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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, safercar.gov, 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.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POST I’VE EVER DONE!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that an increased risk of crashing in some models from Hyundai and Mitsubishi to be recalled.
The vehicles include, 64,500 Hyundai Elantras, 82,000 Mitsubishi Outlander Sports, Outlanders, and Lancers.
Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh recommends vehicle owners check this website to see If their vehicles have been recalled.
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.
2016 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: http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota-rav4-remedy-rav4-lexus-250h.htm.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ikea has recalled the Malm Drawer Chests as a response to deadly incidents.
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 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.
High-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conair has recalled approximately 570,000 Infiniti Pro Hair Dryers (259/279 Series) due to burn or fire hazards.
The hair dryers can short out and start a fire or burn someone. Consumers are advised to stop using the product and contact Conair Corporation immediately.
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.
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.