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Study links 303 deaths to GM vehicles with defective ignition switch

As many as 303 people may have been killed in crashes involving General Motors (GM) vehicles with defective ignition switches, according to a study commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington D.C.-based consumer watchdog group. GM recalled around 1.6 million automobiles this week. The recall addresses a defect in the ignition switch that may allow the key to slip from the “run” position if the keychain is overweight or the vehicle hits a bump, stalling the engine and cutting off power to the steering, brakes, and airbags. The Center for Auto Safety hired Friedman Research to analyze data from ... Read More

GM now subject of criminal investigation over ignition switch recall delay

Federal officials have opened a criminal probe into General Motors’ ignition switch recall to determine if and why the company waited more than a decade to correct the problem, which is blamed for 31 crashes involving airbag failure and the deaths of 13 people. Confidential sources told Reuters and the Associated Press that the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York will lead the investigation to determine whether GM could be held criminally liable for failing to abide by U.S. laws mandating that automakers notify federal regulators and issue a safety recall within five days of discovering a safety defect. Depositions taken from ... Read More

U.S. regulators order GM to explain its handling of ignition switch recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stepped up its investigation of General Motors Co. in the wake of a potentially deadly ignition switch recall, ordering the automaker to fill in the missing pieces of its chronology detailing the problem, which stretches back to 2004. On Feb. 13, GM recalled 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and certain Pontiac vehicles to repair an ignition switch problem that can allow the key to unintentionally slip from its “run” position when the car hits a bump or if the keychain is too heavy. As a result, the defect can cause an engine shutdown and loss of power ... Read More

GM faces steep fines for its failure to promptly recall faulty ignition switches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into General Motors’ handling of an ignition switch defect that the company says may have contributed to 31 airbag failure incidents and 13 deaths. U.S. laws require automakers to notify federal regulators within five days of determining that a safety defect exists and promptly conduct a recall. Testimony given by GM engineers and company documents uncovered in the litigation of one wrongful death claim indicate that GM knew about the potentially deadly defect in 2004 when it started selling its 2005 Cobalts. However, the U.S. auto giant didn’t recall ... 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

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

3.4 million Japanese automobiles recalled due to faulty airbags

Four Japanese automobile makers are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold worldwide because the airbags could catch on fire or injure passengers. The airbags were manufactured by Takata Corp., the world’s second largest supplier of airbags and seat belts. This is the largest airbag recall Takata has ever issued. The recall involves vehicles made by Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co Ltd, and Mazda Motor Corp. Toyota, Honda and Nissan said they are not aware of any injuries or deaths caused by the defective airbags. The problem is that during an accident the front passenger seat airbag may ... Read More

Toyota window-switch safety recall the largest single recall in 16 years

Toyota Motor Co. announced another giant safety recall Wednesday, this time involving 7.43 million vehicles worldwide over the risk of driver’s-side window switches that could catch fire. The recall includes about 2.5 million model-year 2007-2009 vehicles sold in the U.S. under the Toyota and Scion brand. According to Toyota, pressing the driver’s-side power window master switch (PWMS) may create a “notchy” or sticky feel. If commercially available lubricants are used to treat the switch, the switch assembly could melt, potentially leading to vehicular smoke and/or fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 200 reports of ... 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

Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles for safety repairs

Toyota announced Wednesday that it will begin recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles next month to repair potential safety problems. One recall encompasses about 495,000 Tacoma pickup trucks made in models years 2005 through 2009 and will involve replacing the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. According to Toyota, friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly may occur in some of the vehicles, possibly resulting in “loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module.” Should the electrical connection be interrupted, the driver’s airbag may be deactivated and fail to deploy during a crash. The ... Read More