Jan 20 2016

Ford announces recall of 450,000 midsize sedans

Ford Motor Company announced a recall of over 450,000 2010 and 2011 model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans, with over 411,000 of those in the United States, for fuel tanks than can crack and possibly leak fuel that could result in a vehicle fire.

The problem involves a fuel canister purge valve that can stick thereby causing repeated pressure changes which could in turn cause the top of the fuel tank to crack and leak fuel. At no cost to customers, dealers will inspect the affected valve and fuel tank, and replace one or both if there is evidence of a sticking valve or a crack in the fuel tank. Dealers will also update powertrain software at the time of recall.

Thankfully, Ford has not received any reports of injuries, accidents or vehicle fires because of the problem and we credit Ford for their quick response in ordering this recall.

The recall will begin January 11, 2016. Ford’s recall number is 15S34. Affected vehicle owners may contact Ford Customer Service at 866-436-7332 or if you know your VIN# (Vehicle Identification Number) you may input that at https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/maintenance/recalls.html for more information. Owners may also contact the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at www.safercar.gov or call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Jan 15 2016

Whiplash injuries and Car Accidents

One of the most common injuries drivers and passengers involved in Salt Lake City car accidents sustain is a whiplash injury. While many people dismiss this injury as one that should not to be taken seriously, whiplash can be incredibly painful, and can prevent injury victims from enjoying their life as they normally would. If you have been in a car accident and have sustained a whiplash injury, legal counsel is available from the car accident attorneys at William Rawlings & Associates.   Do not wait to take action.

Jan 13 2016

Weather-Related Accidents Can Cause Serious Problems

Our Utah car accident lawyers warn that weather-related accidents can cause serious problems for motorists.     On the roadway, there are a lot of things we can control. We can control how fast we drive, how aggressively or courteously we treat other motorists, whether we use cell phones or other distractions while driving, and whether we obey the posted traffic signals. Although some of these choices are in violation of the law and can result in traffic citations, we have the freedom to choose whether we make them or not, thus choosing to make the road a safer or more dangerous place for ourselves and other motorists.

Dec 21 2015

PostMedicaid and Your Personal Injury Settlement

Sometimes a client may receive payments under a personal injury settlement or from a third party such as an insurance company. The payment, or payments, counts as income in the month received and as an asset the month after receipt. Certain expenses are usually deducted from the total settlement amount before the individual receives payment.

Dec 20 2015

Best Vehicles for Teen Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has updated its 2014 list of recommended used vehicles for teens, and the 2015 list has grown by more than 50% — even though the price and safety criteria haven’t changed.

The first list of recommended used vehicles for teens was compiled after IIHS found that the majority of parents who bought a vehicle for their teens bought a used one. The survey also found that the budgets for teens’ vehicles were limited: the mean purchase price was $9,800, while the median was $5,300.

Dec 15 2015

Full of Hot Air? Airbag Recall!

Takata air bag recall affects 11 vehicle makes and an estimated 34 million vehicles. Look up your vehicle and see if it is being recalled. All VINs affected by Takata recalls now searchable in NHTSA tool.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling the Takata air bag recall “one of the largest and most complex product recalls in history.” To make it easier for you to determine whether your car is affected by the Takata recall, NHTSA has loaded all the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) into its VIN Lookup Tool on the agency’s website, SaferCar.gov.

Dec 10 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors…I WIN!

Avista Management v. Wausau Underwriters Insurance

U.S. Dist. Court Mid. Dist. Fla. (June 6, 2006)

In a case where a hotel investment firm sued an insurance company for allegedly not paying an insurance claim fast enough after Hurricane Charley, attorneys for the parties seemed at odds with each other from the get-go.

Dec 10 2015

Beware of Battery Fires!


It’s that time of year when that favorite Christmas gift or toy needs a battery. Batteries are widely used in a variety of devices and because they are so common, people may not be aware of some dangers they may be exposed to when handling certain types of batteries. Two immediate dangers are:

1. Fire or explosion due to a short circuit or improper charging and
2. Leakage of corrosive liquid.

Dec 02 2015

Cell Phone, Other Distractions Greater Threat to Teen Drivers

Teens may begin their driving habits with great caution but as months behind the wheel pass, they begin to multitask at higher frequency rates – dialing cell phones, eating, and talking to passengers – and therefore greatly raise their risk of crashes and/or near-crash incidents.

Nov 25 2015

Hands Free? NOT Risk Free!

Using Hands-Free Technology While Driving is surprisingly risky according to AAA Research. Mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands, according to new research on distracted driving.