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Just when the topic had started to die down, another horrific product liability accident hits the Internet. A woman was killed on Wednesday morning when a trailer detached from a truck and hit her car on Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, police said. The area of Indian Canyon Drive from Tramview Road to just south of Interstate 10 was closed for a majority of the day.
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A Newport Beach personal injury accident can be a frightening experience. Seriously injured accident victims will have damages they will need to recover and some will seek medical treatment for their injuries. It is not only important to know what damages you can recover after an accident but what auto defects to look for. There are a number of vehicle defects which could have caused or contributed to your car accident.

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Toyota Motor Corporation has offered to fix the accelerator pedals of up to 4 million cars in the United States, which are subject to the company’s largest ever vehicle defect recall, a Kyodo news report states. Toyota has apparently reached an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which includes the Japanese auto maker’s assurance to voluntarily repair the accelerator pedals. But it is not clear yet how Toyota will repair these pedals.
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Goldie Williams Jr, 48, died in a San Bernardino car accident the evening of August 30, 2009 after he lost control of his car and crashed on the 215 Freeway. According to a news report in the San Bernardino Sun, Williams was driving a 2004 Lincoln Navigator south on the 215 Freeway when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to pass a tractor trailer. Williams apparently veered off the freeway. The Navigator rolled several times. Williams died at the scene while a passenger sustained minor injuries.
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Benjamin Keil Allen, 26, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident early morning on August 12, 2009 when the Toyota Tundra pickup he was off-roading in Loma Linda, California, tipped over and crashed. Allen was driving the Tundra on Mountain View Avenue. He was ejected from the pickup truck and died when the truck ran him over, crushing his head and upper body. Loma Linda fire officials said Allen was not wearing a seatbelt. Three others, who were also in the vehicle at the time, were buckled up and did not suffer any injuries. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating this fatal car accident.
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One person was hospitalized with injures in an Orange County car accident after an SUV overturned in a single-car accident, The Orange County Register reports. The car accident reportedly occurred on August 10, 2009 when the Dodge Durango hit a tree in the center divider on Edinger Avenue between Brookhurst and Euclid streets. The Dodge SUV flipped on to its roof. The SUV’s driver sustained injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
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Honda has issued a defective product recall for its 2001 Civic and Accord models for possible airbag defects. According to a report in Consumeraffairs.com, the driver’s side airbag could produce excessive internal pressure and cause the inflator to burst. If this happens, the metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly injuring occupants of the car due to the airbag failure. When this auto product safety recall begins, Honda dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. Honda issued an identical defective product recall in November 2008 for 4,000 of its 2001 Accord and Civic models for similar airbag defects.

In our more than three decades experience representing clients who are injured by defective auto products, the products liability attorneys at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has observed a history of airbag problems with Honda vehicles as well as several other brands of cars, both domestic and foreign. Automobiles are equipped with airbags to make it safer for vehicle occupants in the event of a car crash. Although there have been several technological advancements in the way these airbags are being produced and installed in vehicles, that does not mean that they are free of flaws and defects. We’ve seen several serious problems with airbags that have caused severe injuries and even fatalities. The most common types of issues with defective airbags include failure to deploy during a car collision; deployment at a time when it should not have deployed; and deployment with too much or not enough force.
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