Study says voice recognition system may reduce distracted driving risk

Although the risk of distracted driving was not eliminated completely, a study showed voice recognition systems in cars reduced the time drivers looked at their devices when calling a contact or entering an address, according to a report by The Detroit News on Tuesday, March 3.

The study, which was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab and Massachusetts Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), included 80 drivers between ages 20 and 66. Half of them drove a Chevrolet Equinox equipped with MyLink voice recognition system, while the other half drove a 2013 Volvo XC60 with Volvo Sensus. Both systems reduced the time drivers looked away when calling a contact using voice command to an average of 13 seconds, which was 2 seconds less than the average time when dialing a contact manually.

Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most common causes of road accidents in the country. If you believe a distracted driver caused your car accident and injuries, speak with our team of personal injury lawyers in Detroit at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys to discuss the possibility of taking legal action. Call us at (248) 948-9696 today.


Kidde recalls almost 5 million disposable fire extinguishers

Kidde has announced a nationwide recall of almost 5 million disposable fire extinguishers that may fail to discharge when used in a fire emergency, according to a report by the Associated Press on February 12.

4.6 million disposable fire extinguishers with a faulty plastic valve component are being recalled after the company received 11 reports wherein the units failed to discharge after pressing and releasing the lever many times during an emergency. The defective units are red, silver, or white, and are rated with either ABC or BC (find this next to the nameplate). Thirty-one fire extinguisher models are affected by the recall and were sold from August 2013 to November 2014 online and at different stores, such as Walmart, Home Depot, and Menards.

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Nissan recalls more than 700k vehicles for two separate problems

A defectively installed hood release mechanism and the possibility of a fire-causing short circuit prompted Nissan to recall around 768,000 vehicles worldwide, TechTimes reported on Thursday, January 29.

Nissan is recalling 215,789 of its 2013 to 2014 Pathfinder, 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, and 2014 Infiniti QX60 and QX60 Hybrid after learning about a defective hood release cable assembly that prevents the hood latch from engaging fully. This could cause the hood to open accidentally when the vehicle is in motion. Of the affected vehicles, 170,655 are in the U.S.

Meanwhile, a mixture of saltwater and snow on a driver’s shoes seep into the carpet, possibly causing a short circuit and eventually a fire. 552,135 Rogue SUVs are affected by the recall, 468,815 of which are in the country.

Cars manufactured below safety standards definitely pose great safety risk among occupants and the general public. To learn more about taking legal action after being hurt by a defective vehicle in Detroit, our team of product liability attorney at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys can help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (248) 948-9696 today.


Two reports of entrapment prompt IKEA recall of crib mattresses

IKEA is recalling about 169,000 VYSSA style crib mattresses after learning that the affected products may pose an entrapment risk to infants, a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated on January 13.

The recall involves models SLOA, SLUMMER, SPELEVINK, VACKERT, and VINKA, which were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier. The affected products were exclusively sold through the IKEA website and IKEA stores across the U.S. between August 2010 and May 2014. The company said a gap of more than two fingers wide between the edge of the mattress and the end of the crib may cause infants to become entrapped. IKEA has already received two incidents of entrapment, although no injuries were reported.

Consumers are advised to return the child care products to any IKEA store for a refund or replacement.

Child injuries resulting from defective products like this can be emotionally and financially taxing. But you don’t have to deal with these repercussions alone. Seek the legal guidance and help of our team of product liability attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, to learn about the wide range of legal options available to you. Call our Detroit office at (248) 948-9696 today.


Volkswagen recalls more than 62,000 vehicles in two recalls

German automaker Volkswagen is starting its year with two recalls due to headlight and fuel leak issues that may cause injurious accidents, the Examiner reported on December 31.

On January 15, Volkswagen will start recalling more than 25,007 Jetta units manufactured between July and November in 2014 due to a software malfunction that turns the low beam headlights off whenever the high beam headlights are turned on. The issue compromises illumination, and may increase the risk of accident.

The company also said it is voluntary recalling 2014-2015 model years of Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Jetta vehicles, as well as the 2015 Golf and GTI cars after learning about a cap sealing at the fuel rail that may fail to seal, increasing the risk of fire if the fuel leaks into the engine compartment.

Over the years, injurious and fatal accidents have been associated with poorly-manufactured cars. If you or someone you know suffered in an accident involving a defective vehicle, speak with an attorney at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, about your legal options for filing a suit. Call our Detroit office at (248) 948-9696 today.


