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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,, 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.

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BMW Has Recalled Over 47,000 Vehicles For Fire Hazards

BMW Has Recalled Over 47,000 Vehicles For Fire HazardsBMW is a German automaker that specializes in luxury vehicles, and they control premium brand names like their own BMW, Rolls Royce, and the curiously affordable Mini. Recently, they’ve had to recall 47,806 2011 and 2012 vehicles in the United States.

The vehicle fault is fairly straightforward: an auxiliary water pump has a defect that can make it fail, and this would let a circuit board overheat and catch fire. The fire could then spread into the engine compartment, and that’s never good. The company doesn’t have the replacements ready to go yet, but they plan to have everything ready by the time they send out notifications to the affected vehicle owners on June 11.

Vehicle Recalls Help Everyone

There are several important benefits to the voluntary recalls of cars, trucks, and SUVs like the one BMW is performing now. First is the most obvious advantage: replacing a security or safety fault means your vehicle will be that much safer. Modern vehicles are complicated machines, and so you almost have to expect that even a major manufacturer with hundreds of employees and dozens of subcontractors would get one or two minor but important things wrong.

Second, it helps maintain the company’s reputation. There are bound to be some people who distrust any vehicle that’s been recalled even once, but at this point they would have to look long and hard to find a used car that fits the bill. That’s why most people can forgive the occasional recall notice, because it shows them that the company cares about getting things right. Besides that, a significant fault will show itself sooner or later through a regulator’s investigation or a personal injury case’s discovery.

Remember That Recalls Are Free

If a manufacturer creates a problem, it’s up to that manufacturer to fix it. They aren’t allowed to make their customers pay for a recall repair since a malfunctioning part is their fault. After all, if there’s something risky or dangerous about a product and it’s not part of the design, that’s something the manufacturer needs to address.

That “intended danger” factor is why there’s a difference between a faulty part and bad driving when it comes to a collision. An automobile is a large, heavy piece of metal that can go several times faster than an average running speed, and it shares the road with other giant metal vehicles that sometimes drive by very close to each other. You assume a lot of responsibility to keep yourself and the people around you safe when you sit behind the wheel, and if you can’t do that then you’re the party at fault.

However, if a part of the car fails and that failure causes an accident or some property damage, it’s the manufacturer’s fault and the manufacturer should be the one to pay compensation. That’s why they’re willing to pay for recall repairs themselves: it’s much cheaper than the alternative even if the alternative is rare. And while recall repairs can take up time you might not be able to spare, many dealerships offer shuttles and loaner cars as alternate ways to get around while your car is in the shop.

Still, all too often a manufacturer will ignore a problem until injuries and fatalities start piling up. At times like these, times when you know the driver’s skills had nothing to do with the accident, you should call up a personal injury lawyer who has experience with auto collisions. If you live in southwest Florida, that means you need the experts at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh. We’re prepared to take your case all the way to court if that’s what it takes to get you your just compensation.

2006 Ford Ranger Owners Should Park Their Vehicles

2006 Ford Ranger Owners Should Park Their VehiclesThe Takata air bag recall is still far from over. Not only is there a problem with manufacturing all the replacement parts the millions and millions of affected vehicles need, companies are still discovering new batches of vehicles that have faulty air bags. Now there’s a new recall, and it’s a priority: owners of the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series should avoid driving their vehicles anywhere unless they know their air bags are fixed.

The Takata Troubles

Takata was a Japanese company that built standardized parts for just about all the major car companies. These items included air bags, but the company cut corners and for over a decade they sold bags with faulty inflators. The inflators used a chemical that would break down when exposed to high temperature levels and high moisture over the years, and eventually if an accident happened the metal container would burst and send shrapnel into the driver’s face instead of a cloth bag.

The recalls began in 2013, and in 2014 the NHTSA expanded the recalls thanks to an investigation. The recalls came in waves since Takata manufacturing plants didn’t keep good records of who bought their products, so it was up to the automakers to track down which vehicles had the faulty air bags. Takata would eventually plead guilty to knowing about the defects while selling them to automakers, and ultimately it owed more in compensation than the company could afford and so it filed for bankruptcy and had its assets sold to the competition in 2017.

The Priority Problems

Around 37 million vehicles built by dozens of manufacturers over a decade have been affected by the Takata air bag recall, and between them 50 million faulty inflators need replacing. This incredible number means the Takata recall is the biggest safety recall in history, and thanks to that not every dealership has all the kits they need to repair all the vehicles in their area. The supply situation is much better now than it was a few years ago, but manufacturers are still having to prioritize hot and humid states like Florida and “alpha bags” that have the highest chance of exploding.

The “alpha air bags” are the oldest and have gone through the most corrosion, making them the most likely to fail and injure or kill the occupant. The list includes Honda and Acura vehicles with model years between 2001 and 2003, and more recently the NHTSA has added certain 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series vehicles. The majority of these vehicles have already been to a dealership and received their fix, but the remaining vehicles are still out there and still a danger to anyone driving them, especially if the driver lives in a southern state like Florida.

