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Kansas Manufacturer Settles with New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

A settlement was reached between a Kansas-based bus manufacturer (ElDorado National Inc.) and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.  The issue at hand was the potential hazard of fires and/or explosions after wheelchair modifications were made on 82 Toyota Sienna minivans. 

After an investigation was conducted as a result of a check engine light coming on, it was found that the fuel filler neck was making contact with the left rear shock absorber.  When a fuel filler neck is worn down, it creates the opportunity for potentially leaking gasoline and gasoline vapors to escape (a possible fire and explosion hazard).

ElDorado posted a national recall of all Toyota Sienna minivans with modifications.  From the investigation, five out of the 82 minivans modified by ElDorado were found to have faulty modifications.  No injuries were reported.

ElDorado is developing reporting requirements for dealerships receiving consumer complaints. 

(ElDorado National Inc. Assurance of Voluntary Compliance)

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Karrie Clinkinbeard, Fire, Electrical, Liability, Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale
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Karrie Clinkinbeard is a member of the firm’s Fire and Electrical Liability practice group. She represents utility companies, businesses, product manufacturers and fireworks companies, among others, in matters involving fires, explosions, electrocution, chemical release, product failure and carbon monoxide poisoning. As one of an elite group of attorneys accredited as a Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators, Karrie stays on the cutting edge of new developments in fire science. This CFEI certification is...

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Lynn Hursh serves as lead trial counsel in the defense of product manufacturers, service providers and energy suppliers in the gas and power industries. These matter primarily involve fires, explosions and toxic releases. Involved from the very beginning of an event, Lynn strategically addresses the unexpected and unique challenges posed by catastrophic events. He is knowledgeable in formalized fire and explosion investigation procedures, the requirements for the admissibility of expert testimony, and evidence spoliation prevention and accident scene preservation.

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