Latest Vehicle Fire Related Recalls

(RJ Meier photo)

Transportation Collaborative, Inc. has recalled an unspecified number of 2012-2017 Transtech Buses.
Certain vehicles equipped air conditioning utilize a 30AMP in-line fuse holder, the fuse holder may overheat and cause a fire.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V399

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling (193) 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles.
The affected vehicles have an engine fuel feed hose and a fuel purge hose that may have been misrouted during vehicle assembly, creating a fire hazard.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V424

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling (4) 2017 Ram 1500 trucks. The fuel tanks in these vehicles may have a broken fuel tank control valve which might leak fuel in a roll-over, failing to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, “Fuel System Integrity.”
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V434

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling (24127) 2017 Honda CR-V 2WD and AWD vehicles. The affected vehicles have a fuel supply pipe that may crack, which leak fuel and create a fire hazard.  https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V442

A Tale of Two States, and Fire Sprinklers

In Alabama, a new law allows plumbers to install fire sprinklers after a 32 hour training course.

Gov. Ivey signs bill to let plumbers install sprinkler systems

Source: Twitter

In Hawaii, developers succeeded in extending a state law that thwarts local authorities from adopting their own fire sprinkler requirements.  Their celebration party was cancelled after a fatal fire in a Honolulu hi-rise building with no sprinklers made the national news.

Industry Cancels Celebration Of Ban On Sprinkler Requirements

Who would have guessed Alabama as the more progressive state for fire safety?

 

Sources: NFPA

https://community.nfpa.org/community/home-fire-sprinkler-initiative/blog/2017/07/07/governor-signs-bill-allowing-plumbers-to-install-home-fire-sprinklers

https://community.nfpa.org/community/home-fire-sprinkler-initiative/blog/2017/07/19/following-hawaiis-marco-polo-high-rise-fire-attention-placed-on-states-sprinkler-ban

Fire Expert, Richard Meier on HLN

Richard Meier’s latest appearance on HLN.

Sad case.  So tragic.

Thank you to HLN and Primetime Justice With Ashleigh Banfield for having our own Richard Meier on as a guest last night.  We love being able to share accurate Fire Investigation Science with the public.  Rich talked about the science and procedures involved in a origin and cause investigation.  No matter how big, small, infamous, obscure or controversial the case, basing your investigation on sound science is the only way to answers for your client and the victims.

Louisiana House Fire.mp4

MYSTERY UNFOLDING after a wife is found shot dead in a house fire. Could there be a killer on the loose?

Posted by Ashleigh Banfield on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Credit – HLN Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield.  Share from FB Page

Want to see Rich on TV more often?  Please take a moment to like the video on Ashleigh Banfield’s Facebook Page.  They deserve kudos for creating quality discussions on crime & forensic science.

Sharing our passion for science and fire investigation is one of the best parts of the job. At Meier Fire, we always welcome an opportunity to talk about the science of Fire Investigation.   Contact us to speak at your group.

 

 

South Miami to Require Solar Power in New Homes

A new ordinance passed in South Miami on July 17, 2017 will require new homes, and homes undergoing major expansion, to be equipped with solar electric panels beginning on Sept. 18, 2017.

 

A Florida first: South Miami to require solar on new homes

What does that mean for the fire investigator?  Another level of technology and complexity that they will have to understand when investigating a fire at a home equipped with solar power.

Has your fire investigator ever investigated a fire involving solar or wind power?  We have!

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/south-miami/article162307863.html

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/South-Miami-Becomes-First-City-in-Florida-to-Pass-Solar-Panel-Mandate-on-New-Homes-435297373.html

Source:  FloridaTrend.com

 

Latest Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

Photo showing fire patterns on the hood of a burned car.
Engine Compartment Fire

KTM North America, Inc. is recalling an unspecified number of 690 Duke model motorcycles.
On affected motorcycles, fuel can leak from the filler cap.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V388-9062.PDF
Note: While not specifically mentioned in the recall, a fuel leak generally presents a fire hazard.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling an unspecified number of 2014-2015 Coachmen RV, Cross Country and Encounter, and 2014-2018 Coachmen RV Mirada and Mirada Select recreational vehicles.
Vehicles equipped with the residential refrigerator have exposed wire ends, creating a fire hazard.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V396

Lakota Corporation is recalling (152) 2018 Colt camping trailers.
The furnace flue may not have been installed properly, allowing furnace exhaust to vent into the trailer’s living quarters.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V410

Honda has recalled (1,148,466) 2013-2016 Accords passenger cars.
The case for a battery sensor may leak, leading to a short circuit and fire.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V418

Keystone RV Company is recalling (142) 2018 Dutchmen Coleman travel trailers.
The vehicles may have incorrect wiring connectors at the air conditioner junction box, causing a fire risk.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=17V421

Forensic Friday – Jury Science:  Forensic Experts and Jury Perception.

A recently published study shows that many jurors decide verdicts based on their perception of the expert’s experience and qualifications – rather than their perception and understanding of the scientific rigor of the expert’s methods.  Further, mock jurors in the live study did not place a higher weight on testing evidence in making their decisions, even when they were specifically told that the experts testing methods were not validated by science.

The courtroom
Jury science and the expert witness.

Continue reading “Forensic Friday – Jury Science:  Forensic Experts and Jury Perception.”

Fire Related Consumer Product Recalls

Lumicentro Internacional and Home Depot recall (10,500) Crystal Chandeliers for fire and burn hazards

Chandelier sold by Home Depot that poses a fire risk.
Lumicentro Internacional/ Home Depot Chandelier
(CPSC image)

Halogen bulbs installed in the chandeliers can melt or ignite parts of the fixture, creating fire and burn hazards.
https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Lumicentro-Internacional-with-Home-Depot-Recalls-Crystal-Chandeliers

 

This Week’s Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

 

Thor Motor Coach has recalled (148) 2018 Outlaw 29H Motorhomes.
A 15 amp fuse was installed in place of a 2 amp fuse for the awning circuit, creating a fire risk.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V381-6398.PDF

 

Entegra Coach has recalled (174) 2012-2015 Cornerstone Motorhomes.
The engine starter may malfunction and overheat, creating a fire hazard.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V384-4976.PDF

 

Triple E Recreational Vehicles has recalled (35) 2017 Wonder W24MB Motorhomes.
The water heater door blocks the furnace air intake, causing it to melt and creating a fire hazard.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V405-9997.PDF