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September 2015 Archives

Is your landlord taking steps to winterize your apartment dwelling?

Last winter was one of the coldest and snowiest on record in New York City. As record cold temps and multiple nor'easters pounded the region, many residents were forced to stay home. For some of these residents; broken hot water heaters, malfunctioning boilers and frozen or broken water pipes compounded an already difficult situation.

Food Safety Month

September has been declared Food Safety Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Although there are many strict laws regarding the production and preparation of food, foodborne illnesses may still occur when bacteria and other pathogens contaminate food.  Therefore, it is extremely important to take proper precautions when handling food items.

NYC trucks will soon be equipped with side guards

In a previous blog we discussed how bicycling is growing in popularity across the U.S. This is especially true in urban cities and is attributed to an increase in ridership among middle-aged Americans. Unfortunately, as the number of people commuting via bicycle has increased, so too has the number of individuals who are injured or killed in motor vehicle and bicycle accidents.

Is your landlord taking steps to prevent criminal activity?

According to a Wall Street Journal article published earlier this year, at 64 percent, New York City is second only to Miami in the number of residents who rent vs. own. While articles about tenants' rights with regard to rent stabilization often make the headlines in the city, there are many other important issues that affect tenants’ safety, health and quality of life.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Due to Fatal Keyless Ignition System Defect in Cars

Many new cars are equipped with keyless ignition systems.  In fact, 70% of 2015 car models are equipped with the system.  Drivers enjoy such systems for the convenience provided, however they are not without safety hazards.  Recently, a class action lawsuit has been filed against ten of the world's largest car manufacturers alleging that the keyless ignition system with which they equip their automobiles poses a fatal hazard.  The ten companies that have been named in the lawsuit include Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, and Kia.  The keyless ignition defect is most likely to affect hybrid cars with smooth running, quiet engines which are produced by these companies.      

Major Motor Vehicle Companies to Implement Automatic Emergency Braking Systems

The Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that ten major motor vehicle manufacturers will be equipping all vehicles from their facilities with a life saving safety system. The implementation of an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system is the result of a suggestion made in January by the DOT that will continue to become a standard safety feature in cars. The companies that will be manufacturing vehicles with AEB accounted for 57% of motor vehicle sales last year- Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo- will be adding the new technology in the vehicles they manufacture in an effort to prevent crashes.

Tenants of rundown Brooklyn apartment building sue landlord

Legally, New York City tenants have a right to live in a building and individual unit that is free of unsafe and hazardous conditions and materials. Despite the laws that govern the contractual obligations of landlords within the city, some building owners and landlords blatantly disregard the complaints of tenants and fail to maintain and repair the properties they own.

Broadway actor's fatal fall highlights dangers of fire escapes

Whether you consider them to be aesthetically pleasing or wrought-iron eyesores, fire escapes are part of New York City's history. In response to the fire-related deaths of hundreds of tenants and workers, during the early 1900s the city mandated the inclusion of fire escapes. While the metal appendages were meant to be used as an escape route for residents and workers who were trapped by fire, they were more likely to be used for extra storage, outdoor gardens and a place to get away.

Study— reasons behind increase in bicycle-related injuries and hospital admissions

In cities across the country, more and more people are choosing to ride bicycles. In many large urban cities like New York City, not only are more people choosing to commute to work via bicycle, but those who are choosing to do so aren't just right out of college.

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