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The Relationship Between Liability Claims And Vehicle Recalls

The Relationship Between Liability Claims and Vehicle RecallsThe process for a vehicle recall can be lengthy and incredibly complex. However, it typically begins when the agency receives consumer complaints or other information that may indicate a safety defect that could ultimately endanger the public if not addressed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will then analyze petitions that are requesting a safety defect investigation, investigate the alleged safety defect, and then manage the recall and determine the recalls effectiveness.

Even after the NHTSA puts a recall in place, the manufacturer still has the right to appeal the decision that was made.

Voluntary Recalls

Sometimes the manufacturer, even without the guidance or suggestion from the NHTSA, will initiate a recall when they discover a potential defect through their own safety inspections.

Once the manufacturer has determined the need for a recall, they must then notify the NHTSA of their decision along with car dealers, distributors, and vehicle owners. They can then choose to repair the defect at no cost, replace the defective equipment at no cost, or issue the owner a refund.

Even when the manufacturer voluntarily initiates the recall, they are still not released from any liability... ...read full post

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Recall Notices And Liability: Who Pays For A Faulty Vehicle Accident?

  Recall Notices And Liability: Who Pays For A Faulty Vehicle Accident?The number of automotive recalls has gone way up in recent years. Partly that’s because some of the biggest national and international recalls of all time have happened one after another, and partly it’s because automakers are responding to these big recalls by being extra careful and issuing more recalls for smaller problems. Also, new vehicles are much more complicated than older models, so they have more parts and more software that can go wrong.

If an automaker creates a vehicle with a serious safety problem and someone gets hurt because of it, the law is clear: whether they knew about the problem or not, they are at fault for selling a dangerous and unpredictable product. If they found out about the fault and then tried to hide the problem from regulators and the public, then they could also face charges and fines from the government. But what happens if a faulty part causes an accident after the company finds the problem and sends out a recall notice?

A Recall Notice Doesn’t Pin Responsibility On The Consumer

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Hire An Accident Attorney If Injuries Occur From An Automotive Recall

Hire An Accident Attorney If Injuries Occur From An Automotive RecallCars seem to be flying off assembly lines faster than ever before these days. The vehicles come equipped with the latest technologies, gadgets, and gizmos to make the user driving experience as convenient, comfortable, and safe as possible. When these pieces of machinery make it to the market, they are deemed safe for consumers to use, and the manufacturers are held liable for any damages that their products cause. However, these large corporations have the legal teams and resources needed to take these types of claims the distance. The lawyers use tactics like getting victims to sign documents that diminish their rights to compensation, and they stop at virtually nothing to prevent their client from having to pay a fair settlement amount.

Don't let these agents discredit your claim and attempt to shift blame towards driver error. Instead, hire an accident attorney to fight for what you deserve, and always with your best interests in mind. Our lawyer has had a substantial amount of success over the years, so feel free to visit the results section... ...read full post

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What To Do If Your Auto Is Recalled

What To Do If Your Auto Is Recalled No one wants to receive that dreaded letter in the mail telling them that their car or truck is being recalled for a safety-related defect. From the Ford F-150 to the Honda Accord, vehicles of any make and model can be subject to a recall at some point during ownership. Most people are alarmed when they receive the recall letter, but keeping cool and following the proper steps is essential to getting a vehicle repaired and back on the road safely.

Read Through The Recall Letter

Recall letters are sent out to vehicle owners when a manufacturer, or the NHTSA, finds that a vehicle does not comply with a federal safety standard. They can also be sent out when a safety-related defect is found on a specific make and model. Receiving a recall letter is no cause to panic; simply read through and follow the instructions.

The letter is very detailed and will explain:

• The reason for the recall and a description of the defective part
• Hazard risks including the type of injuries the defect can cause
• Warning signs that could indicate a problem
•... ...read full post

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The Same Old Airbag Issues Could Leave You In Need Of An Attorney This Year

 The Same Old Airbag Issues Could Leave You In Need Of An Attorney This YearAirbags are safety devices that inflate upon impact to prevent a person's head from hitting the steering wheel or dash. Nobody ever really thinks about the equipment until it is needed, but when a failure occurs the consequences can be drastic. Substantial amounts of vehicles have been recalled over the past decade or so due to the canisters exploding and causing injuries. The fragmented pieces leave behind punctures, lacerations, and sometimes they even result in loss of life. Seatbelts, anti-lock brakes, and countless other items are supposed to keep vehicle operators and passengers safe. However, when a malfunction or defect is present, these devices tend to cause more harm than good.

Pay Particular Attention To This Recall Notice If You Are A Volkswagen Owner

Volkswagen Group of America began issuing recalls in February on a potential 97,440 affected units. This number is massive, so the probability of one or more of them being located in Florida is high. The excessive internal pressure in the driver's frontal airbag may cause the inflator to explode upon impact.... ...read full post

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This Automotive Recall Increases The Risk Of A Crash

This Automotive Recall Increases The Risk Of A CrashAny time automotive and recall are used in the same sentence, a person's mind instantly jumps to an airbag canister explosion. This act happens because the Takata corporation has been atop headlines for years and years. The entire situation is etched into our brain because of its lasting implications, and it will not just go away quickly. Most people are familiar with the case, but for those who are not, the canisters explode upon inflation, and they send shrapnel throughout the cab of the vehicle. The issue led to many injuries, deaths, and eventually forced the organization to file for bankruptcy. However, many other intricate pieces allow a car to function safely and correctly.

Not too long ago there was a problem with GM ignition switches. The switch was inadvertently slipping out of the run position, which caused the vehicle's engine to stall. This act also resulted in the loss of power steering and caused the driver to lose control. In the mid-90s, various Ford owners sustained injuries from faulty Firestone tires on their cars, which also resulted in many wrongful deaths. All of... ...read full post

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Seeking Repairs For An Automotive Recall

Seeking Repairs for an Automotive RecallEvery once in awhile you may be faced with a safety recall that affects your vehicle. If you find this to be true of your vehicle, it is important that you contact the manufacturer immediately in order to receive the proper repairs to maintain the safety of your vehicle.

Even if you are not the original owner of the vehicle, you will still qualify for the recall repairs. The statute of limitations regarding no-charge recalls is eight years from the original sale date. Recalls are considered safety issues, and if not addressed they can cause personal injury or other accidents to occur. Therefore, the recall repairs are free of charge.


The Basics of Auto Recalls


To find out if there are any recalls on your vehicle, you should visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall portal to receive updates and valuable information regarding current vehicle recalls.

A recall is placed on a vehicle when the manufacturer has determined that a defective component may potentially cause harm and injury to the occupants. Some common auto recalls include the tires and the airbags of the vehicle.

Other recalls include broken or... ...read full post

Finding Out Your Child’s Toy Has Been Recalled

Finding Out Your Child’s Toy Has Been RecalledToy or product recalls are requests to return a specific product back to the manufacturer after safety issues or other defects have been discovered regarding the item. These defects and problems may have the potential to harm the consumer or put the manufacturer at risk for further legal action.


Consumer Product Safety Commission


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent United States agency that is part of the government, and they are responsible for helping to protect consumers from the unreasonable risks that may be associated with certain products being sold.

They work to create and develop voluntary standards with the industry, issue and enforce mandatory standards, obtain product recalls, conduct research on potential hazards, and inform and educate consumers through the media, as well as state and local governments.

If you feel that you have a product that is defective and may cause injury or already has caused injury, then you can contact them and report and unsafe consumer product. You can also go to their website at www.SaferProducts.gov to see if any products or toys you currently have in your home... ...read full post

2017 Auto Recalls Are High, But Way Below 2016

2017 Auto Recalls Are High, But Way Below 2016As 2017 comes to a close, the number of automobile recalls has totaled up to around 28 million. That’s certainly a big number, especially since popular models tend to sell a few hundred thousand each year, but it’s nowhere near 2016’s 53 million recalls.


Back To Business As Usual


The main reason for the sudden drop is because of the one big recall that made recall numbers skyrocket in the first place: the Takata airbags. Takata’s faulty airbag design meant that in some cases drivers were getting metal shrapnel thrown at their faces instead of an air cushion, resulting in several fatalities and a total of 41 million recall notices issued between several companies from 2014-16. The high numbers were also the result of other high-profile recalls like the GM ignition switches.

Fewer than half of the needed recall repairs on Takata airbags have taken place even now. Partly that’s because of how many replacement parts need installing, and partly it’s because car owners don’t always give recall notices as much attention as they should.

