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Honda Class Action Claims Rabbits, Rodents Have Appetite For Soy-Based Wiring

A federal class action lawsuit representing vehicle owners in three states claims soy-based electrical wire coatings have caused rats, mice, rabbits, and squirrels to munch on Honda engines like snacks, causing severe and costly damage. Lead plaintiff Daniel Dobbs, a Wyoming resident, and owners of Honda vehicles in Texas and Arizona sued Honda earlier this year for breach of warranty, alleging the biodegradable, food-based wire coatings Honda used in 2012-2015 model-year vehicles are defective in their design. The plaintiffs say Honda refuses to cover the repairs. Another plaintiff, Arizona resident Greg Delaney, took his ’14 Honda CrossTour to have wires ... Read More

minimize risk of truck fire with trucking association’s guidelines

Last week we reported that the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) established a task force to investigate the causes of commercial truck fires and prescribe possible solutions. The issue has taken on a special urgency because truck fires today tend to be much more intense than they were when cabs sported utilitarian interiors that were less conducive to heat and flame. Modern cab and sleeper trim, new composites and flammable glues invite the small spark of an electrical short or the heat of two crossed wires to ignite a fire and engulf all parts of the truck ... Read More

Task Force studies why truck fires are more intense, recommends solutions

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) has established a Task Force to investigate the causes of commercial motor vehicle fires and to identify measures to prevent them. According to one electrical expert and Council contributor, Bruce Purkey of Purkey’s Fleet Electric, truck fires are especially dangerous in today’s trucks for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. “I don’t know if there are more truck fires today or just that, now, they are catastrophic when they happen,” Purkey told Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. “It used to be that when a fire happened, you’d burn up some wires and paint, ... Read More

Home improvement books recalled for incorrect electrical wiring info

While most safety recalls involve products with defects that may cause direct physical harm to consumers, this week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of books that give bad advice and may cause consumers to hurt themselves. The CPSC says that nearly a million home improvement books of various titles published by Oxmoor House of Birmingham, Alabama, contain faulty instructions for electrical wiring. Technical diagrams and wiring instructions in the books could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing risk of electrical shock and fire hazard to consumers. Although no injuries have been reported ... Read More