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NTSB Suspects Thermos Caused Deadly NYC Bus Crash

Federal investigators said a metal thermos that fell on the floor of a charter bus probably caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sending it crashing through a Queens, New York intersection at a high rate of speed and into another bus. The collision killed three people. Analyzing surveillance video, vehicle data, and other information collected from the deadly bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it couldn’t definitively say whether the dropped thermos jammed the gas and brake pedals, but said evidence supports that conclusion. On the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, the Dahlia Group ... Read More

Barbie Dream Campers Recalled for Sudden Acceleration Defect

Barbie Dream Campers can become any child’s worst nightmare due to a defect that could potentially cause the kiddie car to drive out of control. The defect has sparked a recall of the affected vehicles. While consumers likely associate sudden unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles, it turns out that toy manufacturer Fisher-Price is now grappling with a similar issue, though on a much smaller scale. Although the Barbie Dream Camper defect is a pee-wee one compared to Toyota’s SUA ordeal – affecting about 44,000 vehicles – it is serious enough that federal officials are urging the public to immediately ... Read More

SUV Runs Into Mardi Gras Parade, Injuring Twelve Gulf Shores Band Members

Twelve members of a high school marching band were injured, including four critically, when a parade vehicle plowed into them at the start of a Mardi Gras parade route in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Tuesday morning. The band, from Gulf Shores High School, was rounding a corner about a block before the crowds lined the street when a vehicle behind them suddenly accelerated and hit the group from behind, the Associated Press reported. Witnesses said the SUV had an “MOAA” sign on its side. Gulf Shores public information officer Grant Brown said a 73-year-old man from Gulf Shores, Alabama, was at ... Read More

Another Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Crash of Runaway Toyota Yaris

The parents of a man killed in a horrific crash involving a Toyota Yaris that allegedly sped out of control are suing the automaker, claiming sudden unintended acceleration caused the crash, which killed five people in Ontario, Calif., New Year’s Eve. Donald and Maureen Pusateri filed the wrongful death / product liability complaint June 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their son, 29-year-old Matthew Pusateri of Mission Viejo. Mr. Pusateri was traveling in a Toyota Solara with three others when a Toyota Yaris sped down an I-10 exit ramp in San Bernardino County ... Read More

Toyota Sued Over Deadly Yaris Sudden-Acceleration Crash

A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Toyota, seeking damages for the young son of a man killed when a 2015 Toyota Yaris allegedly sped out of control on a California highway and struck the vehicle he was riding in on New Year’s Eve. The horrific crash occurred when a 51-year-old woman traveling east on I-10 in San Bernardino County in a rented 2015 Toyota Yaris accelerated to nearly 100 mph, exited at the Vineyard Avenue ramp, and crashed into a Toyota Solara, killing four people. The driver of the Yaris, which she had rented for a family road trip ... Read More

Suddenly Accelerating Bus Kills Indianapolis School Principal, Injures Two Children

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Indianapolis authorities are investigating why a school bus that was idling in front of an elementary school suddenly raced forward and jumped the curb, killing the school principal and seriously injuring two students. Susan Jordan, who had been the principal of Amy Beverland High School in Indianapolis for 22 years, was killed about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday after being struck by the out-of-control bus. The vehicle’s driver told authorities she did not know why the bus suddenly accelerated but said that Ms. Jordan heroically pushed several students out of harm’s way before the bus struck her. The two ... Read More

NHTSA to Auto Industry: No more Mr. Nice Guy

Less than six months on the job, Mark Rosekind, the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator, is putting enormous pressure on automakers to clean up their safety and compliance or face meaningful consequences. U.S. lawmakers and safety experts have relentlessly criticized and belittled NHTSA in recent years for its failure to hold automakers accountable for safety defects, taking action only once the problems mushroomed into deadly crises. The Detroit Free Press said that Mr. Rosekind “let loose a stunning display of force” last week in getting an obstinate Takata to sign a consent agreement that expanded its airbag ... Read More

Ford must submit source code in sudden unintended acceleration case

Ford Motor Co. must turn over portions of its proprietary source code to plaintiffs suing the auto manufacturer over alleged defects in the electronic throttle control (ETC) system of certain vehicles, causing them to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly, a West Virginia federal judge ordered Friday. Attorneys representing plaintiffs in a proposed class action argued that the source code is instrumental to understanding an alleged glitch that can cause sudden unintended acceleration in vehicles made from 2002 to 2010. They likened the problem to nearly identical claims made against Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration. Electronic source code played a key role ... Read More

Jury awards $11 million to victims of Toyota sudden acceleration crash

The victims of an alleged Toyota sudden acceleration crash involving a 1996 Camry will share an $11 million award after a Minnesota federal jury found the Japanese automaker partially responsible for the deadly accident, which killed three people and injured three others. The verdict concludes a tragic saga that has taken unexpected twists and turns for much of a decade, uniting plaintiffs once locked in a legal face-off in a lawsuit that sought to make Toyota pay for manufacturing defective vehicles that could potentially accelerate unexpectedly and race out of control. In June 2006, Koua Fong Lee was driving his ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More