Keeping Current with Personal Injury – Aronberg, Aronberg & Green

Aug. 31st, 2012   /   , , ,

 

In this blog, we’re going to give you some information on a Toyota recall as well as some information on the dangers associated with waterskiing—and how to best avoid such danger.

Let’s start on the land, with Toyota. Earlier this month, Toyota announced the recall of roughly 778,000 automobiles in the United States because of a problem with the suspension that could lead to crashes.  The recall affects approximately 760,000 Toyota RAV4s, models 2006 through 2011, and nearly 18,000 Lexus HS250s manufactured in the year 2010. The problem with the vehicles was, according to Toyota, if the nuts on the arms of the rear suspension were not adequately tightened during a typical wheel alignment, the arms could come loose or even separate.

Because of these dangerous components of the cars, according to Toyota, there have already been nine crashes and three injuries relating to the condition of the vehicles.   Aside from the recalls in the United States, Toyota is recalling almost 100,000 RAV4s and 1,000 Lexus HS250s in Canada.  The problem is contained within Canada and the US, and no other markets have been affected by the problem.  As is typical with many recalls, the cars under recall will be fixed at dealerships at no cost to the customer.

Auto recalls can be issued by either the independent company responsible (in this case Toyota) or by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The product recall and following the instructions within are an important part of road safety.  If you had been injured in one of the Toyota-manufactured vehicles, and your injuries could be linked to the problems outlined by Toyota, they may very well be liable for the your damages because of product liability law.

Now, let’s move from land to sea.  In Florida, one of the most exciting things to do is to partake in watersports (boating, knee-boarding, jet skiing, etc,).  While they’re the epitome of “fun in the sun,” they can also land you “down in the ground.”  This week, a 30-year-old man was killed jet skiing and two weeks ago, a retired NASA astronaut was killed jet skiing—both incidents took place in Florida.  There are rules that must be observed when attempting to safely enjoy the sport of jet skiing.  Some of the most important are listed below.

  1. Everyone operating, being towed by, or riding on a “personal watercraft” has to be wearing an approved, non-inflatable personal flotation device.  Personal flotation devices that are inflatable are strictly prohibited during the use of personal watercrafts.
  2. The person operating the personal watercraft must have engine cutoff switch attached to his person with lanyard (it may be clipped to his/her body, personal flotation device, or clothing).
  3. In order to operate a personal watercraft in the state of Florida, you must be at least 14-years-old.
  4. From a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise, you are not allowed to operate a personal watercraft.

 

We hope you follow these simple safety precautions and stay as safe as possible.

If you have any questions pertaining to auto recalls, jet ski safety, or any other possible personal injury matter, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation by calling 561-266-9191 or emailing daronberg@aronberglaw.com.

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