Honda airbag recall

Honda airbag recall

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Honda Motor Co. has announced its largest recall ever. The Japanese automaker recalled 304,000 vehicles globally because they may contain defective air bags. (Approximately 273,000 of the cars recalled are in the U.S. and Canada.) This recall is Honda’s sixth recall since 2008 for the same problem, and brings the total number of cars recalled to nearly 2 million.

The recall affects some of Honda and Acura’s most popular models, including the Accord, Civic, Odyssey and Pilot. Honda has concerns that the vehicles’ air bags could burst in a crash due to defective inflators, sending metal and plastic pieces flying and potentially causing injury or death.

Honda has confirmed 20 accidents related to the air bag problem, including two deaths in the U.S., both in 2009.

The specific list of cars affected by Honda’s expanded recall includes: 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 3003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.

For more information regarding this recall, please review Honda’s “Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Driver’s Airbag Inflator Recall Expansion.”

Defective Products Are Deadly

As I mention on my website, most of our everyday products are safe and pose no significant risk of danger, however, thousands of defective products make it to the market place and cause personal injury and even wrongful death.

Product defect cases can be more complex than they first appear, so it is important that a potential product liability claim against the manufacture or sale of a dangerous product be pursued immediately. Proving a product defect requires input and investigation from a variety of individuals and is necessary to show one or more of the following:

  • The product defect existed in the design of the product, occurring before the product was manufactured;
  • The product defect manifested during manufacturing, occurring while the product was being constructed or produced; and/or
  • The product defect was determined after market and was due to improper instructions and failure to warn consumers about the dangers of the product.

Two Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Disbarred for Using Runners

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The Georgia Supreme Court recently disbarred two Atlanta personal injury attorneys, Steve Freedman and Thomas Sinowski for using “runners” from April 1995 through April 1999.

The use of runners (a non-lawyer who is paid by a lawyer to recruit, recommend, or direct people to use the services of that lawyer) is strictly prohibited. Under O.C.G.A. 33/24/53(a), a lawyer shall not compensate a person or organization to recommend or secure his/her employment by a client.

According to the Supreme Court Order, the pair had kept a record of their illegal payments to runners in a “Runner Book.” Although they have admitted to paying 46 runners the total amount of $276,025.00, the pair appealed their punishment of three (3) years disbarment handed down by The Review Panel of the State Bar of Georgia citing it was too harsh and other lawyers in similar circumstances had been given mere reprimands. After extensive discovery and multiple hearing, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld The Review Panel’s findings with a 5-2 vote.

As a result of their disbarment, Thomas C. Sinowski and Steven F. Freedman are required to immediately cease any practice of law in Georgia and notify all clients within thirty days (30) of their inability to further represent them.

To view the oral arguments made on behalf of Steve Freedman and Thomas C. Sinowski, visit the Fulton Daily Report website.

New firefighters to be hired in Cobb County

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Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services are hiring new firefighters for the first time since 2009. The department currently has 637 firefighters, 45 less than full staffing. The new hiring will only allow the department to add 24 firefighters due to the county cutting funding for 33 positions in its 2010 budget.

“We are expecting in excess of 1,000 applicants,” Training Division Chief William Tanks said, which is many more applications than positions available. Mr. Tanks expects many of the applicants to be great candidates for the job.

The application period will continue through December 23. The salary will begin at $38,355 in annual pay.

Selected applicants must pass oral, written and physical examinations as well as undergo background checks, drug screenings, and polygraph tests before beginning their training, which isn’t expected to start until next summer. Training will take about 30 weeks meaning new recruits will not begin work at the station until 2013.

Applicants who do not make the final 24 can be put on a waiting list and be asked to train in coming months. Cobb Fire is looking for a diverse group that is willing to perform EMT services and paramilitary duties. Trainees should be prepared to deal with the cold of winter and the heat of summer during the course of their training and should be prepared to work hard.

Cobb Fire last hired new firefighters in 2009, leading to 34 new firefighters in two classes, who began training in January and June 2010.

Applications can be found on the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services website.


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