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Ford Recall

F-Series Recall a Safety Hazard

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Bloomberg reported on the recall and its potential effects.

The recall affects Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickups. Ford shipped out the vehicles with faulty side doors. These doors often don’t open or can appear closed without actually latching. Ford claims there’s been no injuries yet. However, the recall affects the 2015-2017 model years. Furthermore, the F-Series of trucks is Ford’s most popular. Overall, Ford expects a $267 million loss.

In addition, the recent recall scandal eats into Ford’s profit margin. It also undemines trust in the brand, still damaged from issues from the Great Recession. We wish the American company well. Everyone wants Detroit to succeed. However, pushing out inferior products won’t cut it. Overall, the recall affects about 1.1 million pickups in the US. It also affects over 220,000 in Canada and over 20,000 in Mexico.

Not the First Major Issue

This isn’t the first recall Ford’s had over the last several years. Ford was involved in several major recalls, each of which was a unique challenge to drivers. Ford vehicles also used faulty Takata airbags. These airbags were infamous for causing death and injuries. Some riders even described them as IEDs.

Furthermore, Ford’s problems are just beginning in the recall. The issue hasn’t resulted in reported deaths or injuries yet. However, when and if such an issue happens, the car giant is on the hook for millions in lawsuits and litigation. The company will be under a fine toothed comb.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting us. The Ehline Law firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is here to assist with any issues or concerns. Our team has decades of experience in handling such recall and auto safety issues. We are the people’s advocates. Allow us to be your shield. Call or email us for more info. We will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your legal options

Left Hand Turn

Considering the Many Aspects of Legality in Left Hand Turn Cases

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Beverly Hills car crash involving mini van.

Crash! A left-hand turn crash is one of the most common that a driver faces on the road. Left-hand turns are statistically more likely to cause crashes. Whether you are on one side of the accident or another, it is important to seek out fault in such an accident. In many cases, the law is quite clear, but in many others, a closer look is required.

Often, state driving guidelines are quite understandable. In the state of California, a driver taking a left-hand turn must make sure that the way is completely free of traffic. They may only turn when such a complete turn may be done without impeding traffic. Attorneys determining the cause of the accident weigh such a factor. They will also weigh issues in the law. Left-hand drivers have an obligation to yield to existing traffic. Thus, in most cases, the left-hand turn is at fault.

Need for the Right Legal Aid

A skilled attorney is necessary in such a case. A layperson will not be able to correctly determine the full cause of the accident. In some cases, both drivers may be at fault. Only with experience can an expert determine where all of the fault lies. A skilled lawyer will be able to argue such a point in front of a judge or a jury. This is especially important in cases where one party or another is injured.

Of course, there are some exceptions to any rule. Furthermore, the circumstances of the crash itself must be considered. For example, the person making the left-hand turn May follow the law to Perfection. However, the other driver sped through the intersection or ran a red light. Perhaps one driver was traveling too fast for the conditions.

One of the most important aspects of any. After a crash is seeking legal representation. Only an expert is able to help in the proper way. This is where the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, is there for you. Our Southern California practice has Decades of experience in just such cases. Whether you were on one side of the accident or another we have the experience needed for your family. We assist in signing up for necessary programs or seeking compensation as needed. We cover work expenses and help get your life back to normal.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like a free legal consultation, call us today. We will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your options with you. As always, all of our conversations are confidential and we make a solemn pledge to not give up until the job is done.

Booster Seats are Not Just for Small Kids

One of the great misconceptions is that booster seats are just for little, little kids. Sure, they are vital for children under the age of four but many parents feel as thought they should be phased out after that.

However, when parents do not follow the advice of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, state law, and car seat makers, there is a risk. All parents need to lower that risk as much as possible.

That’s why we here at Ehline Law wrote this article. Our firm represented thousands of families through car accident issues. We know what it is like to deal with such issues and we stand firmly with you. We write this column to inform parents and prevent terrible tragedies.

Making Sure to Choose the Right Seat

It’s not always black and white. In fact, there are certain ages and weights where it is not so clear whether a kid should sit in a special booster seat. This is where the advice of experts comes in handy. In most cars, 4 feet 9 inches is the minimum height to start using the traditional three point belt. Using it when shorter causes potential injury, including decapitation. Even worse, in some cases where the wrong belt is worn, airbag damage is also possible.

