Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nissan and Honda Announce Recalls

Nissan is recalling 123,000 Altimas. Affected vehicles are being recalled because of an issue in the spare tire. The recall only affects 2013 model year Altimas produced before for about a year before March 26. Nissan’s spare tire supplier, Maxxis, had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump. The air pump was over inflating or under inflating spare tires. Currently, Nissan does not know of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.

This defect has caused some tires to blow out. An increase of temperature can cause the air pressure in the spare tire to rise. This increase of air pressure may result in the tire blowing out in the truck. It may also result in a blowout while the driver is on the road. The problem was discovered when an owner of an affected vehicle brought in their vehicle to a dealership. Nissan was able to trace back the defect back to a malfunctioning pressure regulator and pressure gage. The defective equipment was found in a Canton, Mississippi. The equipment was repaired on March 26. Altimas produced after this date should not be affected by the recall.

Nissan asks that owners of affected cars take their vehicle to a dealership. The spare tire will be inspected and inflated properly. Any damaged spare tires will be replaced. Any repairs related to the defect will be done at no cost for the owners.

In another major recall, Honda is recalling more than 43,700 Honda Fit Sports. These vehicles are being recalled because of an issue with electronic stability control units. In these affected vehicles, the electronic stability control is not working correctly, which may increase the risk of accident. The electronic stability control system in affected Honda Fit Sport was designed to be compatible with Dunlop SP tires. The system is less effective with different tires. It fails to react as quickly to skidding.

The issue is a software problem with the central computer. Honda dealerships will fix the software issues at no cost for owners. Dealerships will begin fixing affected cars on May 17.

These recalls are the second recalls for both car manufacturers. If you are ever a victim of a car defect, do not hesitate to report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These complaints often lead to recalls. You should also contact a Santa Ana car accident lawyer.

Hit and Run Suspect Arrested At Bar

A Westminster man suspected of fatally striking a pedestrian and leaving the scene was arrested at a bar in Westminster.

A male adult pedestrian was crossing Springdale Street in Westminster on Wednesday, April 17, around 8:20 p.m. The victim was walking outside of a marked crosswalk. He was struck by a black Dodge ram truck. The driver fled the scene on foot. There was a passenger in the truck. The passenger remained at the scene and assisted in the police investigation.

Westminster Police and OC fire Authority paramedics were called to the scene. The emergency authorities performed CPR on the victim. He was then transported to a hospital. The victim later died at the hospital from of his major head injuries. He was a 34 year old Westminster resident.

He was later found at the Posse Bar in Westminster. Employees of the bar recognized the suspect and called Westminster Police around 9:16 the Friday after the accident. The suspect tried to leave the bar, but he was stopped by employees and patrons in the parking lot. Police officers identified the suspected and arrested him in the parking lot. He was booked for main slaughter and felony hit and run.

Police are asking for more information related to the incident. Individuals with more information should contact the Westminster Police Department Traffic Decision or the Orange County Crime stoppers.

Unfortunately, every year a large of number of pedestrians die in traffic crashes. Many more are injured, and these injuries are often fatal.  Pedestrians are more susceptible to traffic crashes because they are so vulnerable.

Here are some pedestrian safety tips:

  • You should only cross the street in the designated crosswalk. Drivers may not see you if you do not walk in the crosswalk.
  • Be especially careful at busy intersections. Many drivers fail to yield to pedestrians. You may also be in a driver’s blind spot.
  • At night, you should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. Lights make you more visible to drivers.
  • You should walk on the sidewalk. If you have to walk in the street, walk against traffic.
  • If you have children, make sure they walk closely with you and do not dart out onto the street.

Car accidents involving pedestrians are usually quite serious and often fatal. If you are ever in a car accident, contact a Westminster car accident lawyer. Insurance may be able to cover some of the costs, but a car accident lawyer can help you seek maximum damages for your losses.

