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STATE POLICE REPORT 695 CRASHES DURING THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY PERIOD

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 5:38 pm    

The Pennsylvania State Police reported investigating a total of 695 crashes between July 3 – 6, 2014. Seventy-two of those crashes were alcohol-related, resulting in two fatalities. A total of eight people were killed in the crashes between July 3 – 6, 2014 and 247 people were injured.

This was a decrease in the number of people killed compared to the 4th of July holiday in 2013. In that year there were eleven fatalities and 811 crashes investigated by the State Police.

The State Police also reported issuing over 9,000 speeding tickets during this holiday period and issuing 201 citations to motorists for not securing children in safety seats. While the number of crashes reported by the Pennsylvania State Police may seem high, these statistics do not include crashes which are investigated by other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Source: The Ephrata Review, July 9, 2014

GM ADDS 8.4 MILLION VEHICLES TO RECALLS

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm    

The Detroit Free Press recently reported that GM is recalling another 8.4 million vehicles in North America mostly for ignition switch defects. This latest round of recalls brings the total for the year to 28.9 million vehicles. Apparently that is more vehicles than GM has sold in the past three years combined.

GM estimates that recall expenses for the second quarter of this year could total 1.2 billion dollars.

Source: Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

 

GM FINED $35M FOR IGNITION SWITCH DEFECTS

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 2:26 pm    

Federal regulators recently imposed a record $35 million dollar civil fine on GM for taking more than a decade to disclose the ignition switch defect on millions of their cars.

According to a recent AP article, this was the maximum fine allowed by current law.  In addition to the fine, GM has agreed to report problems faster and submitted to more indepth oversight of its safety operations by federal regulators.

Safety advocates argue that the fine is too small to deter bad behavior by auto makers such as General Motors.  These safety advocates are hoping that the Justice Department, which is conducting a criminal investigation, will levy a significantly larger fine once it concludes its investigation.  At a recent news conference, acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman revealed a 2009 memo from a parts supplier to General Motors which stated that the ignition switch problem could disable the cars’ airbags.  Friedman noted that had the government been aware of this memo in 2009 it would have sought a recall.

Our legal team at the Law Office of Bill Pelhan is ready to help Lancaster residents better understand product liability and pursue legal action against manufacturers who have created unsafe products. Speak with us about your situation and options by calling 717-392-6362 today

For more information see: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/05/16/gm-recall-probe/9169355/ .