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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

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

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

Self-Driving Car Ready For Mass Production, GM and Cruise Announce

A unit of General Motors developing self-driving auto technology announced that it is ready to begin production of fully automated, driverless cars on a mass scale once the software is fully developed and the regulatory environment is ready. “Today, we’re announcing the first production design of a self-driving car that can be built at massive scale,” Kyle Vogt, CEO and founder of Cruise Automation, a self-driving car developer that GM acquired as a startup last year, told Tech Crunch. “And more importantly, these vehicles can operate without a driver.” All the mechanical components of the self-driving cars are in place. ... Read More

GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Trial Begins

A fourth bellwether trial that will help determine the course of litigation for hundreds of lawsuits seeking damages from General Motors (GM) allegedly caused by defective ignition switches opened Monday, July 10, in New York. In the newest trial, plaintiff Dennis Ward claims the ignition defect that GM concealed for years caused his Chevrolet HHR to crash in Tucson, Arizona. He alleges the March 2014 crash left him with a permanent leg injury. According to the New York Law Journal, Mr. Ward claims in court documents that he was traveling on South Kolb Rd. in Tucson when he noticed a ... Read More

All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More

New Rule Shields Auto Industry Whistleblowers From Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling employee retaliation complaints under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which took effect Dec. 14. Enacted in July 2012, MAP-21 protects employees of automobile manufacturers, auto part suppliers, and car dealerships who have been terminated or otherwise retaliated against for voicing concerns to their employer or to federal regulators over auto defects or violations of motor vehicle safety standards. In March, OSHA published an interim final rule and opened it to public comment. It met little resistance. The agency ... Read More

Millions of Recalled Vehicles Going Unrepaired In the U.S.

Four straight years of mounting auto safety recalls in the U.S., including two record recall years, have led to a high number of unrepaired recalled vehicles on the road, global marketing information services firm J.D. Power said Monday. Of the nearly 109 million cars, trucks, and SUVs recalled from 2013-2015, 40 percent of them remain on the road without the safety defects repaired. That means there are more than 45 million vehicles on U.S. roads and highways at risk of some kind of malfunction. Analysts attribute the steady surge of recalled vehicles to several factors. Standardization of parts has meant ... Read More

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More

Rental Cars In Need Of Recall Repairs To Remain Grounded Under New Law

A new federal law mandating rental car agencies to fix all vehicles under safety recall in their inventories before renting them to consumers has taken effect. U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Dr. Mark Rosekind have pushed for regulations requiring rental cars to be safe and free of any open recalls. The bill to require the recall repairs was part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which Congress recently passed. “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of ... Read More