Motor Vehicle Defects

Takata Airbag Recall Prompts DOT Investigation of NHTSA

Tad Thomas, Esq. As you may have heard already, the recall of nearly 8 million vehicles with Takata Corp. airbags is expected to be one of the largest recalls in history. Instead of inflating, Takata airbags explode, sending shrapnel and severely injuring–even killing–drivers. At least three deaths have been linked to the defect. Notably, the recall was limited to high-humidity regions for its suspected link to the defect, but lawmakers are urging a nationwide recall. Two of the deaths were not in states included in the recall, and Takata is one of three airbag suppliers in the world. Last …


NHTSA Urges Owners to Act on the Takata Airbag Recall, 8 million Vehicles Involved

Pamela Mullis, Esq. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) is urging owners of a wide range of cars to act immediately on the recall of of Takata airbags. Takata is a Japanese automotive parts company that has production facilities on four continents, which help it supply car parts like airbags and seat belts to big name companies across the world. It is one of three airbag suppliers in the world. The defect of Takata airbags is dangerous and deadly: instead of inflating, they explode and send shrapnel flying. At least two people have been killed by the defect, hundreds …


GM Acknowledges Defect Death Count Has Risen to 23, Payouts Begin

Tad Thomas, Esq. The GM ignition switch death toll has risen from 13 to 23. The confirmation comes from attorney Kenneth Feinberg, largely known as the expert on disaster payouts. Many have suspected far more deaths (hundreds more) since the beginning of the recall, but GM staunchly confirmed only 13 until now. Today, we’re not surprised that more have been confirmed.  GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters that she is not surprised either (Detroit News). Feinberg is in charge of evaluating applications for compensation by families that claim to have lost a loved one to an accident caused by the …


History Reveals Bad Ethics of the Auto Industry, the Importance of Litigation

Tad Thomas, Esq. The ulterior motives of bad media have given personal injuries a bad name, and have gone as far as to convince the public that car accidents and defects alike are not only frivolous, but even the victim’s fault. This biased marketing works in favor of big companies, turning a blind eye to their transgressions and erasing liability for them. At the end of the day, the injured are convinced that it’s their problem to fix. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In the face of this fixed game, personal injury attorneys are actually the people you …


Driven To Safety Campaign Reveals Importance of Civil Justice System

Tad Thomas, Esq. This week, I’ve blogged about the automotive’s long history of cutting corners for financial gain, and how important our civil justice system is when it comes to holding big business accountable. Have you ever wondered about the safety of your car? Or who makes sure the people that make it, make it safe? Highway safety deaths are way down from what they were 50 years ago, in large part to a strong expectations of safety and accountability between drivers and manufacturers alike. Thanks to the Driven to Safety Campaign,  here are the first landmark rulings that changed …


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