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Graco and counsel’s conduct under probe following “serious concerns” during child car seat recall class action

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Graco Children’s Products has come under fire by U.S. District Judge James Donato for conduct during the company’s child car seat recall and subsequent proposed class action litigation. The judge referred to Graco’s and its outside counsel’s behavior as “troubling.” Judge Donato has now asked the district’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate concerns regarding the counsel’s claims about the availability of full refunds to those who purchased Graco’s recalled child car seats. The proposed class action against Graco and its parent company Newell Rubbermaid stems from the multi-million child car seat recall initiated in 2014 after pressure from the National ... Read More

Fears of hacking initiates Fiat Chrysler recall of 1.4M vehicles

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Nearly 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles are now to be recalled after new research concluded that the vehicles may be vulnerable to hacking. Only U.S. vehicles will be affected by this Fiat Chrysler recall. The recalled Fiat Chrysler vehicles, all equipped with 8.4 touchscreens, comprise of the following: 2013-2015 Dodge Vipers 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, oversaw a report that looked ... Read More

Child saved from heat injury in unattended vehicle in Kansas

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Every summer, neglectful parents, guardians, or family members make the mistake of leaving young children in hot vehicles while they run errands. However, it only takes 10 minutes for heat levels in an unattended vehicle to become deadly for small children. It is only thanks to responsible bystanders that take matters into their own hands by breaking a window and rescuing the child that many children are still with us today. Earlier this week in Kansas, a teen employee at Famous Footwear, Porscha Bland, alerted her store manager, Sarah Oropeza, to a distressed 2-year-old girl trapped in a hot car ... Read More

NHTSA launches investigation into defective ARC airbag inflators in older-model vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced an investigation into defective airbag inflators manufactured by ARC Automotive, which is unaffiliated with Takata’s defective airbags. According to NHTSA, nearly 420,000 older-model Fiat Chrysler Town and Country minivans, as well as about 70,000 Kia Optima sedans are equipped with the defective ARC airbag inflators under probe. Similar to the Takata airbag recall, the faulty ARC airbags may also explode upon impact, but not for the same reasons. During a preliminary analysis, experts learned that the path used by inflator gas to exit the airbag may be blocked by an unknown ... Read More

Hummer H3 recall announced after NHTSA threatens investigation

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Last week, approximately 200,000 Hummer H3s were recalled by General Motors (GM) following reports that the vehicles may catch fire. However, such as with other GM safety hazards, records reveal the automaker was not only aware of the fire hazard for several years prior to the Hummer H3 recall, but GM refused to initiate the recall until safety regulators began threatening the company with an investigation. Since 2008, when the first Hummer H3 fire was reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), owners have been complaining for years that the vehicles were dangerous. According to Jalopnik, the issue ... Read More

Urgent Fiat Chrysler recall issued on certain SUVS

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Although past recalls have determined certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles to have defects, about five dozen of these vehicles are now under “urgent recall.” Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler has instructed owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The urgently recalled vehicles, all from the 2015 model year, feature a flawed suspension component that may break during use, causing the driver “rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power.” The vehicles were found to be defective by a supplier conducting an internal quality review. Shortly after the discovery, Fiat Chrysler halted shipments of the new vehicles from its plant. Now that the problem has ... Read More

NHTSA to investigate Fiat Chrysler’s 2013 Dodge Dart recall


A federal investigation has been launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of Fiat Chrysler’s handling of the 121K 2013 Dodge Dart recall. A total of 18 complaints were received by NHTSA before it decided upon an investigation into the Dart’s braking problems. Recorded complaints state the vehicle’s brake pedal may suddenly become difficult to depress, increasing the expected braking distance significantly for Dodge Dart drivers. Some drivers even claim to hear a “pop noise or an air hissing noise when applying the brake pedal, followed by a hard pedal feel and reduced brake effectiveness.” In order to ... Read More

Senate report finds Takata paused quality checks at its airbag plants

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Takata Corporation refutes the findings of a Senate report that found the Japanese company suspended its quality control audits for two years to keep its costs down, a year after Honda announced its first safety recall of vehicles equipped with Takata’s defective airbags that were prone to explode. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, released his staff report ahead of a panel hearing that called together officials from the Japanese supplier, Honda, Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to testify on the defective airbags. Takata, a major airbag ... Read More

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

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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

Feds may probe GM’s Chevy Tahoe for side-airbag malfunction

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Federal auto safety regulators are considering opening an investigation of allegedly defective side curtain airbags in certain General Motors vehicles that can fail to protect passengers in rollover crashes, citing an August 2011 crash in which three children were ejected from a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigations said Monday it received a petition requesting an investigation of 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs. The Detroit News reports that Donald Friedman of Xprts LLC, a Santa Barbara, Calif., engineering consulting firm, filed the petition in August. “The petition cites a 2011 Texas crash involving a ... Read More