Iconic American motorcycle maker Indian Motorcycle has initiated a voluntary recall involving 18,637 bikes over a potential fire hazard caused due to an issue with the ignition system. The recall involves Indian's range-topping motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Chief Vintage, which were manufactured between April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. The new Indian Springfield as well as entry-level Scout and Scout Sixty are not part of the recall.
From Out of the Abyss...
This week’s article from the past is titled Investigation of Wildland Fires and was written by George Berdan, Assistant Law Enforcement coordinator – California Division of Forestry. It is taken from June, July, August Vol. IX No. 1 issue of the CCAI newsletter.
Investigation of Wildland Fires
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Flagstaff recreational trailers manufactured August 11, 2015, through October 27, 2015, and Work N' Play recreational trailers manufactured from October 25, 2015, through May 6, 2016. The MB Sturgis liquid propane (LP) regulator on these vehicles may allow propane gas to leak into the regulator sight glass causing it to degrade and potentially crack.
Get the details at NHTSA
This recall involves brown metal floor lamps with alabaster glass shades. They are illuminated with a single 100-watt light bulb and measure about 70 to 72 inches tall. The model numbers LMP4229, LMP4168 and LMP10771 can be found on the label at the bottom of the lamps.
See the details at CPSC
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND TO PRECLUDE EXPERT TESTIMONY
THOMAS O. RICE, District Judge.
BEFORE THE COURT is Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and to Preclude the Testimony of Plaintiff's Expert Witnesses (ECF No. 27). The motion was heard with oral argument on September 28, 2015. James Jason Marquoit appeared on behalf of Plaintiff State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ("State Farm"). Christopher G. Betke and William F. Etter appeared on behalf of Defendant Hewlett-Packard Company ("Hewlett-Packard").
Subrogation professionals should be aware of a recent opinion in New York where computer fire modeling utilized by the defendant’s expert was held to be inadmissible. In Santos v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., No. 000790/07 (N.Y.Sup. Ct. Jun. 28, 2010), a trial court held that the defendant had not presented sufficient evidence that computer fire modeling was generally accepted as reliable in the fire investigation community.
My fellow members,
As I take office, I would like to thank you for your support and trust through the years. I serve this organization in appreciation for all the experience I have gained by attending these conferences and having the opportunity to sit down and share information with some of the most experienced investigators in the industry. The value of this professional training and friendship is truly priceless. It is my desire to continue this tradition of service and bring the best education possible to our members through the Roundtable meetings and Training Seminars.
However, this cannot be done by one man. The president may have to make some important decisions, but it is the Board, Committee Members and Volunteers that make this happen. I am grateful to be surrounded by so many extraordinary individuals, and I thank them for their incredible service to our association. I look forward to another fantastic year with some great education. I invite your participation within your association. Please feel free to contact me directly or any member of the Board. We look forward to working with anyone who has a desire to serve.
This letter follows our March Conference and our largest training experience ever. It was truly amazing that we packed professional training on electrical, spontaneous combustion, Molotov cocktails, flammable liquids, fire patterns recognition, fire progression and much more into one day. We managed to burn four buildings at Camp San Luis Obispo, and not only did we benefit our members with this training, but we saved the tax payers approximately 1.5 million dollars. The cost to demolish a single building and depose of the debris out-of-state to an approved dumpsite is over $400,000 per building. We were given the opportunity to burn these buildings at a cost to the Military Base of only $30,000 per building. On top of all that, we offered the opportunity for Cal Fire to gain additional experience on structure fire suppression. These relationships are strong, and we will continue to serve our members with hands-on live fire investigation training.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the Board of Directors, Committee members, Roundtable Coordinators, and volunteers for their great work in San Luis Obispo. I would also like to thank the office staff for allowing us to focus on our training and providing the necessary support to make this all happen. If it was not for Mr. Fee, April and Pam, we would never have been able to pull this conference off.
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