NY Times Finds NHTSA and Auto Manufacturers Closer Partners Than You Think

Tad Thomas, Esq. It’s no secret that the auto industry has had quite the year, from multi-million car recalls to unprecedented lawsuits that rank with the BP oil spill and 9/11 in questions of injury compensation. But while manufacturer officials are certainly guilty of permitting millions of fatality flawed cars on the road, there is another guilty party being overlooked: the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). NHTSA, an agency to improve auto and traffic safety, was founded in 1970 as part of the federal Transportation Department. Today, it has an annual budget of $800 million, which it splits …


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 …


 US Automotive Industry Has Long History of Evading Liability, Cutting Corners

Tad Thomas, Esq. This year, the GM defective ignition switch scandal and it’s magnitude shocked Americans. How could a company put over 2.6 million defective cars on the road–and ignore the fatal consequences for more than a decade? The scary truth of the issue is that GM isn’t the only car manufacturer to turn a blind eye to safety responsibilities. As far back as the 1960’s, the M.O. of American automotive manufacturers’ has been to evade liability of defective design…they simply do not believe it is their responsibility to produce safe vehicles. The truth is, manufacturers are concerned with two …


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 …


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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