Nissan Motor Co. will begin a recall of 19,258 of its 2013 Infinity JX and Pathfinder crossover vehicles next month for potential brake defects. According to Nissan, the front brake torque members on those vehicles may have been subjected to improper casting, making them weaker and subject to cracks. Those cracks can decrease the effectiveness of the brakes and, as a result, cause accidents.
The City of Los Angeles recently agreed to pay two women $4.2 million for the injuries they sustained when police mistakenly fired on them. The Los Angeles Police Department officers were hunting Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop who killed four people, when they fired 100 rounds at the women's pickup, believing it to belong to Dorner.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering adding car safety ratings for older drivers and rear-seat passengers / children. The ratings would be part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which offers five-star safety ratings on a variety of measures.
Earlier this month, a Metrolink train crashed into a dump truck in Los Angeles, causing injury to at least seven people. According to authorities, the train was at the intersection of Branford Street and San Fernando Road when it hit the truck. Seven people were transported to area hospitals, though it is believed all seven suffered minor injuries.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, teenage drivers (drivers between 16 and 19 years old) have the "highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any age group." In fact, teenagers account for more than 35 percent of all fatal car accidents caused by speeding.
Five Los Angeles residents were killed and two more critically injured when a suspected drunk driver hit the van they were riding in, causing it to flip over. The family was returning from a visit to their dying patriarch in Colorado.
Auto manufacturers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. have issued a recall of more than 1.7 million vehicles because there is a problem with the cars' electronics.
Jury selection began today in Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial. Jackson's mother, Katherine, claims that Jackson's death was caused in part by his tour promoters, AEG Live. She alleges that AEG Live did not take proper steps to ensure Jackson was healthy enough to perform.