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Laguna Beach Crash Kills 2

A single vehicle crash on Laguna Canyon Road killed two men and injured two others.

The accident took place last Thursday afternoon on the Laguna Canyon Road off ramp from southbound 73. It was closed for 12 hours after the crash. At around 5:40 p.m., a 53 year old man was driving a Ford F650 struck a guardrail on the west edge of the off-ramp. The vehicle overturned and landed on its right passenger side.

There were three passengers in the vehicle.  A 42 year old Santa Ana man and 38 year old Stanton man were seated on the right side of the truck. They were both killed in the accident. A third passenger, a 39 year old Santa Ana man, was seated in the left rear area of the truck. He sustained major injuries. The driver also sustained major injuries. The two survivors were taken to Mission Hospital for treatment. Current status of the survivors is not known.  Everyone in the vehicle was wearing seatbelts.

One of the victims was identified as Esteban Dimas Alonzo. The other individuals in the car have not been identified. No other individuals were injured in the crash. The off ramp was closed for about 12 hours after the crash. It was later opened at 5 a.m. Friday morning. No arrests have been made. There is an ongoing investigation into the crash.

If you are ever in a car accident, contact a Laguna Beach car accident lawyer immediately. Survivors of car accidents often sustain serious injuries. Serious injuries may require extensive physical therapy and hospital time. These bills can really add up. You should not have to worry about paying your expenses.  This is why you should a car accident lawyer. A car accident lawyer focuses on all the paperwork and negotiations so you can focus on your recovery.

Contact a Laguna Beach car accident lawyer today. You deserve to be in perfect health. Do not postpone your recovery process any longer. Call us today for a free consultation. Do not worry if money is an issue. There are absolutely no charges until your case is won.

Hyundai Recalls 27,500 Genesis Sedans

The Korean manufacturer will recall about 27,500 Genesis sedans from the 2009-2012 model years for a breaking problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the recalled cars since last Thursday. According to a Genesis spokesperson, the brake fluid, in these vehicles, may cause corrosion on brake control unit valves. A gel may build up on valves in the braking system, resulting a loss of brakes. This defect may reduce braking power. To fix this problem, dealers will replace the brake fluid. Some vehicles will have their control units replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the investigation because of complaints from 23 owners. Some owners reported brake pedal issues.  There have been reports of accidents related to this defect. Owners have also reported loss of control of the vehicle.  There are no reports of any injuries related to the defect.

Hyundai is fully cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation. 69,000 Genesis models from these years were sold. About 60 percent of them have been repaired through a company service campaign. This company service campaign took place in March. Hyundai replaced brake fluid as part of a service campaign.

Owners of affected models will be notified of the recall by mail starting in November. Dealerships will provide a pickup service for affected cars.  Dealerships will also provide a loaner vehicle. Owners should call their local dealer to set up a time to get their car checked and repaired. The dealership will change brake fluid in cars and inspect electronic brake control modules.  The recall affects cars built from April 1, 2008 through March 16, 2012.

Thankfully, no one has been injured due to this defect. If you are ever injured in a car accident due to another individual’s negligence, you may want to hire an Orange County car accident lawyer. Car accidents can be quite serious. Injuries sustained from a car accident may require time away from work and extended physical therapy. Insurance may cover some of these costs, but a car accident lawyer can ensure that you receive maximum damages for your losses.

Contact the Law Offices of Dara Khajavi if you have any questions. Our expert car accident lawyers focus on negotiations so you can focus on your recovery.  Do not worry if money is an issue. There are absolutely no costs until your case is won. Call us today for a free consultation.

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.

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.