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TREK RECALLS BICYCLES DUE TO CRASH HAZARD

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 2:09 pm    

Following a crash that resulted in an injury that left a Trek bike rider paralyzed, Trek is recalling almost one million bicycles in the United States and Canada.

According to an article appearing in the USA Today and the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the Trek bikes involved are bikes equipped with front disc brakes model years 2000 to 2015. The C.P.S.C. website states that: “An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bike, posing a risk of injury to the rider.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers to stop using the bikes immediately and contact an authorized Trek dealer for a free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.

Information regarding this recall is available at www.trekbikes.com or by calling Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time Monday through Friday.

The Law Office Of Bill Pelhan has been representing victims of unsafe or defective products for over 25 years. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product call 717-392-6362 to learn more about your legal rights and options. Get the personal attention you deserve.

Source: An article appearing at www.usatoday.com on April 22, 2015 entitled Feds recall nearly 1 million bikes after rider paralyzed and a recall notice appearing in the Consumer Product Safety Commission website (www.cpsc.gov) entitled Trek Recalls Bicycles Equipped with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard.

GM WILL LAUNCH TEEN DRIVER SYSTEM ON ITS 2016 CHEVY MALIBU

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 1:36 pm    

According to an article appearing in the Detroit News, General Motors recently announced that it will debut a new Teen Driver system on its redesigned 2016 Malibu.

The system called “Teen Driver” can provide parents with such information as the distance the car was driven, its maximum speed during the trip, the number of speed warnings, stability control and anti-lock brake events. It will also provide teenage drivers with an audible warning if the vehicle travels over a pre-set speed and will mute the radio when front seat passengers haven’t buckled-up.

Although, this system is new to GMC, Ford Motor Company has been using a similar system call Ford MyKey since 2008. There are more than 6 million Ford vehicles equipped with this system. Some privacy advocates expressed concern about how any data collected by such a system might be used by the manufacturer. One privacy advocate noted that data collected by the vehicle could be turned over to the police or to courts.

Unfortunately, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teenage drivers in the United States. Even more startling according to NHTSA, more than half of the teens killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. Speeding, drinking, and distracted driving continue to be major factors in car crashes involving teenage drivers.

Source: An article entitled GM to launch Teen Driver system on ’16 Chevy Malibu by Melissa Burden and David Shepardson appearing on www.detroitnews.com on March 22, 2015.

MOTORCYCLE TRAGEDY HITS EARLY IN THE RIDING SEASON

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 2:36 pm    

According to an article appearing in the LNP a 19 year-old Mount Joy man was killed in a crash involving two motorcycles in West Hempfield Township. The accident happened in the 4600 block of Marietta Avenue in front of the Chiquesville Mobile Home Park. The LNP article reported that media outlets had stated that a 72 year-old male motorcycle rider pulled from the mobile home park into the path of the teen’s bike. However, no information was available from the West Hempfield Township Police Department at the time the LNP article went to press.

While the details of this collision are unclear, this tragedy underscores the dangers inherent in riding a motorcycle. For safety tips regarding motorcycle riding see our blog article posted on April 7,2015 entitled Warm Weather Brings Out Motorcycles.

Source: An article appearing in the LNP on Monday, April 13, 2015 entitled Two crashes reportedly kill three by Jennifer Todd.

TESLA ANNOUNCES THAT ITS MODEL S SEDAN WILL BE “SELF-DRIVING” IN THE U.S. BY SUMMER

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 2:20 pm    

Recently, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, announced that they would soon introduce autonomous driving technology. According to Mr. Musk via a software update, the Tesla Model S sedans would have the ability to start driving themselves, at least part-time, in a hands-free mode that the company is referring to as autopilot by summer 2015.

However, according to the New York Times article reporting this announcement, auto industry experts state that serious questions remain about whether such autonomous driving is actually legal.

Google raised eyebrows at a January event in Detroit when Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars at Google, stated that he did not believe there was currently a “regulatory block” that would prohibit self-driving cars, provided the vehicles themselves met crash-test and other safety standards.

At that time, NHTSA responded through a spokesman by stating that “any autonomous vehicle would need to meet applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards” and that the agency “will have the appropriate policies and regulations in place to ensure the safety of these types of vehicles”.

The New York Times article also notes that some legal scholars have pointed out that the question of liability for autonomous cars would have to be worked out, possibly through court cases, as insurance companies, manufacturers and individuals fight over who is responsible.