But, for the most part, the automakers with... ...read full post

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Improving The Communication System For Auto Recalls

Improving The Communication System For Auto Recalls The Takata airbag recall will forever change the way auto recalls are conducted in the United States. The recall, which bankrupted Takata while affecting over 40 million U.S. vehicles, has resulted in at least 18 deaths to date. At least seven of the drivers who died received notice of the recall after it was too late.

Companies have begun to undertake massive outreach campaigns to contact drivers, using methods previously unseen in the United States. This campaign, which has included social media outreach and direct door-to-door contact, has been done in an effort to save lives and reduce liability for automakers. By providing direct notice to owners, automakers reduce their chances of being held liable for damages.

As a result of the massive recall, there could also be updates to databases that contain driver information. These updates would simplify outreach in case of future recalls.


Maryland Could Pave The Way


Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration was recently awarded a federal grant worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help coordinate a database that connected recall information with vehicle registrations. The plan is designed... ...read full post

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Following Up On An Auto Recall

Following Up On An Auto RecallThe Takata airbag recall has been one of the primary reasons a record number of U.S. vehicles have been recalled this year. If your vehicle has been affected by a recall, it’s important to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
Why Should You Follow Up On An Auto Recall?

The most important reason to follow up on an auto recall is pretty clear. Taking action to replace a defective product that’s been recalled can save the life of you and your family. If a recall is issued, it is done so for a reason. By the time a recall has been issued, there have already been at least a dozen accidents proving that the product in question is defective. Continuing to drive around with a defective part can drastically increase your chances of being harmed.

For many companies, an auto recall is a measure of last resort. There’s no reason to drive a car around knowing that a part needs to be replaced or repaired. Safety is one of the many factors people weigh when buying a new car. Why would drivers neglect their vehicle’s safety... ...read full post

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Auto Recalls Continue To Hit All-Time Highs

Auto Recalls Continue To Hit All-Time HighsSince 2011, the number of vehicles affected by auto-recalls has been increasing. Although this may sound concerning, it’s actually indicative of awareness by drivers, auto manufacturers, and government officials, who have then taken steps to correct potentially fatal mistakes.

However, there are a number of vehicles in the United States that have been subject to recall, but have gone unrepaired. As a result, auto companies have recently begun making efforts to reach out to affected customers.


Auto Recalls At An All-Time High


In 2011, there were 13.6 million vehicles in the United States impacted by auto recalls. This year, there have been 53 million vehicles involved in 927 recalls, although most of that is thanks to the Takata airbag recall. The Takata recall is responsible for 42 million recalls, impacting 19 automakers.

Unfortunately, recent statistics have indicated that nearly a third of vehicles on American roads have been a part of a recall but have gone unrepaired, even though auto recall repairs do not cost the driver anything. There are a number of reasons why this may be the case. Some drivers may openly ignore... ...read full post

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Avoid Burns And Needing An Attorney By Knowing About These Recalls

Avoid Burns And Needing An Attorney By Knowing About These RecallsYou may ask why we share information about recalls with you since we are a law firm, but the answer is actually, straightforward. We are just regular people like you, and we do not want to see anyone become hurt. However, our firm also believes that when clients deserve fair compensation for injuries, then they should be able to receive it, to help them pay for medical bills, and other necessities. Law firms for manufacturers go out of their way to prove that the consumer did something wrong, which caused the product to become faulty. Put a winning and proven commodity in your corner, if you sustain an injury, to help you determine fault, in cases like these, when another party needs to be held accountable for their actions.

Increased Fire And Explosion Hazards

YSN Imports Inc., DBA Flame King, has issued recall number 17-186 on about 24,000 refillable propane cylinders. They provide fuel for outdoor appliances such as grills, and the company has received reports about the connector unscrewing. As you can imagine, leaking gas can have grave consequences, which can hinder... ...read full post

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Another Day, Another Takata Air Bag Recall, Which May Leave You Needing An Attorney

Another Day, Another Takata Air Bag Recall, Which May Leave You Needing An AttorneyUnless you have been living under a rock, or have no access to electricity, the Internet, or social media, then you have likely heard of the massive automotive recalls surrounding Takata air bags. They have been the topic of conversation for a few years now, simply because of the dire consequences that their failure has to a person's livelihood. Serious personal injuries can occur, and in some cases, a loss of life can occur.

Have you been injured in an automotive accident? If so, do you believe that a faulty part is to blame for your pain and suffering? Answering yes to these two questions may entitle you to just and fair compensation, and we would be more than happy to walk you through the process. Our firm is prepared to go the full distance with the law firms representing companies of these products. However, our reputation precedes us, and these attorneys often settle out of court. Contact our office for a free case review to see what your options are.

No Schedule, Recall Numbers, Or Models... ...read full post

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A Brake-Related Recall That Everyone Needs To Be Aware Of To Prevent Injuries From Occurring

A Brake-Related Recall That Everyone Needs To Be Aware Of To Prevent Injuries From OccurringMost people go out of their way to avoid injuries, as they are typically painful and can change their way of life. We tend to accept that minor bruises, scrapes, and even sprains are going to happen. However, many of us go through our entire lives without receiving more extensive and life-altering injuries, but when products and vehicles malfunction, that can change in the blink of an eye. A brake system failure can have a lasting impact, so spreading information like this is essential to our safety.

The emergence of utility vehicles offers consumers with a convenient way to do many of their outdoor chores, as well as, a fun toy to play on. Just imagine, you load up the weekly trash cans in the back, and start taking them towards the road for pickup, only to have the brakes fail. As you can see, this can have devastating consequences if you roll into oncoming traffic, or hit an immovable object. Have you been injured in an accident due to a faulty piece of equipment? If the... ...read full post

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Things That Every Parent Needs To Know About This Toy Recall

Things That Every Parent Needs To Know About This Toy RecallAs parents, we tend to do everything in our power to keep our little angels safe. They are fragile like a package coming in the mail, but it is not as if we can wrap them in bubble wrap to prevent an injury from occurring. Watching their bright eyes and beautiful smile light up, upon giving them the perfect toy, is a priceless moment. However, it is important to remember that regardless of how cute, cuddly, and soft a toy is, it may still pose an injury risk to your child, which is exactly the case with this recall.

Manufacturers test products extensively to make sure items are safe for use by the public. However, now and then one may slip through these protocols and increase the chances of a person becoming injured. Legal action may not be the right choice for everyone, but when expensive medical bills start piling up, and it becomes hard to keep your electricity on, these tasks may become a necessity. If you, your child, or someone else becomes injured from a product recall, contact... ...read full post

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Important Information Regarding Injuries And Your Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle

Important Information Regarding Injuries And Your Recreational Off-Highway VehicleFlorida offers some of the finest mud holes, sandy locations, and wooded areas to disappear, away from the traffic, to play around on your Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV). Mud holes, sandy dunes, and wooded locations are prime locations to relax, unwind, and have some fun. Of course, this act can be looked upon as a dangerous activity, in itself, and people purchase helmets, and various other safety equipment in an attempt to prevent injuries. However, the one thing they typically do not account for is a problem occurring with their ROV. It is notable to mention that they are human-made and eventually a part may become broken, due to the harsh conditions involved with their use.

What exactly happens if you sustain an injury from a defective part on your ROV, from no fault of your own? If the damage is from a faulty part or a negligent act you may be entitled to compensation. Proving that one party or another other is to blame, is an entirely different ball game. Shared responsibility is possible, as the manufacturer, part maker, or another party... ...read full post

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Exercising To Stay In Shape Could Leave You Hurt And In Need Of A Personal Injury Attorney

Exercising To Stay In Shape Could Leave You Hurt And In Need Of A Personal Injury AttorneyWho knew that attempting to lose the spare tire around your waist could be so dangerous? There are a million things that can go wrong while exercising. Too much of this, or too little of that, and your world can turn upside down in a matter of seconds. Tweaking a muscle, becoming sore, and even nausea are common symptoms associated with a workout routine. Overexerting yourself can lead to more serious complications like a stroke or heart attack, but it is not often that we expect the equipment that we are using to be the culprit behind an injury, or at least not a malfunctioning workout tool.

Recall Issued In July Due To Impact Hazard

Core Health & Fitness issued a recall on five styles of Inspiration Cable Cross Over and Dual Adjustable Pulley machines. The height adjusting carriage assembly may loosen, causing the unit to fall on the user, which can result in severe personal injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the equipment, and contact the company's customer service department at 800-598-8541 for a... ...read full post

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A Stalled Out Vehicle On The Highway Is An Accident Waiting To Happen

A Stalled Out Vehicle On The Highway Is An Accident Waiting To HappenAnyone that has ever experienced a flat tire knows that the side of the road is not a safe place to be hanging out. For that matter, just walking along the side of the highway can prove to be a dangerous task. We live in an age where we expect our products, vehicles, and everything else between to be reliable, safe, and convenient. Why shouldn't we? Breakthroughs in technology, science, and various other areas of society are supposed to make our lives better, but what happens when they have the opposite effect?

