Kia Issues Vehicle Recall Due to Fire Hazard

Kia Issues Vehicle Recall Covering 87,000 Vehicles Due to Potential Fire Hazard Kia Motors America has issued a vehicle recall covering 87,000 of the manufacturer’s 2014 model year Forte Sedans, due to reports of faulty engine parts that could cause the vehicle to catch fire. The vehicle recall notice was issued on Saturday, January 24th, and covers Kia Fortes manufactured between December 5th, 2012, and April 17th, 2014. A piece in the cooling fan was found to overheat, which could lead it to melt and start a fire in the engine. Ironically, … [Read more...]

Honda Fined for Failed Vehicle Recalls and Personal Injuries

NHTSA Fines Honda Maximum Penalty for Failed Vehicle Recalls, Safety Information, and Causing Personal Injury The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined Honda Motor Corp’s US subsidiary $70 million, the maximum possible fine, for failed vehicle recalls, failing to report safety information or issue voluntary vehicle recalls over eleven years, which led to thousands of personal injuries and wrongful deaths for consumers. In November, Honda reportedly admitted to the NHTSA that it violated two sections of federal law, passed … [Read more...]

GM Kicks Year Off with More Vehicle Recalls

GM Issues More Vehicle Recall in First Two Days of 2015 For many, the New Year represents a clean slate; however, for much-maligned General Motors, it only marks the beginning of another round of vehicle recalls. Last February, the automobile manufacturer quietly issued a vehicle recall for around 250,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs, some of which dated back as far as the 2004-2005 model years. The problem, according to GM, was faulty ignition switches. The company also quietly acknowledged that it knew about at least 13 deaths and several serious … [Read more...]

GM Faces Another Lawsuit for Vehicle Recall Problems

GM Hit with Lawsuit for Failing to Issue Vehicle Recall for Defective Chevy Volts General Motors has had a rough year when it comes to vehicle defects and vehicle recalls. As the year comes to a close, the automotive manufacturer faces another lawsuit, in which the Plaintiff claims that a steering wheel defect in the Chevy Volts causes the steering wheel to freeze intermittently, which can result in a car accident. Plaintiffs Christopher Johnson and Tara Follari-Johnson filed a complaint against General Motors on December 19th, claiming that … [Read more...]

Federal Government Calls for Huge Takata Airbag Safety Recall

Federal Safety Regulators Demand Larger Safety Recall of Takata Airbags Across Auto Industry The federal government has called on the automobile industry to issue a much larger safety recall for dangerous Takata airbags, as reports of deaths and injuries due to the exploding airbags and shrapnel rise around the world. On Tuesday, November 18th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – which has been criticized by Congressional lawmakers for failing to realize the extent of the safety problem – sent a nationwide safety recall … [Read more...]

Takata and Honda Sued for Faulty Airbag Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Takata and Honda After Accident Linked to Faulty Airbag On Monday, November 17th, Takata Corp and Honda Motor Corp, who have both issued numerous safety recalls and been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent months due to faulty airbags that will explode when a part corrodes, now face a wrongful death lawsuit from a family that linked a car accident to the airbags. Hien Tran died last month from complications on October 2nd, three days after her 2001 model year Honda Accord hit another car, and the … [Read more...]

GM Vehicle Recall Delay First Trial Set for January 2016

GM Ignition Switch Defects First Trial Set for January 2016 After several plaintiffs who suffered personal injury or the wrongful death of a family member filed lawsuits against General Motors for the 10-year delay of a vehicle recall for faulty ignition switches, the court consolidated many of these cases into one class action against the automotive manufacturer, and a federal judge has the first trial set for January 2016. GM created a settlement fund for consumers who suffered a serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a family … [Read more...]

Takata Airbag Recall Expands, NHTSA Faces Scrutiny

Takata Airbag Recall Expands to Over 7 Million Vehicles, Federal Safety Regulator Scrutinized Nearly every major automobile manufacturer with cars in the United States has used Takata airbags, which are now under one of the largest safety airbag recalls in US history. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued yet another safety airbag recall for the exploding Takata airbags, bringing the total of recalled vehicles up to 7.8 million. Automobile manufacturers have issued many of their own vehicle recalls after finding Takata … [Read more...]

GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise to 29

Wrongful Death Tally Against GM’s Ignition Switch Delayed Vehicle Recall Rises to 29 According to the attorneys working with General Motors to manage the personal injury and wrongful death claims for the ignition switch victims’ compensation fund, the total number of people who died as a result of the delayed vehicle recall has risen to 29. The group says there have also been a confirmed 27 serious injuries related to the ignition switch crashes. The compensation fund has received 184 wrongful death claims involving automobile crashes due to … [Read more...]

Latest Toyota Vehicle Recall Covers 1.75 Million Cars

Two New Toyota Vehicle Recalls Cover for 1.75 Million Cars and SUVs On Wednesday, October 15th, Toyota Motor Corp issued two Toyota vehicle recalls for 1.75 million cars and SUVs around the globe. The first Toyota vehicle recall covers most of the cars – 1.67 million – to address defects in the brake cylinder that could affect the vehicles’ performance. The company is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the vehicle recall, but problems could occur if the cars and SUVs cannot brake when necessary. About 1.05 million of those cars … [Read more...]