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Case of the Month: Swelling Floor Planks

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Swelling Floor Planks

The homeowner’s bedroom floor was laid with laminate hardwood tongue-and-groove planks, over a slab-on-grade concrete pad. The flooring was swelling and lifting, presumably because of moisture. GEI was assigned to identify the predominant cause and determine the approximate age of the damage seen. Swelling and “tenting” of flooring in bedroom Our expert visited the property and the homeowner accompanied him on his inspection. The property was a single-family residence of timber framing with a stucco exterior finish and a plaster interior...

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Case of the Month: Road Hazard

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Road Hazard

The insured said he “ran over something” in his Nissan Altima and then the engine blew up. There was smoke, but no fire. The last service was two months earlier for an oil change and a coolant flush. GEI was assigned to find out what really happened. The vehicle was inspected at a body shop in Temecula. It was a 2006 model with 81,200 miles on it. Our expert observed a jagged hole in the side of the aluminum engine block and the engine components and the underside of the engine compartment were covered with a fresh, thin coating of oil. He...

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Case of the Month: Diesel Fuel Contamination

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Diesel Fuel Contamination

The insured bought a Dodge diesel pickup truck. He was the sixth owner. Three months and 691 miles later the engine would crank but not start. He had it towed to the dealer for service. During the partial disassembly of the engine, the dealer’s mechanic identified a contaminant, such as “black sawdust”, in the fuel injection system. He cleaned what he could and removed and replaced the high-pressure fuel injection pump. He also recommended that the fuel tank be cleaned but this was declined by the insured. The engine was reassembled and the...

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Case of the Month: Hot Shock Light Bulb Examination

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Hot Shock Light Bulb Examination

It was a dark morning before sunrise. One car rear-ended another. The allegation was that the lead car was driving with its lights off, so the striking car could not see the lead car until it was too late. GEI was brought in to shed some illumination upon the situation. Our expert inspected the lead vehicle. It sustained major damages from a rear impact. The trunk lid, rear panel and floor, taillight assemblies, rear quarter panels, and rear bumper assembly were heavily damaged. The left and right side taillight assemblies each included three...

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Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: A Backing Accident

It was summer camp time. Moms were dropping off their kids at about 9 am. Unfortunately, two of the drivers backed into each other. There were two different versions of the collision, plus the story of an unrelated witness. GEI was assigned to evaluate which version the evidence supported and to address the likelihood of injury in this incident. The vehicles involved were a brown Ford Flex and a silver Chrysler Sebring. The photographs and the repair estimate for the Chrysler showed the rear right corner was damaged. The strike was on the...

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STEVEN M. ERWIN

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Expert Profiles | Comments Off on STEVEN M. ERWIN

Mr. Erwin is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Certified Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstructionist. He has 18 years of experience with NHTSA as a crash reconstruction analyst with over 1,500 crash reconstructions personally conducted. He has held the position of the primary crash reconstructionist for the NHTSA Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) in the County of San Diego. His expertise for GEI includes speed analysis, Delta V and principle direction of force analysis, occupant kinematics and injury...

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Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Refrigerator Leak

The homeowners discovered water damage to the kitchen floor of their residence. The apparent source of the water on their kitchen floor was the water and ice-dispensing unit in the door of their refrigerator. GEI was assigned to examine, test, and photograph the water and icemaker dispenser unit, and determine the cause of its malfunction. The failed water dispenser and icemaker dispenser unit was replaced with a new unit by a local repair technician prior to our involvement. The failed unit was subsequently shipped to our office for...

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Case of the Month: Stolen Recovered

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Stolen Recovered

A 2006 Toyota Tacoma was stolen, vandalized, partially stripped, and then recovered. GEI was assigned to inspect and photograph the Toyota and to identify signs of theft, forced entry, compromised locks or steering column. We were also to determine if the steering column lock or ignition switch lock cylinder were attacked or defeated, and to determine if the transponder system was defeated or bypassed. The vehicle was inspected. The exterior of the vehicle was dirty with evidence of vandalism from recent multiple deep scratches (keying) on...

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Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Cases | Comments Off on Case of the Month: Hit While Parked?

Our client reported that a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck was parked and unattended when it was struck by another vehicle. The unidentified vehicle then fled the scene. There were no eye witnesses. GEI was assigned to review the materials provided and determine if the damage to the vehicle was consistent with a hit-and-run collision, as described. The materials provided for review included photographs and a repair estimate for the vehicle. Examining photographs of the Ford, our expert noted minor paint damage to the left side of the pickup...

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President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in President's Messages | Comments Off on President’s Message: Rental Vehicles and Cell Phone Data

It is common to fly to another city, rent a car at the airport, attend an event, maybe stay overnight, return the car, and then fly home. It is also common to connect a cellphone to the rental car to make phone calls, use the GPS, check emails, and recharge the battery. What most people are not aware of is that when the cellphone is connected (by cable or by Bluetooth) to the vehicle infotainment and telematics systems of the rental car, the cellphone’s information is frequently copied into the vehicle unit’s memory, so it can more quickly...

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