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Commercial trucking Group to U.S. Lawmakers: No To Heavier Weight Limits

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A commercial trucking association has sent a letter to U.S. legislators urging them to retain the current 80,000-pound weight limit for trucks and abandon any bills that would allow carriers to increase the national truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds. The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) says it is open to discussing ways to improve efficiency and productivity within the commercial trucking industry, but warns that a weight limit increase would put many smaller carriers out of business. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) introduced a bill in 2015 to raise the national weight limit by 11,000 pounds and a sixth axle to ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

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A San Antonio, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over injuries she allegedly sustained when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over her foot. Sonya Dawson, 49, filed her lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio. Like many similar suits filed against Fiat Chrysler, Ms. Dawson alleges the gear shifter the automaker installed in some of its vehicles is defectively designed and prone to cause rollaway accidents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Dawson pulled into her driveway and put her Grand Cherokee diesel in park. She then got out of the vehicle with the ... Read More

Nissan Muranos under recall for possible power steering defect

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Model year 2013-2014 Nissan Muranos may contain a power steering defect, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Due to a manufacturing error, an incorrect clamp may allow the power steering hose to separate and increase steering difficulty or potentially cause a fire if steering fluid leaks onto a heat source. The NHTSA estimates the recall affects about 57,000 Muranos produced between July 18, 2013, and Aug. 28, 2014. Nissan first became aware of a potential defect after hearing of an overseas incident last year involving power steering hose separation. After identifying several additional incidents in overseas markets ... Read More

Trailer Manufacturer Wins Award for Rear Underride Safety Guards

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Chicago-based trailer designer and manufacturer Great Dane with its Toughguard award, which recognizes rear underride guards that serve to prevent deadly underride crashes in which a car or other passenger vehicle rear-ends a trailer and runs under it, often shearing the roof off the vehicle and killing its occupants. The dangers of underride crashes became national news when actress Jayne Mansfield collided with the back of a tractor-trailer on a Slidell, Louisiana, highway in 1967. The horrific nature of the crash, which decapitated Ms. Mansfield, triggered the very first calls for ... Read More

Mazda, Mitsubishi Join Nissan In Seeking Compensation from Takata Over Airbag Recalls

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Mazda and Mitsubishi have asked a federal judge to order airbag maker Takata to reimburse them for costs they incur from lawsuits over the faulty Takata-made airbag inflators, which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Miami. Pointing to indemnification clauses in their contracts with Takata, the Japanese automakers claim the auto supplier is required to reimburse them for any financial losses they will suffer as a result of the defective airbags. “As a direct consequence of Takata’s design, development, production and sale to Mitsubishi of the alleged defective inflators at issue in this action, [Mitsubishi] has already ... Read More

Nissan Seeks Repayment for Defective Airbag Costs from Takata

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Nissan Motor Co. wants Takata Corporation to cover the amount the car manufacturer is ordered to pay in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the auto supplier’s defective airbags, which can explode with lethal force. The Japanese automaker asked a Southern District of Florida federal judge to order the troubled airbag manufacturer to reimburse it for any damages stemming from the airbag crisis that it is ordered to pay. “The cross-claim says that Nissan bought Takata’s air bag inflators under a contract that requires Takata to indemnify Nissan from any liability and expenses incurred due to product defects and that Nissan wouldn’t ... Read More

Record 53.2 Million Auto Safety Recalls in U.S. Last Year

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Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles in the U.S. last year after Takata Corporation expanded its recalls of airbags at risk of exploding with deadly force. The Japanese auto supplier’s massive airbag recall has affected just about every automaker producing vehicles for the U.S. market and millions of consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), aggressive enforcement under the Obama Administration prompted automakers to issue a record 927 safety recall campaigns – a 7-percent rise over 2015, which was also a record-setting recall year with 51.1 million vehicles recalled.. In fact, 2016 was the third year in ... Read More

2016 marks deadliest year of car crashes in almost a decade

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The nightly news, a radio update or a social media post is as far as one needs to go to find car crash reports, and if it seems like more and more of those are deadly, they are. Preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes last year, a six-percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014, according to EHS Today. The news source reports the 2014 through 2016 stats are the most dramatic increase in 53 years, and 2016 was the deadliest year on the nation’s ... Read More

Takata To Pay $1 Billion in Fines, Restitution For Airbag Scandal

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Japanese auto supplier Takata will plead guilty to one criminal charge in Detroit Monday and pay a $1 billion in penalties and restitution to resolve allegations that it covered up a deadly airbag defect. The settlement requires that Takata allocate $125 million to a victims’ compensation fund, $850 million to automakers whose vehicles have been affected by the airbag defect, and a $25 million criminal fine. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted three Takata executives for their roles in the alleged cover-up. Federal prosecutors claim that the executives falsified test reports to conceal a flaw that can cause the ... Read More

Volkswagen’s $1.22 Billion Repair and Buyback Plan Gets Preliminary Approval

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A federal judge granted preliminary approval Feb. 14 to a $1.22 billion plan for German automaker Volkswagen to repair or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with an emissions cheat that allows them to spew illegal levels of pollution. The deal follows an earlier agreement requiring Volkswagen to spend as much as $10.3 billion to fix or buy back nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the same emissions-cheating software that allows them to emit as much as 40 times the allowable limits of toxic air pollutants. U.S. Judge Charles Breyer ... Read More