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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

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

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

GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case Ahead of Trial

General Motors (GM) has settled the third of six lawsuits picked to be tried as bellwether cases for deaths and injuries stemming from its defective ignition switches, which put millions of its vehicles at risk of suddenly losing power and crashing without airbag protection. GM’s lawyers filed a letter in federal court in Manhattan Thursday saying it had entered into a confidential settlement with plaintiff Nadia Yingling, who sued the automaker in 2013 after her husband James was killed when his 2006 Saturn Ion lost power and crashed on a Pennsylvania highway. Ms. Yingling’s case had been set to go ... Read More

GM To Pay $900-Million Criminal Fine To End Ignition Switch Probe

General Motors (GM) has reached a deal with federal prosecutors requiring the automaker to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its mishandling and cover-up of defective ignition switches, which have been linked to at least 124 deaths and many more injuries. The settlement tentatively concludes the Justice Department’s year-long criminal probe into GM’s botched and illegal responses to its deadly ignition switch flaws, which affected 2.6 million vehicles. Rather than issue prompt, potentially life-saving recalls when it first recognized the problem more than a decade ago, GM instead concealed the problem and denied it existed. Under the ... Read More

Driver’s Manslaughter Conviction Overturned, GM Ignition Switch Blamed

A woman who was thrown in jail for causing a 2012 car crash that killed her passed has had her criminal convictions reversed by a Pennsylvania judge who found GM’s faulty ignition switch was to blame for the accident. LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, of Ward-Hills, Penn., was driving her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt when she swerved to avoid a vehicle and hit a pole, then bounced back into the road where her car struck a school bus. The impact instantly killed 16-year-old Robert Chambers IV, whom Ms. Ward-Green had picked up from school. The car’s airbags did not deploy. Ms. Ward-Green was arrested ... Read More

Takata airbag victims may be better served by court litigation, not compensation fund

Takata officials are considering the feasibility of creating a compensation fund for victims of its defective airbags, which have been installed in some 34 million vehicles and can explode in the most minor of accidents, spaying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. The idea for such a fund comes naturally amid large-scale and costly disasters, such as General Motors’ defective ignition switch crisis and the BP oil spill, but plaintiffs’ lawyers say that such a fund may not be suitable in Takata’s case. Japan-based Takata Corp. finally agreed in May to recall about 34 million vehicles affected by the flawed airbags. ... Read More

Hundreds harmed by GM ignition switch defect barred from justice

Ben Pillars told Bloomberg News that he always wondered why his wife’s Pontiac Grand Am veered across a Michigan highway on a winter day in 2005, putting her into the path of an oncoming Toyota minivan. The crash sent his wife into a coma from which she never emerged, and she died in March 2012, taking with her any information that could have helped solve the mystery of her accident. But Mr. Pillars found answers when General Motors announced its ignition switch recall last year, which encompassed millions of vehicles, eventually including his wife’s 2005 Grand Am. GM first recalled ... Read More

Federal report slams NHTSA’s failures in GM ignition switch disaster

A harsh new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) demonstrates how the negligence and incompetence of a federal regulatory agency in addressing automotive safety defects can amount to dozens of deaths and hundreds of catastrophic injuries. On Monday, the Office of the Inspector General released a report of its findings from its investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) response to General Motors’ defective ignition switches, which put the lives of tens of millions of U.S. motorists at risk. According to the report, consumers, car dealers, and mechanics specifically reported the GM ignition switch defect, which can ... Read More

Plaintiffs accuse GM, lawyers of ignition switch cover-up

General Motors and its lawyers worked together to cover up the automaker’s deadly ignition switch defect and avoid a recall, multidistrict litigations (MDL) plaintiffs asserted in a motion to compel documents filed last week in a New York federal court. The plaintiffs argue that starting in 2010, Atlanta-based international corporate law firm King & Spalding warned GM repeatedly about the legal trouble that would befall GM if knowledge of its ignition switch defect became known. To remedy this, the law firm encouraged the new post-bankruptcy GM to quietly settle with plaintiffs harmed by the ignition switch defect in Chevrolet Cobalts, ... Read More