Auto Safety Group calls for Recall for Jeep Grand Cherokee

A consumer protection organization is calling for a recall of Jeep Grand Cherokees made from 1993 through 2004.  The group says the vehicles can catch on fire when hit from behind.  According to the New York Times,the Center for Auto Safety claims the Grand Cherokee’s fuel system is more dangerous in such a collision compared to competing vehicles built at the same time.

The Center for Auto Safety petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall the dangerous vehicles back in 2009.  Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety said the company performed crash tests on 1995, 1996 and 1999 Grand Cherokees and the results showed significant gasoline leaks.

According to the Times, the NHTSA began a preliminary investigation of the 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees last year after receiving a request from the Center for Auto Safety in 2009.  At the time, the Center said it had found “172 fatal fire crashes” which resulted in 254 deaths involving 1992-2008 in Grand Cherokees.

In at least one case the driver of a vehicle that struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee passed away in a fire.  In another case, a child in a Grand Cherokee survived the crash impact, but died two days later because of injuries sustained in a fire.

The NHTSA says it is aware of the crash test results recorded by the Center for Auto Safety.  A spokesperson for the agency said they would not comment further, but their investigation of the Grand Cherokee continues.

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Jury Awards $35 million for Fatal Interstate Crash

Wrecks on the interstate occur on a daily basis and can sometimes be deadly.

A woman was a passenger in an automobile that was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer.  Their vehicle was stopped at the time of the accident and the damage was deadly.  She was one of four people killed.

Plaintiff’s attorneys argued that Centra Trucking Company who employed the driver of semi-truck was reckless in the supervision of their drivers.

They further claimed that the driver was fatigued at the time of the crash and falsified his rest logs to show that he was sleeping as he was driving. The attorneys demonstrated this by issuing a subpoena for the driver’s cell phone history which proved he was in Illinois when his rest log said he was in Missouri.

The jury awarded a $5.25 million compensatory verdict and a $30 million punitive damages decision for the victim.

Source: Roy Gibbs v. George M. Albright and Centra Trucking Co

Interstate accidents can be tragic.  At Strom Law Firm, our attorneys have a substantial amount of experience dealing with car accidents of all types and represent clients throughout the state of South Carolina who have been seriously harmed by negligent drivers.

Because the insurance companies that defend at-fault drivers or trucking companies know who we are and what we are capable of doing in court, they often become more willing to settle cases without a lawsuit being filed. However, if they dig their heels in you can be sure that we will be up to the challenge.

Contrary to what television lawyers may tell you, motor vehicle accidents are not simple. In all likelihood, what “getting the cash you need now” really means is that you won’t have the cash you’ll need down the road. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident — turn the television off and call or contact us for a free consultation and full evaluation of your case.

Bell Recalls Bicycle Helmets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a bike accident.  Bell said customers should stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Full-face bicycle helmets

Units: About 31,100 in the United States

Importer: Bell Sports

Hazard: The plastic buckle that connects the chin straps sometimes fails, causing the helmet to come off the rider’s head. This poses a hazard to riders in the event of a fall, potentially causing a severe head injury.

Description: This recall involves Bell Exodus full-face helmets with a plastic buckle on the chinstrap.  The helmets had an angled visor and were sold in youth size. The model and parts numbers are listed below.  The numbers can be found on a removable sticker located on the side of the helmet.

ColorPart/Model Number
Orange/Grey/Black1003825/035011898025
Blue/Grey/Gold/White/Black1006714/035011917719

Sold by: Walmart stores nationwide and Amazon.com between August 2009 and March 2011 for between $50 and $60.

Made in: Taiwan

Solution: Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact Bell Sports for a replacement or refund.

Contact: For additional information call Bell Sports toll-free at (866) 892-6059 or email a representative at [email protected].

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product. Please tell them about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov

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Rapper Flo Rida Charged with DUI

Rapper Flo Rida has recently been charged with driving under the influence. The rap celebrity was pulled over, so no one was injured.

Police say Tramar Dillard, better known by his stage name, Flo Rida, was spotted driving his Bugatti erratically in Miami early Friday morning on June 10, 2011.

According to the police report, when pulled over, Dillard was slurring his speech and had blood-shot eyes.  Police say the rapper told them he’d had a few drinks and did not believe he could walk a straight line.

The report then says Dillard asked officers to let him walk home, after he failed a field sobriety test.  A crowd gathered nearby, and also pleaded with police to let the music star go.

The 31-year-old was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. He is being held on $2,000 bond.

