Get Justice
For Your Injuries
Auto Accidents - Personal Injury
Practice Areas

Check Your Car For Saftey Recalls

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?

If you own a vehicle and have not yet looked into any safety defects, we strongly urge that you take the time to see if your car or truck has been recalled – remember safety recall repairs are the manufacturers’ responsibility and are free for owners.

Check Your Vehicle

Have the VIN number ready and click the button below to see if your vehicle has been recalled by the manufacturer.

Important! Auto Dealers and Manufacturers Are Not Notifying Owners Of Safety Recalls

In the last year there have been so many vehicle recalls that even myself and my devoted staff are having trouble keeping up with them. It is my strongest suggestion to all my friends that for the sake of yourself and your love ones that you go to this website,, enter your Vehicle ID # and check to see if your vehicle has a pending recall.

Please do not rely on the manufacture and/or your dealership to inform you of these recalls. Many of the pending recalled defects create a very serious hazard to yourself and to the ones you love.


Attoney Bernard Walsh
Attorney Bernard Walsh

With the recent deluge of automaker safety recalls showing no sign of slowing, Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh want you to be aware of several important facts to consider BEFORE you buy your next vehicle.

Even when a car has a severe safety issue such as the defective Takata air bags, large auto dealers or individual private sellers are not required to disclose the defect or the recall.

We will repeat that – car dealers do not have to disclose safety defects or recalls to buyers.

No law, federal or state, requires this information to be passed on to a car buyer. It is currently the buyer's responsibility to research safety recalls themselves.

Dealers and individuals happily sell thousands of cars with serious safety defects such as the faulty ignition switches from GM that have been linked to multiple deaths and the defective and deadly air bags from parts manufacturer Takata every single day to unaware buyers.

Safety Recall Alerts

Nissan Issues Airbag Recall

Nissan Issues Airbag RecallRecently, you may have heard of an airbag recall surrounding Takata Corporation, due to airbags suddenly deploying and sending sharp metal shrapnel throughout the vehicle. This recall has impacted over 50 million vehicles, including 3.5 million Nissan vehicles. Nissan has launched a recall for over 54,000 issues due to an airbag issue, following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the Nissan airbag recall is different than the Takata airbag recall.

2012 Versa Cars Recalled

Over 54,000 units of the 2012 model of the Nissan Versa were recently recalled, due to an issue where the airbags unexpectedly deploy when the doors are slammed. Owners of the vehicle filed a complaint that curtain and seat-mounted side airbags on both the driver and front passenger side suddenly deployed when the doors were closed. After the NHTSA launched an investigation in October 2016, they have determined that a recall is necessary for the affected vehicles.

What Makes The Airbags Suddenly Deploy?

The side airbag connector harnesses of the vehicles used a wrong combination of metals. This resulted in an oxidation state to occur, affecting the pins that connect the control units of the harnesses. When the oxidation sets in on the connector pins, the airbag control unit and the satellite sensor cannot properly communicate. Once this signal is lost, the systems of the curtain and seat-mounted side airbags go into a backup mode. The backup mode enables deployment in case of a crash. However, the requirements for deployment change under the backup mode. In this case, a simple slam of 2012 Nissan Versa’s doors could be enough cause the system to deploy the airbags. Although most customer complaints said that a slamming door is what set off the airbags, there is the risk of airbags suddenly deploying while the driver or passenger is still inside the car. This obviously puts passengers in a dramatically increased amount of danger.

Repairing The Vehicles

Owners of a 2012 Nissan Versa can bring their cars to dealers under the recall program. The dealers will install new jumper harness kits, and properly replace the connection terminals with tin plates, so that oxidation no longer occurs. Dealers will also replace the satellite sensors of the recalled vehicles. Although Nissan has not yet revealed when the recall program will begin, they are urging owners to contact their dealers, the company’s customer service hotline, or the NHTSA.

Not The Only Issues Nissan Has Had

Nissan also recently announced that Altima and Maxima steering lock problems will be fixed for free after an announced “service campaign” for 243,000 model year 2009-2010 Nissan Altima, Altima Coupe, Altima Hybrid and Maxima cards. This is not a full-blown recall, but a service campaign that will fix problems that owners of the aforementioned vehicles have been struggling with for years.

