Kia announced a recall of over 377,000 of its popular Sorento SUV because the transmission can be shifted out of park when the vehicle isn’t running and the driver’s foot isn’t on the brake. This can result in the SUV rolling away unexpectedly and causing a crash.
The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. Kia announced the recall in conjunction with documents posted with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).
According to a report by NBC 4 – New York, Kia began investigating the trouble in August when it got a letter from a lawyer saying that a child moved a Sorento shift lever out of park and the SUV rolled in a parking lot. The child’s father stood in front of the SUV and was joined by his son. The son got between the Sorento and a stopped vehicle and suffered a broken leg, according to the documents.
The notice letter referenced in the NHTSA filings was sent by Phillips Garcia Law. Phillips Garcia Law is in the process of gathering information about any other incidents involving personal injuries or property damage caused by a defective Kia Sorento. Send emails to our attorneys if you have information pertaining to the defect.
A new report released by the American Automobile Association revealed that 58% of teen car accidents involved distracted driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed about 1,700 crash videos to arrive at its startling results.
The most revealing aspect of the statistic is that it is four times greater than estimates based on police reports according to the Foundation.
The causes of “distracted driving,” however, went beyond just “texting and driving.” The AAA analysis blamed a half-dozen types of distraction that caused teen crashes. These included:
- interacting with other passengers – 15% of crashes
- cellphone use – 12% percent
- looking at something inside the car
- looking at something outside other than the road ahead
- singing or moving to music
- grooming and reaching for something
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According to reports from the Associated Press, U.S. banks seized a record 92,000 homes across the country in April 2010.
Although RealtyTrac, Inc., a foreclosure listing firm in Irvine, Calif., reported a decline in the number of new foreclosure filings, that number was blunted by the record setting statistics of foreclosure seizures. And, there appear to be signs of millions of more foreclosures ahead. Nearly 12 percent of all households with mortgages have reportedly missed at least one mortgage payment or were in foreclosure in March 2010.
Tough economic times are the main catalyst for foreclosures in 2010. However, many other factors including unpaid medical bills and divorce can place tremendous strain on a household’s finances.
Among states, Nevada posted the highest number of foreclosures in April, with 1 in every 69 households receiving a foreclosure notice. Next on list were Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan.
With the record number of seizures, it is only logical that the numbers of wrongful foreclosure lockouts and trashouts will increase across the country. A typical wrongful foreclosure lockout often involves a real estate management company that works for a bank entering a home without prior notice, changing locks, taking personal items, and winterizing the house. See related video story here.
Sources: CBS News.com and The Associated Press.
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Two young children were hospitalized, one critically, following a car accident with a Swansea police car outside of the Early Minds Day-Care center on Route 6 in Swansea Wednesday afternoon.
Information reported in the Providence Journal indicates that at about 2 pm Swansea Police Officer Alan LaChance was attempting to stop a vehicle for a suspended registration when the car carrying the children pulled out of the day care center heading into the opposite lane of travel. LaChance’s cruiser then collided with the driver’s side of the car carrying the children sending both vehicles off the road. According to the Swansea Police, LaChance wasn’t in pursuit of the vehicle.
The two year old and the one year old children, who were sitting in the back seat of the car, were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The two year old was listed in critical condition on Wednesday night according to the Swansea Police.
The driver of the car, Jared Sheldon, and his passenger, Shelbi Provencher, were also injured and treated at Rhode Island Hospital. Officer LaChance was reportedly treated for minor injuries at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
As parents of young children ourselves, our thoughts go out to the families of the children and we hope that they make a full and complete recovery from their serious injuries. We also hope that all of the adults hurt in the accident, including Officer LaChance, make a quick recovery. It would be in the best interests of the parents of the injured children to contact an experienced Southcoast Massachusetts personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A Massachusetts personal injury attorney with experience with childrens’ injuries can determinethe best course of action for the families.
Why You Need a Southcoast Personal Injury Lawyer
The Southcoast Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at Phillips & Garcia will fight for your rights and your childrens’ rights in your personal injury case. We are committed to protecting your best interests and helping you collect the damages you need and deserve to move on with your life. If you, or your children, have been injured in a Massachusetts accident, contact Phillips & Garcia today to schedule your FREE legal consultation – (877) 892-5620.