GM Recalls 15,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Issues

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November 19, 2012—Los Angeles, California—General Motors has announced that it will issue a recall for 15,575 of its cars to correct safety flaws according to a report by Yahoo News.  The vehicles at issue are 2,949 Buick Veranos, Chevrolet Cruzes, and Chevrolet Sonics, all 2012 models, and 12,626 Cadillaac XTS 2013 sedans.

The 2012 models have driver-side airbags that have been discovered to have problems deploying in a crash.  The 2013 Cadillacs have rear-seat head restraints that may not lock in position.  Both of this issues were deemed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pose a risk to occupants of these vehicles during an accident.

All parts will be replaced by GM dealers free of charge.  So far, there have been no injuries associated with these recall issues.

How Often Do Car Manufacturers Recall Vehicles?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 600 vehicle recalls are issued each year.  However, the majority of these recalls do not deal with safety issues but with minor issues that will never really affect the owner of a car except possible by causing inconvenience.  For example, many recalls are issued over problems like radio knobs that tend to break or air conditioner systems that do not hold Freon.  When real safety issues exist, it is important that the manufacturers make every effort to contact all customers who own these vehicles and get the problems fixed.

Do Recalls Work?

Unfortunately, there are cars that have been sold to others by the time a safety issue becomes evident and those owners may never learn of the recall.  Other owners may have moved or had a change that puts them out of touch with the company; they also may not be aware that their safety is at stake when they do not comply with the terms of the recall and have their cars repaired.

Can I Collect Damages from Injuries Sustained in a Recalled Vehicle?

It is in your best interests to comply with a recall and have your vehicle repaired.  However, if for some reason you are injured in a car that has been recalled but not repaired, it does not necessarily negate your right to collect damages.

Victims of defective auto products are eligible to recover damages for the injuries they sustain from these products, and a personal injury attorney can help these victims recover compensation.


Toyota Recalls 2.8 Million Defective Vehicles

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Toyota is issuing a vehicle defect recall for 2.8 million cars including its high-profile Prius hybrid models. According to an NBC News report, the most recent recall is the result of a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. These defects can result in steering problems on a variety of Toyota models using the components. The steering shaft defect is involved in the recall of vehicles including the Corolla and Prius models. About 620,000 of those vehicles may also be equipped with the defective water pump.

Vehicles that may need both parts repaired were sold between 2001 and 2010 in Japan and from 2003 to 2011 in the United States. Another 10,000 Toyota vehicles are being recalled solely due to the faulty water pump. This recall is being viewed as a significant setback for Toyota, according to the news article. One month ago, the Japanese automaker announced its biggest recall ever for a single part – 7.4 million vehicles over a faulty power window switch that could pose a fire hazard.


Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled for Potential Choking Danger

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Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.

Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.


Woman Hits Husband With Car

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November 8, 2012—Hemet, California—An 84-year-old man was the victim of a mistake when a car driven by his own wife accelerated and hit him, causing severe leg injuries.  The accident happened Wednesday afternoon in the garage of the man’s home in Hemet, according to the Press-Enterprise.

The victim was standing at a workbench on Sharp Drive when his wife, who was driving the couple’s Mazda Miata, attempted to back out of the garage.  Instead, she put the car in forward gear, accelerating and hitting her husband.  He was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition.  His wife was not injured.  The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery go out to this man and my sympathies go out to his wife on this terrible accident.

Accidents At Home Still Account for Many Deaths and Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 34.9 million injuries in homes across the United States in 2010.  About 11 percent of the population suffered a home injury in that year severe enough to require medical attention.  Over 177,000, or about one-half of one percent of the population, died from injuries in 2010.

This means that home accidents are still one of the leading causes of death in our country, despite strong campaigns to educate the public about the dangers that may be present in a home.  Homeowners and residents are in danger of many types of home accidents including fire, gas leaks, slip and fall accidents, and poisoning.

How Did This Accident Happen?

In determining the cause of the accident, it is important to consider the circumstances under which it occurred, including the make and model of the car the woman was driving.  Her age, 68, means that her reflex time might be slower than a young person’s, but this does not mean that the woman did not have time to react to the possibility of a collision, nor should we assume that she became “confused” about the car’s operation.  Therefore, there is the possibility that a defect in the design of the car led to this accident.  If that is the case, then the woman and her husband may have a claim against the company for defective design leading to injury.

Is The Miata Defective?

We cannot assume that there is a design defect without examining the interior of the car in question.  Miatas have a central-console gear shift that involves a “laddering” of the shifter with reverse coming before drive.  It is very possible that the woman shifted into reverse and that the shifter traveled into the drive position.  If this happened and caused the accident, then the victim may have grounds to claim defective design.  A defective products attorney should investigate this accident and make that determination.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits on the Rise: What to Know

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An alarming trend has been on the rise as of late, and it’s the increase in dangerous, harmful consequences of transvaginal mesh surgical procedures. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits and claims, and it’s important you arm yourself with the correct information and knowledge before it’s too late.

First, it’s important to know a little bit more about this procedure and what it is used for. Transvaginal mesh is surgically implanted in a woman’s body in order to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is most commonly used for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is a permanent implant potentially made from several different types of materials.

Unfortunately, vaginal mesh implants have increasingly become an item which produces alarming and dangerous results. Either the risks of these implants and the procedure were unknown or were not fully understood, were not disclosed to patients, or the implants themselves being made and utilized are faulty. Either way, it’s a serious issue and it’s only becoming more common, which is why it’s important to know what you’re facing. More