The world is dangerous enough without vehicle recalls being added to the equation, but unfortunately, it appears as if they are here to stay. We must make every effort to remain safe, keep our children and other passengers, as well as people in other vehicles free of harm. Keep reading information like this, and pass the info along, to contribute to the efforts. Have you, or another person that you know, been injured in an accident that is related to an auto recall? If so, you may... ...read full post

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An Increased Risk Of Personal Injury Stems From This Switch-Related Recall

An Increased Risk Of Personal Injury Stems From This Switch-Related RecallWhat happens when an aftermarket part is to blame for you sustaining a personal injury? These manufacturers accept responsibilities whenever they decide their product is safe for use by consumers. However, proving fault in cases like these is not always the simplest of tasks, as it can turn into a, he said, she said kind of arguments. Small and large companies often have law firms on a retainer, and they are looking for any evidence, regardless of how insignificant you may think it is, to discredit your claim.

Hopefully, posts like these can help you to remain happy, healthy, and out of harm's way, but we are here to represent you, should the need arise. Our personalized service goes above and beyond, to ensure that you receive service that is exceptional, especially considering the dire circumstances, which are bringing you to our office. Allow us the opportunity to show you, why so many residents of Ft. Myers and the surrounding areas, have trusted us to get them the compensation that they rightfully deserve.

A Potential 424 Affected Units

This recall may... ...read full post

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A Closer Look At The Takata Recall

A Closer Look At The Takata Recall Product recalls are nothing new, but these days it seems as though there are more than ever before. In the auto world, automotive recalls are made to help protect manufacturers as well as consumers - the recall helps keep motorists safe, and helps protect automakers from lawsuits.

Recently, the most significant automotive recall in history has gotten larger. The initial recall for Takata airbags were originally believed to be related to warmer climates with high humidity that would lead to faulty inflation of the airbags. But now, even those airbags in drier climates have been determined to be at risk. As such, the recall has been expanded by a large number.

The Recall

Takata was recently ordered to add more than 2.7 million vehicles to its ongoing airbag recall. These new recalls add to the numbers already associated with the existing recall, creating some staggering statistics.

Just take a look at the basic numbers related to the Takata recall.

More than 70 million of the airbags have been recalled in the US
More than 100 million have been recalled globally
11 Americans have been killed due to... ...read full post

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Recent Auto Recalls

Recent Auto RecallsAuto recalls happen when a vehicle or parts manufacturer produce a faulty product. These faulty parts can create the conditions that put consumers in jeopardy, leading to accident or injury. Nearly every month there is a new auto recall and it is important, that if you are a vehicle owner that you stay up to date on the latest recalls. To keep you informed, we at All Injuries Law Firm have collected the recalls issued so far this summer:

Toyota Tacoma Pickups

Toyota is recalling 36,000 Tacoma pickups with V6 engines manufacturer between 2016-2017. The vehicles are being recalled because they can stall without warning. Toyota says that the stalling is the result of an engine crankshaft timing rotor being produced with an excessive anti-corrosion coating. This can cause the crank position sensor to malfunction leading to misfiring and stalling. To date, there have been no reports of injuries or accidents as a result of the recalled part. However, Toyota is advising vehicle owners to bring their vehicles to an authorized Toyota dealer to have the part replaced for free. You can read more about the recall on the Toyota website here.... ...read full post

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All Parents Should Be Informed Regarding This Product Recall

All Parents Should Be Informed Regarding This Product RecallAny product recall that pertains to a child’s health and well-being should never be taken lightly. Manufacturers often recall products before an actual occurrence happens, but sometimes, one can slip through the cracks. The product in question could pose a choking risk to your little one. The potentially affected toys are manufactured by the Douglas company and include…
 
 

Oliver the Bear
Chewie the English Bulldog
Charlotte the Fox

These are soft and cuddly stuffed animals that kids enjoy keeping close to them. However, it has been brought to the company’s attention that the eyes may detach or loosen from the toys. Cuddling, and playing with them, could pose an increased choking risk to your child. Personal injuries can be sustained and that is never acceptable when our children are involved.

Distributed By A Foundation And Sold To Consumers

There are approximately 25,000 of these items in circulation, so it is very important to be on the look out for them in your household. They were sold nationwide at stores, but they were also distributed to various individuals and organizations by the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Check your... ...read full post

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Small Recall Information Deserves Some Attention Too

Small Recall Information Deserves Some Attention TooThe chances are that if you have looked on social media or turned on the television, you have heard about the controversies and discrepancies that have to do with automotive air bags. That is good because important information was passed along to you, the consumer, in a way that stuck in your head. It is important to note that some of the smaller automotive related recalls can just as easily increase your risks of sustaining an injury or becoming involved in a crash as a bigger recall.

Small In Potentially Affected Units

Honda is expected to issue a recall in June on a potential 16 affected models, and yes, that is a one and a six, and not a misprint. Although the number is small, and the chances of you being affected are slim, it could still happen. The process is supposed to begin on June 5th and includes…

Certain 2015-2016 Honda CR-V vehicles having recently had a replacement engine installed

The pistons that were installed in the engine may have been the wrong ones required for that particular engine. This can affect engine performance and may even cause... ...read full post

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There Are Over 1-Million Potentially Affected Units Expected In This Automotive Recall

There Are Over 1-Million Potentially Affected Units Expected In This Automotive RecallChrysler is expected to begin the process of a massive recall in June. There are a potential 1,021,279 affected certain model year 2013-2016 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 vehicles. Why is this important to you? Have you looked on our highways lately? There seems to be a Dodge truck everywhere you look, and this recall can affect the safety, and well-being, of any occupant inside one of these vehicles.

Important Things To Know About This Automotive Recall

Trucks are meant to do things like go off road, and play in the mud, but in this case, it could affect your vehicle in a way that can harm all of the occupants inside. This type of driving, or debris striking your vehicle, can cause a fault within the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). This little piece of equipment operates the rollover side-curtain airbags and the seat belt pre-tensioner. In the event of a crash or a vehicle rollover, the air bags may not deploy.

This can increase your risks of becoming injured significantly, whether you are the driver, or a passenger,... ...read full post

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Burn Hazards Pose A Threat To Your Safety

Burn Hazards Pose A Threat To Your Safety It is not often that you get 2 products recalled for virtually the same reason at just about the same time, but in this rare occurrence, that is exactly what happened. Getting scalded by hot coffee, or another beverage can leave you with minor, or major injuries, depending on the temperature of the product in question. Many of us enjoy a hot cup of Joe every morning in our convenient cups, that are cool to the touch, in our vehicles. If you burn yourself while driving, this could also increase your risks of becoming involved in an accident.

Product Recall 17-157 Issued By Michaels

Sold in Michael’s stores nationwide between March and April of 2017, these ceramic travel mugs of the company’s brand, Celebrate It, have lids that do not fit securely and can result in leakage. How does just a little liquid coming from the lid hurt you? Typically, we drink hot beverages out of these types of cups, so even a small amount, at a high temperature, can cause a burn. It is also notable to mention that these cups do... ...read full post

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It Is A Brand New Day, So Obviously, There Is A New Air Bag Recall

It Is A Brand New Day, So Obviously, There Is A New Air Bag RecallIt seems as if every time you flip on the news or peek at Facebook and Twitter, there is a new airbag recall smacking you in the face. This is good news and bad. It is great because someone is looking out for our best interests, but it is bad because it seems as if the onslaught is never going to end. Malfunctioning air bags can leave you injured, afraid, and worried about how you are going to pay your bills. You may rightfully be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact our office for a free case review if you have been injured in an air bag-related recall to find out your options.

55,068 Potentially Affected Units

General Motors is expected to issue a recall on certain 2016-2017 Chevrolet Spark vehicles. There is not an immediate remedy as one is still in the developmental stage, but owners are supposed to be contacted by the company about this issue. Owners can also contact the GM customer service department for more information. Supply the representative with the... ...read full post

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been Recalled

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been RecalledA product recall from a car manufacturer may seem to a car owner to be a big inconvenience in both time and the ability to travel. In reality however, a product recall is simply a car manufacturer being responsible—and scared enough—of the possibility of a lawsuit that they are doing the right thing. Car recalls mean that there is a widespread manufacturing defect with a product, and, when used under certain conditions, people can come to harm through no fault of their own.

If you own last year’s Mitsubishi Outlander, then you will definitely want to give this some serious thought, as the car manufacturer has announced a recall.

