Motor Vehicle Defects

Toyota Settlement Reveals a Long & Determined Journey to Justice

Brian Nettles, Esq. Every once in a while, a story comes along that exemplifies why we are trial lawyers and why we call ourselves a justice association. According to a story put out today by the ABA Journal online, a solo attorney, Lance Cooper, in Marietta, Georgia, represented a family in a wrongful death action when a nurse died in a car accident. Her car suddenly lost power and veered into oncoming traffic resulting in her fatal accident.  He sued GM and through vigorous discovery found about the large number of ignition defects claims and cases.  Mr. Cooper sent a …


GM and NHTSA Pressed for Not Taking Action Sooner on GM Recall Linked to 303 Deaths

Tad Thomas, Esq. A new review of federal crash data by the Friedman Research Corporation has linked General Motors (GM) to 303 deaths caused by faulty airbags from 2003 to 2012. The company, which analyzes vehicle safety data, is also pressing regulators for failing to detect the issue over the past decade. Friedman Research Corporation analyzed cases in which the airbags did not deploy, but not the causes of the accidents. The study was commissioned by a private watchdog group in Washington, the Center for Auto Safety. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the group …


GM Recalls 780,000 Models With Faulty Ignition Switch

General Motors is recalling 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America due to a faulty ignition switch. Allegedly, the switch can shut off the engine without warning, causing crashes. As many as six people have died in 22 crashes related to the problem. The ignition switch problem has been found in Chevrolet Cobalts from 2005-2007 and Pontiac G5s from 2007, which is nearly identical to the Cobalt. The sudden engine stop is believed to be caused by a heavy key ring or driving on rough roads, which cut the engine from electrical power. What’s more, front air bags may fail …


New Bus Regulations Making Civilian Safety a Top Priority into the New Year

Back in September, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new regulation regarding passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Also known as buses or motor coaches, the FMCSA’s new rulings seek to exercise more oversight on the lease and interchange of the vehicles between companies with the following rules: 1. To properly identify the motor carrier operating a bus or motorcoach that is responsible for FMCSA safety compliance. 2. Ensure that the lessor (the carrier leasing the property), surrenders control of the vehicle for the full term of the lease or temporary exchange of …


Toyota Recalls Continue to Add Up

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. This September, Toyota recalled over a million of its models over safety concerns. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration cites three separate recalls of cars made between 2006 and 2011 amounting to 1, 015, 259 cars for issues with rear suspension, hybrid systems, and cases of unintended acceleration. It was the second recall of the same 780,000 cars with rear suspension safety issues. The original issue was an insecure rear suspension arm that risked corrosion and suspension failure (in other words, accidents). This year Toyota found that the nuts used in the previous recall were not tightened …


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