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.

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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

TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke Fireworks Recalled.

American Promotional Events is recalling approximately (36,100) units of their TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks product.

A photo showing the TNT red, white and blue smoke fireworks in its original packaging.
Product Packaging
(CPSC photo)

The fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing burn and injury hazards to consumers.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Fireworks-Recalled-By-American-Promotional-Events

This Week’s Vehicle Fire Related Recalls

Burning car engulfed in flames.
Vehicle Fire

Newmar Corporation has recalled (210) 2012-2015 King Aire and Essex Motorhomes.
On certain motorhomes, the retaining ring on the starter shaft may break, causing overheating of the starter and the risk of a fire.
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V378-5923.PDF

Grenfell Tower Update

The following are some articles related to the Grenfell Tower fire in London…

Image of Grenfell Tower relative to other buildings in the area.
Grenfell Tower, BBC Image

London fire: A visual guide to what happened at Grenfell Tower
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40301289

‘Grenfell changes everything’: Shadow of high-rise fire looms across UK
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/24/europe/london-fire-grenfell-tower/index.html

Grenfell Tower fire: Police considering manslaughter charges
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/europe/london-grenfell-tower-fire/index.html

Hotpoint fridge freezer sparked Grenfell Tower fire
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/hotpoint-fridge-freezer-sparked-grenfell-tower-fire/

Hundreds evacuated from London towers as fire safety concerns grow in wake of Grenfell Tower blaze
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/hundreds-evacuated-london-towers-grenfel-tower-fire-article-1.3274380

Changes Coming for Florida’s Building Code?

There’s a bill currently sitting on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk (HB 1021) that, if signed, will affect the how building codes are adopted.  It’s not clear at this point how fire safety will be affected in the future.  We will, however, keep an eye on the codes as they are updated.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/legislation-would-make-major-changes-to-floridas-building-code

2001 Florida Building Code cover.

Florida has currently adopted the International Code Council’s  Florida Building Code, 5th edition (2014), and the National Fire Protection Association’s Florida Fire Prevention Code, 5th Edition (2014).

 

Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

Car fire from engine compartment
RJ Meier photo

The following manufacturers have recalled vehicles for fire related problems.

Columbia Northwest, Inc. has recalled (40) 2017 and 2018 Aliner Ascape trailers.  The LP gas bottle trays may be attached to the frames with the wrong fasteners, which could become loose from the trailer during travel.  This could lead to loose connections and a fire or explosion.
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London Grenfell Towerblock Fire -is lawmaker failure to blame?

What happens when lawmakers ignore the work of fire investigators? Could this incredible tragedy be avoided?

Grenfell Tower burns in London, England,
Grenfell Tower Fire, June 14, 2017, London, England. [Photo Source: Natalie Oxford via Wikipedia]
Here’s what we know now (11am EST):

At just before 1am (London Time) this morning, a fire broke out on the 4th floor of a public housing tower in North Kensington, London, England.  The 24 -story Grenfell Tower, originally built in 1974, has approximately 120 individual apartment style units.  The tower underwent a $11,000,000 (8.7 million pound) refurbishment, which was completed in May of 2016.  The refurbishment did not include the  installation of a fire sprinkler system. Continue reading “London Grenfell Towerblock Fire -is lawmaker failure to blame?”