Doors & Heat

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs have been publicly recalled. Mitsubishi has discovered a flaw in approximately 36000 vehicles in this series that put Florida drivers in particular at risk.

The inside door latch that keeps doors securely closed has a design flaw in this model. When exposed to high temperatures, there is a chance that the latch will fail and the door will open by itself. At high speeds, this means that people in... ...read full post

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Increased Risk Of Injury And Other Related Recall News

Increased Risk Of Injury And Other Related Recall NewsThere is enough risk of injury involved in everyday life, without our vehicles adding to it. However, every vehicle owner understands that there are certain risks involved with owning and operating a car. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., is issuing a recall for 35,674 potentially affected units. Affected units include certain…

2016 Outlander vehicles
2016 Outlander Sport vehicles

The mechanical components of the inside door latch may not fasten securely in high temperatures. What does that mean for you? Your door may unexpectedly open, increasing your risk of injury. Falling out of a vehicle that is parked is bad enough, but if it happens while the vehicle is moving, your injuries can become life altering.

If you become injured due to a malfunctioning part, you should not have to pay for a company’s mistake. You may be entitled to compensation that will help with medical bills and other expenses. This information is designed with the intent of making you aware to avoid such accidents, but if you become hurt, contact our lawyers for a free case review.

Another Fastener/Latch Related Recall

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Information About 3 Product Recalls To Help Keep You Safe

Information About 3 Product Recalls To Help Keep You SafeIt seems as if recalls have become a way of life in modern society. We have come to accept the fact that anything man-made can have imperfections. However, when it comes to things like mislabeled packaging or negligence by a company, someone should be held accountable if you are injured by the product.

Food allergies are an unfortunate part of life that many of us have to deal with. A company that does not include items, such as peanuts, to the label is putting these people’s lives in jeopardy. Our lawyers are knowledgeable about all aspects of the law. We are big enough to have the financial needs to handle your case, but we also handle every case on an individual basis to give you the best possible outcome.

Many times, automotive recalls get all of the headlines. Air bags have gotten most of the attention lately, but what about other items that are recalled? Consumers need to be made aware of them to help them remain safe. Stay informed and keep you and your loved ones safe.

3 Recalls That You Should Know About

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Target Issues A Recall On Approximately 560,000 Units

Target Issues A Recall On Approximately 560,000 UnitsEaster has come and gone. Your children had a blast opening their baskets and hunting for eggs. They will be enjoying candy and toys for weeks but this recall could have an adverse effect on their overall health. Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino are the toys that are being recalled. They were sold at Target stores nationwide between February and March of 2017. The toys will have one of two model numbers printed on the packaging or an inside label which are…

Model number- 234-25-1200
Model number- 234-09-0016

Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs come in a variety of colors which include pink, purple or blue. When water is added into the equation they become either a white or brown bunny or a butterfly. The Easter Grow Toys include a yellow chick or a white or brown bunny. The Hatch Your Own Dino toys are either green and yellow, or purple, and they include 1 of 11 dinosaurs.

Keep Your Child Safe

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Unexpected Vehicle Movement Can Occur From This Ford Recall

Unexpected Vehicle Movement Can Occur From This Ford RecallFord is issuing a recall for certain 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks. These vehicles are equipped with 6.2L engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions. There is a potential problem with the park rod actuating plate. This damage plate can result in unexpected vehicle movement, which increases the chances of you becoming injured or involved in a crash.

To make matters worse, there are no parts available yet to correct the problem. The company is expected to notify owners of the potential hazards sometime in April. As soon as remedy parts become available, owners will be notified a second time through the mail. There are a potential 48,443 affected units involved. Ford’s recall number is 17C06 and owners should contact their customer service department for more information.

Tips To Keep You And Your Family Safe

If you suspect that your vehicle is involved in this recall, it is of the utmost importance to remain vigilant in your quest to keep you and your family safe. We are here if you need us, for any type of personal injury needs, but your safety should... ...read full post

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What Happens If You Ignore A Recall?

What Happens If You Ignore A Recall?A product recall is usually a voluntary action taken by a company when it is discovered that something they manufacture may inadvertently contain a design defect that can cause injury to people. In some cases, this is a purely accidental situation, such as a recent recall from the Disney corporation where it was discovered the some children’s wear posed an injury threat through accidental strangulation from a particular line of clothing. In other cases, such as the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal, deliberate deception was involved and eventually uncovered proving false performance claims on a supposedly fuel efficient vehicle.

In cases where a product recall is announced due to injury risk, the company is taking a very aggressive, proactive stance to try and prevent personal injury lawsuits. They understand that this is a widespread, manufacturing defect, and they are taking responsibility by trying to get the dangerous product away from the public so that no one will get harmed.

So what happens if you have a car that is subject to a product recall and you do nothing? If you are later injured by that same product defect, do... ...read full post

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Subaru Making Recalls On 2017 Imprezas Among Others

Subaru Making Recalls On 2017 Imprezas Among Others  Subaru has announced the second in some recent recalls to their Impreza and Legacy models. The Ministry of Economy and Commerce with the Mannai Trading Company has issued recalls on the 2010-2014 models of these cars due to a faulty air injector pump. The company has also released a recall for the MY2017 Impreza due to a malfunctioning reverse camera.



2017 Subaru Impreza Recall

The new vehicles come equipped with a backup camera in the dashboard, as many newer vehicles do, to help guide you in the blind areas of your reverse position. There have been reported glitches with the new model's camera as it will freeze on one spot. While, we should all be able to back up without a camera safely, if one has become reliant on the camera or is simply looking at it when it freezes this breeds potential danger in distraction and confusion.

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Important Information About An Automobile Safety Recall

Important Information About An Automobile Safety RecallWhen driving a car off of the lot we assume that the car is safe, reliable and that it adds convenience to our life. Automobile accidents can occur from faulty components, or even from manufacturer negligence. Consumers need to be kept in the loop when it comes to motor vehicle recalls because safety should always be a top priority.

Should you receive a personal injury from a recall, you should seek a reputable and proven law firm to represent you. We always have the best interests of our client in mind. Whenever possible, we would rather you avoid personal injuries altogether, but should the need arise we can help you through this stressful process.

Nissan North America

Beginning on December 12, 2016, Nissan North America, Inc, began recalling certain models of vehicles. ABS brake fluid may leak onto circuit board components causing an increased risk of fire. By not addressing this problem damage to your vehicle or home may occur. Damage may occur to other homes, buildings, and vehicles as well. Personal injuries may also be sustained. There are over 120,000 potentially affected vehicles, so it... ...read full post

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Automotive Safety Recall Expected In April

Automotive Safety Recall Expected In AprilThe seat belt anchor pretensioners of certain models of Hyundai vehicles are behind this expected recall. The seat belt can detach from the anchor, resulting in an increased chance of injury. There are as many as 977,000 vehicles that are expected to be affected by this recall. That is an extremely high number for an item that is so critical to ensuring safety.

Severe injuries can occur from these anchors coming loose. The risks of a head, back, or neck injury increases significantly. You never know when, where, or how an accident is going to occur. If you did, you would likely avoid driving at all during that time. However, since most of us don’t have the ability to see into the future, staying informed about issues like these is imperative.

The company has reported that only one minor incident has been reported when dealing with this issue. In September, it came to their attention that a belt became detached in a 2013 Sonata after a collision. Thanks to this prompt action, more serious incidents may be able to be avoided. If you drive one of the... ...read full post

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Jaguar Land Rover North America Is Set To Issue A Recall

Jaguar Land Rover North America Is Set To Issue A Recall There have been massive amounts of recalls being issued in regards to airbags within the last couple of years. Airbags failing to deploy or improperly deploying are a major cause of concern. These parts are incorporated into vehicles to keep us safe, but lately one has to wonder what is going on.

Vehicles Impacted By This Recall

Certain models of 2016 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles.

There is a possibility that the front passenger side airbag inflator initiator may fail to ignite. This basically means that the airbag will not deploy upon impact if the initiator does not ignite. Your passengers rely on you and your vehicle to get them to their destination safely. If your vehicle's airbags are not functioning properly, personal injuries are more likely to occur, should an accident happen.

These types of vehicles are prominent in Florida, so it is important for residents to know about this information. We are perfectly capable of handling all of your personal injury law needs, but if they can be avoided, that is even better. If you... ...read full post

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Sargento Issues Recall For Multiple Cheese Products

Sargento Issues Recall For Multiple Cheese Products It doesn't happen often but it is one of the more widespread recalls that can be issued, food. Because big food product recalls have the potential to affect more people than an automotive recall, there are strict health codes that are in place to prevent the necessity for a recall. A recall issued for a food product usually stems from some kind of illness or danger from ingesting the product. Therefore this could result in bodily harm and medical care for the consumer. Sargento recently released a recall for some of its cheese products that you may want to hear about, as well as what can be done during a recall of a food product.

