NHTSA Investigating Ford Explorer SUV Exhaust Fume Leaks

NHTSA Investigating Ford Explorer SUV Exhaust Fume Leaks

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…]

Law360’s Top Auto Developments, Litigation Matters to Watch in 2017

Law360’s Top Auto Developments, Litigation Matters to Watch in 2017

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…]

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a potential Fiat Chrysler auto defect, in which the vehicles roll away despite being shifted into park. U.S. auto safety regulators will be inspecting about 1 million 2013-2016 model year Ram 1500 pickup trucks and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUVs in the wake of numerous vehicle roll-away reports. These auto injury reports have included nine injuries and 25 crashes so far. [Read more…]

In Memory of Clarence Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety

In Memory of Clarence Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety

Clarence M. Ditlow III, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, died on November 10th after a year-long battle with cancer. Allies as well as those he challenged united in praise for his 40 years of ceaseless fighting to keep the nation’s roads safer for everyone who used them. Safety Research & Strategies, Inc. noted his passing as a “big loss for the safety advocacy community,” while Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., noted in a joint statement in the Congressional Record of September 29th that Ditlow was “A tireless champion for consumers, [whose] work has resulted in better government oversight of automakers, the installation of key safety features and the exposure of safety defects in millions of cars, SUVs, and other trucks.” [Read more…]

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

Riverside County Crash Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags – 11th U.S. Victim

A 50-year-old woman driving a 2001 Honda Civic died in a September 30 Riverside County car crash when her airbag failed to deploy, becoming the 11th known U.S. victim of defective Takata airbag inflators. This brings the total number of deaths to as many as 16 worldwide. To date, the Takata airbag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, affecting “1 out of every 7 vehicles on American roads today,” as noted by KTLA. [Read more…]

GM Auto Recall of 4.3 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Software Defect

GM Auto Recall of 4.3 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Software Defect

General Motors will voluntarily recall nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag software defect linked to at least one death and three injuries in the United States. The defect purportedly prevents the airbags from inflating in a car accident. The auto recall affects about 3.64 million vehicles in the U.S., including trucks, cars, and SUVs with the 2014-2017 model years. [Read more…]

Takata Airbag Recall Expands to Include Mercedes-Benz as Well as an Additional Million-Plus Toyota Vehicles

Takata Airbag Recall Expands to Include Mercedes as Well as an Additional Million-Plus Toyota Vehicles

The largest recall in U.S. auto safety history has officially expanded to include numerous cars, SUVs, and vans from Mercedes-Benz as part of the massive action concerning explosive, shrapnel-firing Takata airbags. Mercedes has recalled over 830,000 vehicles in the United States. Affected models include 2005–2014 Mercedes C-class, E-class, GL-class, M-class, and SLK; the 2006–2012 R-class; and the 2011–2014 SLS AMG. [Read more…]

Takata Corp. Will Recall Another 35 Million Airbag Inflators Due to Safety Risk

Takata Corp. Will Recall Another 35 Million Airbag Inflators Due to Safety Risk

Japan-based Takata Corporation is set to recall an additional 35 million airbag inflators as a result of significant safety risks which have been linked to multiple deaths and injuries. Defective exploding Takata airbags have been revealed as the cause of ten U.S. driver and passenger deaths, as well as an additional death in Malaysia and serious injuries to over 100 other individuals. The airbag defect and its deadly consequences have led to the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history. [Read more…]

Exploding Takata Air Bag Kills Teenage Girl in Texas

Exploding Takata Air Bag Kills Teenage Girl in Texas

Known Takata Air Bag Death Toll Rises to 11

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, another death has been traced to a defective Takata air bag. The victim this time was a 17-year-old Texas girl whose car was in a crash outside of Houston. Defective exploding Takata air bags have been revealed as the cause behind ten U.S. driver and passenger deaths as well as an additional death in Malaysia and serious injuries to over 100 other individuals. The defect and its deadly consequences led to the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history. [Read more…]

Takata Air Bag Recall: New Senate Report Indicates Takata Insiders Discussed Product Failures Years Before Deaths Occurred

Takata Insiders Discussed Product Failures Years Before Deaths Occurred

Quoting a new report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the New York Times notes that newly-released internal Takata employee documents show company insiders discussing problems with Takata air bags years prior to the first deaths and injuries tied to the airbag defects. A 2006 Takata employee email refers to a set of data and manufacturing problems as “yet another mess” and suggests that Takata manufacturing facilities “should have been screaming bloody murder a long time ago.”

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Internal Emails Reveal Blatant Data Manipulation in Takata Air Bag Litigation

Internal Emails On Takata Air Bag Reveal Blatant Data Manipulation

Nearly 34 million vehicles worldwide with defective Takata airbags have been recalled. The U.S. portion alone represents the largest automotive recall in our country’s history. The recalled Takata airbags contain a propellant that can cause the airbag to explode upon impact in an accident, shooting metal casing debris towards drivers and passengers. [Read more…]

Takata Corp. Faces $200 Million Fine Due to Airbag Defect

Takata Airbag Recall

Japan-based Takata Corporation faces a penalty of up to $200 million due to the company’s faulty and defective airbags, which can explode and send metal shrapnel towards drivers and passengers upon impact after a crash. This would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). [Read more…]