Car Recalls

Vehicle safety has been on America’s mind lately, as our news is filled with one car recall after another.  The road is not necessarily a safe place, but Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys – a personal injury law firm where all the partners are fam…ily – can help you if you are involved in an accident on the road.  The malfunctions that prompted the recalls caused deaths and severe injuries, and the recalls have come from three major automakers that Americans heavily depend upon for safe, reliable vehicles.  General Motors, Chrysler, and Toyota have all been involved in separate safety-related snafus in the last month.
GM, long the face of American auto manufacturing, is embroiled in two simultaneous safety scandals.  In mid-February, GM announced that they were recalling 2.6 million vehicles because of concerns over malfunctioning ignition switches.  These dysfunctional switches could, in rare circumstances, lead to engine failure, faulty brakes, and airbags failing to deploy.  At the end of March, they recalled 1.3 million more vehicles off the road because of malfunctioning in their electric power steering systems.  Reuters uncovered information from internal emails within GM indicating that General Motors had known about the safety issues, which have been tied to at least thirteen deaths and numerous injuries, since 2001.  The issue was made even more scandalous when it was discovered that in order to fix this issue, GM would only have had to spend less than a dollar per car to ensure that their ignition switches would not fatally malfunction.
Last week, the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, was grilled in front of a committee in the House of Representatives about why it took over a decade for GM to respond to a safety concern which cost Americans their lives.  Ms. Barra did not have a satisfactory answer to the senatorial committee for why GM had stated that there was not “a good business case” for replacing the faulty ignition switches even though American lives were at stake.  She consistently dodged questions by claiming that she would have more accurate information after General Motors had completed their internal investigation, which was begun in February.
The vehicles affected by the GM recall are: Chevrolet Cobalts manufactured between 2005 and 2010 and Chevrolet HHRs manufactured between 2006 and 2011; Pontiac G5s (2007-2010) and Solstices (2006-2010); and Saturn Ions (2003-2007) and Skys (2007-2010). If you own a vehicle that falls into these categories, Fuller & Fuller urges you to consult https://my.gm.com/web/portal/_warrantyandrecalls. GM has offered to repair the faulty parts free of charge.
If you suffer injuries as a result of a defective car part or because of someone else’s carelessness, please do not hesitate to contact Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys.  We have offices in three locations in western Washington, and we will do our utmost to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
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Mentoring Maven – An Article on Carol Fuller from from UW

“I’d describe Carol’s style as ‘mentoring on steroids’,” daughter-inlaw
Leonor (Leo) Fuller ‘84 said. “So many of the women judges in
Washington state were her mentees. Almost every female judge in
the state knows who she is.”

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Have a glorious, fun, and safe Fourth of July!

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On Valentine’s Day, take care of your heart (and not just emotionally)!

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Who qualifies for Social Security Disability?

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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Make sure Ms. Salmon Ella and Mr. E. Coli aren’t on your guest list this year!

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Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) changes for 2012

Due to increases in the cost of living, the Social Security Administration has increased the amount of benefits it provides to Social Security and SSI recipients by 3.6%. Next year, the maximum Social Security Benefit will increase from $2,366 per month to $2,513 per month. The tax rate, however, will remain unchanged for those still working.

To learn more about the COLA increases for 2012, visit the Social Security Administration’s website at http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/factsheets/colafacts2012.htm.

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Have you considered eating locally-grown food for Thanksgiving?

Puget Sound Fresh is a project devoted to raising awareness about the multiple benefits of buying locally-grown produce and other products. Their “Eat Local for Thanksgiving” campaign encourages us to purchase at least one locally grown item for our Thanksgiving meal. Doing so will benefit local farmers, and will help sustain the regional businesses vital to our state’s economy.

You can learn more about Puget Sound Fresh at http://www.pugetsoundfresh.org.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fuller family and the staff at Fuller & Fuller!

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It’s time to move your clocks back an hour…

And enjoy a possible health benefit from the shift back to Standard Time.  On Sunday, November 6, 2011, we get an “extra” hour when we turn our clocks back.  A 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the best way to use that extra time is getting extra sleep on Sunday night. 

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Review of data collected over a nearly 20-year period show that heart attacks are more likely in the week following the transition TO Daylight Saving Time in the Spring, and less likely in the week following the transition FROM Daylight Saving Time in the Fall.  Experts theorize that the extra hour of sleep may have a “protective” benefit, given that most American adults are already sleep-deprived.  You can read more about the study here.

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