Sargento Recall

The cheese producing giant has recalled many of it's sliced and shredded cheeses due to a possible contamination of the listeria bacteria. Listeria is a bacteria that leads to the disease listeriosis. This disease is particularly harmful to babies, pregnant women and those with a compromised or weakened immune system. The disease can manifest itself as sepsis or meningitis and can lead to the miscarriage of... ...read full post

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Another Takata Airbag Recall On More Models

Another Takata Airbag Recall On More Models  If you haven't heard of the myriad of Takata airbag recalls over the past few years, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Or maybe the unlucky ones since the recall has it millions of different affected vehicles and yours could be one of them. It is important to keep informed about all recalls if possible and we keep this updated for you, knowing that recalls stem from safety hazards. The safety of you and your family is not only your concern, it is our concern. Take some time to read below on the status of you vehicle, what's new with the recall and how to know if you need help.

What's New With The Takata Airbag Recalls?

It does seem like new vehicles are being added to this recall list all the time and that is probably because it is true. Ford (including Lincoln), Nissan, Honda and Toyota have all added more vehicles to the recall list, breaking the record for most recalled vehicles for one recall. Barely surpassing the amount of cars recalled in the Volkwagen emissions scandal, where they... ...read full post

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Cuisinart Recalls Food Processor Models Spanning Years Of Production

Cuisinart Recalls Food Processor Models Spanning Years Of Production  The American based kitchen appliance company Cuisinart has issued a recall for 8 million food processors of almost two dozen models. Production of these food processors spans over years, starting in July of 1996 and ending in December of 2015. Obviously this is quite a few models and can get confusing when trying to determine if this specific recall affects you. Specifically, the recall was issued because of concerns and report of breaking blades of the food processors that were all manufactured in China. A recall of this size does pose some legal concerns for both the company and the consumer.

What Actions To Take After A Product Recall

The recalls we hear about the most are frequently recalls for automobile parts or the vehicle itself. Obviously, there can be other types of recalls but they should be treated differently, as they are. Conair, the company in ownership of Cuisinart made a statement saying the riveted blades can crack over time, and if broken metal shards of the blades can break off and get mixed in with the food. There have been almost... ...read full post

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General Motors And Ford Make Recalls For Fire Potential

General Motors And Ford Make Recalls For Fire PotentialChevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit

The General Motors company has released a recall for Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit models made between 2010-2014. This comes based on concerns that a cooling fan, intended to cool the engine under the hood in susceptible to corrosion due to engine fluid passing over it. Once the fan belt has started the corrosion process it because a potential fire hazard as this corrosion can cause a short circuit. With a short circuit present the changes in temperature make it the perfect scenario for a fire to start. Based on the need to temperature change the most likely time for a fire of this nature to start will be when the vehicle is running.

This model of the Chevy Tahoe is most frequently used for police and government use. To fix the problem General Motors will have our dealership simply replace the fan model used during the 2010-2014 manufacturing to the newer model that does not have the corrosion issues.

Ford Super Duty Truck

Ford issued a recall for almost 8,000 2017 Super Duty Trucks. This recall was the result of the vehicles lack... ...read full post

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Auto Recalls And Liability

Auto Recalls And LiabilityIt seems like a straightforward argument: if a company creates a defective product, and if that product’s defect leads to a physical injury, damaged property, a loss of income, or any of the other reasons why people file civil and personal injury lawsuits, then the company responsible for the defect should be held accountable and pay the damages.

However, there are a lot of important details that a civil lawsuit can’t afford to ignore, details that could cause liability to move away from the company that created the defect. Does the company know about the defect? Is the company trying to correct this defect by issuing replacements or free repairs? And did the company reach out to car owners to make sure they know about the recall? The answers to these questions can dramatically change the course of a lawsuit.

The Company Doesn’t Know

Everyone who sells goods to other people has an obligation to avoid selling something that could be dangerous, or at least to provide warnings and clear instructions as to how to use the product correctly and avoid any dangers. For... ...read full post

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3 Famous Recalls From Years Past

3 Famous Recalls From Years PastThe exploding Samsung phones. The exploding hoverboards. The Volkswagen diesel buyback. The FCA fine and SUV recall. The Takata air bags. It seems like we’ve seen one major, high-profile recall after another over the past two years, and it can be hard to tell whether this all means that we’re becoming safer as a country or whether we’ve become less safe up until recently. That’s why it can help to get a little perspective and look back through the years to see what recalls made the news in previous decades.

1. The Pinto

Once car crashes became a major feature in movies and up until quite recently, Hollywood maintained a tradition of having cars explode as soon as they hit something. Sometimes it was because people like to see giant fireballs capping off an extended car chase or a great big fall off a cliff, but at times it got to be so excessive that a minor fender-bender would be enough to cause a car to blow up.

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Samsung Phones Are Literally Burning Holes In People’s Pockets

Samsung Phones Are Literally Burning Holes In People’s PocketsIt seemed like such a great launch. Fancy ads with a few Super Bowl spots, a long list of things the Samsung Galaxy 7 could do that the iPhone 6 couldn’t, a virtual reality mode, an official IP-code rating that said the phone was dustproof and highly water resistant, a long battery life, a kitchen sink, and a partridge in a pear tree. It was the next generation of technology, and it was more next-generation than usual.

However, there is a price to pay when it comes to pushing the envelope: the envelope pushes back. That phrase, “pushing the envelope,” came to be an idiom thanks to the test pilots and aeronautics engineers of the mid-20th century. It originally referred to flight envelopes: the highest, lowest, fastest, and slowest you could safely go without running into some serious problems. To push the envelope was to push the plane to its limits, to find out whether the engineers on the ground were right about their figures or whether you could go beyond your limits and set a new... ...read full post

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Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles

Fiat-Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million VehiclesOn September 15, 2016, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles NV issued a recall for 1.9 million vehicles. The recall was issued after the company found that both seat belt and airbag defects. These two defects have lead to 3 known deaths and at least 5 injuries. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is the seventh largest vehicle company in the world and the current recall has a global reach. The current recall follows on the heel of a massive software recall in late 2015 of 1.4 million vehicles. So if you drive a Fiat-Chrysler vehicle, it is imperative you make sure your vehicle is not on the list.

The Details Of The Fiat-Chrysler Recall

The recall was issued after the Fiat-Chrysler discovered the defects during their crash analysis program. The data collected showed that vehicles equipped with a certain model of occupant restraint control modules and poorly designed front-impact sensor wiring failed to activate air bags and seat belts in head-on collision accidents. So far the company has not found that these safety features malfunction during side or rear-end collisions. Fiat-Chrysler no longer... ...read full post

Understanding The Jeep Cherokee Transmission Recall

Understanding The Jeep Cherokee Transmission RecallVehicle recalls are becoming a sad fact of daily life in the world of the auto world. It seems like every week there is another recall occurring, some minor and some very major. One of the most recent that has gotten serious attention is the Jeep Cherokee gear shift problem.

This issue was quietly made public in the same way as most auto recalls, with an official announcement and then letters being sent out to all who owned the affected vehicles. But what catapulted it into the spotlight was the death of actor Anton Yelchin, one of the stars of the recently rebooted Star Trek series. His death is believed to be linked directly to this most recent problem, and it is likely that he was about to receive a recall letter regarding the issue.

The Problem

Unlike some other recalls, this one isn’t directly related to a manufacturer’s defect. Instead, the system is working as intended but the problem is that the gear selector is designed in a confusing way – it can cause it to appear as though... ...read full post

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What To Do If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled

What To Do If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled When a vehicle is recalled, this means that either the vehicle manufacturer or the NHTSA has determined that a specific model (or several models within a certain period) either has a safety related defect, or just does not comply with a federal safety standard. The auto manufacturer will alert those who own these models of the issue, and typically offer a free repair.

Keeping in mind that a vehicle recall does not mean the entire vehicle will be replaced, the companies that make them are required by law to send letters to alert their customers who are affected, and if you’re ever curious, you can also find the up-to-date information on recalls on the NHTSA website. The recall letter should contain information such as:

A description of the defect(s);
The hazard or risks posed by the issue;
Potential warning signs of the issue;
How they (the manufacturer) plans to fix the issue, including when repairs are available and how long they will take;
Instructions on what you should do next.


