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Ford Issues Safety Recalls For Powertrain Control and Tire Defects

Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall Wednesday of more than 200,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada, citing potential defects in the powertrain control module that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall encompasses 201,900 vehicles and includes certain 2011 and 2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 2012 Ford Expedition SUVs, Lincoln Navigator SUVs built in 2011, and Ford Mustangs built in 2011 and 2012. Ford reports that the output speed sensor in the transmission lead frame of these vehicles could, under certain conditions, malfunction and force a ... Read More

Tire Industry Association Proposes New Rules To Improve Tire Safety Recalls

How to efficiently identify and recall defective tires is a problem manufacturers and government regulators alike have struggled with for decades. The Tire Industry Association, however, recently gave federal safety regulators some feedback on the issue, calling for an electronic identification system. Endowed with new authorities to improve safety recall completion rates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on tire recall regulations, seeking public comment on how to better notify the public and improve the effectiveness of recalling defective tires over safety concerns. In response to NHTSA’s call for input, the ... Read More

NHTSA to investigate company’s failure to recall Chinese-made tires

Federal safety regulators are investigating potentially defective Chinese-made tires imported to the U.S. and sold under different brand names by a single distributor after finding that the tires were recalled under one importer but not another. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the probe after receiving a tip from a law firm litigating a personal-injury case involving the tires. Lawyers in that case wrote to NHTSA alleging that eight sizes of Hercules Radial A/T tires made for light cars and trucks by Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Co. Ltd. remained on the road when virtually identical tires made by the ... Read More

Airbag defect triggers recall of nearly 3 million Honda, Mazda, Nissan vehicles

Three major Japanese automakers have recalled nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide to fix potentially faulty airbags made in the U.S. and Mexico by Tokyo-based Takata Corp. The June 23 recalls encompass Honda, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles and widen a previous April 2013 recall that failed to include all the affected vehicles due to record-keeping problems at Takata. The Takata airbag problem stems from glitches in the inflator propellant. During the manufacturing process, improper storage of the components at the factories likely degraded them, making them prone to explode and send metal shrapnel into the vehicle’s cabin. The latest Takata recall ... Read More

Toyota recall of potentially exploding airbag triggers federal investigation

Toyota said it is re-recalling 766,300 cars and trucks in the U.S. for a potential airbag defect that could result in front seat occupants being struck by shrapnel blasting out of the inflating airbags. The company is also expanding the recall to include 2.3 million vehicles worldwide for the same problem, triggering the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate Tokyo-based supplier Takata, which produced the faulty airbag units. Toyota originally recalled the affected vehicles in April 2013, mainly for inspection of the airbag assemblies and possible replacement of the inflator. But the carmaker has since learned that Takata ... Read More

700,000 Ford vehicles recalled for airbags, door closure defects

Ford Motor Co. has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it is recalling 692,700 vehicles to correct defects affecting air bag deployment and door handles that may stick or open on their own. According to NHTSA data, 627,700 model-year 2013 and 2014 Escape SUVs will be included in two separate recalls, the first of which will repair side curtain airbags that may not deploy in certain rollover accidents. The problem stems from the airbag supplier reversing the airbag controller’s polarity. In a crash, the problem could mean the airbag may not deploy as “as quickly as intended.” The ... Read More

Toyota seeks sudden-acceleration closure after Oklahoma verdict

Less than two months after an Oklahoma jury found that Toyota had acted with ”reckless disregard” in its response to two women injured in a sudden, unintended acceleration crash, the Japanese auto maker has decided to enter an intensive settlement process. The decision to negotiate a settlement hasn’t surprised many following Toyota’s sudden-acceleration saga. Even though it appeared the carmaker had gained some momentum fighting earlier lawsuits brought by crash victims and their families — as well as vehicle owners suffering monetary losses — the jury’s verdict in Oklahoma likely derailed Toyota’s hopes for prevailing over some 300 additional lawsuits ... Read More

Safety regulators announce two children’s product recalls for risk of injury and death

Two products manufactured for babies and toddlers are being recalled because they pose a potential risk of injury and death, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. Federal safety regulators advise consumers to stop using Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers with serial number 90564 made by Kids II. The stationary seat is attached to the middle of a raised platform on which a number of toys are attached. According to the CPSC, the yellow sun toy attached to the seat frame on a flexible frame can snap backward and injure the child sitting in the jumper or anyone ... Read More

New Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuit blames electronic throttle for horrific crash

A lawyer representing the family of a woman who died when her 2009 Toyota Camry sped out of control and sank into a California River hopes the case will be tried as a bellwether case ahead of about a hundred other sudden unintended acceleration lawsuits against Toyota pending litigation in California state courts. The plaintiff’s lawyer believes his client’s case, filed April 18 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, closely parallels the high-profile case of Mark Saylor, a California Highway Patrol officer who was killed with his family in August 2009 after the Lexus he was driving suddenly sped out ... Read More

Sudden acceleration cases filed against Toyota in California state courts get trial date

Litigation filed in California state courts over sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been slated to begin January 1, 2013, starting with a high-profile case alleging the wrongful death of a California woman whose 2006 Camry crashed after it sped out of control. In that case, plaintiff Peter Uno alleges that his wife Noriko Uno died in April 2008 after her Camry suddenly accelerated to speeds over 100 mph while she was traveling on an Upland, California highway. Mrs. Uno ultimately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Jury selection on this first bellwether case ... Read More