There are several options available. A seat belt positioner is one that allows for shorter people to use the regular belt. In other cases, a booster seat might still be needed. I’m not talking about the big one you lugged for your three years old. A smaller, NHTSA-approved booster can ensure that your little one is tall enough to use the seat belt efficiently. Each one of these options ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. They might not be too thrilled with using a booster, but you’ll both be glad that you did.
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Using Your Car with Children

A Different Experience for Parents

Sometimes you don’t know just how much having kids will change your life until you do. Some of the changes are a bit more subtle. Some you don’t think about until after they happen. A good example is preparing a car for young ones. Often this is one of the last thoughts on your mind. Perhaps you picked out the first car seat you saw and called it a day. Sorry, new parent. It’s not that easy. There’s plenty of other things to consider.

Ehline Law is proud to write this column to promote safety on the road. Our attorneys fought and won for thousands of clients harmed by car accidents. In particular, we go out of our way to help families with young people. We must prevent as many of these crashes as possible. Please help us get there.

The Many Ways a Car Changes

A car before and after parenthood might look the same from the outside. But the inside and how you drive it can change a lot. Gone are the old McDonald’s wrappers and grocery bags out of the back seat. Here comes the new child’s car seat. With all of the changes, there’s a couple of things you have to remember:

  • The right car seat means a lot. Not just any chair will do. Your child snowballs in the first several years of their life. Make sure that you have a seat that strikes a balance between comfortable and safe. Buying one approved by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration is a very good start.
  • Engage child safety locks. It says it all.
  • Keep sharp and throwable objects out of their reach. They’ll get into anything, if you let them. Sometimes even if you hide things.
  • Don’t give small children food in the car. Make sure that they are used to eating outside of the vehicle, in case you cannot keep track of them. A bottle is a different story.
  • Safe travels!

    Keeping Your Family Safe with Your Choice of Car

    Safest Models for a Young Family

    You’re thinking about changing out your car to meet the needs of your expanding family. You need space and more. For a family car, you are likely looking for the safest possible vehicle for the value. Some of the safest cars on the market are also within reasonable price ranges. We’ve taken the trouble of finding some of the safest cars that are also values.

    Read on further and learn some of the ways to keep your family safe.

    Choosing the Right Vehicle

    It’s hard to choose just one vehicle, but you’ll only be driving one with your family. US News and World Report had an article about the safest midsized SUVs on the market today.

    Among the ones that might be within your price range, some may include the following.

  • The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular models on the road today. The 2017 model is very safe and is named one of the best all around vehicles. It is the number one best ranked SUV for both reliability and for safety. That’s really impressive. It comes with a number of features, including a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and even more!
  • The Mazda CX-3 is one fo the safest models on the market– with an overall score of 9.7/10 from US News and a starting price under $20k.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has the same incredible safety rating as the Mazda above. The starting price is a little higher, but it comes with a rearview camera standard. It also has a variety of other potential features, including adaptive cruise control and lane change assist!
  • Take a look at these vehicles and more for a better idea of what might be appropriate in your situation.

    Keeping Safe with the Whole Crew in the Car

    Driving with the whole family is a real privilege. Sometimes all piling in on a Sunday afternoon is one of the best feelings. It’s a great bonding experience for everyone. It’s also a chance to catch up. Under these circumstances, we’re sure that you want to keep everyone as safe as possible. That’s why we went through some of the most common ways to keep your family safe when you’re all driving together. Keep reading for more info.

    This article series is brought to you by the Ehline Law Firm APLC, a leading advocate for road and car safety. Our firm’s fought and won for thousands of car accident victims and wants to make sure we prevent as many as possible.

    How To Keep Safe While Having Fun Driving?

    There is no one way to drive a car and there is no one way to be safe having everyone in the car with you. However, there are several ways that you and your family can be as safe as possible when traveling.

    • Make sure that you are prepared. Know where you are going, about how long it will take, and get everyone ready. Pack plenty of food and water. Books and tablets for the kids is a good step.
    • Safety first. Make sure that the tires are inflated and ready to go. Ensure that everyone is buckled in– no exceptions!
    • Stop when you have to. You’re with the family– there is no rush. Make sure that you stop when everyone needs to. This can include breaks to use the bathroom or to pick up food and drinks. Furthermore, it keeps everyone energized and staves away boredom. It’s amazing how much just getting out and stretching your legs can do on a long trip.

