Author: Neblett Arsenault

18-Wheeler Head-on Collision Killed Four on I-59


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Four people from died after an 18 wheeler lost control, crossed the median and slammed head on into their pickup, Louisiana State Police said.

The 18-wheeler, marked with the company name Texas International Express, was traveling north about 5 miles north of Pearl River when its front left tire blew out, said Trooper Nick Manale, spokesman for State Police, U.S, lost control of the rig, and the tractor-trailer rumbled across the median and struck the southbound pickup nearly head-on, police said. After impact, the pickup and 18-wheeler slid off the highway, coming to a halt in the treeline on the west side of the interstate, Manale said.

Troopers specializing in vehicle inspection were brought in to determine whether the 18-wheeler had all of the required equipment and whether that equipment was properly installed, police said. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require an 18-wheeler driver to perform a pre-trip inspection and a end of the day report. A driver cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle until he has inspected his equipment including the tires for good working order.

§392.7 Equipment, inspection and use.

No commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that the following parts and accessories are in good working order, nor shall any driver fail to use or make use of such parts and accessories when and as needed:

  • Service brakes, including trailer brake connections.
  • Parking (hand) brake.
  • Steering mechanism.
  • Lighting devices and reflectors.
  • Tires.
  • Horn.
  • Windshield wiper or wipers.
  • Rear-vision mirror or mirrors.
  • Coupling devices.

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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Senior with Faulty


Senior with Faulty

He has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, on behalf of an elderly woman who was implanted with a recalled DePuy hip replacement system.

“For many seniors, what should have been newfound mobility has instead become less mobility because their hip replacements systems are defective,” says Attorneys .

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, announced a worldwide recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System after reports indicated the systems were failing at a higher than expected rate. According to a study published by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had been implanted with a recalled device had to undergo revision surgery within five years.

The recalled ASR hip systems may loosen or dislocate after implantation, resulting in pain, fracture, swelling and less mobility in the patient. The ASR hip system utilizes a ball and socket component that moves against one another. Over time, the metal on metal contact may create metal debris, which could result in damage to the bone, soft tissue and nerves.

“It is troubling to think that over 90,000 people may have been implanted with defective, perhaps dangerous hip replacement systems. It raises the question whether these devices were properly vetted before they were put on the market. Further, did DePuy work fast enough to recall these products after knowing that they were resulting in revision surgeries, complications and pain?” questioned Attorney.

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View & Leave Comments Siemens Recalls Circuit Breakers Due to Fire Hazard


Circuit Breakers Due to Fire Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Hazard: The recalled circuit breakers have a spring clip that can break during normal use, leading to a loss of force to maintain a proper electrical connection in the panelboard. This can lead to excessive temperature, arcing or thermal damage at the connection point, and damage to the panelboard’s electrical insulation and can result in a fire, property damage, or personal injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Siemens has received one report of a circuit breaker spring clip that broke during installation. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Siemens and Murray 15 through 50 AMP single and double pole circuit breakers, load centers (circuit breakers that come with an electrical panel), and meter combos (contain a load center and a meter socket). “Siemens” or “Murray,” date codes 0610 or 0710 and the catalog number are printed on a label on the side of the circuit breakers. Date codes between June 2010 through August 2010 are stamped on the inside of the metal box of the load centers and meter combos. The catalog number for the load centers and meter combos is printed on a label inside the metal box door and on the packaging.

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