 

 

Watersport Safety Tips

Summer is almost here, and the weather is definitely heating up. It is time to hit the beach, rivers, and lakes for some fun in the sun. Watersports are a great way to soak up the sun and enjoy the waters. Just like any other activity, watersports can also be dangerous. Follow these safety tips and you can have a fun and safe trip.

  • Learn how to swim

To safely enjoy watersports, you should learn how to swim. The ocean, rivers, and lakes can be quite dangerous if you are not a strong swimmer. It is even dangerous if you are a strong swimmer. Children especially need to learn how to swim since they are more susceptible to drowning. If you partake in watersports quite often, you should learn how to perform CPR.  Lifeguards may not always be readily available. If you perform CPR on someone, you could save their life.

  • Wear a life jacket

Life jackets are an important safety precaution. If you are going to be on the water, wear a life jacket. Waves and currents can be quite strong. A strong wave can drag even the strongest swimmers out to sea. Drowning often occurs because of strong waters. A life jacket is additional protection that everyone should use. Water can be unpredictable, and a life jacket can save your life.

  • Never go out on the water alone

A day out on the water alone seems nice and relaxing, but it can be quite dangerous. If something happens while you’re out on the water, there is no one to help you. Accidents happen quite often.  It is a good idea to have a friend with you.

  • Tell someone

Let a friend know what your plan is. This person should know where you are going, what you are doing, and when you should be done. If you don’t report back to your friend, your friend can alert the authorities and tell them where you should be. Imagine being stranded out on the water because ran out of gas. If you told a friend, emergency authorities could come find you and rescue. If you did not tell anyone, you could be stuck out there for a while. Unfortunately, cell phone service is not available everywhere. Telling a friend is much more reliable.

Follow these tips, and you will have a fun and enjoyable trip on the water.

If you are ever in an accident on the water, contact a Newport beach personal injury lawyer.

 

Travel Safety Tip

Sun is out. The weather is getting warmer. It’s time for that great vacation you were planning. Maybe you’ll fly to Hawaii or even Fiji. Or maybe you will make a weekend trip to Santa Barbara. Whatever you decide to do it is important to be safe. Here are some tips to keep you safe on your travels.

  • Stranger danger

Strangers are not always kind and benevolent people. A stranger could be a criminal trying to scam you. Be careful of any strangers you meet. Don’t go with them to a new or risky area. Avoid discussing any personal details or travel plans with strangers. They could attack you and rob your hotel room.  Don’t eat any food or drink anything they offer you. Only eat or drink what they give you, if they are also consuming the same thing.

  • Be safe in your hotel

Try to book larger hotels with complicated security. Never assume that the hotel is safe. When you get to the hotel, check your room for all directions and information about emergency situations. These directions could be very helpful in the future. Always keep your hotel door locked. Securely close all your windows before leaving the room. Avoid bringing any strangers into your room. Meet people in the lobby. Do not travel alone at night. If you have to, make sure a friend knows when you will return. Avoid getting alone with anyone in an elevator. This will make you vulnerable.

  • Public transportation

On vacation, public transportation can be your best friend, but it can also be very tricky and dangerous. When you use taxis, make sure that the taxis have official markings. Do not use any unmarked cabs. When you go into a train station, be careful of pick pockets. The crowds at train stations are distracting, which is perfect for a pick pocket. Bus stations and metro stations are also dangerous for the same reason. Keep your wallet close to you in a secure location. This will deter pick pockets.

  • Drive safely

The same driving rules at home apply on vacation. Keep your dogs locked at all times. The local laws may not require you to wear a seat belt, but to be safe, you should wear one anyways. Don’t leave valuables in the car. Park your car in secure, well-lit areas. Don’t pick up any hitchhikers. You never know who you might pick up.

 

If you are ever injured due to another individual’s negligence, you may want to contact a Newport Beach personal injury lawyer.

Honda and Nissan Announce Recalls

The two Japanese car manufacturers are recalling several vehicles.

