Subaru Recalls Impreza and Other Vehicles

Subaru of America has issued a recall for approximately 188,207 model year 2019 Impreza, Outback, Legacy and Ascent vehicles.  These vehicles are equipped with a low pressure fuel pump that can become inoperative causing the vehicle to stall and possibly crash.  No details are available are on the cause of the sudden fuel pump failure.  However, Subaru expects to begin recalling vehicles on June 5, 2020.  Subaru will begin notifying owners and dealers will replace the low pressure fuel at no cost to owners.  For additional information, owners may contact Subaru by calling customer service at 1-844-373-6614 and referencing recall # WRD-20.  The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 20V218000.

Subaru is also recalling 2017 – 2019 Impreza and 2018 – 2019 Crosstrek vehicles for a problem with the engine control module (ECM).  The recall affects approximately 466,205 vehicles.  A short circuit in the ECM could cause the vehicle to stall and subsequently crash.  The ECM has also been found to continue powering the ignition coil after the engine has been turned off.  Subaru has already begun notifying owners and dealers will update the ECM software and replace damaged ignition coils and exhaust pipes (as necessary) free of charge.  For additional information, owners can contact Subaru by calling customer service at 1-844-373-6614 and referencing recall # WUQ-02.  The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 19V743000.

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June 2020

Subaru Recalls Impreza and Other Vehicles

April 2020

Coronavirus Protections

March 2020

What a Way to Blowup a Blower

Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Recalled

February 2020

Services We Offer

Hyundai Recalls Elantra and Elantra Touring Vehicles

January 2020

Toyota Recalls Vehicles for Electronic Defect

Toyota Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Fuel Pumps

Space Heater Fire

December 2019

Holiday Fires

Brake and Battery Issues Prompt GM to Recall Trucks

Ford Recalls Super Duty Trucks

Holiday Greetings

November 2019

Leaking LG Refrigerator

October 2019

The Heating Season Begins

September 2019

Sometimes Things Just Happen

GM Recalls 3.4 Million Vehicles for Brake Problem

Weather Related Damage

Boiler Refresher

July 2019

Why Does the Inside of Cars Get so Hot?

Mazda Recalls SUVs for Engine Stalling

June 2019

Condenser Water Piping Seminar

Recalls – How Long Do They Last?

May 2019

Ford Fusion Recall

April 2019

Vehicular Fire in Hayfield

March 2019

Ford Recalls Trucks Due to Fire Hazard

What Every Property Adjuster Should Know About…

Hyundai Recalls Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

February 2019

Wet Weather and Engine Damage

Haier Recalls Freezer Refrigerators

January 2019

AHR Expo

Beware of Accucraft Wood Burning Fireplaces

December 2018

Watch Those Connections

Happy Holidays

Wheel Separation in 2016 Ford Taurus – Possible Recall?

November 2018

Combined Heat and Power

Veteran’s Day Appreciation

Lathe Chuck Injury Due to Faulty Lathe Operation

October 2018

Power Steering Recall

Long Hydraulic Hoses Cause Trencher Fire

Toyota Recalls Hybrids

September 2018

GM Recalls for Loss of Power Steering

Fire Hazard Prompts Ford to Recall 2 Million F-150s

August 2018

Gas Logs and Soot Damage

July 2018

Contents of Aerosol Cans can be Flammable

June 2018

So You Want to be Connected

How Can I help?

State Farm Accused of Influence Peddling

May 2018

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles

It’s Not Always the Contractor’s Fault

April 2018

Ford Recalls Trucks and SUVs

March 2018

Death by Driverless Car

Ford Recalls Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Vehicles

Fire Hazards and Recalls

Hyundai Santa Fe Recall

February 2018

Maytag Dryer Electrocution and Fire Hazard

Destructive Force of Ice

Rheem Water Heater Recall

December 2017

Ram Truck Recall

Holiday Greetings

How NOT to Install a Water Filter

November 2017

Continuing Education Update

BMW Recalls

October 2017

The Problem With Oxygen Depletion Sensors

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

ATTENTION: Tennessee High School Seniors and Current Engineering Students

Pumps and Glycol Solutions

September 2017

Ram Truck Recall (Separate from Dec 2017)

What’s Going On?

Eight Deaths – Really?

HVAC Equipment – Repair or Replace?

What Happened to Water and Gas Lines?

August 2017

Volkswagen Recalls CC and Passat Vehicles

GM Recalls 2014 Silverado and Sierra Trucks

July 2017

Honda Accord Recall

More on the Use of PEX Pipe

Natural Gas Explosion at Murray State University

June 2017

Grenfell Tower Fire

This is What Can Happen When the Sprinkler System Doesn’t Work

Fire Protection Systems Training

Nissan to Begin Implementing Automatic Braking

Are You Ready to Deal With Robots?

