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.
Covering: Alpine, Amador, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sierra and Yolo counties
Coordinator: Vern Canon
Phone: 530 277-3765
In recent years spray on polyurethane insulation has become popular as an efficient and effective method for insulating homes. Some research has been done on the effects that two part spray on polyurethane insulation can have on surrounding home construction elements located in the immediate vicinity where the spray on coating is used. In particular, it is suspected that the cure process and materials contained within the respective two part mix can cause negative interactions with surrounding components and can even impact material and performance characteristics of critical home safety systems such as fire sprinkler systems. In particular, it is important to mention that the polyurethane application and curing process is typically done after fire system inspections have been completed. It is at this stage that current industry practices might be leaving the property owner at risk given the possible interactions that the polyurethane process can have on home fire systems, specifically on CPVC fire sprinkler piping. It is important to note that several fire accidents involving spray-on polyurethane products have been recorded and some involve the loss of life due to the internal high cure temperatures that the product generates once it is applied. Product background, chemical reactions, risks, and possible impacts to CPVC fire system sprinklers will be discussed.
This class would be beneficial to both the fire investigator dealing with residential fire sprinkler failures and fire prevention personnel doing construction inspections.
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The next meeting is TBA; topic and speaker to be announced.
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If you aren’t a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators; you need to be! Contact me or April at the CCAI office for further details. You can apply on-line for membership at arson.org Please feel free to put my name on your application as a recommendation, just let me know that you did. The membership discount for the upcoming conference will more than cover the cost of becoming a member. There are multi-year membership discounts available.
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