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VOLVO XC60 Recall for seatbelt failure

NATIONAL – In the “Wheels” blog at the New York Times (11/17), Cheryl Jensen wrote, “Volvo is recalling 9,667 of its 2010 XC60s, most of them in the United States and Canada because in a crash test the driver’s seat belt came undone.” James Hope, “a Volvo spokesman, said there were no reports that this… View Article

TOYOTA – Floor mats or electronic technology caused unintended acceleartion?

NATIONAL – Toyota is discussing additional fixes for sudden-acceleration problem.  According to The Detroit Free Press (11/18, Gardner) reports, “Federal regulators and Toyota Motor Corp. are discussing whether the automaker needs to fix gas pedals or floor pans in millions of recalled vehicles instead of blaming floor mats, which the automaker had maintained was the source of… View Article

Maclaren knew of stroller defect for 5 years – Could face MILLION DOLLAR FINE

According to the New York Post, “Maclaren knew for at least five years that its strollers could lop off a child’s finger, but did nothing about the dangerous defect until federal regulators all but forced it to, The Post has learned.” Despite recently issuing a recall, Maclaren “failed to notify the Consumer Products Safety Commission when… View Article

♦ PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS ♦ Tampa Bay Area ♦ Clearwater ♦ Dunedin ♦ Largo ♦ Pinellas Park ♦ Seminole ♦ Gulf Blvd ♦ Gulf Beaches

TAMPA BAY – According to a recent study, the Tampa Bay Area is number two in the country for the number of pedestrian accidents. The Greater Orlando area is number one in the country for pedestrian accidents. REASON? Due to our climate we have a high number of people that walk a night. In addition,… View Article

RECALL ♦ Maclaren ♦ CPSC ♦ Target Stores ♦ Babies R Us ♦ CHILD HAZARD for finger amputation

A million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies “R” Us have been recalled, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism. The amputation risk occurs when a child’s finger is placed in the hinge mechanism of a stroller while it is being unfolded. When the opened stroller locks into… View Article

TWO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS in Pinellas County claim three (3) lives near Dunedin / Palm Harbor and Clearwater

PINELLAS COUNTY – According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, a motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Curlew and Fisher Roads near Dunedin. The biker was not wearing a helmet and ejected off the bike. He was transported by EMS to Mease Countryside Hospital and was pronounced dead around 7:30 a.m…. View Article

GOLF CART CRASH crossing road or highway from sidewalk – SERIOUS INJURIES – Liability insurance

According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, golf cart-related injuries are on the rise. Today, more golf carts are being used on and off the greens. If you are using your golf cart off the greens, you should consider purchasing a special golf cart insurance policy. Golf carts are NOT covered under a person’s… View Article

Big Bend Road ♦ Lincoln Road is finally getting a traffic signal near Big Bend Road and U.S. Hwy 301

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – This is a dangerous intersection in Hillsborough County near Summerfield Crossings. High traffic counts from shoppers at the Publix Super Market and other well established retail stores and eight restaurants make this area for one of the worst intersections for accidents in the county. Three years ago, when more plazas began to… View Article

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT in Ruskin sends 10 children to local hospitals

RUSKIN — A school bus carrying 39 children crashed into a truck Wednesday morning on the way to school. The crash was investigated by the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office. The bus driver and ten (10) students were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. The bus driver was given a citation for failure to… View Article

The Gardens ♦ Colony Cove ♦ Terra Siesta ♦ Ellenton ♦ Manatee County ♦ GOLF CART ACCIDENT ♦ US Hwy 301

MANATEE – Golf carts are illegal on state roads, with a few exceptions: The golf cart crossing at U.S. 301 and Colony Club North/Coquina Drive in Manatee County is legal. Recently, the president of the Homeowners Association of Colony Cove said the residents have stopped driving their carts on the U.S. 301 sidewalks. Residents are… View Article