New Jeep SUVs Recalled For Inadvertent Airbag Deployments

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Chrysler has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 228,181 late-model Jeep Cherokee SUVs after reports of inadvertent airbag deployments.

According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs including 168,092 in the United States.

Chrysler has said it will upgrade software governing side-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags after an investigation into airbag deployments without a crash involving drivers who “executed extreme maneuvers.”

The airbag systems basically sensed potential rollovers and automatically activated. The automaker says it is not aware of any related injuries or accidents.

In 2014, airbag recalls accounted for the largest single reason for the record number of vehicles recalled.

Last week, four automakers recalled 2.3 million vehicles for a new fix for another airbag problem linked to electronic defects that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently.

However, those recalls are not related to Chrysler’s.

The Problem with Defective Airbags

Airbags have become an integral part of vehicle safety systems. It’s hard to imagine a car, truck or SUV without an airbag. These devices are meant to give us an extra layer of protection in the event of a car crash. However, there are times when airbags do fail.

We’ve seen a number of recalls involving airbags that fail to deploy.

Over the last year, millions of vehicles have been recalled for airbags manufactured by Takata that can explode and release shrapnel into the vehicle compartment, injuring or killing occupants.

Then, there are those faulty airbags that deploy inadvertently, without reason. This could be as dangerous because the driver is taken by surprise and may end up crashing the vehicle.

Auto Product Liability Issues

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective auto, please ensure that the vehicle is preserved in its current state, unaltered. The vehicle is the most important piece of evidence in an auto defect case. When it is properly preserved an expert can examine it thoroughly for defects, malfunctions and other evidence.

Injured victims can seek compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the automaker or the company that manufactured faulty parts.

It takes an auto defect law firm that is not only resourceful, but also passionate about pursuing justice for injured clients and holding negligent automakers accountable.

Toyo Recalls Tires for Potential Tread Separation

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Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, Inc., whose subsidiary is based in Orange County, is issuing a defective product recall for about 175,000 tires for light trucks, SUVs and vans manufactured under its Toyo Tires and Nitto brands due to potential tread or belt separation. According to a news report in the Orange County Business Journal, the Cypress-based subsidiary of Toyo based in Cypress, has said it will replace select Toyo Open Country Tuff Duty tires manufactured between November 2008 and June 2013, and Nitto Dura Grappler Highway Terrain tires manufactured between May 2007 and April 2012.

NHTSA Investigating New Toyota Sudden Acceleration Claims

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Federal safety regulators are investigating new unintended acceleration claims, this time involving Toyota Corolla vehicles.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is examining 163 complaints from drivers of the small car to determine if there is an issue that warrants the opening of a formal safety investigation.

Agency officials said they are responding to a petition for an investigation from Kathy Ruginis of Bristol, Rhode Island, who claimed that her Toyota Corolla surged forward and crashed into another vehicle even as she braked.

Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm that often prepared expert testimony in auto defect cases, said that the information from the Corolla’s event data recorder backs up the woman’s claim.

The NHTSA is looking into whether there is a sudden acceleration issue in as many as 1.7 million Corollas from the 2006 through 2010 model years. Toyota has said it will cooperate fully with any inquiry.

Toyota’s Unintended Acceleration Recalls

These problems are not new for Toyota. The Japanese automaker recalled millions of vehicles to replace floor mats and fix a mechanical problem that caused gas pedals to get stuck on their own.

A fault floor mat is also believed to have caused a horrific 2009 crash outside San Diego that claimed the lives of an off-duty CHP officer and his family. In that case, the floor mats jammed the gas pedal.

Earlier this year, Toyota admitted to deceiving regulators and consumers about two defects linked to sudden acceleration issues and agreed to pay $1.2 billion, the larges penalty ever imposed on a car manufacturer.

This deal marked the culmination of a four-year criminal investigation into whether Toyota reported safety complaints about sudden acceleration in a timely manner.

Dangerous Defects

It is critical that owners of vehicles involved in this investigation take them to a dealer or mechanic for a thorough inspection. We also hope Toyota will do the right thing this time and issue a prompt recall if these vehicles are in fact dangerous and defective.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by sudden or unintended acceleration, it is important that you contact an experienced auto product liability attorney who has the resources to investigate potential defects.

The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Airbag Defects Long Known To Honda And Takata Led to Recalls

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A flawed auto defect reporting system and lack of oversight by the federal regulatory agency has led to a situation where explosive airbags that caused dozens of injuries and several fatalities to slip under the radar for at least a decade.

According to a news report in The New York Times, Japanese supplier Takata’s faulty airbags were connected with recalls of more than 14 million vehicles.

The Times reports that the delay in these recalls were due to problems within Honda and throughout the auto industry.

The airbags in question deployed with such explosive force that they sent shrapnel and chemicals flying into the passenger compartment.

One incident in December 2009 involved Gurjit Rathore who was driving a Honda Accord. She crashed into a mail truck in Virginia causing her airbag to explode.

The 33-year-old woman bled to death in front of her children after being hit by shrapnel.

Delay in Recalling Faulty Vehicles

According to the Times investigation, a Honda Accord with a faulty airbag that erupted and spewed metal fragments was first brought to the automaker’s attention in 2004. But both Honda and Takata wrote off the incident as “an anomaly.”

Although the first defective airbag was reported 10 years ago, a flawed reporting system throughout the auto industry covered up the seriousness of the issue. Honda was absolutely aware of the problem. It should have recalled these defective vehicles a long time ago.

The deaths and injuries should have never happened.