Recalls From Volkswagen and Hyundai

Stop Using LaZboard Hoverboards!

Steam Condensation Plant Explosion

May 2017

Using Drones for Claims Investigations

2017 Scholarship Award Winners

Scott Hill, BSME, MSME, EIT

April 2017

Recalls for Fire and Electrical Defects

Gas Station Hose Swivel Connectors Recalled

GM Appeal Over Ignition Switch Cases – DENIED

Hyundai Kia Recalls

March 2017

Ford Recalls Vehicles for Safety Issues

Mercedes Benz Recalls

Chevy Impala Exploding Manifold

Roofs Shouldn’t Look Like this

February 2017

Cut Those Tree Limbs!!!

A Word About Fraud

January 2017

Compact Flourescent Lights

Fire and Appliance Safety, Part 2

December 2016

Fire and Appliance Safety (Part 1)

Happy Holidays

They Can’t Do anything But Say No

Fiatt Chrysler Recalls

November 2016

33 Years and counting

Fox 10 TV Investigates Vortens Toilet Tanks

Samsung Recalls Washing Machines

September 2016

Scholarship Instructions

Vortens Toilet Tank Update

August 2016

Whirlpool Microwave Recall

Deep Fryer Fires due to Lack of Maintenance

Irrigation System Failure

July 2016

Vehicle Recalls by Ford, GM and Chrysler

Scholarship Awarded to Aaron Schneider

June 2016

Toro Lawn Mower Defective Carburetor

May 2016

Guards and Guy Wires

“Leave the Friggin Thing Alone!”

April 2016

Soot Damage From Gas Logs

Scholarship Award Winners

Ceiling Fan Recall

March 2016

Craigslist and Recalled Products

What’s Going on With Carrier and Goodman?

Product Recalls

Solar Anyone?

February 2016

Microsoft Recalls A/C Power Cords for Surface Pro Devices

Please Review the Comments….

January 2016

Potential Kia Defect

2015 In Review

It’s Wintertime!!!

Happy New Year

December 2015

Climate Change, Part 2

Climate Change and Renewable energy

November 2015

Changes

Takata Air Bag Recall, Part 2

Thanksgiving

Duramax 2.8L Diesel Engine

Thank you !

October 2015

Vehicle Recalls

September 2015

GM Compared to PCA

Scholarship Instructions for Tennessee Students

August 2015

Legionaire’s Disease Makes a Comeback

July 2015

How to Tell if Your Transmission was Damaged in an Accident

May 2015

Takata Air Bag Recall

Commercial Truck Investigations

Kiwanis Presentation

March 2015

Oil Filled Heaters Spray Oil – Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

General Electric Pays 3.5 Million Civil Penalty

February 2015

Air Bag Control Module Failure

Nissan Rogue Recall

Low SEER Units Still Available

January 2015

Scholarships Available for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Which Came First: The Accident or the Transmission Damage?

Our New Website

December 2014

Christmas and Safety

November 2014

The Workings of a Mediation

Recent Happenings

September 2014

Educating the Public

August 2014

Samsung Washing Machine Update

Another Samsung Drain Pump Failure

Hyundai Sonata Recall

July 2014

Buick Lacrosse Fires Caused by Faulty HDM Module?

Drain Pump Bracket Failure

Vortens Toilet Tanks

Faulty Installation of Frost Proof Faucet

June 2014

Need a Speaker?

What Happened Here?

May 2014

Opening for a Computer Forensics Engineer

R.J. Hill Consulting Announces Scholarship Awards

March 2014

Chevy Impala Not Recalled for for Exploding Intake Manifold and Engine Fire

February 2014

Another Flushmate Recall

January 2014

Danger: Using Lights for Space Heating

Scholarship Offerings

New Year Recalls

November 2013

Recurring Product Problems

October 2013

Is Technology changing Too Fast?

August 2013

Getting Bad Gas?

Beware of Dishonest A/C Dealers

July 2013

Attorneys and Expert’s Depositions

April 2013

Microscopic Analysis Capability Update

Federal Jury Renders Verdict Against State Farm

Serious Recalls

Silly Little Key Fob

Exploding Glass Oven Door

March 2013

Dangerous Construction Site

January 2013

Update – The Problem With PEX Pipe

Mini Cooper Water Pump Fire Hazard

December 2012

A Successful Trial

September 2012

I’m Not The Enemy!

August 2012

More Throttle Trouble

July 2012

The Problem PEX Pipe

June 2012

Flushmate Does it Again

May 2012

PEs, Diplomates and Fellows

April 2012

Electric Power Steering

March 2012

Sudden/Unintended Acceleration

January 2012

LG and the Problems With Their Washing Machines

December 2011

Wheel Separation From Ford Vehicles

November 2011

Subrogating for the Sake of Subrogating

October 2011

“Did You Hear the one About the Honda…”

August 2011

Hired Guns

Lightning Hits Car

Flushmate Exploding Toilets

Vehicle Recalls

July 2011

Would You Hire an Expert to Help You Deal With an Insurance Company?

