Do you consider yourself a safe and responsible driver? While many of us do, the fact is, there are always ways we can improve our driving so that we are contributing to making the roadways a safer place for everyone. Did you know that in 2016 alone, 757 people died in motor vehicle collisions in the state of Louisiana [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]? During that same year, 94 motorcyclists were killed and 225 people died in alcohol-related crashes. Needless to say, there is plenty of room for improvement which is why we are sharing with you 10 steps you can take that will help make you or someone you may know a more responsible driver. [Read more…] about 6 Ways You Can Become a More Responsible Driver
While most of us associate the month of October with the fall season and Halloween, it is also a time when the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) spreads awareness on school bus safety. Starting the week of October 15th and lasting through October 19th, the NAPT will be running the National School Bus Safety Week campaign to help educate and inform individuals all across the U.S. about school bus safety. The NAPT says that National School Bus Safety Week “is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and others interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.” [Read more…] about School Bus Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know
Find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall.
If you recently purchased a Nissan vehicle or bought one a few years ago, you should know that the company recently issued a recall for nearly 215,124 of its 2015-2018 models. According to a document that was sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) actuator pumps may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board” and in turn, this could result in an electrical shortage which could increase the chance of a fire.
The following models have been identified as those that may have the defective Anti-Lock Brake actuator pumps:
- Infiniti QX60/2017
- Nissan Maxima/2016-2017
- Nissan Murano/2015-2017
- Nissan Pathfinder/2017-2018
Although not all of these vehicle models are affected by the faulty equipment, CNET highlighted that “Nissan estimates that approximately 56 percent of these models [do] have the faulty pump.”
What will Nissan be doing to remedy the issue?
Now that the public has been made aware of the recall, Nissan has advised drivers who see their ABS light stay on for a period of 10 seconds or longer after starting up their vehicle to not drive it and park it outside rather than in a garage. Nissan stated that they will begin notifying owners as well as dealerships of the recall and will be providing further instructions on where and when they can take their vehicles to get the ABS actuator replaced, free of charge. The company estimates that by October, they will begin inspecting and replacing the faulty pumps. If owners do have any questions at any given time, they can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
How can I keep up with the recalls that are issued?
Many of us find out that a recall has been issued, whether it is for a food product or a vehicle, from our local news source websites. Sometimes, these news reports even pop up in our newsfeed on Facebook. However, rather than relying on a news source or even social media to notify you of a recall, there are other ways to check if one has been issued.
To check if a vehicle recall has been issued for your automobile, you can use NHTSA’s recall search tool that allows you to type in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your vehicle or a specific part of it is part of a recall. You should check this regularly just to see if the company has issued a recall and it hasn’t yet made the news.
To search for recent recalls on foods, you can visit Foodsafety.gov and skim through the list of recalls to see if any of the products on it are those you have in your home or usually purchase during your weekly shopping trip.
Toy and Product Recalls
If you wish to keep up with the recalls that are issued for toys and other products, Safekids.org provides you with an updated list of these items and even allows you to sign up to receive recall notifications via email.
While a majority of the products we buy are safe to use and consume, there are times when the manufacturer may have made a mistake or a defective product was created without them initially knowing. That is why it is important you keep up with the latest recalls to help keep you and your family safe. In the event you or someone you know has suffered an injury or illness in Monroe as a result of a contaminated or defective product, contact the Monroe, LA personal injury attorneys at Campbell, House & Cummins, Attorneys at Law as soon as possible.
Our office can help you better understand what product liability claims are and how you can file one.
Campbell, House & Cummins, Attorneys at Law is located at:
1815 Roselawn Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201
Your teen just received his/her driver’s license and is ready to begin driving on their own. While this is an exciting time for them, it is probably one of the most stressful times for you. Because it has been estimated that 704 fatal car crashes occurred in Louisiana in 2016 alone along with thousands of other wrecks that resulted in injuries sustained, it is likely you are feeling concerned and overwhelmed as the last thing you want is your child to be next to engage in a car crash [Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]. [Read more…] about What are Some of the Responsibilities of Newly Licensed Teen Driver?
If you’re looking to make a little extra money on the side as an Uber or Lyft driver or you are looking to work full time as a rideshare driver, there are a few things you need to know about insurance. While many are under the impression that they can just begin working for a company and use their own vehicle to transport people around, it isn’t that simple. Because auto accidents are a common occurrence in Louisiana, you need to be sure that your insurance is going to protect you and cover you in the event you are involved in one when your vehicle is being used to earn income. [Read more…] about What Type of Insurance Do I Need if I Want to Work for Uber or Lyft?
The state of Louisiana is one of the states in the U.S. that currently has the highest insurance rates for drivers. This is partly because there are many drivers that aren’t carrying the minimum insurance requirements that the state stipulates every driver must have which can make an accident extremely costly for an insurer when involved with an uninsured/underinsured driver. While most people are aware that auto insurance serves as a form of protection for vehicle damage and the unexpected burglary, it is also necessary in the event you are involved in a wreck. [Read more…] about What is the “No Pay, No Play” Law in Louisiana?