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
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.
This paper addresses the issues with fire investigation and presents a hypothesis to standardize the analysis of fire patterns. The appropriate method of using fire patterns is to develop and implement into practice a decision support framework that will assist forensic fire invesgators in assessing the efficacy of fire burn patterns as reliable indicators of the area of fire origin. This will be facilitated by the evaluation of visible and measurable fire patterns in the context of the fire environment wherein the pattern was developed. Ultimately, the framework will incorporate easy to apply tools, including checklist type forms for use on scene, supported by a software-based system that can be run in the laboratory or office to help investigators connect key observational and measured data to increase the reliability of pattern interpretation.
Tom Pierce – Chairperson
Eric Emmanuele – Committee Member
Tom Allen – Committee Member
Marnie Gedney – Committee Member
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