2013 SnugRide 30 and SnugRide Classic Connect 30
• 2011-2013 SnugRide 35 and SnugRide Classic Connect 35
• 2012 SnugRide Click Connect 40
• 2011-2012 Aprica A30

Toddler Seat Models Being Recalled

• 2011-2013 Argos 70 and Argos 70 Elite
• 2011-2013 Classic Ride 50
• 2010-2013 Comfort Sport and Ready Ride
• 2006-2010 Cozy Cline and Toddler SafeSeat- Step 2
• 2009-2013 My Ride 65 and My Ride 65 with Safety Surround
• 2012-2013 My Ride 70
• 2012-2013 My Size 70, Size4Me 70 and Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround
• 2007-2013 Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus and Nautilus Elite
• 2010-2014 Smart Seat and Smart Seat with Safety Surround.

Defective Products

It can take months or years for a recall to be issued, and that means consumers could be using defective products and putting their loved ones in danger. If a recall hasn’t been issued, but you believe your loved one has been injured due to a malfunctioning product, contact a lawyer immediately. It’s important to file a complaint with the NHTSA too. Unfortunately, recalls only occur after injuries happen. If your child has been injured due to a faulty or defective car seat, contact an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible.

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