The cars are equipped with electronic steering column lock, which cause the steering wheel to lock when the vehicles are parked and turned off. However, the steering locks have caused serious problems and can leave owners stranded. Nissan has said that manufacturing problems cause the steering wheel lock to malfunction after the cars have been shut off. As a result, the engines are prevented from starting. The problem won’t occur while driving, which is likely why this is only a “service campaign” as opposed to an auto recall. Nissan has agreed to replace the steering lock with an electronic steering column box at no charge. The electronic steering column box will replace the ESCL assembly, but will no longer lock the steering wheel when the car is parked and turned off.

Nissan dealers should be able to complete than job in about an hour. If you have already paid for repairs, Nissan will reimburse you for those repairs, provided you can provide proof of repairs. If those repairs cost more than $1,000, Nissan also requires that you show proof of ownership. Nissan replacement parts are covered by a 12-month and 12,000 mile warranty. Nissan has just begun contacting owners about the service campaign.

Have You Been In An Accident?

If you are a Nissan owner, you hopefully have recognized problems your vehicle may have had, and have taken the proper precautions to protect yourself. If not, hopefully you will do so before it is too late. But if you are a Nissan owner and have been in an accident, it is advised that you consult a car crash lawyer. A car crash lawyer can ensure you receive the money that you are entitled to, especially if your car had previously been recalled. Contact our experienced team by filling out our contact form here, or by calling us at 941-625-4878 to receive your free case review today.

Record-Setting Auto Recalls In 2016

Record-Setting Auto Recalls In 2016 Automakers issued record recalls last year in the United States, as 53.2 million vehicles were recalled. This tops the previous all-time high of 51.1 million set in 2015. This is the third consecutive year that auto safety recalls have topped 50 million while surpassing the record set the previous year. In the two decades prior, annual U.S. auto recalls ranged from 10.2 million to 30.8 million.

The 2016 recalls took place through a record-setting 927 recall campaigns, a 7 percent increase from 2015.

Government Oversight

In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was heavily scrutinized, as they failed to detect a deadly ignition switch detect in General Motor Company’s cars that were linked to 124 deaths. Since then, the agency has been pressuring automakers to recall more vehicles. They have also made efforts to hold automakers accountable, issuing record fines to companies who failed to follow safety rules.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to issue vehicle safety standards. They can also require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Although manufacturers often voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, most are a result of the NHTSA, with either influences investigations, or mandates them through court orders. If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify the NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors. The manufacturer is then required to fix the problem for vehicle owners, free of charge.

A recall is necessary when a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, or when there is a safety-related defect discovered in the vehicle or equipment. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum performance requirements for those parts of the vehicle that most affect its safe operation, such as brakes, tires, and lighting. Minimum performance requirements are also set for the parts of the vehicle that protect drivers and passengers in the event of a crash, such as air bags, safety belts, child restraints, and energy-absorbing steering columns. All vehicles and vehicle-related equipment manufactured or sold in the United States are required to meet the standards.

Traffic Deaths

Traffic deaths have increased drastically over the past few years. They rose 8 percent in 2015, the highest annual increase in a half-century, and it is believed that they rose again in 2016. Traffic crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in the United States, and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34.

The National Safety Council estimates that 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6 percent rise from the year before. It will be the first time in nearly a decade that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year. The two-year increase of 14 percent between 2015 and 2016 is the largest in over 50 years.

Safety advocates contend that increase in deaths have been caused by, among other things, a reluctance by lawmakers to pass more restrictive measures.

Takata Corporation

Many of the 53.2 million vehicles recalled were due in part of a massive callback to replace Takata Corporation’s air bag inflators. The recall tripled in size over the past year.

Takata recently plead guilty to a felony charge after settling a $1 billion deal agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. The deal included compensation for automakers and victims of the company’s faulty airbag inflators. The faulty inflators have been attributed to at least 16 deaths worldwide.

Vehicles made by 19 different automakers (including popular models such as Acura, Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus, and Tesla) have been recalled in order to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both. It has been called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” The airbags were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2015. The airbags deploy explosively, injuring or killing those occupying the vehicle.

