Victim's Son Speaks Out About U-Haul Safety Problems

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Darin Letzer, whose father was killed in an accident involving a U-Haul, has been named spokesman for a website dedicated to alerting consumers about safety issues involving U-Haul products and services.

Devin Letzer, whose father was killed in 2003 in a crash involving a defective U-Haul trailer, is the new spokesman for U-Haul Safety Alert.Org, sponsors have announced.

U-Haulsafetyalert.org is dedicated to alerting the public to the dangers of renting U-Haul trucks, trailers and equipment. The site is seeking stories of U-Haul-related accidents and injuries. Go to U-HaulSafetyAlert.org to share.

Mark Letzer, Devin's father, was killed when the trailer they were pulling from Los Angeles to New Orleans started swaying violently and flipped the passenger car. Mark was ejected and killed instantly. The ensuing lawsuit* alleged the brakes had no brake fluid and were missing brake pads, had not been inspected in nine months, and had been rented nine times in this condition. U-Haul settled the suit in 2006.

According to the Toronto Star, U-Haul has been investigated by the Canadian government and several major U.S. media outlets for unsafe practices. These include keeping a high number of old, high-mileage vehicles on the road; poor maintenance; and ignoring weight standards considered critical to safe towing.

In 2005, the Canadian government found fully 10% of all U-Haul's vehicles in that country failed safety standards, double the rate of its nearest competitor, according to the Star's investigative series.

In 2007, the Los Angeles Times published a three-part-series three-part series documenting U-Haul-related deaths and serious injuries. The series also documented the company's track record of losing key evidence related to product liability lawsuits, and of hiring lobbyists to fight efforts to pass safety laws related to do-it-yourself moving companies.

Letzer currently lives in Boston where he works in fundraising. U-Haulsafetyalert.org is sponsored by victims, families and attorneys working to prevent U-Haul related deaths and injuries. This includes the law firms of Ted B. Lyon & Associates, P.C., Dallas, TX , and Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom, Seattle, WA

*Case number 04-03-17908-CVR, District Court, 143rd Judicial District, Reeves County, Texas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Teresa Kelly, (512) 328-4276

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