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Could your Subaru lose power while you’re driving?

Subaru has just issued a recall of some Crosstrek, Forester, and Ascent SUVs, along with Impreza hatchbacks and sedans. The problem is that a faulty positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve could allow oil to enter and damage engine components. If this happens, the engine might suddenly lose power while you’re driving.

It is unclear whether there have been crashes or injuries due to this defect.

2 Marsh, Rickard & Bryan lawyers named to 2019 Rising Stars list

"I like to look the witnesses and jury in the eye and see into their hearts," says attorney Ty Brown, who practices in personal injury and business litigation. "I am telling the client's story and I must tell it well."

Most of our clients come to us in desperate situations, usually through no fault of their own. At Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., we know they are going through some of the hardest times of their lives. Each client's story matters when you're fighting for justice. Getting the opportunity to tell their stories matters, and the story itself matters to a judge and jury.

Watch out for these 4 types of drivers during the holidays

Whether you are driving over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house or staying close to home this holiday, you could find yourself sharing the road with a dangerous driver.

Certain driving behaviors are more common this time of year. As such, there are four types of drivers of which you should be particularly aware in the coming weeks.

Do you have one of these dangerous toys on your shopping list?

World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has just unveiled its annual list of toys that appear to be poorly designed or lacking in safety standards. The nonprofit has been issuing the list of potentially dangerous holiday toys for more than 40 years.

WATCH points out that toys are recalled every year, often for hazards that are widely known in the industry. Between January 2018 and October 2019, 27 toys were recalled by the CPSC for dangers including strangulation hazards, laceration danger and lead poisoning risk. A total of 1.2 million units were recalled in the U.S. and Canada. Moreover, many people don’t notice toy recalls, and many recalled toys are sold second-hand.

Are automobile crash tests biased against women?

This year, the University of Virginia released a study showing that, in frontal crashes, women are 73% more likely than men to be injured, even when they’re both wearing seat belts. This is probably because crash testing in automobiles doesn’t take into account the biological differences between men and women. Most crash tests use dummies that represent the average 1970s male.

In fact, there are no crash dummies in current use that represent an average female – even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been proposing since at least 1981 that testing facilities adopt one. The only female dummy being used corresponds to the smallest 5% of women, and these dummies are often also used to represent 12- and 13-year-old children in crash tests.

Be careful out there: November is prime time for deer strikes

Autumn is mating time, and that means excited animals chasing each other around and across our state’s highways and byways. If you’re headed out into the country this fall, you should be aware that there is a good chance you could encounter deer, elk, moose and the like.

It may be delightful to view the animals, but these encounters can be extremely dangerous. The number of insurance claims for large animal strikes rises sharply in the fall, peaking in November.

Drivers: Take special care for child pedestrians this Halloween

According to the CDC, kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

That's shocking, but there are several factors that contribute to the danger. For one thing, trick-or-treating begins around sundown, toward the end of rush hour. The change in light and the busy driving time add to the risk.

Hyundai and Kia set aside $758 million to settle engine fire cases

Recently, Hyundai and its affiliate Kia recalled almost 1.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. The problem? An unacceptable risk of engine fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received reports of over 3,000 engine fires and more than 100 injuries.

Together, Hyundai and Kia make up the world’s fifth largest automaker, as determined by sales. The problematic vehicles were also sold in South Korea.

Keys in some Camaros can be knocked loose, shutting down engine

Do you own a 2010 through 2015 Chevrolet Camaro? If you do, you should be aware that the ignition key may be defective. Worse, GM has known about the problem for five years but failed to take effective action. Instead, it offered replacement keys for purchase.

According to Consumer Reports, General Motors originally issued a recall on the faulty keys in 2014. The problem? Drivers might knock the keys with their knees while they were in the ignition. If that happened, the position of the key could be altered enough to shut down the car and even disable the breaks, airbags and power steering. Naturally enough, this problem could vastly increase the danger of an accident.

Do you work at a pork processing plant?

Workers who slaughter America’s pork may be in for a significant change that could affect their safety.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently moved to eliminate the maximum speed rule on pork slaughter lines. The agency estimates that eliminating the rule will save large producers $3.78 million per year and increase annual production by 12.5%.

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