The problem exists in the airbag’s inflator, which ignites with explosive force. The inflator contains a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers. If the inflator housing ruptures, metal shards from the airbag can be sent flying throughout the vehicle. Airbags, meant to be a life-saving device, are instead turned into a deadly device. The airbags can also explode with humid and hot temperatures, and when they begin to age. It is recommended the corrective work be performed as soon as possible.

Multiple Manufacturers Have Recalls Expected

Multiple Manufacturers Have Recalls ExpectedAutomobile safety recalls should always be a top concern of drivers. Mental health and physical health can suffer due to these recalls. Knowing where to turn for help can make all of the difference in the world. Allow us the opportunity to represent you and give you the service that you deserve. Having an attorney that is knowledgeable in all aspects of personal injury law is just an added bonus.

Manufacturers And Recalls

Kia Motors- There are a potential 135 affected 2017 Kia Niros. The recall is expected to begin on April 7, 2017. These vehicles may have a damaged or faulty Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) connector. This part being faulty, damaged, or defective can cause the car to lose electric power steering. For any of us that are old enough to remember cars, before power steering was available, it probably resembles that. It can become difficult to turn or steer, and this increases the risk of a crash occurring. There may not be a huge number of affected units but if you suspect your car of being involved in the recall, contact Kia’s customer service department. The company’s number for the recall is SC145.

Airstream, Inc- If you are avid about the outdoors or camping, this recall notice will likely interest you. There are 293 potential affected 2017 Base Camp recreational trailers. Certain models, when heavily loaded, the tires may come in contact with the plastic liner of the wheel well. This suspension issue can result in tire failure, which increases the chances of you being involved in a crash. The recall is expected to begin on May 9, 2017, and the company will contact trailer owners. Customers can also contact Airstream’s customer service for further instructions.

Tegol, Inc- Motorcycle riders will want to pay close attention to this recall notice. Tegol is recalling certain Outlaw V-5 Series helmets. All sized helmets are involved with this event. The expected start date of the event is March 20, 2017, and approximately 11,487 helmets are expected to be affected. These helmets do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 218. They may not stay fastened to your head during the event of a collision. This greatly increases the risk of sustaining a personal injury.

These recalls and the many more that come to our attention everyday, pose a threat to you. If the problem is left unresolved, the consequences can be drastic. Stay informed about information pertaining to recalls because you never know when it might be an item that you own. We would rather see you safe than in need of our services. However, should you sustain an injury from negligence or careless acts, we will be more than happy to assist you through the entire legal process. Having your best interests in mind, providing you with an expert legal team, and giving you a personalized experience to cater to your unique needs are all ways in which you can benefit from contacting our law firm.

Yamaha YZF-R3 Motorcycle Recall Information For Florida Residents

Yamaha YZF-R3 Motorcycle Recall Information For Florida ResidentsThe Yamaha Motor Corporation started the recall process on certain model YZF-R3 motorcycles that were manufactured in 2015-2016. The recall began on March 9, 2017, and Yamaha’s number for the recall is 990112. The company is informing owners about the recall notice, having certified dealerships inspect and repair the problem, and the work is done free of charge.

Vibrations from the engine and from driving may cause the fuel tank mounting bracket to come in contact with the fuel tank. Over a period of time, this may cause the fuel tank to start leaking. Due to the many ignition sources near the fuel tank, the risk of fire and personal injury increases. The driver of the motorcycle and anyone in the vicinity of the bike may become injured.

If you are a Yamaha YZF-R3 motorcycle owner, it is of the utmost importance to have this problem corrected quickly. There is no telling how long the period of time is before a leak starts, so it could happen at any time. Keep you and the rest of your Florida neighbors safe by staying informed of the situation and getting the recall repaired in a timely manner.

Same Models, Different Problem

These same models also have an ignition switch recall to go along with the fuel tank problem. There is a chance that water can enter the ignition switch, causing it to corrode. This can result in an unexpected engine stall which increases your chances of being involved in a crash. Going down a road and having the engine stall inside of a vehicle with seat belts is one thing, but watching cars zooming by your bike while you come to a stop is completely different.

There are an expected 14,320 models affected by this recall. This is important information for everyone to have but it is especially important for Florida residents. Tourism and thriving motorcycle rallies contribute to more motorcycle riders being prominent in the area. The more riders that there are, the more likely one of these affected models are to show up and it could be a cause of personal injury to you.

