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GM attempts to avoid product liability with a round of Recalls

Since the beginning of 2014, General Motors (GM) has recalled 30 million cars worldwide. Some may believe that the news could not get any worse for the car maker. However, just last week GM issued additional recalls on vehicles manufactured between 2011 and 2015.

The company has made it clear that no deaths of which they are aware have occurred from these manufacturer defects. However, two car crashes have been linked to the recalls. According to GM Global Vehicle Safety Vice President Jeff Boyer, the company is bringing greater rigor and discipline to their decision making. In Boyer's view, any issue, great or small, that could affect a customer's safety requires decisive action.

Mountain bikes recalled for broken hubs

Mountain bike enthusiasts in Louisiana should pay close attention to a recent recall. GT downhill mountain bicycle owners are urged to stop using the bikes that were sold between February 2014 and June 2014. Although no injuries have been reported, use should be discontinued.

The company that imports the bikes is the Cycling Sports Group Inc., of Wilton, Connecticut. Thus far, Cycling Sports has received five reports of broken hubs. The bikes that are at risk are the Fury Expert, which is blue with red and white accents. The other recalled model is the Fury Team, which is black with lime green and blue accents. The model names of the bikes can be found in small letters on the top tube of the bicycles, above the word Fury.

Product liability: cell phone charger recall effect New Orleans

Staying connected in a digital age requires the use of several different devices that all must be maintained at full power. As a result, multiple chargers and adaptors are utilized to ensure that New Orleans residents stay connected. One company has issued a recall on one of their popular adaptor models. Consumers are advised to discontinue use immediately.

The company is Gemini Manufacturing, Inc., of Gaffney, South Carolina. The product is the power adaptor and charger that can be used to charge various cell phones and electronic devices. About 31,000 units of the defective product were manufactured in white, black, blue, green and red. Before issuing the recall, the company received a report that a consumer was burned on their hand. Anyone concerned about possessing one of the defective adaptors should contact Gemini at 877-230-4986.

Fourth of July accident causes teen to lose his life

Residents in Louisiana often see an increase of traffic during holiday weekends and during the summer months. As people travel for vacations and celebrations, they frequently encounter heavy traffic. In addition, drivers are more likely to encounter negligent drivers who might be speeding, impaired or distracted. This could lead to a serious or tragic accident.

Recently, the nation paused to celebrate American independence. Many gathered with family and friends to commemorate the occasion. For one family, the holiday will now serve as a reminder of the day a loved one never came home. An 18-year-old has lost his life after succumbing to injuries sustained from a car crash.

Truck driver fatigue takes the stage after Tracy Morgan crash

Many New Orleans residents may have heard about the recent devastating truck accident that killed one comedian and injured "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan. The wreck occurred when the semi-truck failed to slow for traffic in front of it, forcing it to swerve to avoid collision. However, when it did, the tractor-trailer slammed into the limo bus carrying Morgan and several others.

The accident has ignited a fire around the issue of truck driver fatigue. The trucker who caused the Morgan accident had not slept in more than 24 hours and had been working more than 13 and a half hours straight, just shy of the maximum legal work shift of 14 hours. However, though truckers are currently allowed to spend 70 hours per week behind the wheel, Congress is considering increasing the number of workable hours per week to 82 hours. The proposal has seen a backlash from safety advocates and politicians, and new legislation has been proposed to block the increase. Only time will tell how this issue will play out.

Two kids struck and killed in fatal automobile collision

Tragedy could suddenly occur on or near Louisiana roadways when a driver fails to maintain control of their vehicle. A serious or even fatal accident could be the result of a driver's negligence. Whether they were speeding, distracted, fatigued or intoxicated, these actions could significantly affect the lives of others. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they owe a certain duty of care. Failure to uphold that duty could be the cause of a fatal automobile collision.

Louisiana State Police were recently investigating a collision that occurred on Louisiana Highway 928. The incident occurred when a driver was traveling southbound on the highway. For unknown reasons, the vehicle lost control and veered off the road. This resulted in the vehicle traveling down an embankment and colliding into two young children that were fishing in a bayou.

New lawsuit for GM

Over the last few months, this site has periodically reported on the massive GM recall. Several people have been killed and many more injured from the malfunction of the vehicle ignition switch. This past week brought a unique legal claim that if successful, may open the carmaker to more litigation.

A Texas woman who was convicted of negligent homicide has filed the federal lawsuit. The car accident in question occurred in 2004. The woman now claims that she was not at fault for the accident due to the defective car part. In her opinion, the accident investigators were incorrect when they cited the lack of skid marks as proof that her driving was the direct cause of the accident. In the lawsuit, she contends that GM's concealment of the ignition-switch problem was the cause of the false assumptions. As a result, she is seeking damages from GM.

Top execs fired after internal investigation at GM

After ten years of inaction on a defective ignition-switch, GM has brought high-level executives to answer for the debacle. This year has seen a massive recall for the automaker. Popular small car models, like the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Saturn Ion, have fallen victim to the defective part that shuts down the engine, disables airbags and power-assisted steering and causes drivers to lose control of their vehicles. At least 13 people have died and several others have been injured. With the results of an internal probe released, GM is trying to remedy the mistakes of the past.

The official word from the internal probe is that there is no pattern of incompetence and neglect within GM. Chief executive Mary Barra stated that if the critical information about the ignition was made known to high level management in the company, something would have been done. During a town hall meeting with employees, Barra urged them to report future problems to their supervisors.

Suspect in custody after fatal 18-wheeler accident

Justice may be at hand for the loved ones of a woman killed in an accident. Lahisha Walls died at the scene of a fatal vehicle accident on Friday May 23, 2014. Walls drove a Toyota Avalon when she crossed the median into oncoming traffic. The Toyota was struck on the passenger side by an 18-wheeler. After an investigation by Baton Rouge police, more was discovered about the accident.

Due to an anonymous community tip, it was discovered that Walls crossed the median to avoid being hit by another vehicle. The driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo moved into her lane. After Walls fatal car accident with the truck, the driver of the Chevrolet refused to stop and fled the scene. That driver has now been identified as Thomas Moore III of Baton Rouge.

Memorial Day weekend car accident claims life

The nation recently paused to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service during Memorial Day weekend, a time when family and friends usually get together at various gatherings throughout the country. However, one family is now dealing with the aftermath of losing a member after a 49-year-old woman lost her life in a car accident.

The name of the deceased was being withheld by the New Orleans Police Department. The accident occurred on May 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The woman attempted to drive her Toyota Camry across St. Claude. Unfortunately, she was struck by another driver in a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup. The Sierra was headed westbound on St. Claude at the time of the collision. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Toxicology tests are pending, and the driver of the Sierra is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.