In 2004, two sisters were killed in California when their rental car crashed into a semi-truck. A later investigation revealed that the car that the women had rented was under a safety recall for a power steering fluid, but that the rental car company had not complied with the required repairs. That failure to repair the vehicle set off the chain of events that would result in the fatal auto accident, which began when the car's leaking power steering fluid caught fire and caused the women to lose control of the vehicle.
A head-on collision resulting from high winds killed a California woman on Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon on January 28, 2012. California Highway Patrol officers and the San Bernadino police closed the stretch of Highway 18 where the auto accident occurred for several hours in order to investigate.
A weekend collision between a sport-utility vehicle and a California light rail train has resulted in three fatalities and multiple injuries, according to law enforcement authorities. Although police and local transit officials continue to investigate the fatal accident, they believe that the SUV drove around the crossing arms and onto the track just before it was struck by the train.
The recent motorcycle accident that killed four bikers and a passenger in one car about two weeks ago has prompted the California Department of Motor Vehicles to remind all motor vehicle operators to keep basic safety considerations in mind this holiday season.