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Electrical Malfunction Prompts Volkswagen Recall

Posted on March 31st, 2011 No Comments

Volkswagen on Monday announced a recall of more than 71,000 Jetta sedans due to an electrical malfunction.

According to a Volkswagen of America Inc. press release, the wiring of anti-theft systems and horns in certain 2011 Jetta models may be defective. The recall affects Jettas built between March 2010 and March 2011.

The company says the problem stems from a fuse that protects the Jetta’s anti-theft alarm and the convertor box that operates the headlights and windshield wipers. It is possible that a short circuit in the horn can cause the headlights and wipers to malfunction or stop working, increasing the risk of a car accident. The automaker said it has not received any reports or injuries or accidents caused by the defect.

Under the recall, Volkswagen dealer service technicians will rewire the affected vehicles so the horn and convertor box do not share the same fuse. The company will notify owners of the defective vehicles by first class mail about corrective measures and the anticipated repair timeline.

If you have been injured in a auto accident caused by a car defect, please contact the San Antonio Car Defect Injury Lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999.

1 Killed, 5 Injured in San Antonio Auto Accident

Posted on March 24th, 2011 No Comments

One person was killed and five others injured in a San Antonio auto accident Wednesday.

According to officials with the San Antonio Police Department, 18 year-old Alejandro Javier Velasquez died shortly after midnight Wednesday morning when his car veered into the opposite lane into oncoming traffic and struck an SUV head-on. “A Chevy Malibu headed west towards Laredo Veered into the eastbound lane and hit head-on with a Chevy Tahoe,” a police spokesperson said.

Five people in the Chevy Tahoe were injured in the crash. They were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for treatment. Three were later flown to San Antonio hospital. The victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Police believe speed contributed to the car accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.

Chrysler Recalls 248K Vehicles for Design Defect

Posted on March 16th, 2011 No Comments

Chrysler Group LLC recalled more than 248,000 vehicles due to a defect that could allow the key to slip while driving, shutting down the engine.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 2010 Dodge Journey crossovers, 2010 Grand Caravan Minivans, and 2010 Chrysler Town & Country minivans made between August 3, 2009 and June 17, 2010. The vehicles feature a deign defect where harsh road conditions or driver contract with the key could move the key to the accessory position and shut down the engine.

The automaker said it has received 32 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims for the affected vehicles. Chrysler, which is managed by Italy’s Fiat SpA, said it knew of two rear-end collisions that may have stemmed from the problem.

If you have been injured by an automobile defect, please contact the San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999.

Man Killed in San Antonio Car Accident

Posted on March 11th, 2011 No Comments

A man was killed in a San Antonio car accident Sunday night.

According to officials with the San Antonio Police Department, the accident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 10, just before La Cantera Parkway. Investigators say a man driving a pickup truck in the westbound lanes of the interstate lost control of his vehicle, struck a retaining guide-wire in the median and collided with a metal utility pole.

The driver was pinned in his vehicles and San Antonio Fire Department personnel used the Jaws of Life to extricate the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck.

The cause of the auto accident remains under investigation by the San Antonio Police Department. The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of the family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Defensive medicine accounts for 20 percent of tests

Posted on March 4th, 2011 No Comments

A study of doctors in Pennsylvania recently found that physicians order imaging tests for defensive reasons about 20 percent of the time.  Defensive medicine is when a doctor or nurse orders a test or does some treatment with the primary reason not being necessity, but to protect themselves  from being sued for medical malpractice or negligence.  In addition, the study found that about 35 percent of imaging test costs are related to defensive medicine.

Researchers asked 72 doctors to mark on different imaging test forms whether they were ordering the test out of necessity or defensively.  The study looked at a total of 2,068 imaging tests ordered by the doctors including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, bone scans and ultrasounds.  In 396 of the tests, doctors admitted to practicing defensive medicine.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice in San Antonio, contact the San Antonio medical malpractice attorneys of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers at (210) 999-9999 to learn more about your rights as a patient.

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