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Star Trek Actor’s Death Linked To Jeep Recall

Star Trek Actor’s Death Linked To Jeep RecallOn June 19, 2016, Anton Yelchin, most famously known for playing Pavel Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek films, lost his life in an accident involving his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yelchin was killed at his home, after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards down his driveway and pinned him against a brick wall and a fence. This freak accident is still under investigation, but may be linked to a April 27, 2016 recall of the vehicle.

The Fiat-Chrysler Gear Shift Recall

On April 27, 2016, Fiat-Chrysler, manufacturers of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the Yelchin fatality, recalled 1.1 million vehicles for having a confusing gear shift, leading to a rollaway risk. This recall was prompted by a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration investigation that found the gear shift was “unintuitive.” Unlike typical gear shifters, the recalled shifter is moved back and forth to change gears, always returning to the same upright position regardless of gear. Since there is no difference in physical position, many operators did not understand when... ...read full post

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What You Need To Know About The Two Massive Toyota Recalls

What You Need To Know About The Two Massive Toyota RecallsToyota has issued two massive recalls this year. The first was part of the large Takata airbag recall and the second is for faulty fuel-emission controls. These two issues have lead to the recall of over 4 million Toyota vehicles. So if you drive a Toyota vehicle, here is what you need to know about these two recalls.

Takata Airbag Recall

The Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in history. After the deaths of 11 individuals, 85 million recalls have been issued for vehicles containing Takata airbags. The Takata airbags contain a defective deflator that can explode after a mild collision and can launch shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Several models of Toyota used the Takata airbags, so they issued a recall notice for all affected vehicles. To read the details of the recall, you can read the notice on the Toyota website at: http://www.toyota.com/recall/takata.

The Toyota vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall include:


2010-2011 4Runner
2003-2011 Corolla
2003-2011 Corolla Matrix
2004-2005 Rav4
2002-2007 Sequoia
2003-2006 Tundra
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IKEA Recalls: What You Need To Know

IKEA Recalls:  What You Need To KnowIn May 12, 2016 IKEA issued a recall for 80,000 safety gates after numerous reports of trip and fall injuries. This recall was followed immediately by a recall on June 28, 2016, when IKEA issued a massive recall of 29 million chests and dressers for tip over concerns. These recalls impact millions of consumers and if you’ve bought one of these products, you need to know what to do immediately to keep your family safe.

IKEA Recall For Patrull Pressure Mounted Safety Gates

IKEA issued a recall for three pressure mounted safety gates and their extension pieces within the Patrull line. These gates are used in doorways to protect children and animals from entering unsafe areas. The issues with the gate is that the pressure mounting is not enough to hold the safety gate in place and when pressed against can lead to a falling accident. There is also concern the lower metal bar is a tripping hazard. The issues was recalled after IKEA received 55 injury reports, 3 of which where... ...read full post

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How To Shop For Safe Toys

How To Shop For Safe ToysYou want to give your children everything, including all the toys they really want. However, even with heavy regulations and a thorough system of quality control checks, some toys can be dangerous for children. Unfortunately, there are an average of 250,000 toy related injuries every year among children under 15 in the United States. With so many toy-related accidents, it’s important that you are careful when picking toys out for your children. Here are some tips for picking out safe toys so your child is not injured.

Check For Toy Recalls

Before buying any new toys, you should check to make sure the toy has not been recalled. Recalls are a complicated process and do not always mean sellers will pull the toy from the shelves. Often times, the company will simply send consumers a replacement part. You can search for the latest toy recalls at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/.

Avoid Choking And Suffocation Hazards

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Need To Know: Child Safety Seat Recalls 2016

Need To Know:  Child Safety Seat Recalls 2016Your children are the most important thing in the world to you, so their safety is paramount. So far in 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a notice of recall for four different brands of child safety seats. If you own any of these car seats, it’s crucial that you contact the manufacturer immediately to make sure your children are safe. Here is a rundown of these recalls and who to contact if you own one of these models:

Britax B-Safe 35

On February 23, 2016, the NTHSA issued a recall for the Britax B-Safe 35 child seats manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 including models E9LU65M, E9LU65P, E9LU63F, E9LU66R, E9LS63F and EXLU65M, B-Safe 35 Elite child seats, models E9LS55T, E9LS56P, E9LS55U, E9LS66C and E9LS65U, and B-Safe 35 Travel Systems, models S914900, S915400, S915200, S921900 and S01635200. All of these models have defective carrying handles that may cause cracking around the base of the handle. This cracking could lead to the handle breaking while... ...read full post

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How Used Car Buyers Can Navigate Safety Recalls

How Used Car Buyers Can Navigate Safety RecallsWith only around 17.3 million people buying new cars every year, most car buyers in America are buying used vehicles. With massive recalls like the Takata airbag recall which may impact up to 85 million vehicles across a variety of brands and only 7.5 million of these recalled vehicles have been remedied, it is more important than ever for people buying used cars to understand their recall rights. Here is what used car buyers should do to make sure that the vehicle they are purchasing has all the necessary recall repairs.

What Is A Vehicle Safety Recall?

A vehicle safety recall is when a vehicle or a vehicle part has been recalled because it is malfunctioning or dangerous. A vehicle safety recall is often issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA regulates the safety of vehicles on the road and manages all recalls. A recall may also be issued directly by the manufacturer when they have discovered a defect. In both cases, recalled parts are replaced or... ...read full post

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New Seatbelt Recall Is Just The Latest In A Long Line Of Auto Recalls

New Seatbelt Recall Is Just The Latest In A Long Line Of Auto RecallsOver the last few years it seems like a steady string of auto recalls have taken place. Almost no automaker has been unscathed, with vehicles of all makes and models facing various recalls. Some of these aren’t as serious as others, but a new recall from GM is one that deserves fast attention from everyone owning the affected vehicles.

This new recall impacts more than 1.04 million big trucks from GM, and the reason is due to defective seatbelts. According to the company, the steel cable that connects the seat belt to the truck has a risk of separating, leading to a total failure of the safety restraint which in turn can lead to serious injuries in an accident.

The recall affects Sierra 500s and Chevrolet Silverados from the 2014 to 2015 line, and all who own the trucks can return to a dealership to receive a repair and replacement completely free of charge. Doing so will ensure that you’re kept safe while on... ...read full post

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Recent Significant Automobile Recalls

Recent Significant Automobile RecallsThere have been a recent spate of high-profile automobile recalls affecting tens of millions of vehicles, including the Takata airbag recall and the General Motors ignition switch scandal, but the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is constantly issuing smaller recalls with potentially fatal consequences.

The NHTSA issues recall notifications on an almost daily basis. Often times, the recalls affect no more than a few hundred cars, but larger recalls are issued with alarming regularity. Here are a few recent recalls that could affect you.

Nissan Recalls Nearly 47,000 Nissan Rogues

Nissan recently expanded its recall of Nissan Rogue vehicles made in the 2014 model year. The recall originally covered vehicles manufactured between January 2, 2014 and June 7, 2014, but now also covers vehicles manufactured between July 25, 2013, and December 21, 2013.

According to the NHTSA, the nickel plating material from the fuel pump’s inner or outer casing may detach or flake due to fuel flow, vibration, or pressure. The detached plating material can migrate throughout the fuel pump, and cause the fuel pump’s impeller to stop function.

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Open Vehicle Recalls Hit New High

Open Vehicle Recalls Hit New HighAccording to a recent Carfax report, no fewer than 47 million vehicles currently on US roads are in need of a recall repair. This number represents no fewer than one fifth of all American vehicles, and while many of them may represent “better safe than sorry” fixes that haven’t resulted in any accidents, it’s still enough of a problem that the Department of Transportation is starting up an awareness campaign.

Growing Demand, Limited Supplies

Part of the reason for this recent upswing in open recalls is the fact that the number of recalls period has spiked massively in recent years. Both 2014 and 2015 managed to more than double the previous record, logging right around 51 million recalls each (and on the bright side, this means that over half of the past two years of recalls have been successfully serviced).

A significant percentage of these open recalls are related to the massive Takata air bag recall which has affected nearly 30 million vehicles and counting. Many of the car owners involved are entirely unable to get the repairs they... ...read full post

Hoverboards: Unsafe At Any Speed?

Hoverboards:  Unsafe At Any Speed?2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy, and homages to the films were everywhere throughout the year. This was especially true of the second movie, which involves a sequence that takes place in 2015 and features all kinds of futuristic technology: flying cars, holograms on the street, instant food cookers, and hoverboards, the ultimate evolution in skateboards. The filmmakers weren’t aiming for realistic predictions of where we’d be in 30 years, of course, but the celebration brought a lot of attention to a few devices marketed as hoverboards.

