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Fire hazard prompted Volkswagen recall of 38,000 cars

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015   

The Volkswagen Group of America, the American branch of the world’s third-largest automaker, recently announced a recall of 38,000 vehicles due to the risk that a fuel leak in the engine may lead to fires, WIVB 4 reported on December 31.

This is a preemptive recall, as Volkswagen claimed it has yet to receive a report of injury or accident related to this issue.

Included in the recall are vehicles from the 2014 to 2015 model years, such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, and Passat. The 2015 models of the Golf and the GTI are also covered in the recall.

Incurring injury or being traumatized in a personal injury accident in Tennessee can result in serious injuries. When an accident is the result of an automaker’s negligent manufacturing, however, you may pursue financial compensation against the liable company. If you have experienced an accident due to the negligence of someone else, the attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, may offer critical representation. Call our offices at (615) 277-2765 today.

Replacing defective guardrails proving to be a difficult task

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014   

Some state workers are scrambling to find and replace defective highway guardrail components that may have caused over nine deaths, according to an article on the Washington Post.

A design flaw is thought to be the reason for some recent guardrail malfunctions. Instead of collapsing on impact, the guardrail’s end units have been impaling cars. Trinity Industries reduced the size of a small component used in the safety equipment, reportedly saving the company approximately $2 per unit. Since its redesign in 2005, the ET-Plus guardrail has been widely distributed and implemented in roadways across the country.

The problem is compounded by the fact that there is no record to show where these new units have been installed. This has forced some contractors in Virginia and Maryland to measure each guardrail cap by hand to identify the defective part. A spokesperson for Virginia’s Department of Public Transportation admitted that “they could be anywhere in the commonwealth,” and that state officials are doing their best to develop a plan to quickly identify and replace each unit.


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