Toyota is busy yet again making headlines with another product recall affecting 2.34 million cars in the U.S.  Toyota announced today that it is recalling several models for four different defects.

The first defect involves a Spiral Cable Issue.   Toyota has said that cable could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, and that could result in the airbag not activating after a crash.  The models produced from 2004-2010 involved in the recall for the faulty cable are:

  • RAV4,
  • Corolla,
  • Matrix,
  • Yaris,
  • Yaris Sedan,
  • Highlander,
  • Tacoma
  • Land Cruiser Prado
  • Camrys assembled in Australia
  •  General Motors’ Pontiac Vibe

The second defect are issues with faulty seat rails. Models produced from 2005-2010 affected by this recall are:

  •  Certain Scion xD
  •  Urban Cruiser
  •  Yaris and Yaris Sedan

The other three defects included a faulty engine starter, a faulty windshield wiper motor, and a defective steering column bracket.  Toyota is aware of two fires related to the defective engine starter. These problems were only identified in cars sold outside the U.S.  The engine starter recall is not related to the recent ignition switch recall from General Motors.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product, call The Thomson Law Firm today for a free consultation today.  1-877-471-3353

 

 

 

There has been a recent flood of bicycling fatalities.  Many people are not aware that a bicyclist has the same right to the road as a vehicle.  Sadly, many people do not share the road with bicyclists and fail to yield to them and provide them with sufficient roadway to travel safely.  When you encounter a cyclist you should slow down and pass only when it is safe to do so; that means safe for you AND the bicyclist.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a hit and run accident as a bicyclist in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

The two most recent bicycle incidents involved alcohol.  If you are going to drink, DON’T DRIVE. Call a friend who has not been drinking to come get you or better yet call a cab.  Not only will a drunk driving conviction cost you several thousand dollars in legal fees, court costs and increased insurance premiums, it could cost you your job, or worse yet it could cost you or your victim, their life.  In the two most recent bicycling cases, the bicyclist lost his life. Don’t drink and drive, it is that simple.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident involving a drunk driver in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times this week an inquiry by the NHSTA and the Justice Department has discovered documents revealing General Motors knew of the potentially fatal defect in 2001, before the recalled products were sold.  Internal memos from the company cite the reasons for not fixing the defect as too costly, too time consuming, and changes to the design would not fully fix the problem.

Read more about the 235,000 pages of documents obtained from GM  in the Los Angeles Times Report

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/highway1/la-fi-mo-la-fi-hy-gm-recall-nhtsa-investigation-house-committee-20140330,0,1384940.story#axzz2xyDL6MqU

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product in Roanoke, Bedford, Lynchburg, Forest, Hillsville, Galax, Martinsville, Danville, Lexington, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Abingdon, VA or West Virginia, call Product Liability Lawyer Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm.  Case Evaluations and Consultations are free, so call 1-540-777-4900.

 

 

 

Product liability claims can occur under the following circumstances:

1) There was a design flaw with the product that caused  a  personal injury;

2)The manufacturer failed to warn consumers of dangers associated with the product when in normal and intended use and someone was injured;

or

3)The product was made not made correctly and caused an injury.

Proving a product to be defective is a complicated and expensive endeavor. It often requires expert testimony from engineers, product designers, or experts.  To make a product liability claim for a personal injury, one would also have to prove that the injuries are related to  the defective product.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a defective product, call Roanoke Lawyer Paul Thomson today. The Thomson Law Firm offers free case evaluations and will be able to determine if you have a  product liability claim. Call 540-777-4900 for your free consultation today.

 

The NY Times reported yesterday that General Motors knew for a fact as early as 2009 that a fatal ignition switch was in use in over a million cars that were sold to the American public. Unfortunately, decisions made in the best interest of corporate greed caused the company to hide the information from the American public and allowed more people to be killed behind the wheels of their defective General Motors automobiles.

Read more about victims’ families and the bully tactics General Motors used in the New York Times article, “General Motors Misled Grieving Families on a Lethal Flaw.” by Hilary Stout, Bill Vlasic, Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/business

If you or a loved one has injured or killed by a defective product, call The Thomson Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. We are currently reviewing auto defect cases and will consult with you at no charge. Do not be intimidated by huge corporations or their lawyers. Call Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm, today. 1-540-777-4900

A Florida man died Saturday after sustaining serious injuries in a hit and run accident on Bedford County’s VA Route 122 Friday night.  Sean McQuaid, was struck by a vehicle from behind.  The vehicle believed to be a newer model Ford Edge, sped away from the scene.  McQuaid was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Virginia State Police 1-800-542-5959.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident in Bedford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Botetourt, Abingdon, Smith Mountain Lake or in West Virginia, call Paul Thomson of The Thomson Law Firm today. 1-540-777-4900.

