Motor Vehicle Defects

Toyota Expands Faulty Airbag Recall to 2.3 Million Vehicles

Tad Thomas, Esq. Toyota has expanded its recall of cars with faulty airbags to 2.3 million vehicles, including 766,000 in the U.S. The initial recall in April of last year included 1.62 million cars sold outside Japan. The vehicles affected by Wednesday’s recall are the 2003-4 Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Tundra, the 2002-4 Sequoia sport utility vehicle and the 2002-4 Lexus SC 430 luxury coupe. The company says that airbags were manufactured by Takata Corp. of Japan with shoddy parts. “Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the …

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Ford Recalls 1.39 million Vehicles in North America

Brian Nettles, Esq. GM isn’t the only auto manufacturer under pressure for product quality right now. Since GM’s infamous 15.8  million car recall and offensive handling of the fatal defect, automakers across the country are making sure they don’t follow suit. Late last month, Ford announced a recall of 1.39 million vehicles in North America (1.186 in the US alone). Last year, Ford recalled nearly the same number of vehicles in the U.S. Ford cited multiple reasons for the massive recall: —195,527 Explorer SUVs (2011 to 2013 model years) and 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs from model years …

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The GM Problem: The Difference Between Secrecy And Conspiracy

Chris Welsh, Esq. Last week, we blogged about the release of GM’s internal investigation, which contends that the company had a history of ‘incompetence’ but did not conspire to cover up the deadly ignition defect. However, careful reading of the report reveals otherwise. In fact, you can see right through the painted picture of ‘incompetence’ to find a very competent curation of information in the years leading up to this year’s infamous recall.  At the center of the cover up, is GM’s legal team. It is now known that at least three of the 15 employees to lose their jobs …

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Victims’ Stories Power the Fight to Hold GM Accountable

Saul Gruber, Esq. Personal stories from families of the victims of GM’s engineering failure and long term negligence continue to come to light this week. Their heartbreaking narratives will be one of the strongest forces against the legal loophole that GM is trying to escape liability through. In 2009, GM filed for bankruptcy. Today, the company must face the harsh reality of a bankruptcy fraud investigation–and the lives that its wrongdoing has changed forever. By bankruptcy law, GM is legally protected from making liability payments to anyone before 2009–but new court evidence reveals that GM knew of the fatal engineering …

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GM Hires Lawyer Specializing in Disaster Payouts

At a hearing earlier this week, GM chief executive Mary Barra faced tough questions of why GM failed to  report or protect consumers from a faulty ignition switch that caused engine shut off and airbag failure. On Monday evening, Ms. Barra met with 22 relatives of accident victims who had traveled to Washington for the hearing. This past January, G.M. recalled 2.6 million Cobalts and other small cars that are now linked to 13 deaths or more. Notably, while Ms. Barra refused to say that G.M. was responsible for the accidents, she expressed remorse and told lawmakers that the company …

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