Chrysler recalls Ram pick-up trucks due to faulty rear axle nut

Automaker giant Chrysler said it is globally recalling 288,000 older Ram 1500 pick-up trucks, about 257,000 of which are in the U.S., after learning about a faulty rear axle pinion nut that may cause the axle to lock up or the driving shaft to detach, an online report by the Associated Press stated on December 19.

In an investigation initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June, the agency found 15 complaints about the issue, seven of which involved wheel lock-ups at speeds of 50 mph or greater. One driver reported that he was driving on an interstate when the rear axle locked up, causing his vehicle to spin out of control at high speed.

The recalled pick-up trucks were manufactured from January 28 to August 23, 2005. Chrysler said repairs will start this February.

A defective car on the road is a public threat. If an ill-designed car has harmed you or your loved one in Detroit, a lawyer at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (248) 948-9696 to discuss a wide range of legal options available to you at this trying time.


Honda initiates nationwide recall of vehicles with Takata airbags

Automaker giant Honda agreed to expand the recall of cars equipped with defective Takata airbags to include the entire U.S., rather than just a regional portion, Fox Business reported on December 3.

Japanese airbag maker Takata has recently been under fierce criticism over defective airbags that may burst shrapnel-like material when inflated. Despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) request to expand the recall, Takata insisted that only areas with high humidity must be the focus of the recall, not the entire nation.

Some car manufacturers have limited their recall efforts to regions with high humidity, citing research that suggests a humid climate may trigger the airbag to deploy.

A manufacturer’s failure to recall a product that poses imminent danger among consumers can be held liable for all the damages the defective product might cause. If you have been injured because of a defective product in Detroit, seek the help of our team of product liability lawyers at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, to learn whether you are eligible to seek compensation. Call us at (248) 948-9696 today.


McDonald’s toy recalled for child safety issues

The world’s largest restaurant chain McDonald’s recalled Hello Kitty lollipop whistles it distributed as a freebie with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meal after learning about associated risks of choking and asphyxiation, according to a Bloomberg article on November 11.

The company advised consumers to immediately return the defective whistles at any McDonald’s restaurant, as its components might detach and place children’s safety at risk. Two children have already experienced potentially dangerous incidents, one of whom needed medical attention after coughing up pieces of the toy.

McDonald’s branches will be substituting the defective toys with another one, and will give customers either a bag of sliced apples or a yogurt tube.

Of the approximately 2.3 million defective whistles, 1.6 million have already been recovered, the company said in an online statement.

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Trinity Industries suspends ET-Plus guardrail sales

Trinity Industries said it will not sell its ET-Plus guardrail system until all the crash safety tests requested by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are completed, ABC News reported on October 25.

The FHWA threatened to suspend the eligibility of ET-Plus for sale unless the company complied with the agency’s demand to further test the product. The ET-Plus guardrail system has been at the center of attention over allegations that the changes made to the device have caused the product to spear through cars during a frontal guardrail collision, instead of crimping and absorbing the impact.

The company was recently fined $175 million after a jury found that the company failed to inform authorities about the modifications it made to the product in 2005.

Design defects are considered a major threat to one’s personal safety. If you believe a defectively designed product in Detroit has caused you harm, seek the help of our team of product liability attorneys at Detroit Personal Injury Attorneys, to learn more about your options for taking legal action. Consult us for free by calling (248) 948-9696 today.


Toyota recalls 423,000 Lexus units due to fire risk

Some older Lexus models sold in the U.S. are being recalled by Toyota after they discovered a defective gasket sealing that may leak fuel and cause fire, an online report stated on Wednesday, October 15.

423,000 2007 to 2010 LS sedan, 2006 to 2011 GS sedan, 2006 to 2011 IS compact, 2010 IS C, and 2008 to 2010 IS-F are covered by Toyota’s consumer level recall. The car maker stated that fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment are coated with anti-corrosive plating. However, plating particles could also make their way into the gasket where a fuel pressure sensor is installed. This condition may compromise the seal between the sensor and the fuel pipe, which might result in fire-causing leaks.

Unfortunately, some car accidents in Detroit have been a result of a malfunction caused by a defective car component. If you have been involved in a car accident due to an ill-designed vehicle, an attorney at Ravid & Associates, P.C. might be able to help you recover your losses by filing a legal claim. Call us at (866) 644-6587 and tell us more about your situation.