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January 2014 Archives

NHTSA probes possible Camry malfunctions

In a move that could end up affecting some Camry owners in North Carolina, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a preliminary evaluation of possible brake defects in 2007 and 2008 Camry models. The agency has identified 59 complaints related to faulty brake actuation in these vehicles, 40 percent of which occurred at speeds greater than 40 mph. Brake failures at those velocities could lead to a dangerous car accident. Thus far, two accidents have been linked to the possible defect and the NHTSA is investigating whether any injuries or fatalities may be related.

Delivery driver starts rehabilitation after crash

A North Carolina delivery driver suffered a serious head injury in a Dec. 17 accident with a 2009 Ford Super Duty pickup truck. The car accident occurred on Western Boulevard and Memorial Drive in Jacksonville near the Jacksonville Mall.

Motorist claims mechanical failure in fatal wreck 

A fatal North Carolina car wreck in the Charlotte area has resulted in an arrest of one drive. The accident occurred early in the morning on Jan. 6, according to police reports. The crash involved a 1988 Lincoln Town Car and a Mack truck towing a trailer. It was dark and there was a light rain falling, according to the police. The Mack truck was traveling southbound on N. Graham Street when the Lincoln swerved in front of it. The car was struck on the passenger side, and an individual riding in the front seat died from the impact. The stretch of N. Graham from Starita Road to W. Craighead Road was closed for approximately three hours following the collision.

Brake issues lead to recall of some Honda Odyssey minivans

Some North Carolina motorists who drive Honda Odyssey minivans may be affected by a vehicle recall that will begin in March 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a problem with the Vehicle Safety Assist System, or VSA, in 344,187 Odyssey minivans manufactured from August 8, 2006, through September 8, 2008, may cause these vehicles to brake hard without warning. Honda says that it will notify owners about the pending recall by letter, which will contain instructions explaining how to proceed.