Should You Sustain A Personal Injury, Put A Proven Commodity On Your Side

For over 30 years our personal injury law firm has represented Florida residents in seriously sustained injury cases. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of law but we practice areas pertaining to injuries sustained through negligence regardless of if the act happens while on the road, in the water, in public, or anywhere else.

People have enough on their plates without having to worry about the legal aspects of personal injury claims. Our personal injury attorneys treat your case on an individual basis. We understand that each and every injury is unique in its own way, and we also know that each person that walks through our door is unique. Providing you with the best personal injury representation available is our job, but relieving you from some of the stress associated with these types of cases is our pleasure.

Tractor Trailer and Heavy Truck Manufacturer Daimler Recalls 4,900 Western Star Trucks for Air Tank Problems

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, explained that a problem with the vehicles aluminum high-pressure air tank could cause potential catastrophic failure of Western Star heavy trucks braking system.

The problem NHTSA stated, could cause the air tank to rapidly loose pressure without warning. Without air pressure in the system, a range of vehicles from Tractor Trailers to heavy dump trucks could unexpectedly loose their braking system leading to a very dangerous situation for both truck driver and motorists.

As of yet no crashes linked to the problem have been recorded.

Software Glitch Prompts Subaru To Recall 25K Imprezas

Subaru announced it is recalling more that 25,000 2017 Imprezas due to a softer problem that can lead to a malfunction of the rear backup camera display.

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration stated “A rearview camera display that does not function as designed can reduce the driver’s view of what is behind the car, increasing the risk of a crash.”

As having a rear view camera is essential for drivers to avoid tragic accidents when backing out of driveways, the lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh urge 2017 Subaru Impreza owners to bring their vehicles in for repairs.

Air Back Sensor Oxidation Leads Nissan To Recall 54,000 Versas

Nissan has announced that it is recalling 54,000 2012 Verses for a potential issue with the air bag. Apparently the problem lies with the materials used in one of the sensors that trigger the air bag to deploy. Over time oxidation can form on pins in the electronics of the Satellite Sensor-to-Airbag Control Unit (ACU) harness connection - this oxidation could interfere with the required electrical connection and lead to an air bag failing to deploy.

Currently no injuries have been reported as a result of this potential problem however Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh urge anyone with a 2012 Nissan Versa check in with their dealer to schedule a repair.

Airbag Inflator Issue Prompts Nissan to Recall 152,554 Vehicles In North America

Japanese automaker Nissan is recalling more than 152,000 vehicles in North America due to a safety issue with the airbag inflator.

According to a report by ConsumerAffairs a problem has been discovered that can cause inflators to rupture during an accident as a result of the propellant degradation from exposure to humidity over long periods. Should the inflator rupture, serious injury or even death can result from metal shrapnel being propelled by the exploding air bag.

Affected models include the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback, 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, and 2007-2009 Nissan Versa sedans.

If you own a Nissan or Infinity we urge you to contact your dealership to schedule repairs and verify if your model has been affected by the recall.

The Cuisinart Recall And What You Should Know

The Cuisinart Recall And What You Should Know Over the last few years, auto recalls have gotten a tremendous amount of attention due to the severity of the injuries that they cause. And those injured in an auto accident caused by a recalled product do have several rights that could mean financial restitution is possible.

But consumer products are also potential sources of risk, and when a faulty product poses risks to users it could mean serious problems might arise. The recent recall of Cuisinart food processors is a perfect example of this, and understanding it and the basics of a recall and your rights is well worth doing for anyone.

Conair, the parent company of the Cuisinart brand, recently issued a recall for approximately 8 million of their food processors. The problem lies in the riveted blade, which can gradually crack over time. When this occurs, small metal pieces of the blade can end up in the food being processed and cut consumers enjoying that food. Customers can contact Cuisinart through their website to get a replacement or refund.

That’s the primary info behind this recall, but what happens if you’re actually injured by the blade’s pieces – or injured by a different defective product that a recall ends up being issued for? Understanding the basics here is easier than you might realize, and incredibly important.

Your rights largely depend upon the time the recall was issued and what your specific steps may have been. Here are the key things to understand:

• If your injuries occur before the recall is issued and are directly related to the problem the recall is for, there is a strong chance that you can seek financial compensation for your injuries.

