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February 2014 Archives

Driver petitions court over accident with underinsured motorist

On Feb. 22, 2012, a Galveston resident was seriously injured in an automobile accident. The accident was allegedly caused by the negligent actions of an underinsured motorist. According to a complaint filed in district court in Galveston County recently, the motorist's insurance coverage protected him if an accident involving an underinsured motorist occurred.

Toyota launches massive recall

Texas Toyota owners may be interested in knowing about a recent vehicle recall that affects about 2.1 million Toyota cars, including some Prius, Rav4, Tacoma and Lexus vehicles. The recall has to do with a software defect that can result in complications including the vehicle's sudden stopping. The current software settings can cause thermal stress in vehicle transistors. Drivers would be alerted to the stress by warning lights, but the vehicles may, in some cases, lose power and stop. When this issue occurs during normal operation of the vehicles, it may result in a car accident.

Texas head-on collision still under investigation

On Feb. 10 at about 5:30 p.m., two teenage girls were on their way home from track practice at Northwest High School when the driver of a pickup truck lost control of her vehicle. Police say that the pickup truck crossed the center line and hit the teens' car head-on. The car accident happened on the Farm to Market 156 highway near the girls' school in Justin, and the road was reportedly slick at the time.

Toyota halts sale of certain new vehicles with heated seats 

Toyota Motor Corp. has notified its dealers in Texas and across North America to stop selling various models that have a non-compliant part in the seat heaters. The part does not meet current fire retardation standards set forth in both South Korea and the United States. The problem was initially identified by safety officials in South Korea. Toyota says that about 36,000 vehicles equipped with heated seats made after August 2012 are involved. They include the 2013 and 2014 models of the Camry sedan, Camry hybrid, Corolla subcompact, Avalon sedan, Avalon hybrid, Sienna minivan, Tacoma pickup and Tundra pickup. August 2012 was when the Japanese automaker changed fabric suppliers for these eight models.

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