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Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 209 vehicles because of an engine fire risk linked to the integral steel cable that secures the rubber seal to the bulkhead, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

This recall affects 2016 model-year E350, E400, E400 4Matic, E63 4M S AMG, E350 4Matic, and E63-4M S AMG vehicles. Also covered are 2015 model-year CLS400, CLS400 4Matic, CLS550, CLS63-4M "P" AMG, and CLS550 4Matic vehicles.

The vehicles were manufactured April 16-22 of this year. The cable might have been damaged when a supplier reworked the rubber seal. If the rubber seal isn’t properly secured around the engine compartment, the seal might temporarily stick to an opened hood and then fall into the engine bay after the hood is closed, NHTSA said.

If the rubber seal falls into the engine compartment, it may contact parts of the engine or exhaust system. This poses a fire risk, NHTSA said.

Dealers will replace the rubber seal, in the engine compartment, free of charge. MBUSA’s number for the recall is 2015080001. Vehicle owners can reach the automaker at (201) 573-5339.

5/15/2015 by Gregory HudsonJennifer Kennedy-Coggins | Cozen O'Connor

In an opinion handed down last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to adopt a new cause of action under Kentucky law for a reverse bad faith claim by an insurer against its insured where the Kentucky Supreme Court had not previously done so in State Auto Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Hargis, — F.3d –, 2015 WL 2081922, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7475 (6th Cir., May 6, 2015).  The Sixth Circuit further refused to certify the question to the Kentucky Supreme Court for review.  Slip Op. at *4-5.

At issue in this case was a fire loss sustained to the insured’s, Lori Hargis, residential home.  State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Company (“Insurer”) insured the home.  Ms. Hargis submitted a claim for the fire loss totaling over $866,000.  The Insurer paid out over $425,000 on the claim before it filed a lawsuit seeking to void the policy for Ms. Hargis’ alleged conspiracy to cause the fire and inflation of the claim.  Ms. Hargis filed a counterclaim against the Insurer for breach of contract and bad faith.  Id. at *2.  Through the course of litigation, Ms. Hargis admitted that she hired a friend to burn down her house to collect the insurance proceeds.  Ms. Hargis and her friend were then indicted on conspiracy to commit wire fraud, where Ms. Hargis eventually pled guilty.  Ms. Hargis received a 60 month prison term and was ordered to pay restitution to Insurer.  After the indictment, the Insurer moved for partial summary judgment on Ms. Hargis’ bad faith claim, which was granted.  The Insurer also filed an amended complaint asserting causes of action for insurance fraud and a common law tort claim for reverse bad faith.  Id. at *3.

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This recall involves wall chargers with USB cords that are used to charge the iPhone 5 and 5S. The chargers have a geometric print in mint green and peach colors. Style numbers CRGT-003 or CRGT-004 are printed on the UPC sticker on the back side of the package. “Charlotte Russe” and “USB Cord & Wall Charger for iPhone 5/5S” are printed on the packaging. 

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In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.

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NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

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SAN DIEGO - A Team 10 and Scripps News investigation found arson fires are not investigated properly in many American cities -- including San Diego -- due to a chaotic patchwork of reporting systems and standards.

Many deliberately set building fires are not reported to the federal government.

Nationally, just 5 percent of all residential building fires are intentionally set, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  Data collected by Scripps News suggests the national arson rate to be significantly higher.

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Trivia Questions of the Month

The trivia questions are not only fun but informative.  Who doesn't like learning something new, right?

Trivia question for August

The first propulsion means for fire pumps, whether they were hand or steamed powered, consisted of human beings pulling the pump.  Fire crews from the early 1900s were carried around by people, the apparatus had little room for personnel, they moved slowly and when they arrived at the scene, the firefighters were often too tired to do anything.  Luckily, in most cases, the fires died out before they even arrived, so there was little left for them to do.

Towards mid-1800s, and the age of steam, the introduction of the paid firefighters made room for horses to be largely put to use and pull the fire pumps.  This improved the response time of the fire brigades, but still didn't solve the firefighter transport issue.  People literally ran to the fires and, despite the fact that the pump was already there; they had some resting to do before getting to it.  The introduction of running boards and back steps, tail boards, later solved this problem as well.

The continuing development in fire-fighting technologies and equipment made life a lot harder for the horses.  The increase in weight of the fire engine slowly turned the horses as ineffective as the people were before them.  Often, after half a mile or so, the travel speed would decrease dramatically.  This called for a new means of propelling the engines.

Enter the self-propelled fire equipment.  The first self-propelled, steam powered fire engine in the US came to be in 1841 and it was built in New York.  Strangely enough, it didn't catch on.  Firefighters considered such a propulsion solution dangerous and unreliable.  It took decades before the steam powered fire engines really caught on.

However, the reign of the steam didn't last long.  Despite the fact that steam powered fire engines were still in use, here and there, up until the 1920’s, motorized fire trucks became more and more common by the early 1900’s.  Horse-drawn or steam powered engines started being turned into motorized fire engines.  By 1913, Ahrens-Fox Manufacturing Company from Cincinnati was the leading company when it came to the conversion.  From 1911, Mack Trucks began producing fire trucks, slowly becoming the most famous manufacturer in this field.

Many take the motorized fire equipment we use today for granted.  Yes it is big and shiny and very impressive, BUT, when was the first motorized fire engine used and where was it used?  What was the first fire department in California to become motorized?

I could ask that you trust to memory, but I know many will go to their computer for help. Good luck.

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