Honda is recalling 200,000 vehicles for a shift interlock issues. The recalled vehicles include sedans, crossovers, and minivans. Approximately 17,500 of the 2013 Acura RDX sedans are being recalled. 128,000 Honda CR-Vs is also being recalled. 59,000 Odyssey minivans are also affected by the recall. The Honda CR-Vs and Odyssey minivans affected by the recall were sold during the 2012 and 2013 model year.

In the recalled vehicles, the automatic transmission can be shifted out of park if the brake pedal is not depressed. This issue is more likely to occur in sub-freezing temperatures. The defect significantly increases the risk of an accident. Currently, Honda is not aware of any complaints, accidents, or injuries related to this issue.

Honda will begin notifying vehicle owners. The car manufacturer recommends that affected owners visit their local dealerships. The dealership will examine and fix the car if necessary at no cost for the owners.

Industry analysts state that this recall reflects the fact that many car manufactures use the same components in different products to reduce costs. This may reduce costs, but this strategy backfires if there is a defect in that product.

Nissan is recalling 19,000 vehicles for brake issues. 14,000 Pathfinders and 5,000 JXs from the 2013 model year are affected by this recall.

In the affected vehicles, part of the front brake caliper assembly, the brake torque member, was not cast properly. This issue could lead to premature failure and cracking. In the case that it breaks, the brake caliper may move and come in contact with the inside of the road wheel. This contact could affect braking therefore increasing the risk of a crash.

It is not clear whether there has been any crashes or injuries related to this problem. Nissan has stated that the recall was voluntary. When Nissan became aware of the safety problem, it informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its recall plan. Affected Nissan owners should visit their local dealership. Recalled vehicles will be examined and fixed at no cost to the owners.

If you ever experience safety issues in your vehicle, do not hesitate to report the issue to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These complaints often lead to recalls. After reporting the issue, you will probably be contacted by the NHTSA for more information about the issue.

If the defect caused a car accident, you may also want to contact an Orange County car accident lawyer.

Man Blows Himself Up

A Costa Mesa man blew himself up in an apparent suicide on April 14.

The 52 year old male may have been a schizophrenic. He had a history of mental illness. His neighbors found him odd but harmless. Authorities found, in his home, a 17,000 word essay, titled” The Pricker: A True Story of Assassination, Terrorism and High Treason.” The essay referenced aliens, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the U.S. Government. It also discussed “the breaker”, which the man described as an assassin’s weapon capable of depositing biological agents into a victim’s skin without their knowledge.  In this essay, he discussed the U. S. Government. He accused the government of controlling information and assassinating individuals through freak accidents.

The man blew himself up in his home on the 3100 block of Bermuda Drive in Costa Mesa at around 7:30 p.m. A couple hours earlier neighbors called emergency authorities because the man was laying in his front yard. Neighbors reported that he was unconscious. An ambulance was called, but the man refused to go to the hospital. He was confrontational and difficult. Authorities left the scene. After the authorities left, there was a loud explosion. Neighbors stated that the blast sounded like a loud boom similar to fireworks. Authorities later found the man dead in his home.

The FBI and Costa Mesa police reported to the scene. The Orange County Sheriff’s bomb Squad and Orange County Fire Authority Hazardous Materials unit also reported to the scene.  Investigators believe that the man used a homemade explosive.  Additional homemade devices were found at the scene. Investigators believe that there were a total of three bombs in the home.  The bomb squad was able to safely detonate the bombs.  According to authorities, the bombs were crudely made.

Police evacuated residents from the surrounding homes as a precaution. Officers will continue to search the property for any other explosives. Thankfully, no one else was injured in the explosion. Investigation into the explosion is ongoing.

If you see any suspicious activities, do not hesitate it to report it to the authorities. You could prevent seriously horrific events from happening. Do not try to help or interfere with the situation. The authorities can handle the situation. It is best to be safe and stay away from the incident.

If you are ever injured because of another individual’s actions, you may want to contact a Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer.