It is vitally important to act immediately, in Virginia the Statute of Limitations  will expire 2 years after the date of the accident in most cases.  You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine if you have a case and the value of your claim.

The Thomson Law Firm offers free consultations to car accident victims in Roanoke, Bedford, Martinsville, Danville, Abingdon, Lynchburg, Lexington, VA and West Virginia. To talk to a lawyer about your car accident case, call Paul Thomson today by dialing 1-540-777-4900.

 

General Motors has recently recalled the following vehicles for ignition switch malfunction:

  • 2005-2007  Chevy Cobalt
  • 2005-2007  Pontiac G5
  • 2006-2007 Chevy HHRs
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2006-2007 Saturn Sky

A malfunctioning ignition switch is especially dangerous.  Drivers may be traveling at a high rate of speed when the car suddenly turns off, causing the driver to lose power steering control. If the vehicle is off, the airbags will not deploy in the event of a crash.

So far, GM has traced the malfunctioning ignition switch to 12 deaths.  A safety group is alleging that 303 deaths can now be related to the faulty ignition switches. Sadly, it has recently been reported that GM was aware of the fatal problem as early as 2001.  An investigation by the NHSTA is ongoing.

GM is recommending that owners of these vehicles remove all extra keys and key fobs from the key ring and to only use the vehicle key when starting the ignition. While extra weight has been an established contributor to the defect, rough road conditions and jarring have also been cited in the investigations.  Potholes, accidently hitting curbs, striking road debris, veering off of the edge of the road and other unavoidable road hazards can potentially cause the ignition switch to turn off.

For detailed instructions on what to do if you are the owner of one of these vehicles, please visit  http://www.gm.com/ignition-switch-recall.html.

 

If you or a loved has been injured or killed by GM’s failure to report and repair this obvious threat to public safety, call The Thomson Law Firm for a free consultation today. 540-777-4900.

 

Dangerous side effects have recently been reported by men who are taking the following prescription drugs:

  • Androderm
  • Androgel
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Dep-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

All of the drugs listed above are a form of testosterone.  These drugs are typically prescribed for men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone or LOW-T.  These drugs promise to increase energy levels, improve concentration, help with weight distribution, and increase sex drive.  Unfortunately they have more recently been associated with the serious and sometimes fatal side effects listed below:

 

  • Plaque buildup
  • Paranoia
  • Diabetes
  • Artery blockage
  • Obesity
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizures

If you or a loved one in Roanoke, VA, West Virginia, Abingdon, VA, Blacksburg, VA or Lynchburg, VA  has suffered from the effects of taking drugs prescribed for LOW-T, call The Thomson Law Firm for a free case review and consultation. 1-540-777-4900 or toll free 1-877-471-3353.

 

 

Side impact crashes or T-Bone crashes are the second most common types of vehicle collisions in the United States. Injuries to young children occur when the car seat restraint system fails.  Types of failure can include seat separation, buckle disengagement, and LATCH failure.

On Jan.22, 2014, the NHSTA proposed the first-ever side impact test for child restraint systems.  The proposed test will use two test dummies, one representing a 12 month old child and one representing a three year old child. No testing will be done for children weighing over 40 pounds.

Unfortunately, no tests are being mandated for children ages 4-8, who typically weigh more than forty pounds and are often placed in booster seats. When questioned about the NHTSA’s reluctance to require testing for seats designed for older children, the NHTSA responded that those children would be protected by side curtain airbags.  This is an irresponsible statement.  Many vehicles are not equipped with side curtain airbags and not all children ages 4-8 are tall enough for the side curtain airbag to make any difference for the child in the event of the crash.

To read the full press release from the NHTSA, click here

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/NHTSA+Proposes+First-Ever+Side+Impact+Test+for+Child+Restraint+Systems.

 

If your child has been injured in a car accident in Roanoke, Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake, Abingdon, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, or Lynchburg, VA, or in West Virginia,  call experienced personal injury lawyer, Paul Thomson today for a free consultation. (540) 777-4900