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Honda, Feds Investigating Teen’s Honda Entrapment Death

Honda Motor Co. is working with federal and local authorities in probing the accidental death of a Cincinnati teen who suffocated after becoming pinned by a bench seat in his Odyssey minivan April 10. Kyle Plush, 16, was initially well enough to call 911 after he became stuck in the third-row bench seats of the 2004 Honda minivan. He warned the emergency dispatcher that he felt he would die unless someone found him soon. Kyle had kneeled on the third-row seat so he could reach into the very back of the vehicle to retrieve his tennis gear. The bench seat ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Rise Again in 2016

Traffic fatalities in the U.S., already at a 50-year high, leaped again last year dramatically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that 37,461 people were killed on U.S. highways and roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015, NHTSA reported. Part of the rise in traffic fatalities can be attributed to a corresponding leap in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016. According to NHTSA, vehicle miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent last year, resulting in about 1.18 deaths per ... Read More

Ford says Takata Airbag Safety Issue ‘Inconsequential’

Ford Motor Company is expected to file a petition with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to resist recalling approximately 2.5 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag safety recall, Reuters reports. John Cangany, a Ford spokesman, explained that it is filing the petition because it “believes the issue is inconsequential.” The safety recall is the largest in U.S. history and is now linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. As Beasley Allen has previously explained the recall stems from the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Takata admits to ... Read More

Trailer Manufacturer Wins Award for Rear Underride Safety Guards

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

Children’s car seat recall announced by Evenflo; 27 complaints of safety harness loosening

Evenflo, a manufacturer of juvenile products, has announced a children’s car seat recall impacting nearly 30,000 combination booster seats. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recalled booster seats feature a defective harness that may become loosened without a caregiver’s knowledge. The children’s car seat recall involves specific Evolve 3-in-1 seats manufactured prior to Feb. 9, 2016. The model numbers of the U.S.’s recalled seats are 34411700 and 34411741, while Canada’s recalled seats feature model number 34411700C. Although Evenflo has not received any reports of injuries, there have been 27 complaints from consumers claiming that their children have ... Read More

Ford expands door latch recall to include nearly 2.4 million vehicles; three injuries reported

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall expansion of nearly 1.5 million vehicles with car doors that may fly open while in motion. The announcement comes just weeks after the automaker recalled approximately 830,000 vehicles with the same door latch defect, bringing the total amount of vehicles recalled to nearly 2.4 million. Ford claims the issue stems from a faulty spring part in the side door latch known as the pawl spring tab. If the spring part breaks, the vehicle’s door will swing open and prevent the door from properly closing. Passengers without a working door latch may be ejected ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America

Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More

Takata airbag recall to expand by 4.4 million vehicles; 402K also added by Nissan

The Takata airbag recall continues to rocket through this year with approximately 4.4 million U.S. vehicles to be added by seven different automakers, as well another 402K vehicles added separately by Nissan. Defective Takata airbags have been named responsible for the deaths of 10 people in the U.S. and 11 worldwide. “These vehicles are equipped with certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal airbag modules and used as original equipment or replacement equipment,” the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in its Takata airbag recall summary. “These inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring ... Read More

Takata airbag recall expands by another 12 million U.S. vehicles deemed to be high risk

More than 12 million U.S. vehicles have now been added to the infamous Takata airbag recall, further impacting eight automakers already overwhelmed by the company’s chaos. Takata’s defective airbag inflators contain a sensitive propellant known as ammonium nitrate that may degrade over time, especially in climates with high humidity. The ammonium nitrate can then force the airbag to inflate with deadly force, blasting metal shrapnel at the vehicle’s occupants. According to Reuters, Honda will be suffering the brunt of the latest recall expansion, putting another 4.5 million U.S. vehicles on its list. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling an additional 4.3 ... Read More