Be Careful How You Treat Your Engineering Investigator

May 2011

Looks Like Dometic Still has Problems

More Recalls

Does Ford Have a New Fire Hazard?

February 2011

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Linked to Keyless Ignition Fobs

More Natural Gas Explosions

Government’s Report on Toyota’s Sudden Acceleration Problem

January 2011

Runaround Coil Heat Recovery

Air Conditioning in Winter?

Ford and Their Windstar Axle Problem

December 2010

Haier Freezer Recall

November 2010

Sudden Acceleration

September 2010

Buyer Beware!

California Gas Line Explosion

August 2010

Corolla, Matrix and Vibe Recalls

Tankless Water Heater Explosion

Recall News

Lightning Damage

July 2010

Examination of 2005 Gulfstream RV

Coronavirus Protections

            While the world in general, and our country in particular, is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the world of insurance claims investigations is also trying to keep working.  R.J. Hill Consulting is following the recommended social distancing guideline of maintaining at least six feet from another person.  If appropriate, statements can be obtained by phone thereby preventing unnecessary personal contact.  N95 masks are also worn when contact with another person might occur.  Lastly, while latex gloves are not worn in every instance, gloves are available and will be worn as a precautionary measure in certain cases.        

What a Way to Blow up a Blower!

Most residential and commercial HVAC equipment use centrifugal blowers to move air through duct systems.  The rate at which blower wheels turn is usually between 1000 and 1500 rev/min, depending on the application.  The point to be made is that blower wheels turn at a fairly slow speed.  Blower wheels that are attached directly to the motors that drive them turn at the rotational speed of the motor.  But, when the blower wheel is belt driven, the speed of the blower can vary depending on the size of the pulley attached to the shaft that drives the blower wheel.  If the size of the pulley attached to the blower shaft is twice as large as the pulley attached to the motor, the speed of the blower will be half of the speed of the motor.  If however, the blower pulley is the same size as the motor pulley, the blower will turn at approximately the same speed as the motor.  If the blower wheel is not designed for such speed, the centrifugal forces created by the rotational motion will cause the blower wheel to fail in a spectacular way.  The photos attached below illustrate the results.   

Blower louvers peeled away from blower ring
Blower louvers peeled away from blower ring
View of damage to blower louvers

Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Vehicles Recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it has recalled 2018 – 2020 Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles equipped with manual transmissions.  These vehicles contain a clutch plate within the transmission that can overheat and fracture, posing a fire hazard.  If the fractured pieces crack the transmission casing and come in contact with combustible material, a fire can result.  Approximately 33,237 vehicles are involved in this recall.  Owners should be aware of signs indicating a problem: the sudden loss of power, burned clutch smell, and extra pedal travel when shifting gears.  At present, Fiat Chrysler is working on a repair but expects to begin recalling vehicles on April 22nd of this year.  Owners of affected vehicles will receive notices of the recall by mail.  For additional information, owners can contact Chrysler customer service by calling 1-800-853-1403 and referencing Chrysler recall # W12. 

Services We Offer

In addition to investigating accidents and failures, arranging for joint examinations and providing court testimony; we have the capability of conducting certain tests to aid in reaching our conclusions. Our capabilities include:

Pressure Vessel Testing

Temperature, Pressure and Flow Measurement

Microscopic examination with photographic documentation

Videoscopic examination with photographic documentation

Carbon Monoxide detection

We can also arrange for transmission electron microscopy, x-ray analysis chemical analysis, and fire debris analysis.

Hyundai Recalls Elantra and Elantra Touring Vehicles

Hyundai Motor America has announced that it is recalling 429, 686 Elantra vehicles for a problem with the ABS (antilock braking system) module that can cause an engine fire.  The vehicles involved in this recall are: 2006 through 2011 Hyundai Elantra manufactured between August 26, 2005 and November 23, 2010; and 2007 through 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured between June 21, 2007 and December 6, 2010.  It should be noted that the recalled vehicles are no longer in production.  The problem with the ABS module is that moisture can enter the module and cause the circuit board to short circuit.  The short circuit CAN occur even if the vehicle is turned off.  Hyundai Motor America plans to notify owners and request that they return their vehicles to their dealers for repair.  The repair will consist of the installation of a relay in the main junction box.  The intent is to deenergize the ABS module when the vehicle is turned off.  This repair will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner – Hyundai plans to reimburse owners for out-of-pocket expenses.  It is recommended that owners communicate with their dealers and make sure they understand what allowable charges are and what will be reimbursed.  Notification of owners and dealers will begin in April 2020.  For additional information, owners can contact Hyundai by calling 800-633-5151 and referencing manufacturer recall number 188. 

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