Report Shows Millions of Recalled Cars Were Sold Online in 2013

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Auto RecallsNew 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.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department following a criminal inquiry ordered More

New Toyota Prius Vehicles Recalled Due to Software Glitch

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airbag recallToyota 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

Chrysler Recalls 1.2 Million Trucks for Steering Defects

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Chrysler Group LLC has said it will conduct three auto defect recalls, which affect nearly 1.2 million pickup trucks that have a potentially faulty steering. According to a Detroit News report, the recall campaigns are targeting an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service. One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This defect could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Vehicles Involved in the Recall

Two other campaigns are being conducted to identify trucks known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. Vehicles included in these campaigns are: 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs. So far Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008 to 2012 2500 and 3500 trucks. When the recall begins, Chrysler will notify owners with instructions for making service appointments. A majority of the affected vehicles — about 968,000 — are in the United States and 157,000 are in Canada.

Dangerous Defects

There is no question that this is a dangerous defect that has the potential for serious injuries and fatalities. When the driver loses control of the steering, he or she may find it extremely difficult to regain control of the vehicle. In addition to causing injuries to the vehicle’s occupants, these types of defects could also harm passersby such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

If you have been injured as the result of dangerous or defective auto, it is important that you preserve the vehicle for a thorough inspection by a qualified expert. Although you may be tempted to repair your vehicle, that is not a good idea. In an auto product liability case, the vehicle is the most important piece of evidence. An experienced auto product liability lawyer will be able to advise injured victims or their families regarding their legal rights and options.

All Six Brakes on Tour Bus Failed in Fatal Yucaipa Crash

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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are saying that all brakes on a tour bus that crashed in February near Yucaipa, were defective, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fatal bus crash occurred Feb. 3 on Highway 38 when the tour bus careened off the roadway, killing seven passengers. NTSB investigators said 100 percent of the bakes on the tour bus were defective in some way. Investigators also determined that if the bus had been stopped for a roadside inspection, it surely would have been removed from service.

NTSB’s Findings

Shortly before the crash, in January, the bus operator, Scapadas Magicas, was scheduled for an annual inspection. However, that did not happen. The California Highway Patrol found that each of the six brakes on the bus had at least one condition. Safety officials have criticized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for failing to catch these offenders and get them off the roadway. Officials said some of the poorly performing companies have been on the FMCSA’s radar for violations, but were allowed to continue operating and were not closely scrutinized until they had been involved in deadly crashes.

Mechanical Failure

One of the most common causes of bus accidents is mechanical failure. Tire failure and brake failure often result in catastrophic bus crashes. It is the legal responsibility of bus companies to ensure that their vehicles are in proper condition. When bus companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles, they put passengers in grave danger. Bus companies have the highest duty of care to their passengers. This means that they are legally responsible for the safe transport of passengers.

Compensation for Victims

In cases where negligence on the part of the bus company caused the crash, injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for their losses as well. Injured victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled bus crash cases and helped hold negligent bus companies accountable.

Suzuki Recalls Motorcycles for Brake Problems

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Suzuki Motors of America has issued a recall for as many as 210,000 units of its 2004-2013 GSX-R sport bikes. According to Cycle News, the bikes are being recalled because of corrosion of the brake piston in combination with older brake fluid could result in reduction of fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. As a result, the front braking power may be reduced and increase the risk of a crash. The motorcycles being recalled include certain model year 2004-2013 GSX-R600s and GSX-R750s and 2005-2013 GSX-R1000s.

When the recall begins on November 4, Suzuki will be contacting the owners of the affected units, who in turn can take their GSX-Rs to Suzuki dealers for a free replacement of the front master cylinder. So far, no injuries have been reported as a result of these brake defects.

Brake Defects in Motorcycles

Motorcycles can be exhilarating to drive and they may also save riders a lot of money on gas. However, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Motorcyclists must deal not only with hazards on the roadway such as negligent drivers or dangerous roadway conditions, but also defective motorcycles. In this particular case, the brakes could become spongy because of an inherent defect in the motorcycle. As a result, the brakes may not work properly when needed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Injuries and Damages

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, road rash, spinal cord trauma and internal injuries. Injured victims of motorcycle accidents can file a product liability claim against the motorcycle manufacturer or the maker of a defective part, if the crash was caused by a defective product or motorcycle. In such cases injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Injured victims of motorcycle accidents would also be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best personal injury and product liability law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Feds Open Investigation into Jeep Liberty SUVs for Potential Fire Risks

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Federal safety regulators have started a preliminary investigation into 2012 Jeep Liberty SUVs for potential fire danger in the driver’s side door. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that it has received two reports of fires from consumers and at least one injury report.

Reports of Fires and Injury

The probe covers about 79,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs. In both instances, the fires allegedly started near the driver’s door power window switch. During the fires, the vehicles’ owners reported the windows and door locks started operating on their own. Drivers had to stop the vehicle and escape through the passenger side, the NHTSA report states.

The agency also stated that one vehicle caught fire a second time, even after it was repaired. Chrysler is said to be fully cooperating with the investigation. NHTSA will now examine the scope of these incidents in order to determine whether a recall would be warranted. So far, no recall plans have been announced either by NHTSA or Chrysler.