TMZ reports that Flo Rida’s Bugatti has a $1.7 million dollar price tag, and was extremely close to being impounded.  One of the rapper’s close friends got police approval to take the vehicle home after paying the $115 towing fee.

An email sent to his agent on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Not all DUI’s are so simple. Drunk drivers are more likely to cause accidents, and injuries do occur.  In the wake of a serious auto accident involving alcohol, drunk driving injury victims often feel angry, frustrated and devastated by the senseless nature of the crime.

While we cannot change what has happened, we can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one.

We can help you recover:

  • medical bills,
  • lost wages and lost income,
  • property damage, and
  • pain and suffering.

We can also pursue a liability claim against the drinking establishments or hosts whose negligence led to the accident.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident through no fault of your own, contact one of our South Carolina auto accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a no cost consultation to discuss the facts of situation. 803.252.4800

13 Injured When “Bounce Houses” Go Airborne

They look safe enough- bouncy colorful castles and slides filled with children jumping carelessly through the air while parents let down their guard.

The favorite attraction at birthday parties and festivals, these inflatable toys, sometimes called “moon bounces” are drawing attention after an accident in New York that left 12 children and one woman injured.

Bodies began tumbling when a two-story red, white and blue inflatable slide went flying into the air at a kid’s soccer tournament Saturday. Two other inflatable bounces also flew off the ground that windy afternoon, causing children to suffer bumps and bruises and critically injuring a mother who had one of the inflatables land on her.

Onlookers sprinted toward the inflatable as it flew through the air, trying desperately to free the children who were trapped inside.

This isn’t the first moon bounce incident that has recently caused concern. In February, an Arizona girl was hurt when a gust of wind picked up a bounce house with two girls playing inside and dumped one girl in the yard but carried the other two houses away and dropped her onto a roof.

According to rideaccidents.com, a website that tracks amusement ride accidents, at least 10 inflatables around the country have been overthrown by winds or collapsed under too much weight in the last two months, injuring more than 40 people.

Jim Barber, a spokesman for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials told FOX News that it’s not the toys themselves that are the problem, it’s the way they are set up and supervised.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission report released in 2005 linked the growing popularity of inflatables with an increasing number of injuries at emergency rooms from 1997 to 2004.

Regulating moon bounces and amusement rides is left up to each state. While most have laws and inspectors overseeing mechanical rides at amusement parks and fairs, only a handful of states give the same care and attention to inflatables.

But some seem to think that regulations won’t make any difference if the safety guidelines are not followed. The responsibility rests on the operator, and just like with anything else, it needs to be someone who knows what they are doing.

To prevent a serious accident, next time your child plays in a moon bounce, make sure the operator has anchored the moon bounce properly to the ground and is observing the weight limits.

Bus Accident Kills Four, Causes Outrage

The Charlotte-based Sky Express had already caught the attention of federal regulators before the deadly crash Tuesday morning, on Interstate 95 in Virginia. The crash, which occured 30 miles north of Richmond, killed four women and injured 50 others.

According to reports, driver fatigue was to blame for the 5:30 am crash.

Now, the question on everyone’s mind is why regulators waited so long to put the discount bus company out of business.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMSCA”) had cited Sky Express and its drivers for a multitude of safety violations in the past two years, including speeding, and driving more than 10 hours without a safety break.  On April 12, the agency stated its intentions to put the bus company out of business.

After a mandatory 45-day waiting period, FMSCA had the opportunity to follow through on their plans, but instead chose to give Sky Express a 10-day extension to allow the bus company more time to appeal. Had the appeal not been granted, and the agency had shut down the company as planned, the accident would have been avoided.

Safety reports posted on the FMCSA website show that Sky Express has one of the nation’s worst driver-safety records.

The driver, Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Queens, has been charged with reckless driving.

Hours after the accident, the Department of Transportation announced that it had banned the carrier from interstate travel.

Now, four people are dead, and the family members of the victims are feeling as if the government let them down.

George Hofer, a transportation economist at the University of Richmond, told The Christian Science Monitor: “What’s happening in the bus industry is the epitome of what should have happened with deregulation, but when it comes to safety regulations, clearly the wheels of government don’t turn fast enough. This is a failure not of economic regulation, but of safety regulation.”

A federal bus safety bill that would require bus companies to install seat belts and stronger roofs, as well as provide greater stability control to prevent rollovers, has stalled in the Senate.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one due to another person’s negligence, contact our South Carolina Accident Lawyers for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.