• Additionally, if you can show that you were unaware of the recall for some reason and your injuries occurred shortly after its issuance, there is a chance, though smaller, that financial compensation could be obtained.

• However, for those who know about the recall and simply choose not to take steps to return the product or avoid using it, they essentially take their safety into their own hands and assume responsibility for what may occur. In short, if the recall is issued and you ignore it or wait too long to correct the problem, there is little chance of seeking financial restitution for your injuries.

No matter the specifics of your situation, it’s important to remember that only a skilled personal injury attorney can truly help you understand just what your rights may be. Each case is different, and there may be factors like class action lawsuits associated with a recall that may impact your case.

Additionally, while companies are quick to correct recalled problems, that’s not quite the case when it comes to paying out settlements from personal injury claims. The reason is that those claims can amount to huge sums and can reflect negatively on the company itself. As a result, they work hard to avoid paying out a penny or at the very least, try to pay as little as possible no matter what is really owed to the claimant.

With this information in mind, it’s easy to see why seeking the help of a good personal injury lawyer is so important. Just as with any other type of injury, they can help guide you towards the right steps and help you understand what to expect from the process of seeking compensation. If you’re injured due to a faulty product – even if a recall hasn’t yet been issued – talking to a personal injury lawyer in Florida is a step well worth taking as soon as possible.

General Motors Recalls Tahoe Police Vehicles For Fire Danger

Scottsdale, United States - February 4, 2012: A photo of a silver Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle. The Tahoe is a very popular SUV in the United States.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, released details of a potential fire risk in GM Tahoe Police Pursuit SUVs used in government fleets.

The apparent risk is due to, "corrosion of the under-hood cooling fan assembly because of fluid intrusion...can lead to an electrical short circuit that increases the risk of fire."

More than 49,000 vehicles from 2010 - 2014 have been recalled.

Recall Alert - Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango Have Been Recalled For Stability Issues

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) announced that an estimated 132,223 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos have been recalled for issues with the Electronic Stability Control system.

Elaborating on the problem, NHTSA Officials said that the new Durango/Grand Cherokee recall stems from a flaw in the software associated with the Steering Column Control Module,” which “under certain conditions, that flaw could cause the Electronic Stability Control system to shut down.

We advise all owners that should this occur, the vehicle will be much harder to steer and radically increase the chance of crashing. We urge that anyone with a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees or Dodge Durango take this seriously and have your SUV brought in for repairs immediately.

Despite Massive Safety Recall Dangerous Takata Airbags Are Continuing To Be Installed In New Vehicles

Regardless of the unprecedented safety recall of more than 28 million vehicles resulting from fatal and catastrophic injuries sustained by drivers from exploding Takata air bags, cars are still rolling off the assembly lines with the defective airbag inflators installed.

Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh recommends that anyone buying a new car to ask their dealer if the vehicle has a Takata air bag installed and if so to insist that the dealer replace the defective part before purchasing the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that, “the NHTSA has issued a consent order with Takata that requires the company to stop making inflators with any ammonium nitrate by the end of 2018. It also gives Takata until the end of 2019 to prove the safety of desiccated inflators — still being installed in many new cars — or they, too, will have to be recalled.”

This means that manufactures of new vehicles are continuing to use potentially defective and unsafe airbags in their new vehicles and that these new vehicles may also need to be recalled for repairs.

Everything You Need To Know About The Newest Toyota Recall

Everything You Need To Know About The Newest Toyota Recall2016 has been a rough year for Toyota. From the Takata airbag safety issues, to issues from problems with sensors, seat belt mounts, and shock assemblies, there have been a quite a few recalls for this popular vehicle manufacturer. On August 12, Toyota announced another recall, this time affecting the RAV4 SUV and the Lexus HS250h sedan.

Toyota Recall Details

The recall will impact 337,000 vehicles and includes the Toyota RAV4 SUV made between 2006-2011 and the Lexus HS250h sedan made in 2010. These same vehicles have been recalled three times so far for suspension issues. The first recall occurred in 2012 as a result of a wobbly rear suspension. Then in 2013 they were recalled to adjust the rear wheel alignment. Now Toyota has discovered that rust can form on the suspension arm threads if the nuts on the rear alignment are not tightened correctly. If the nuts are not tightened correctly, the arm can separate from the vehicle, causing the driver to lose control.