The Product

While the hoverboard in Back to the Future Part II lived up to the name by being able to maintain a height several inches above the ground, real life hoverboards are somewhat disappointing to anyone hoping to recreate the movie’s iconic chase scene.

Rather than being a flying skateboard, the products called hoverboards are self-balancing scooters designed along the same lines as the Segway. The wheels are smaller and there’s no handle, making it a sportier version of the same design, and while they... ...read full post

The Takata Recall May Get Even Worse

The Takata Recall May Get Even Worse 	The Takata air bag recall is already the single biggest vehicle recall in American history, in large part because it affects over a dozen manufacturers to one extent or another. What started as a few million Honda vehicles has expanded to 29 million air bags in cars manufactured by companies headquartered in Asia, Europe, and America, and now NHTSA regulators are wondering whether to tack on another 90 million.

Well-Documented Troubles

The reason for this sudden quadrupling has to do with a new batch of Takata internal emails and memos which have revealed that their manufacturing issues were far more systemic than exceptional. Defective air bag inflators were regularly allowed to pass through the inspection process despite any obvious flaws like metal shavings in the propellant, bad welding jobs, and bent or damaged parts.

Moreover, these issues date back as far as 2001, several years earlier than what anyone previously expected, and they extend to more than one manufacturing plant. And since these bad inflators were randomly thrown in with good inflators, all of them will... ...read full post

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Responsible Parties Pile Up As Dieselgate Continues

Responsible Parties Pile Up As Dieselgate ContinuesEnvironmental advocacy groups have been saying for a lot longer than last September that car engines produce a lot more emissions under realistic conditions than in test labs, including diesel and gasoline engines alike. Both Volkswagen and the rest of the industry have been trying to counter this claim by saying that the defeat device is an exception instead of a rule, but their protests have been growing less and less credible as more people are starting to pay more attention to vehicle pollution.

The Latest Suspect

Some months after Dieselgate first broke, the French government raided Renault’s corporate headquarters, apparently in connection to its attempts to circumvent emission standards. Nothing much has surfaced yet from that aside from Renault’s sudden desire to recall certain vehicles to make them compliant with pollution regulations, but their stocks fell from the rumors alone.

Now, however, more concrete news has surfaced regarding Daimler, the company that owns Mercedes Benz. A Dutch company, TNO, has uncovered a device on their diesel vehicles which shuts down pollution filters when the temperature drops... ...read full post

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Volkswagen Isn’t Alone In Earning Government Fines

Volkswagen Isn’t Alone In Earning Government FinesAs far as automotive news goes, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal has been hogging all the headlines. However, VW’s intentional attempt to fool regulators has been overshadowing those regulators’ attempts to step up and start penalizing car manufacturers for failing to issue recalls as quickly and as frequently as they ought to.

The GM Debacle

The thing about General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, which tended to shut off the car engine (and the air bags) while in motion, is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other regulators had opportunities to catch the problem early, but they failed to do so. GM’s bankruptcy and reorganization during the Great Recession go a long way towards explaining why even a major problem like the ignition switches would fall through the cracks, but even so evidence and fatal examples were piling up without anyone reading or acting on GM’s internal reports.

It took until 2014, around a decade after the problem first showed up on GM’s internal tests, before a new CEO and a barrage of personal injury and wrongful death suits forced... ...read full post

Volkswagen Is Facing Attacks From Every Side

Volkswagen Is Facing Attacks From Every SideVW had to know that it was in for some stormy months or even years following the EPA’s accusation that it was using defeat devices to fool pollution regulators. The company at least had the sense to admit what they had done right away and to air out all their dirty laundry so that the scandal wouldn’t drag on any longer than necessary, but at the same time Dieselgate isn’t like an ordinary recall scandal where a company decides to keep quiet after discovering and fixing a defect.

While most car defects are caused by mistakes or oversights, VW’s defeat devices were very much an intentional part of their cars’ designs, and it’s because of this that the company is now facing pressure from just about every angle possible.

Government Regulators

In the United States, both the EPA and the Department of Justice have filed civil lawsuits against Volkswagen to the tune of $46 million for violating the Clean Air Act and for cheating on its emissions tests. This is in addition to the fines and other penalties which... ...read full post

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Who’s Responsible For Recall Repairs On A Used Car?

Who’s Responsible For Recall Repairs On A Used Car?Recently, the nation’s biggest independent used car retailer, CarMax, came under fire for selling vehicles with outstanding recall notices. Legally speaking, CarMax is completely able to do this, and in a state like Florida used car dealers don’t even have to notify the customer of any open recalls. It does raise the question, however, of whether such dealerships should be obligated to fix these recalls before selling the vehicles.

According to recent estimates, roughly one-fourth of all recalled vehicles never go in for their needed repairs, and many of these vehicles wind up in the used car market. While it’s at least understandable for a private seller to ignore or not know about an open recall, we expect higher standards from used car dealerships, higher standards that come with a higher price. But while such dealerships will clean the car inside and out, buff out any dents and rust spots, and inspect the mechanical parts to make sure everything is in good working order, they won’t investigate a vehicle’s recall... ...read full post

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Which Is Better: More Recalls Or Fewer?

Which Is Better: More Recalls Or Fewer?2014 and 2015 have set impressive records for the total number of auto recalls. Partly this happened thanks to major defects which all went public one after another, defects which often affected a decade or more of vehicles and (as in the case of Takata airbags) multiple automakers. Massive, high-profile recalls aren’t exactly new on the scene – Firestone’s infamous recall of 2000 involved 14.4 million tires – and even though the Takata airbags are the biggest auto recall in history with 34 million affected cars and counting, it still doesn’t quite equal half the recall numbers of 2014 and 2015.

If you were to filter out the other major scandals and limit yourself to the “business as usual” recalls that hit new vehicles on a regular basis, it’s plausible that the number has been growing even beyond the increasing number of car sales. The question, then, is whether it’s better to have more or fewer recalls, and the answer you give may have a lot to do with your outlook on life.

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The Volkswagen Scandal Grows As Its Market Share Shrinks

The Volkswagen Scandal Grows As Its Market Share ShrinksThe latter half of 2015 has been a bad time for Germany’s top automaker. Earlier this year, Volkswagen managed to overtake Toyota as the world’s leader in vehicle sales, but their time in the sun came to an abrupt end in September when the EPA accused them of fitting diesel vehicles with “defeat devices” which allowed them to cheat on emissions tests. Now that a few months have passed, we’re starting to see the initial consequences of these actions as more cars get indicted and post-scandal sales numbers are starting to filter in.


The Bad News

After the EPA’s initial accusation, Volkswagen came clean about the software they were using to pass emissions tests under false pretenses. When the software sensed the vehicle wasn’t under testing conditions, it shut down a power-intensive exhaust scrubber which drained a significant amount of the diesel engine’s power and gas mileage. This meant it performed better for the car’s owner, but it also pumped out between 10-40 times the EPA’s limit on nitrogen oxide, a leading... ...read full post

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So Many Recalls, So Few Spare Parts

So Many Recalls, So Few Spare Parts2014 and 2015 have been banner years for vehicle recalls. Partly this is thanks to a few major defect scandals like the Takata air bag grenades and the GM ignition switch flying-coffin trick, both of which have demanded recalls in the order of several million vehicles each. Partly it’s the effect all these high-profile scandals have had on the industry, as automakers are now issuing recalls for the slightest defect as soon as possible. Regulators have also had to step up their game since many of these defects only came to light thanks to civil lawsuits.


Naturally, safety is of great importance in an industry that has to consider the roughly 5 million road vehicle accidents which occur each year – and that’s just the ones that end with a police report. Unfortunately, one major problem with issuing millions of recalls each year is the fact that the factories that make the parts can only make so many at once.


The Capacity Problem

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Why Do Recalls Happen?

Why Do Recalls Happen?It is perhaps one of the most surprising and potentially upsetting events that can happen to an unsuspecting automobile owner. You read up on the news of the day, or check out your favored social media network and find stories talking about how a car manufacturer is issuing a recall on an automobile with a system-wide problem. Then you realize that you actually own the car in question, and that this isn’t some unfortunate problem that’s happening to someone else, you’re directly affected by it.

In recent months, observant people will have noticed that there have been quite a few automobile recall announcements. The Takata explosive airbag is a dangerous, recent example, while Volkswagen’s deception about its eco-friendly diesel engines is a less risky, but more anti-consumer incident that shows deliberate, immoral action on the part of a big business.

But why do these things happen? In both cases, a serious problem has come to light, and as a result, the company responsible has to own up to it, often with severe financial repercussions, so why bother creating a situation that would require a recall in... ...read full post

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Is Volkswagen On The Hook For Repairing Your VW's Faulty Emissions System?

