Design Defect Prompts Volkswagen Recall of 70,000 Jettas
Posted on March 31st, 2011
Volkswagen on Monday announced a recall of more than 70,000 Jettas due to concerns that faulty wiring could cause the car to short-circuit.
The recall involves the newest models of the popular Volkswagen sedan built between March 2010 and March 2011. The automaker said many of the 2011 model-year Jettas have an electrical defect in the anti-theft system convertor box. Under the right circumstances, the company says, the vehicles could short-circuit when the horn is used, causing the windshield wipers and alarm system to stop working, increasing the risk of a car accident.
At the time of Volkswagen’s announcement, no injuries or accidents had been reported as a result of the design defect.
Under the recall, dealer service technicians will reconfigure the electrical layout so the horn and converter box do not share the same fuse. Owners of the defective vehicles will be notified by the company with information regarding the repair timeline and corrective measures.
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$5M Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Train Accident
Posted on March 23rd, 2011
The family of a girl who was killed by a train in California last September has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Mission Viejo.
According to court documents, the family of 17 year-old Anastasia Bolton has filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against Mission Viejo. Bolton was struck and killed by a Metrolink train in September after apparently falling asleep on the train tracks. The accident, which occurred on the tracks underneath the Alicia Parkway overcrossing in Mission Viejo, claimed the lives of Bolton, and 22 year-old Daniel Akins.
Bolton’s mother, Stephanie, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the city, claiming her daughter’s death was preventable. The lawsuit cites premises liability and sates “no fencing or other warning existed in the area where Anastasia accessed the tracks.” The lawsuit claims the city failed “to maintain proper restriction and/or warning to area of high traffic and inherent danger.”
The claim requests $5 million in damages and an unknown amount of future costs, calculated based on “wrongful death, costs, and life expectancy.”
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Woman Charged with DWI After Driving into Restaurant
Posted on March 15th, 2011
A woman was arrested Thursday after driving into a pizza restaurant in Oklahoma City.
According to officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department, 63 year-old Michelle Fletcher was arrested for driving under the influence after she crashed her SUV into the front wall and windows of a Domino’s Pizza on MacArthur Boulevard Thursday night. Sgt. Paul Gaylon said it appeared the brakes of the SUV were never applied after the SUV turned into the Dominos’ parking lot.
The restaurant was closed when the accident occurred but there were people in the dog grooming school next door.
“We have a mess here,” Domino’s owner Linda Burgat said. Police say a heavy oven behind the counter stopped the SUV, but the oven and other equipment were badly damaged in the crash.
“It could have been a really, really unfortunate situation,” Gaylon said.
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Wrong Way Driver Causes Crash on Interstate, One Injured
Posted on March 9th, 2011
One man was injured after a drunken driver going the wrong way on the interstate crashed into him.
According to officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, officers received a call about a driver in a red SUV driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Choctaw Road. Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies pursued the driver. Deputies said he was going the speed limit while going the wrong way.
The driver crashed into another vehicle just west of the McLoud exit off I-40. The driver of the other vehicle saw the SUV’s headlights and swerved, avoiding a direct head-on collision, authorities say.
Deputies determined the driver of the SUV to be drunk and not injured.The driver of the other vehicle was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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7 Injured in Oklahoma City School Bus Accident
Posted on March 3rd, 2011
Six students and another person were injured Wednesday morning in an Oklahoma City school bus accident.
According to officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department, the accident took place near the intersection of Southwest 44th Street and South Council Road. Authorities say the bus was traveling to Western Heights High School at the time of the accident. About 50 students were on-board the bust when the accident occurred.
The seven injured people were transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The identities of the victims have not been released. No information on the nature of their injuries was available.
The accident remains under investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department.
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