Toyota is voluntarily recalling the vehicle and notifying vehicle owners by mail. If you have one of the recalled vehicles, you will be instructed to take it to the Toyota dealership and they will replace both rear suspension arms at no cost to you. They will also apply an epoxy to prevent future arm adjustment when the suspension is being serviced. To learn more information about the recall, check out Toyota’s website at:

Recalls And Product Liability

If you own one of these recalled Toyota vehicles and get into an accident, it’s important to know your rights. When manufacturers recall vehicles, you have a responsibility to pursue the recall and have the vehicle fixed after the date of notification. However, consumers are not always properly notified about recalls or may even experience an accident before a recall was issued. In these circumstances, you may have a case for product liability against the vehicle manufacturer, parts manufacturer, or car dealer.

What Do If You Are In An Accident With A Recalled Vehicle

If you own any of these recalled Toyotas, or any vehicle that has been recently recalled, and have been in an accident, there are some steps you need to take. As soon as the accident happens you need to have a mechanic inspect the vehicle to see if it is connected to the recall. If the accident happened before the recall was issued, you can have an expert look at the accident report and have a mechanic inspect the vehicle to see if there is a correlation between your accident and the recall. If you think your accident is a result of a mechanical failure or recall, it is extremely important to hire a personal injury attorney because they have the resources to prove that the incidents are related. Once you have proven the accident is related to the recall, you can pursue a claim.

Pursuing a product liability claim in the face of a vehicle recall is very difficult. Car manufacturers have teams of high-powered attorneys and will try to get out of paying a fair settlement for your injuries. So it is crucial if you experience a car accident because of a recall that you hire a personal injury attorney to protect your interests. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney, like our experienced professionals at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh, can help you prove the accident was the result of a manufacturing defect, determine who is responsible for the defect, and help you negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries and property damage. So if you own one of the thousands of recalled Toyotas and have been in accident, call us today to see how we can help you.

Americans Are Getting $15.3 Billion from Volkswagen, Europeans Not So Much

Americans Are Getting $15.3 Billion from Volkswagen, Europeans Not So MuchAmericans are often accused of being too quick to sue, most often by fellow Americans but sometimes by other nations, too. And it is true that United States citizens tend to enjoy more rights as civil plaintiffs than those in most other countries, although the exact details tend to change from one state to another. But while you could certainly make the case that some people take advantage of our system for their own personal gain, that same system also lets citizens get compensation from major corporations.

America’s Settlement

After the story first broke nearly a year ago that Volkswagen was using special software to cheat on emissions tests, the question hasn’t been whether the company would have to compensate the vehicle owners, but rather how much this payment would be. While the EPA considered how much to fine VW for its emissions violations, class-action lawsuits sprang up across the country as individual owners came together to demand compensation for the fraud and for the sudden drop in value of their vehicles.

Now, as of the tail end of June, Volkswagen has agreed to a roughly $15 billion settlement related to the smaller of the two diesel engines that powered VW Group vehicles in the United States. Most of that, over $10 billion, will go directly to the car owners as cash payments of between $5,100 and $10,000, depending on the car’s original price. The amount also includes two additional options: either VW will buy back the car at its September 2015 price, or they’ll fix the emissions problem for free (although this will probably drop the fuel efficiency and performance).

Of the rest of the settlement, half will be going to an EPA fund meant to compensate for the environmental damage, and half will be a mandatory investment into zero-emissions vehicles which may actually benefit Volkswagen in the long run. The company still isn’t out of the woods yet, though: this settlement doesn’t cover the class action suits brought in regards to the company’s larger diesel engine, and the Department of Justice still hasn’t finished with its criminal investigation of the company.

Europe’s Settlement

Something else America is often accused of is being too corporate-friendly, but throughout most of the EU corporations aren’t subject to direct class-action lawsuits. Instead, EU citizens have to either go through individual lawsuits or rely on their governments to act on their behalf. But while there’s nothing inherently wrong with a different approach, the results have also been quite different.

The number of diesel engines in European personal vehicles easily dwarfs the number in the United States: 8.5 million versus 500,000. However, instead of coming to a settlement that equally dwarfs the American agreement, most EU nations have agreed to a quick, inexpensive fix that the EPA rejected months ago on our behalf for being inadequate.