Source: Article in The New York Times on March 19, 2015 entitled Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer by Aaron M. Kessler.

JURY AWARDS $150 MILLION FOR DEATH RESULTING FROM FUEL TANK RUPTURE OF JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 at 2:13 pm    

A jury in Georgia recently awarded $150 million to a family that sued Chrysler Group LLC as a result of the death of their 4 year old son who died in a 2012 crash involving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a rear fuel tank.

The attorney for the family stated that the 4 year old child was killed when the 1999 Jeep in which he was riding was struck from behind, rupturing the fuel tank and creating an inferno. The family argued that had the fuel tank been placed farther forward on the vehicle, the child would have been better protected.

Although Chrysler had previously recalled 1.56 million Jeep SUVs with rear fuel tanks, the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was not among them. At trial, Chrysler argued that regulators never found a defect in the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and that there was no evidence that the vehicle was dangerous. The jury felt otherwise and concluded that Chrysler acted with “reckless and wanton disregard.”

According to the New York Times article, NHTSA has linked more than 50 deaths to the fuel-tank issues.

A spokesman for Fiat Chrysler stated that the company was disappointed with the verdict and will consider an appeal.

The Law Office Of Bill Pelhan has been representing victims of unsafe or defective products for over 25 years. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product call 717-392-6362 to learn more about your legal rights and options. Get the personal attention you deserve.

Source: A Reuters article appearing in The New York Times on April 2, 2015 entitled U.S. Jury Awards $150 Million for Jeep Fuel-Tank Fire Death by Reuters.

WARM WEATHER BRINGS OUT MOTORCYCLES

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 1:17 pm    

As the weather warms, more and more motorcyclists will be returning to the Lancaster County roadways. Unfortunately, as reporter Ryan Robinson pointed out in a recent article appearing in LNP spring is an especially dangerous time for motorcycles. Not only can the roadways be in poor condition for motorcycle riding due to things like potholes, cinders, gravel, salt and black ice, but car drivers are not used to seeing motorcyclists on the road and are not yet in the habit of looking out for them.

Here are a few safety tips from Reporter Robinson’s article to help ensure the safety of motorcyclists:

MOTORCYCLISTS SHOULD:

• Slow down and be careful
• Focus on the road and on traffic
• Think about an escape plan
• Always wear a helmet

VEHICLE DRIVERS SHOULD:

• Exercise caution; as the weather warms more people will be out and about
• Be sure to keep an eye out for motorcyclists; they are often closer than they appear
• Do not underestimate a biker’s speed. Because motorcycles are small they are often traveling faster than it appears.
• Look beyond your vehicle’s door post.

EVERYONE:

Whether you are riding a motorcycle or driving a vehicle, you should always drive defensively.

Safety courses are offered each year by PennDOT for motorcyclists. More information can be found at www.pamsp.com. Additional information about safe motorcycle riding is available at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Bill Pelhan has been representing accident victims in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. If you would like to talk to Bill about your rights related to an auto, motorcycle or truck accident call 717-392-6362 to schedule your free consultation.

Source: An article appearing in LNP on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Ryan Robinson entitled On The Road Again.

TAKATA AIRBAGS LINKED TO FIVE DEATHS IN U.S.

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at 1:59 pm    

In a recent article, The New York Times reported that Takata airbags have been linked to 6 deaths so far with 5 of them occurring in the United States. Furthermore, according to The Times, the estimates of injuries from Takata airbags was put at as high as 64.

In the United States alone, more than 18 million vehicles are believed to be affected by potentially defective Takata airbags. Last week, Honda Motor, Takata’s largest customer increased its own loss forecast for the year by $400 million to reflect the expanding cost of recalls related to the defective Takata airbags.

The Times also reports that a group of 10 automakers led by Toyota Motors is organizing an industry-wide investigation to the airbag problems. The inquiry is expected to involve a panel of outside engineering experts and former U.S. safety regulators. No date was given by The Times article as to when the panel was expected to complete its investigation.

If you have been injured by a defective product, a lawyer from the Law Office of Bill Pelhan may be able to help you hold its manufacturer accountable. Discuss your options in a free consultation by calling 717-392-6362.

Source: Article entitled Takata, Maker of Airbags, Expects Wider Loss as Recall Costs Mount by Jonathan Soble, appearing in The New York Times on February 5, 2015.