 

Spring and Summer Safety Tips

It is getting warmer and sunnier outside. This means more fun in the sun. The warm spring days and hot summer days are perfect a day trip or a trip to the beach, but don’t let the warm weather fool you. You are extremely susceptible to many injuries minor and major during the warm weather months. During these warmer months, you are more susceptible to dehydration, sunburns, and much more. Here are some safety tips to keep you safe through the warmer season.

•             Sun safety

It is important to remember sun safety. Extensive exposure to the sun is quite damaging. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside. You should also reapply every couple hours. If you are in water, you will need to reapply more often. There is also sun protective clothing., if you are particularly sensitive to sun, sun protective clothing is a great investment. Large hats and sunglasses are also helpful.

•             Bugs

Bugs are one of the unfortunate side effects of sunny days. Insects often carry diseases and have painful bites. Insect repellent can help protect you from many harmful insects. Long sleeves and pants can also help reduce bug bites. Do not leave any stagnant water around the house. These pools of water become breeding grounds for mosquitos and other insects.

•             Hydrate

The heat means it will also be a lot dryer. Remember to constantly hydrate throughout the day. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat rashes are side effects of dehydration.

•             Wear a helmet

The great weather means that you will probably be riding your bikes and skateboards. Don’t forget to wear a helmet. The helmet is the only source of protection that you have. Motorists cannot always see bicyclists. In the case of a collision, the helmet will protect your head. Invest in a helmet that you love and make sure it fits properly. Ride your bicycles, scooters, and skateboards with extreme caution. Do not ever assume that all motorists can see you.

•             Be careful while playing outside

The warm weather makes a game of catch or Frisbee quite enjoyable. However, it is important to remember road safety. Be cautious of cars nearby. Do not run into the street after a stray ball. Remember to look both ways before crossing the street. Motorists are more distracted than ever. Do not expect them to see you.

These safety tips should help you be safe in the warmer months. Enjoy the great weather, but remember these important tips!

If you are or a loved one is injured due to another individual’s negligence, contact a Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer.

Theme Park Safety Tips

Orange County is home to three famous theme parks: Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park, and Knott’s Berry Farm. These parks are great fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, theme parks can be dangerous too. Theme park visitors are susceptible to dehydration, ride defects, and more. Here are some tips on to have fun and safe trip to a theme park.

•             Stay cool

Summer is coming soon, and this means Orange County is going to heat up. The great weather perfectly complements a day at a theme park. If you decide to go to the theme park on a sunny day, remember to stay cool and hydrated. Heat rashes, sun burns, and heat exhaustion are common injuries for theme park visitors. You should constantly hydrate through the day. Water is the best and healthiest choice. Avoid drinking sugary drinks and alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate you, and sugary drinks have unnecessary calories. Don’t forget to take breaks from the heat and sun.

•             Do not go into any restricted areas.

Restricted areas are restricted for good reason. These restricted areas are usually restricted for safety reasons. Avoid these areas. If you somehow loose something in a restricted area, ask a staff member. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

•             Know your limits on the rides

Before going on any ride, you should consider the state of your health. If you have certain health issues, you may want to consult your doctor before a theme park visit. Rides can be strenuous and dangerous for certain individuals. Your health condition may make the ride dangerous for you. It is better to safely sit out a ride.

•             Don’t ignore the rules of the ride

Don’t ignore the rules of the ride. These rules have purpose, and they are made to protect passengers.  The ride may seem tame and easy, but looks can be deceiving. There could be a hidden drop or sudden stop that may not be suitable for certain passenger. If the ride has a height minimum, do not try to sneak a child. You could be endangering the child.

Rides can be very dangerous. On a ride, you should always stay seated safely in the car. Properly use all safety harnesses and seat belts. Do not ignore these precautions. They are designed to protect you. Only leave the ride when the ride attendant states that is safe to do so.

  • Report anything wrong

Unfortunately, park rides sometimes break down. If you see anything that seems broken or out of place, report it immediately to an employee.