This inequality between America and Europe is so stark that it’s inspiring legal teams throughout the Eurozone to come together and start what could be the single largest consumer action suit in Europe. Lawyers are using a kind of loophole that allows consumers to sign over their claims to a third party, a party that can then seek compensation on everyone’s behalf. And depending on how many European Volkswagen diesel owners decide to join the suit, the final settlement could truly end up towering over any other car manufacturer’s settlement in history.

If you live in the state of Florida and own a VW diesel car, you should consider contacting the law offices of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, and Walsh. We can help you out by answering any legal questions you may have about your rights as an injured party and what you need to do to obtain your fair share of the settlement.

Child Deaths Lead To Ikea Furniture Recalls

Ikea has recalled the Malm Drawer Chests as a response to deadly incidents.

ikea malm chest

Since 2014 three children have been killed when the Malm drawer chest toppled over onto them causing severe trauma.

While the enclosed instructions illustrate the chests are required to be attached to the wall with anchors, Ikea felt the product was dangerous enough that it should be recalled from US and Canadian markets.

BMW Recalls 622,000 SUVs Over Child Seat Anchors

important information very crucial message essential and critical info BMW has discovered that child seat anchors may become damaged and fail to properly anchor the seat in several SUV models.

The recalled models include X3 Sport utility vehicles from 2011 to 2017, and X4 SUVs from 2015 to 2017.

In response to the potentially deadly defect, BMW is recalling 622,000 vehicles worldwide. The NHTSA elaborated on the defect stating that "that the SUVs have anchor bars for child seats that can be damaged when people use European-style child seats."
The Associated Press reported that the recall affects nearly 189,000 SUVs in the United States.

We urge all BMW SUV owners to bring their vehicles in for repair as soon as possible.

Recent Automobile Recalls

Recent Automobile RecallsHigh-profile automobile recalls have been in the news a lot lately, some of them affecting tens of millions of vehicles. Although the media tends to latch onto flashy recalls such as the General Motors ignition switch scandal or the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issues recalls on an almost daily basis.

It is important to pay attention to all recalls, not just the ones that the media latches on to, because all of them may affect your safety and the safety of your passengers on the road. Below are some of the most significant recalls from the past month.

Takata Corporation Recalls Another 13.85 Million Airbags

Takata has been under fire for several years now due to potentially fatal defects in the airbags they supply to numerous automobile manufacturers across the world. On May 16, 2016, they just recalled another 13.85 million vehicles from across the country for defective air bag inflators.

According to the NHTSA, the defective inflators have a risk of rupturing, which may result in metal fragments striking the occupants of the vehicle. Although the specific models have yet to be identified, Takata will be working with affected manufacturers to replace the defective airbags.

Subaru Recalls 48,500 Legacy and Outback Vehicles

Subaru has recalled 48,500 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured between February 29, 2016 and May 6, 2016 for a particularly dangerous defect.

According to the NHTSA, the steering column in the vehicles were not machined properly, which may result in a sudden loss of steering ability. This sudden loss of steering ability while moving would greatly increase the risk of a crash.

Subaru will be contacting affected owners and coordinating with dealers to replace defective steering columns free of charge.

Ford Recalls 271,000 F-150 Pickup Trucks

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling car in America for over 35 years, an impressive feat for a heavy duty pickup. Even with the switch to an aluminum alloy construction that caused supply and manufacturing disruptions last year, Ford managed to continue its reign by selling 780,000 trucks, many of which are sold in Florida.

Ford is recalling 271,000 2013 and 2014 F-150 trucks with 3.5 liter V6 engines. According to Ford, affected vehicles can leak brake fluid, reducing the ability of the front brakes to stop the trucks. Reduced braking ability could lead to increased risk of crashing, and already nine such incidents have been reported.

Ford will be replacing the brake master cylinders free of charge.

Injuries Caused By Vehicle Defects

Many automobile manufacturers issue voluntary recalls for defects before they cause serious injury, but many defects go unnoticed for years before a recall is issued. If you were involved in a car accident, and you suspect that it was caused by a defect in your vehicle, the vehicle manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for a consultation right away.