    These are just some of the ways to keep your family ready, fresh, and safe on a long trip. Do you have any you’d like to share?

    How to Travel With Kids– In Any Situation

    Car, Plane, Bus, or Anything Else?

    Sometimes traveling with young ones is something that a parent just dreads. They know how their kids are. They know how long the trip is going to take. Sometimes just thinking about it can be very stressful. However, with the right planning and foresight, it doesn’t have to be a chore. In many cases it can be a fun new family memory.

    The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorney, APLC presents you with several ways that you can ensure a safer, more fun experience with your family. We’re experts in road safety and want to use our experience to make yours a little less dangerous.

    How Can I Travel in Style and Safety?

    • Make sure that you are prepared. This can run the gamut from checking your passports, making sure there’s plenty to drink, and a full assortment of clothes. You don’t want to be headed back at the last minute to pick something up.
    • Safety first! Regardless of whether you are traveling in your car, on a plane, or elsewhere, you need to ensure your kids’ safety. Bring the appropriate seat or harness for the situation and their age. Furthermore, check to see if the restraint is rated for the particular travel.
    • Keep track of everything. Make sure that your kids know the type of travel you’re doing, the the time involved, and more. The last thing you want is a grouchy kid on your hands.
    • Stretch and keep busy. This is an important one for both you and your kids. Get up and stretch your legs every once in a while. Make sure that you have something to distract yourself. Don’t kid yourself about the length of the trip and the potential boredom factor. They all play together as major issues if not addressed.
    • With these and other common experiences, your trip should be a fun and memorable one!

      How to Use the Seat Belt Safety From an Early Age?

      “Tweens” Are No Exception to the Rule

      Seatbelt safety is extremely important, no matter what your age. However, there is a bit of a grey area in between the ages of 11-14. They’re too old for a booster seat, but many of them are too young or too small for the regular belt.

      In some cases, the three-point belt just doesn’t do the job necessary. All of these factors together mean that there are potential safety issues for parents’ consideration. Not all of them are easy, but some will dramatically increase the safety of their children.

      Read about this and more in our ongoing column series by the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Ehline Law is California’s leading car safety experts and advocates.

      To Belt or Not to Belt?

      A child should always wear their seatbelt. Which one they wear is another story. In some cases, young people should stay in the back seat until they turn 14 and are above 140 pounds. Being in the front seat without the proper ability could lead to severe injury. This could include malfunctions of the three point belt, as well as the airbag. Even a properly working airbag could severely injure or kill a young person in the wrong seat.

      As a matter of fact, this middle age group is of particular concern. 80% of all children killed in car crashes in 2012 were between the ages of 8 and 15. Almost half of these were not buckled. Over a third of the dead sat in the front seat– many of whom shouldn’t have. The parents need to know better.

      You know how kids can be around that age. Sometimes they may want to sit up front to prove that they can. In other cases, they don’t want to wear the belt at all. You have to make sure that they are taken care of and safe. Be firm if you have to be. There is too much as risk to simply let safety slide.

    The Right Age to Let a Child Ride Up Front May Shock Most Parents.

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    When a child can sit in the front seat of a car is a bit of a rite of passage. It’s an issue that is generations old and one that both parents and kids want to see come to pass. There’s just something about sitting up front on the way to school or to a sports game. However, parents need to be mindful of their kids’ safety before allowing them to sit up in the front row. There are several things to consider before this should happen.

    Our column is brought to you by Ehline Law, a top car accident firm in California. These experts take their time and experience to ensure a safer ride for your and everyone in your family, regardless of age.

    The Time to Sit Up Front

    Laws vary by state, so sometimes you have to consider a multitude of factors. Consider that air bags are designed for people above 140 pounds. Small children can be severely injured or even suffocated due to the deployment of even a regular airbag. In some cases, you can get the airbag manually turned off by your mechanic or auto dealer. Each option makes things a little bit safer. Some state laws allow kids down all the way to 10 years old to sit in the front. However, this may not be the safest plan.

    Often when they hit about 13 they are safe enough to sit up front. If they’re a bit on the small side still, you may consider having them wait for just a little while longer. There’s no exact science to when and where this should happen.

    Consider all of your options and the size and make of your car. All might be a factor in a potential crash. For more information, keep reading our site and our road safety tips. We’ll be covering a number of other major road issues and potential solutions.

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