Orange County is home to some of the greatest theme parks. To make sure you have a great time, follow these safety rules!

If you are ever injured in a theme park, contact an Orange County personal injury attorney.

Two Disneyland Rides Temporarily Closed

The popular Orange County theme park is temporarily closing Space Mountain and two other rides for safety issues.

These two rides received citations from state regulators last week. Disneyland will review its employee safety protocols. After receiving the citations, Disneyland shut down the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride, Space Mountain, and Soarin’ Over California. Disneyland received the citations on Friday and shut down the rides on Saturday. On Sunday, the Matterhorn was reopened. The other rides remain closed.  The closures are voluntary and were done for safety reasons.

Disneyland was cited for violations prior to November 21, 2012. An employee was seriously injured while performing maintenance duties on the Space Mountain attraction. The employee was 68 year old male. He was a machinist, and for unknown reasons an out of commission vehicle on the ride collided into him. The impact caused him back, chest, and head injuries. Anaheim Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and took the employee to the hospital.

Park officials do not know when the rides will reopen. Disneyland could be fined for up to $234,850 for six violations. These violations include improper maintenance of fire extinguishers, safety barriers, and anchors for workers on Space Mountain.  Park officials stress that these violations have nothing to do with the operation of the ride. The park is currently working with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health to review the violations.

Space Mountain is the primary center of safety concerns, but Disney chose to voluntarily close Soarin’ Over California and the Matterhorn Bobsleds rides. Park officials are currently reviewing the safety protocol on these attractions.

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health has issued $38,860 for worker safety violations at Disney resorts in Anaheim since 2008. The current pending fine would be a record violation fine.

Thankfully, no Disneyland guests were injured on any of these rides. Theme parks are fun and exciting attractions. Unfortunately, the rides can be dangerous if there are any malfunctions are defects. If you see anything wrong on a ride, make sure to alert an employee. You could save a life. While in the park, it is also important to remember to follow all park rules and safety protocol.

If you are ever injured in a theme park, you may want to contact an Anaheim personal injury lawyer. These injuries can be quite extensive and can mean expensive hospital stays. Insurance may cover some of the costs, but a personal injury lawyer can help you seek maximum damages.

Motorists Pleads Guilty to Hit and RUn

A motorist pleaded guilty last Friday to accidentally hitting and killing a female bicyclist near the Newport Coast.

The male driver admitted in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana to one felony count of injury hit and run and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He was sentenced to four years in prison and one year in county jail.

The victim was a Newport Beach doctor.  They were riding their bicycles down Newport Coast Drive when the motorist collided into the victim. After she was hit, she was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She later died from her injuries. The victim practiced medicine at Newport Family medicine. She served as the president of Greater Newport Physicians for 18 years. She is remembered as a great physician, leader in the medical community, business leader, and family leader.

The doctor was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed spending time outside. Her colleagues describe as a physician who put patients first. The doctor would often personally call patients to check on their wellbeing.  She was a pioneer for women in medicine. In fact, she was the first chairwoman of the department of family practice at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. She was a mentor to other doctors.

The motorist was driving a black, full-sized pickup. He ran into the victim from behind, which sent her flying of her bicycle.  After he collided into the victim, he fled the scene. He was arrested three days later.

Unfortunately, bicycling accidents are often quite severe. Bicyclists have little protection, which makes these accidents often fatal. It is important for bicyclists and motorists to be careful on the road. Bicyclists should never assume that a motorist can see them. Motorists must check to see if there is a bicyclist in their blind spot. Intersections can often be dangerous. It is always safest to let the bicyclist pass. It can be difficult to determine the exact speed of a bicyclist.

If you are ever in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact a Newport Beach car accident lawyer. Injuries are often severe and painful. An injury could mean extended hospital stays and time away from work. Insurance may cover some of the costs, but a car accident lawyer can help you seek maximum damages for your losses. Contact the Law Offices of Dara Khajavi today if you have any questions.