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Auto Product Liability | San Diego Injury Accident Lawyer Blog - Part 2

NHTSA Agrees with GM: No Need to Recall Mislabeled Tires

In early 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a petition from General Motors (GM) asking for a finding of “inconsequential noncompliance” in the case of 5,690 GM trucks with mislabeled tire placards. The NHTSA’s decision, which was released June 27, granted GM’s petition.

At issue in the request were Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe vehicles, as well as GMC Sierra and Yukon vehicles, manufactured in model years 2007 to 2013, according to the agency. Some of the vehicles had been sold with a tire placard that said the vehicle had three front-passenger seats. In fact, the vehicles have only two front-passenger bucket seats with a center console between, according to the automaker. Read the rest »

NHTSA Watches for Rust in Non-Recalled Ford, Mercury Vehicles

In March 2013, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for about 230,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans.  The purpose of the recall was to fix rust problems in the vehicles that could cause the third row of seats to come loose, increasing the risk of serious injuries in some types of vehicle crashes. The recall affected vehicles manufactured in model years 2004 through 2007, and it focused on vehicles sold in cold-weather areas, which were more likely to suffer rust problems due to regular contact with rock salt used to melt snow and ice on roads.

Now, although no recall has been issued, the NHTSA is urging owners of Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans who live in warmer areas like San Diego to keep an eye on their own vehicles, as rust could also cause problems in these minivans even without regular contact with road salt and other chemicals.  So far, the agency has received only a single complaint about rust problems in a minivan used in warm-weather areas. Read the rest »

Four Automakers Issue Recalls Covering 3.4 Million Vehicles

California car defect attorneys are paying close attention to a recently-issued recall by automakers Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda. The recalls cover a total of 3.4 million vehicles, according to a report by NBC News.  The recall is based on a defect in the vehicles’ airbag systems that may cause the vehicle to catch fire or may cause the airbags to inadvertently inflate, injuring those inside the vehicle.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured between 2000 and 2004 in most cases, according to the automakers.  They include Toyota’s popular Camry Corolla, Tundra, and Yaris models, the Honda Civic, CR-V crossover, and Odyssey, the Nissan Maxima and Cube, and several Mazda models.  The recalls are expected to affect up to half a million vehicles made by each automaker in the U.S. alone. Read the rest »

Federal Agency Opens Investigation into Hyundai Rust-Related Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the Hyundai Sonata after receiving a number of complaints about rust damage in the vehicles. In some cases, the rust has been linked to suspension system failures and electrical problems, according to an article in the Detroit News.  Both of the problems allegedly caused by the rust could result in a serious, injury-causing accident

When an experienced San Diego car accident attorney first encounters a client’s car accident case, he or she knows that looking into all possible causes of the accident, including vehicle defects, is an important part of determining what happened.  Information gathered from NHTSA investigations and recalls can help. Read the rest »

U.S. Safety Officials Investigate Stalling Ford, Mercury Cars, & SUVs

After 1,500 complaints were sent to Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three vehicle crashes, and one injury, the NHTSA will be investigating into Ford’s stalling and surging engines problems in about 725,000 cars and SUVs.

Ford’s partial engine problem is identified as the limp home mode, which is experienced when the vehicle suddenly drops 900 rpms down to 20 mph. A limp home mode should only occur when a serious engine issue is taking place and is designed to help drivers maneuver to a safe spot, without completely shutting off. This event can be extremely dangerous on highways. Read the rest »

October: Auto Battery Safety Month

According to Prevent Blindness America, each year there are about 6,000 eye injuries caused from auto batteries. That does not even take into account skin burns, hand injuries, and other possible injuries from improper use of car batteries. To bring awareness of the dangers of car batteries and share important tips to prevent fatal injuries, October is dedicated as Auto Battery Safety Month.

In our October 2012 Newsletter, we briefly discuss a simple version on how to safely jump-start a car battery. Let’s recap the proper steps and go more in-depth: Read the rest »

Break Failure to Blame for Three Injured in Rancho San Diego Minivan Crash

Three people suffered serious injuries after their minivan crashed into a garage of a Rancho San Diego home at a residential care facility on May 27, 2012, around 11:35 a.m. in the 2500 block of Sawgrass Street, near the Cottonwood Country Club.

Firefighters worked to rescue the minivan’s three occupants who were trapped in the vehicle. After being freed, the man, woman, and child were taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment for the injuries suffered. The three people inside the home were not hurt.

Witnesses say that the vehicle was out of control, traveling at a high rate of speed before, and had rear brakes that were on fire. Read the rest »

Bad Boy Pays for Motor Defects I CA Defective Products Lawyer

The Mississippi-based company Bad Boy Enterprises‚ LLC has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $715‚000 for failingto immediately report a defect with its off-road buggies.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that the problem involved the Classic Buggies off-road utility vehicles with Series brand and SePex brand electric motors. The commission reports that the defect resulted in sudden acceleration incidents and injuries to consumers‚ which occurred during use or while the ignition was in idle. Read the rest »

Two California Rollover Car Accident Verdicts Send Strong Message to Manufacturers

During this last week‚ a San Francisco jury and a Los Angeles jury have awarded $18 million and $21.1 million‚ respectively‚ to the victims of serious rollover car accidents caused by the manufacturer’s defective or dangerous vehicles.  In the San Francisco case‚ a federal jury awarded $18 million to a Bay Are musician from Ford after a 2005 15-passenger van rolled over causing him to become a quadriplegic.  In the Los Angeles trial‚ a jury awarded $21.1 million to a man paralyzed as a result of a Land Rover Discovery SUV rollover.

  • $19,150,000

    A mother and her adult daughter were killed by an inexperienced truck driver.

  • $1,014,299

    Award for 38-year-old motorcyclist struck by SUV driver at intersection.

  • $550,000

    Pedestrian struck by commercial vehicle resulting in wrongful death.

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