Is Volkswagen On The Hook For Repairing Your VW's Faulty Emissions System?If you have tuned into the news at all within the past month, then chances are you have heard or read at least the basic outline of the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal. On September 18th, 2015, the company was issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA, Volkswagen deliberately programmed TDI (turbocharged direct injection) diesel engines to activate certain important emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing.

This intentionally faulty programming prompted the vehicles' emissions systems to put out only an acceptable amount of nitrogen oxide during regulatory testing. However, once the vehicles had successfully passed this emissions test, they would produce up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide under normal driving conditions. This amount far exceeds U.S. emissions standards. It is estimated that around eleven million vehicles worldwide are affected, including 500,000 in the United States. The faulty program affects vehicles manufactured between model years 2009 and 2015.

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High-Profile Recalls Are Now Less The Exception And More The Rule

High-Profile Recalls Are Now Less The Exception And More The RuleLooking back over the past two years, it seems as though massive automobile recalls based around often fatal defects are growing more and more common. Each of the major automakers is taking a turn, and in most cases it seems as though they were aware of the problem and chose not to report it in time to prevent several fatalities. What’s more, each recall scandal seems bound and determined to top the ones that came before it.

In many cases the recall efforts are still ongoing, and so it may be a good idea to take a look back and take stock of all the major automaker scandals of 2014-15.

Takata Airbags

Technically, the recall of airbags which spew metal fragments like a grenade began in 2013, but it’s slowly expanded over the years as Takata, automakers, and regulators have discovered new, related defects in other makes, models, and years. Currently, the number of recalled vehicles stands at around 32 million vehicles across 18 separate brands, and of those... ...read full post

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It’s Not Always Your Fault If You Get Hurt

It’s Not Always Your Fault If You Get HurtYou may not have heard the term “product liability” before, but you probably know the principle behind it: if you make something that gets somebody else hurt, you are responsible for that injury and you should have to pay something to make up for it. Product liability and personal injury lawsuits may sometimes have a bad reputation for being frivolous, but no matter how many people attempt to abuse the law to get rich quick, it remains true that companies have and will continue to try and cut corners that get their customers hurt or even killed. And if they aren’t held responsible for what they’ve done, they won’t stop.

Should The Buyer Really Beware?

There’s an old Latin phrase, caveat emptor, which means “let the buyer beware.” It means that the customer shouldn’t always trust what the seller has to say and he or she shouldn’t always take goods at face value. But while caveat emptor is a good way to shrug off the sort of guilt and anguish... ...read full post

GM Ignition Switches And The Public Good Of Tort Law

GM Ignition Switches And The Public Good Of Tort LawIn February 2014, GM issued a recall notice regarding faulty ignition switches which could jostle out of the run position during operation and thus shut off power steering, power brakes, and airbags, all while the vehicle is potentially moving at full speed on a highway. Internal documents suggest that GM technicians knew about this defect for around 10 years prior to the recall, but if that’s the case, then what caused this change of heart?

As it turns out, it wasn’t an internal decision, nor was it the result of a regulator’s investigation. The reason GM finally came clean is because of a personal injury (also known as tort) case which forced them to go public with some damning documents.

Pretending Nothing Is Wrong

As far back as 2001, GM engineers noticed that the ignition switches in the new Saturn Ion weren’t sticking in place the way they needed to. These engineers quickly fixed the problem, but as it turns out they didn’t fix it far enough. While the switches... ...read full post

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Volkswagen Diesels Are Setting All The Wrong Records

Volkswagen Diesels Are Setting All The Wrong RecordsIt’s been an incredible couple of years when it comes to automobile recalls. Whether it’s ignition switches, airbags, or gas tanks set so far back that they could rupture and ignite in a collision, the overall number of recalls in 2014 and 2015 has been staggering, and in both years the total is double the third place figure. However, now that Volkswagen has admitted it deceived emissions tests with its diesel engine cars, the German automaker could be setting a few new records all on its own.

Why Did They Bother?

Diesel engines have a reputation for getting noticeably more miles per gallon than gasoline engines, and although they’re also usually more durable, the drawback is that they aren’t as fast or responsive. Diesel engines in personal cars never really took off in the United States until very recently, and it’s only because companies like Volkswagen successfully marketed diesel engines as being environmentally friendly since they can run on renewable biofuel and because more miles per gallon means fewer pollutants per mile.

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Let The Buyer Beware: On Lemons And Limited Warranties

Let The Buyer Beware:  On Lemons And Limited WarrantiesBuying a used car is, at least at first glance, a good way to save money over buying a new car. By purchasing a model that’s a few years old, you can save sometimes upwards of half off the original cost, and while its best years may be behind it, a decent, reliable used vehicle should still have at least a full decade of life left in it.

However, not all used cars are created equal. For as much effort and research as you need to put into buying the right new car, everything becomes twice as important once the car has a history.

Get A Background Check

This means researching both the history of the model of car you’re looking at and researching the history of the specific car. Does the model have a reputation for reliability, or does it seem to fall into the “planned obsolescence” category where important systems start to fail as the warranty runs out? Was the specific car in an accident? Was the last... ...read full post

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Beware The Extra Costs Of Recalls

Beware The Extra Costs Of RecallsOver the last two years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started seriously cracking down on defective automobiles. Between their newfound vigilance and some high-profile defects which have led to injuries and even deaths, the years 2014 and 2015 have far surpassed all others in the number of recalls. These recalls are performed at the manufacturer’s expense, of course, but some dealers are taking advantage of your stop by their shop to make a little extra profit.

The Upsell
While your car is getting repaired, it makes sense to have the mechanic give your vehicle a good once over to see if there’s anything else that needs some professional attention. After all, it’ll save you having to haul it back in later when something has gone wrong enough for you to notice on your own.

However, you should always take care what you authorize the mechanic to do. Car mechanics have a strong incentive to err on the side of caution since the more work you have done, the more money they make. You should absolutely keep... ...read full post

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Constant Recalls Are Now Commonplace

Constant Recalls Are Now CommonplaceBack in 2014, automakers recalled nearly 64 million vehicles because of faulty parts or software, over twice the previous record of 31 million set in 2004. As of August, 2015 has already beaten that second place record, and by all indications it’s set to at least approach last year’s numbers.

A New Vigilance

A fair amount of this dramatic shift in policy can be laid at the feet of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal body in charge of regulating the safety of motor vehicles. After years of accusations that the NHTSA has been acting as the rubberstamp lapdog of the car industry, the agency has recently stepped up its activities. In a very high-profile case, the NHTSA levied a $105 million fine on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for failing to recall vehicles fast enough and in some cases even failing to inform anyone of known defects.

The fine has already inspired FCA to change its behavior and its corporate structure. The company fired most of the upper management in charge of recalling vehicles during the NHTSA’s investigation, and now... ...read full post

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Another Day, Another Recall

Another Day, Another RecallAs the years go by, more and more cars are recalled to fix defective parts and to address safety issues. In 2014, manufacturers recalled 64 million vehicles, more than in the previous three years combined. In part this was due to several high-profile and widespread defects, such as the GM ignition switches which can shut off power brakes and steering while at full speed and the Takata airbags which may potentially fire metal shards into the cabin when the airbag deploys.


Beyond The Headlines

Aside from the major parts failures that result in hundreds of deaths and injuries and millions of recalled vehicles, there are other circumstances that contribute to this high number.

At the most basic level, modern cars are far more complicated than ones built 50 years ago. Not only are there more moving parts attached to any given engine, but top-quality models include navigation and GPS software, cameras, steering assistance, and other features that rely on computers, software, and other hidden parts which could potentially fail after a few years of wear and tear.

Another reason is likely a more proactive atmosphere... ...read full post

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What To Understand About The Takata Airbag Recall

What To Understand About The Takata Airbag RecallOver the last several years, automotive recalls have gained international attention due to the fact that they are directly related to thousands of injuries and deaths. The most recent example is the Takata airbag recall, but it's just the latest in a long line of recalls.

The biggest issue with the Takata airbag recall is just how many vehicles it impacts – it's the largest auto recall in US history and affects about 34 million cars in this country alone. Here are the basics of the issue.

• It involves faulty construction within the airbag chamber.• On impact, the airbag can fling out pieces of shrapnel which can impale, cut, and even kill passengers and drivers.• The issue affects drivers and passenger side airbags.• Higher humidity areas like Florida are undergoing additional recalls related to the issue.

In short, it is another dangerous problem that is confronting drivers throughout the country and around the world, and one that deserves your attention. So just how does this recall – or any auto recall – impact you, and what should... ...read full post

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