A Flawed System

The Times reports that automakers are allowed to use “a minimalist approach” when it comes to reporting vehicle safety defects, something that kept the explosive airbags from raising a red flag.

The Japanese automaker also failed to look into the matter and delayed recalling vehicles with the faulty Takata airbags until 2008. Just last month, Honda issued its ninth recall connected with the faulty airbags.

This brings the grand total of Honda and Acura vehicles recalled for this issue to six million.

What Consumers Should Know

These reports only tell us that automakers do not promptly recall vehicles although the law requires them to do so. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), despite its responsibility to hold automakers accountable for delayed recalls, rarely succeeds in doing that.

As with the delayed GM recall, which did nothing to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by the vehicles’ ignition recall, Honda got away dragging its feet on the airbag recalls. It’s the consumer who ultimately ends up paying the price.

Our legal practice has seen a number of victims who have been catastrophically injured due to defective vehicles that should have been recalled. Our law firm is committed to holding automakers and other defective product makers accountable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause.

We are always ready to fight for the rights of our injured clients so that we can make it clear to these corporations that it is never acceptable to put profits before people.

Ford Recalls Hybrid SUVs For Stalling Issues

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Ford Motor Company said it is issuing three new safety recall campaigns covering more than 76,000 vehicles.

According to a Detroit News report, the automaker said it is recalling 2005-08 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006-08 Mercury Mariner hybrid vehicles for a motor electronic coolant pump issue.

According to Ford, this issue can cause the part to fail, resulting in a sudden stall-like condition while driving. Such an engine stall without warning while driving may increase the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by these vehicle defects.

Three Recalls

This recall includes about 74,000 SUVs in the United States. In addition, Ford is recalling 400 2014 Focus, 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles and one 2014 Escape for a fuel delivery model issue. In these affected vehicles, a crack may develop between the fuel pump filter body and the filter cap, which may result in low fuel pressure, which may in turn cause malfunction indicator light illumination, extended crank, no start, loss of power, or engine stall.

Ford also announced a recall for 1,700 2014 F650 and F750 vehicles with Cummins ISB diesel engines for a fuel filter issue. According to Cummins, the bond that attaches the filter shell to the filter nut plate may fail on affected filters. If this occurs, the shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate.

The resulting fuel leak may cause the engine to stall without warning, increasing the risk of the crash. Cummins dealers will replace the suspect engine fuel filters at no cost to consumers when the recall begins.

Understand the Recall Notice

It is important for consumers to understand that even seemingly minor recalls can involve life-threatening defects and must not be ignored. If you get a recall notice, the first action to take is to read it carefully.

A recall notice will have the following information:

  • A description of the safety defect
  • Any risks or dangers including potential injury
  • Possible warning signs
  • What the fix is for the problem
  • When the repair will be available and how long it will take
  • Instructions on what to do next
  • Contact information for the manufacturer

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, it is important that you preserve the vehicle so an expert can examine it for potential defects and malfunctions.

An auto product law firm with experienced attorneys, access to resources and experts will be able to help victims and their families hold negligent automakers accountable for injuries, damages and losses caused by defective or recalled vehicles.

Documents Show GM Was Silent On Fatal Car Accidents

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A new report published by The New York Times casts doubts on how forthright General Motors was with federal regulators over a defective ignition switch that the automaker has linked to 13 deaths over the last 10 years.

The article gives the example of a car crash that killed Gene Erickson along a rural Texas road. The Saturn Ion in which he was traveling swerved into a tree and the airbags failed.

When the question arose as to why the airbags failed, GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it could not provide the answers.

But, just a month earlier, a GM engineer had concluded in an internal evaluation that More

Chrysler Vehicles Subject of Ignition Defect Investigations

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened two new investigations into more than 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles over ignition key complaints very similar to the ones in smaller General Motor vehicles that were linked to 13 deaths.

According to a Reuters news report, the Chrysler investigations are the result of NHTSA’s recent communication with vehicle makers and suppliers regarding airbag design and performance related to the position of the vehicle ignition switch.

Problems With Several Vehicle Models

The safety agency started looking into problems with More

The GM Ignition Switch Recall Takes A Turn

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The GM faulty ignition switch recall is one of the worse accounts of negligence in terms of vehicle safety.

And as it turns out, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys represented the first victim linked to the recall.

This video explains the history of the case:

GM ignition switch recall

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Report Shows Millions of Recalled Cars Were Sold Online in 2013

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New research has found that about 3.5 million cars that were recalled for various safety issues were listed for sale online in 2013.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, although 70 percent of people respond to defective auto safety recalls, millions of drivers still ignore them. They also have no problem putting them up for sale online.

Of course, this comes at a time when the number of problems relating to auto recalls is mounting.

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New Toyota Prius Vehicles Recalled Due to Software Glitch

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Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling all of the 1.9 million newest-generation Prius hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a programming error that would cause their gas-electric hybrid systems to shut down. According to a report in The New York Times, roughly half of the recalled Prius vehicles are in Japan while 713,000 are in North America and 130,000 are in Europe. Company officials say they are unaware of any accidents or injuries relating to this problem.

The Japanese automaker said problems in software settings on the newest Prius generation, which first went on sale in 2009, could stress and damage transistors. This could set off warning lights and prompt the vehicle to power down as part of a fail-safe mode. In some cases, the hybrid system might shut down as the vehicle is being driven result in loss of power and the vehicle coming to a stop. Owners will need to take the vehicle to a dealer to fix the problem. More

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