Airbag Defect Triggers Toyota Avalon and Toyota Camry Recalls

Due to a recent discovery of yet another air bag defect, Toyota has issued a recall in North America for 60,000 2016 Avalon and 2016 Camry models.

Officials from Toyota stated,"the cars have a system that activates or deactivates the front passenger air bags depending on the weight of the passenger. In some of the affected vehicles the system was improperly calibrated, so the front passenger air bags and knee air bags may not deploy."

Toyota has not stated whether there have been injuries connected to the potential malfunction.

More Recalls From GM for Problems Linked to Crashes and Injuries

Even as the numbers of recalls have climbed to staggering levels for GM's botched handling of defective vehicle parts, yet more recalls have been announced.

The timing of the latest round would suggest that General Motor's may have learned it's lesson in attempting to cover up or put off expensive recalls.

The newest recall affects 3.36 million vehicles worldwide due to a problem with ignition switches.

The problem can allow the ignition switch to move out of the run position while the car is driving causing a loss of power breaking and steering.

Drivers should be aware that the problem is made worse by having heavy key rings. Apparently a heavy key ring will increase the potential that the ignition will move out of run. As such, GM is recommending all drivers simply use just the key until their vehicle has been repaired by their local GM dealership.

The recall includes vehicles built between 2000 and 2014 and includes models Chevy Impala, Cadillac Deville, Cadillac DTS, Buick Lacrosse, Buick Lucerne and Buick Regal.

This round of recalls for safety issues brings the grand total to more than 20 million vehicles. While the way the previous management of GM handled the safety issues has drawn both law suites and investigations, the speed of this current recall announcement hopefully means the new management will prioritize the safety of their customers over the profit margins and stock dividends.

If you have been harmed in an accident contact the personal injury attorneys at Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh. Our law firm has more than 150 years combined experienced in protecting the rights of the injured.

We want you to be aware: General Motors has announced a new round of recalls dealing with investigations on multiple fronts.

We want you to be aware: General Motors has announced a new round of recalls dealing with investigations on multiple fronts. More than 1.5 million SUVs, Vans and Cadillacs are part of GM’s second wide-ranging recall this year. The new recall covers air bag and brake issues. In addition to the new recall, 1.6 million small vehicles are being recalled for ignition defects causing car engine and electrical systems to shut off disabling air bags.

We want you to be careful: 1.2 Million Tires From Michelin Recalled For Tread Loss

Michelin Recalls Tires
Michelin has recalled about 1.2 million tires sold in the United States because an increasing number of tires are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss. The tires being recalled are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks. No deaths or injuries have been reported because of the tires.

We want you to be careful: Nissan and Infinity Recalls SUVs Over Brake Safety Issues

skidding suvs

Nissan Motor Company has recalled more than 188,000 Nissan and Infiniti Sports Utility Vehicles worldwide to fix faulty brake control software that could increase risk of a crash. Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60 have been recalled. During light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake software could cause longer-than-expected stopping distances.

We Want You To Be Aware: Jerky Treats From China Sicken and Kill Thousands Of Pets

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned pet owners not to feed their animals jerky treats manufactured in China.

According to the FDA, jerky treats have killed 600 pets and sickened 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. The FDA says pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms.

RAM Tough... Recall

Chrysler gets a tough break, recalls 1.2 million Ram Trucks.

Problems associated with the steering in some Ram pick up trucks apparently stem from technician error during the installation of tie-rod ends.

Tie rods are part of the steering system and tie-rod failures in Ram trucks are the suspected cause of at least 6 crashes – two with injuries. The accidents involved Ram truck models 2500 and 3500 from 2008 to 2012.

Chrysler has stated that of the 1.2 million vehicles recalled 453,000 trucks will require repairs. As a failure of the steering system at the wrong time has devastating consequences this recall is especially important for vehicle owners to comply with.


Member Of The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Peer Reviewed AV rated on Martindale Hubble
Member Of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Member Of The National Justice Association
Member Of The Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association
Member Of The Florida Justice Association
Member Of The Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association
Member Of The Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
Member Of The American Association Of Justice
A Plus Rating With the Better Business Bureau
Recognized By SuperLawyers
10 out of 10 client rating from AVVO
Text Us! (941) 444-5205 Toy Recalls Auto Recalls espanol