Prior Jeep Recall

In June, Chrysler recalled 2.7 million older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs for potential fuel tank fire risks. This recall came after a brief standoff with government safety regulators. At first, the company defiantly refused the government’s request to recall the Jeeps. But officials decided to avoid a public relations fiasco and move forward with the recall instead. NHTSA contended that the Jeep’s gas tank could rupture in the event of a rear-end collision. The safety agency also said 51 people had died in fiery crashes in Jeeps with gas tanks positioned behind the rear axle.

Liability Issues

The types of incidents reported by consumers with regard to the Jeep Liberty SUVs are truly worrisome. If the driver’s side door catches fire, it is extremely difficult for the driver to get out of the vehicle. This could result in catastrophic burn injuries or even death. I trust NHTSA will conduct a thorough analysis of these defects so that the situation can be rectified as consumers are safe in these vehicles. Anyone who has been injured as the result of an auto defect can seek compensation for injuries and damages by filing an auto product liability claim. The best auto defect law firms will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.

Kia Sorento Recalled for Front Axle Problems

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Kia is issuing an auto defect recall for certain 2014 model Kia Sorento crossover SUVs for a front axle issue that may result in an axle fracture. According to a news report in The Washington Post, this is the same problem that led to the recall of 20,300 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossover SUVs.  A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) web site puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the Kia recall at 9,345. Affected vehicles are 2014 Kia Sorento crossover SUVs equipped with the 2.4-liter engine and front wheel drive. More

Chrysler Recalls Minivans for Airbag Defects

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Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because of defective side airbags that can deploy on the wrong side in the crash. According to a news report in The Associated Press, affected models include the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and Ram Cargo Van. The recall campaign involves 224,000 vehicles in the United States. More

Toyota Recalls Prius and Lexus Hybrids for Brake Defects

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Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles due to issues with their braking systems. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the recall involves about 233,000 Prius vehicles manufactured between March and October 2009 and about 9,000 Lexus HS250h models made between June and October 2009. Toyota officials said the brake pressure parts in the vehicles are made of a weak material that could crack due to vibrations, slowing response times.

So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of these brake defects. About 91,000 of these recalled vehicles were sold in North America and another 30,000 were sold in Europe. Toyota had to issue millions of vehicles in 2009 and 2010 for a series of problems including faulty breaking, sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats, which caused the vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly.

The Danger of Brake Defects

A vehicle’s brake system is probably one of the most important safety features when it comes to keeping drivers and vehicle occupants safe on the road. Being able to stop promptly and safely can save drivers from accidents or from hitting other vehicles or pedestrians. Often, we see that vehicle recalls involving brake defects are not issued until problems have been spotted or injuries and deaths have occurred as a result.

Sometimes, brake failure can occur without warning. However, often, there are a few telltale symptoms when it comes to brake problems including difficulty stopping, pulling to one side, spongy feeling on the brakes, brake pedal vibration and unusual sounds coming from brakes such as squeaking, clicking or grinding. Brake defects can cause accidents, which could result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities.

Auto Product Liability Issues

Auto product defects may occur as a result of a mistake made during the manufacturing process or as a result of design flaws. Often times, we also see that automakers use inferior or substandard parts to save money and maximize their profits. Anyone who has been involved in a car crash would be well advised to preserve the vehicle in its current, crashed condition so it can be thoroughly examined for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Injured victims or families of deceased victims can file an auto product liability claim seeking compensation for damages. An experienced auto product liability lawyer will stay on top of the investigation and help injured victims and their families pursue justice and fair compensation for their significant losses.

General Motors Recalls New Cadillac SUVs for Dangerous Defect

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General Motors Company is issuing a vehicle defect recall for nearly 20,000 new Cadillac SRX SUVs for faulty wheel lug nuts. According to a news report in The Detroit News, GM has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is recalling 18,871 of the 2013 SRX SUVs in the United States and nearly 1,000 in Canada due to concerns that a wheel could eventually fall off, posing a serious safety issue.

Loose Wheel Lug Nuts

The Detroit automaker has been investigating the issue of wheel nuts coming loose since October 2012. General Motors said that it determined that the wheel nuts with blue-tint Teflon topcoat could loosen. In March and April, the automaker reported receiving six reports from consumers of noise and other issues caused by loose lug buts.

However, a company spokesman says the automaker has not received any reports of wheels falling out. Owners could experience creaking, rattling or grinding noises from the loose wheels or vibrations from the steering. When the recall begins in June, GM dealers will remove and reinstall the nuts and rotate the tires at no cost to consumers.

Prior GM Recall

This is the second recall of the Cadillac SRX models since March of this year. In March, GM recalled about 26,500 model-year 2013 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles and 2013 Buick Lacrosse sedans to address a potential software problem that could increase the risk of a crash. This problem involved an issue that could cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode removing a transmission-related engine braking effect.

Auto Product Liability Issues

These are without question dangerous auto defects that could result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. When a vehicle’s wheel comes loose, there is very little opportunity even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle. In addition to the defective vehicle’s occupants, surrounding pedestrians and other motorists are also in danger of getting hurt.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an auto defect, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced auto products liability lawyer who will fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your losses. Following the crash, it is critical that the vehicle in question is preserved for a thorough inspection by a qualified expert who will help determine if defects, malfunctions or design flaws played a part in the crash.

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