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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 recalling 2.16 million vehicles worldwide, including Prius hybrid, Toyota and Lexis models

Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.16 million vehicles worldwide. The recall includes 711,000 Prius automobiles in the U.S. and a total of about 1.9 million Prius autos worldwide; as well as an additional 260,000 non-hybrid vehicles. The Prius recall includes 2010-2014 Prius models, whose transistors may overheat or become damaged due to errors with the powertrain software. The glitch may cause the vehicle to stall or shut off completely while driving. The recall does not affect the Prius V nor Pricus c models, or the Toyota or Lexus hybrid vehicles. According to MSN, the transistor is a ... 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

Toyota entering settlement talks to resolve pending sudden-acceleration lawsuits

All federal and state litigation involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been stayed after the automaker agreed to enter into an intensive settlement process that could resolve hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases it faces. Toyota has spent about $2 billion in legal costs since 2009 disputing hundreds of claims that its cars and trucks sped out of control unexpectedly, causing numerous crashes, injuries, and deaths. It has also spend millions more in efforts to restore its image and reputation as a high-quality, safety-oriented auto manufacturer as sudden-acceleration complaints continued to mount against it. But despite ... Read More

Poor crash-test ratings prompt Consumer Reports to pull Toyotas from recommended list

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendations for three Toyota vehicles, including its top-selling Camry sedan, after newly expanded crash-test reports showed they performed poorly. The trusted consumer magazine, which millions of readers turn to for its reviews and ratings of a broad spectrum of consumer products, said that the Camry, Prius V, and RAV4 sport utility vehicle performed poorly on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) overlap crash tests, which the non-profit industry group introduced last year. The Corolla, another of Toyota’s top-selling models in the U.S., received a “marginal” rating on the overlap crash test. Despite the poor ... Read More

Oklahoma jury awards plaintiffs $3 million in Toyota sudden acceleration case

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Toyota Motor Corp. must pay $3 million to the families of an Oklahoma woman killed and another seriously injured when the 2005 Camry they were riding in suddenly surged out of control and crashed into an embankment, an Oklahoma state court jury decided last week. The verdict came as welcome news to the families of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the horrific 2007 crash, and Jean Bookout, the driver, who survived with debilitating injuries. It also represents a significant milestone for hundreds of other plaintiffs with personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits against Toyota pending in the ... Read More

Approximately 803,000 newer model Toyota vehicles being recalled in the U.S.

Toyota Motor Co., the world’s best-selling automaker, is recalling approximately 803,000 newer model vehicles after reports of a potential short circuit causing airbags and power-steering to be disabled. The affected vehicles are the Camry and Camry hybrid, Avalon and Avalon hybrid and Venza of the 2012 and 2013 model year. According to Toyota, the short circuit is caused by a possible water leak from the air conditioning condenser onto the air bag control module. This issue may also be responsible for additional problems, such as disabling the power-steering system or causing the airbags to deploy involuntarily. The recall has been ... Read More

Toyota announces third recall in a single week due to safety concerns

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota Motor Corp. has now recalled almost 781,000 2006-10 Toyota Rav4 SUVs and the 2010 Lexus HS250hs due to problems regarding the vehicles’ suspensions which may cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles while in motion. The issue lies within the recalled vehicles’ rear tire rods. The rod may move around if the nuts used for adjusting rear wheel alignment were tightened incorrectly, causing rust and eventually failure. Despite this being the second recall for the rear tire rods in these vehicles, Toyota clarifies in a letter sent to dealers ... Read More