While GM won a victory in July 2017’s seventh and most recent bellwether trial over deadly ignition switch defects in GM vehicles, legal experts are saying such victories are far from a guarantee of future success for the automaker, which faces a myriad of additional lawsuits over allegedly defective GM vehicle ignition switches.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding its investigation into complaints about leaky exhaust fumes in Ford Explorer SUVs, adding 400,000 vehicles to bring the total review pool up to over 1.3 million Explorers with model years ranging from 2011-2017. Fume leaks inside the Ford vehicles have reportedly led to numerous instances of driver impairment. [Read more…]
In the newest fatality relating to defective Takata airbags, a Florida driver was killed in a car accident when the inflator in a Takata airbag suddenly ruptured and exploded. The individual was driving a 2002 Honda Accord whose airbags had not been fixed in the massive Takata recall and repair scheme. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “if the airbag [indeed] caused the death, it would be the 19th death worldwide and the 13th in the U.S. blamed on the inflators.” [Read more…]
Takata Corp. has announced plans to recall another 2.7 million faulty airbag inflators that were built between the years 2005- 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S. This addition expands Takata’s airbag recall, already the largest automotive industry recall in U.S. history, over dangerously explosive airbags that have been tied to at least 11 deaths. [Read more…]
Honda Motor Co has confirmed that an eleventh U.S. death can be linked to a faulty and defective Takata airbag inflator. The incident occurred in Florida in June 2016 when the airbag ruptured during the repair of a 2001 Honda Accord. [Read more…]
Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million in a settlement of pending multidistrict litigation over the dangerous Takata airbag defects, which have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. Under the settlement’s terms, BMW of North America LLC will pay $131 million, Subaru of America Inc. will pay $68.2 million, Mazda North American Operations will pay $75.8 million, and Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $278.5 million. [Read more…]
Photo: Post-accident view of the Almanza and Urquiza family’s burned-out Jeep Liberty.
Los Angeles–(Business Wire)–Rick Patterson of Southern California plaintiffs’ law firm Owen Patterson & Owen and Fabrice N. Vincent of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that Nancy Urquiza Avila, Jacqueline Almanza Urquiza, and Yaritza Angulo Urquiza, residents of Oxnard, California, have filed a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against FCA US LLC (“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles”) and certain other parties for the lethal injuries suffered by Cesar Almanza Garcia and Cesar Almanza Urquiza in an explosion and fire in their Jeep Liberty that occurred as a result of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ failure to effectively and safely recall the 2002 Jeep Liberty to meaningfully protect occupants from extraordinary risks of fuel-fed fires following read-end collisions. [Read more…]
New allegations point to automakers keeping silent in the face of known dangers to maximize profits
As alleged in new documents filed in the Takata airbag rupture dangers lawsuit, at least four automakers “knew for years that Takata’s airbags were dangerous and could rupture violently but continued to use those airbags in their vehicles to save on costs, lawyers representing victims of the defect asserted in a court document filed on Monday.” The New York Times reports that while previous investigations had viewed the automakers as victims taken in by a “rogue supplier” that had falsified safety data to conceal the deadly defects, new information brought to court by plaintiff attorneys in the case indicate a much deeper involvement on the part of the major automakers who used the defective airbags in their vehicles for years. [Read more…]
Over a dozen automakers, including Tesla, BMW and Nissan, have recalled 652,000 more vehicles containing the faulty Takata airbag inflators, which can explode upon impact in an accident and dangerously shoot out metal debris from the casing towards drivers and passengers. This recall is expected to start in February. The newly added vehicles join 6 million already recalled in the U.S., and 34 million more worldwide. [Read more…]
Legal publication Law360 has provided a list of the top, most interesting automotive trials and vehicle legislation to watch for in the coming year. These matters include ongoing Volkswagen diesel emission cases, GM ignition switches, Takata airbags, self-driving car and vehicle safety regulations, and vehicle cybersecurity and connectivity. [Read more…]