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Parents Allege Defective Grand Prix Airbag Caused Son’s Death

The parents of a Pennsylvania man who died when the driver side airbag inside his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix failed to deploy in a fiery crash are suing General Motors and the dealership where the car was purchased. Plaintiffs Samuel and Catherine Gabriele filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas July 31, alleging GM and Faulkner Buick GMC of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, sold their son Stephen Gabriele a car with a defective airbag system. According to the Penn Record, the lawsuit states that Stephen Gabriele was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix south on West Philadelphia Ave. in ... Read More

Class Action Filed For Ford F-150 Owners With Dangerous Brake Defect

If you own a 2013-2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may be eligible to join a nationwide class-action case seeking damages related to a safety defect that could cause the sudden loss of brake power. The class-action, filed in a U.S. court in Eastern Michigan by the Beasley Allen Law Firm of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Miller Law Firm of Rochester, Michigan, alleges that Ford has put drivers of the affected F-150s and motorists with whom they share the road at risk. According to the lawsuit, Ford F-150s from model years 2013-2018 are built with brake master cylinders made by ... Read More

GM recalls 1 Million Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering Defect

General Motors (GM) is recalling more than one million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs to correct a safety defect that could cause the vehicles to temporarily lose electric power steering, increasing the risk of a crash. GM said the safety recall affects certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon SUVs, and Cadillac Escalades. The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the defect affects the electric power steering. “If (electric power steering) is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low ... Read More

Australia Gets Tough About Unrepaired Takata Alpha Airbags

Australian officials are taking bold measures to deal with the deadly Takata airbag problem. Last weekend authorities in the State of South Australia announced that all vehicles equipped with “Alpha” Takata airbags – the name given to designate the airbags most at risk of a deadly explosion – will have their registration canceled. Although South Australia was the first jurisdiction to take the tough new measures, other Australian states and territories are following suit. The sheer scope and complexity of the Takata airbag recalls have allowed millions of vehicles worldwide to remain on the road, frustrating automakers and public officials ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Tesla Model S Lithium Battery Fire

Federal investigators are looking into a battery fire that broke out in 2014 Tesla Model S electric car in June to address the unique safety issues encountered by emergency crews responding to electric vehicle crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Tesla fire occurred on June 15 as a driver was traveling west on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. Other motorists flagged down the Tesla driver when they saw smoke coming from the vehicle. The driver pulled over, stopped the car, and got out. A nearby Los Angeles Police Department patrol car also stopped as smoke ... Read More

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks For Seatbelt-Related Fires

Ford is recalling about two million of its F-150 pickup trucks after receiving multiple reports of the explosives-activated seatbelt pretensioners starting fires inside the vehicles. The recall, announced Sept. 6, covers certain 2015-2018 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab F-150 models. According to Ford, the problem stems from the pretensioners at the base of the seatbelt on both the driver and front passenger seatbelts. The pretensioner mechanisms in the recalled models rely on small explosives that ignite during a crash, forcing the seatbelt to tighten and restrain the occupant. Some pretensioners, mainly in older vehicles, rely on a spring mechanism to ... Read More

Utah Driver Sues Tesla For Autopilot Crash

A Utah woman whose Tesla Model S sedan crashed into a firetruck near Salt Lake City in May is suing the automaker, claiming the vehicle’s Autopilot system drove her into stopped traffic. Heather Lommatzsch, 29, alleges in her lawsuit that Tesla salespeople told her when she was buying the car in 2016 that she would only need to touch the steering wheel occasionally with Autopilot activated. But instead of helping her avoid a collision, her vehicle drove her into the back of an idling firetruck, the lawsuit alleges according to the Associated Press. Tesla’s Autopilot is a semi-autonomous system that ... Read More

Nissan Recalls Vehicles For Ignition Switch Defect

Nissan is recalling more than 165,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada to repair an ignition switch problem that could turn off the engine while the vehicle is in motion, resulting in the risk of a crash and deactivating the airbags. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to announce a recall of the Nissan vehicles, the Japanese automaker confirmed the recall to Consumer Reports. Canada’s transportation regulatory agency, Transport Canada, announced the Nissan recall on Aug. 22, saying that the problem stems from a spring in the ignition assembly that could wear out over time and ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Damaged NC Woman’s Eye, Lawsuit Claims

A North Carolina woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Nissan North America, Takata Corporation, and related companies, alleging that a defective Takata airbag in her vehicle blasted metal fragments into her eye. In 2015, Kelijah Hall, then 19 years old, was driving her Nissan Sentra in Charlotte when she was involved in a collision on Lawyers Road. The driver-side Takata airbag in her vehicle deployed on impact, but instead of protecting her in the crash, it seriously damaged her eye, according to her lawsuit. Charlotte’s WSOCTV Channel 9 uncovered the lawsuit and noted in a recent report that ... Read More

NHTSA Investigating Ford-150 For Seat Belt Fire Hazard

Federal safety regulators are investigating Ford F-150 Supercrew pickup trucks after receiving driver complaints of a potentially defective seat-belt assembly that starts fires during or immediately after a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) said it received five reports from Ford F-150 owners that the seatbelt pretensioners, which regulate slack in the seatbelt and lock in place during a crash, stated fires in the “B pillar” that houses the belt. Although no injuries or deaths were reported, three of the Ford F-150 trucks were completely incinerated by the seatbelt fire. The other two trucks were extensively damaged. “The ... Read More