If you own a 2006 Ranger and you need a replacement for your Takata air bag, Ford recommends that you avoid driving it and will cover the cost of a tow to their nearest dealership as part of the free recall repair. Also, if you or a loved one suffered a severe injury or worse from a Takata air bag exploding, the company still has a settlement fund that will compensate your injury even though the company itself is gone.

Unsafe Vehicles On Florida Roads

Unsafe Vehicles On Florida Roads Every year, vehicle recalls impact millions of drivers across the nation. The figure seems to be increasing each year. Unfortunately, many Florida drivers are driving vehicles that have been recalled but not yet fixed. In fact, the state ranks in the top ten for vehicles with open recalls. Fixing a vehicle that has been recalled is important to keep you and your family safe.

Major Recalls In Recent Years

The number of vehicles that have been recalled over the past few years has risen dramatically, mainly in part because of a couple massive recalls. Although the numbers have not yet been fully compiled for 2017, auto recalls hit a record high in 2016, with 53.2 million vehicles being recalled. This surpassed a previous record high of 51.1 million, set the previous year.

This was mainly in part due to a recall on Takata Corp. airbag inflators. The inflators are faulty because they can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity. When this happens, the inflators unexpectedly blow apart a metal canister, which sends sharp, hot shrapnel flying throughout the car.

The faulty inflators have been responsible for nearly 20 deaths globally, including on the in the Tampa area. Additional recalls are issued every month, and it’s been estimated that the total number of vehicles impacted by the Takata recall would exceed 40 million, with 70 million defective Takata airbag inflators being replaced. At the beginning of 2018, an additional 3.3 million vehicles were recalled. To date, 19 automakers have been involved with the recall.

There has been significant fallout from the Takata recall. The company reached a deal with the United States Justice Department in which they paid over $1 billion in penalties while pleading guilty to a felony charge, causing the company into bankruptcy protection.

Driving Vehicles That Have Been Recalled

It’s been estimated that nearly 25% of the cars on Florida roads have actually been recalled. SUVs and minivans, typically used to transport families, are likely to have been the most recalled. Carfax has also indicated that there are 63 million recalled vehicles on the road throughout the country, which is a 34% increase from the previous year.

Many drivers are unaware that their vehicles have been subject to recall. The family of the Tampa driver who passed away because of a Takata malfunction has said that they had no idea their car had been recalled because they didn't receive notice. Typically, auto manufacturers must send notice in the mail that a recall has been issued. However, these notices are often lost in the shuffle. Additionally, they are only sent to the original owner of the car, making it difficult for secondhand car owners to find out that a recall has been issued.

Companies have also been taking measures to ensure that vehicle owners are aware of recalls. Some automakers have been going door-to-door to make drivers aware that their car has been recalled. Not only does this save lives, but it also reduces the liability an auto manufacturer has if an accident were to occur. If an accident occurs and automakers can prove that the driver knew of the recall, they will likely not be liable.

Unfortunately, many recalled vehicles haven’t been fixed because there is not enough product supply to meet the current demand. The Takata recall has been unprecedented in both the complexity and size, as Takata was the main supplier of airbag inflators. Without them, it’s been difficult for auto manufacturers to secure replacement airbag inflators that can be used in place of the defective ones. In September, a report indicated that only 43% of recalled vehicles have actually been repaired even though Takata recalls began in 2001.

Figuring Out If Your Car Has Been Recalled

If you are the first-hand owner of a vehicle, you can take your car to your dealership to see if there have been any recalls issued for your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also provides an online lookup tool, which is available to everyone. Drivers can enter their vehicle identification number into the search tool to see if there have been any recalls issued for their vehicle.

Additionally, Carmax has been trying to assist car owners whose vehicles may have been recalled. Carfax Communication Director Larry Gamache has said that the company is working with manufacturers and government officials to make recall information more accessible. Drivers can now log onto the Carfax website and entire their VIN or license plate number. Carfax will then send alerts to your email or cell phone if there is a recall alert impacting your vehicle. Users can enter up to five vehicles on an account, ensuring that a recall will not be missed.

Automakers Struggling To Repair Recalled US Cars

Automakers Struggling To Repair Recalled US CarsIt's no big secret that auto recalls have been issued with alarming regularity over the last couple of years. From the Takata airbag recall to the Toyota acceleration issues, recalls happen almost weekly - or at least it can seem that way.
However, despite the large number of recalls that occur throughout the year, automakers have reported that they are having tremendous difficulty just getting recalled vehicles into their shops for repairs. This means that there are likely far more autos out there on US roads that carry significant risks to their owners and to other motorists around them - and there isn't any change in sight just yet.


The Big Challenge


So what's the problem, exactly? According to Automotive News, there are several challenges. The two main ones are:


•  Difficulty contacting auto owners to notify them that their vehicle has been recalled
•  Difficulty convincing owners to bring in their vehicles to be repaired


The process is disjointed, and different automakers seek out customers in different ways. From email to phone calls to letters sent using various databases, it's not always easy for an auto company to even identify the driver of a specific vehicle. And making things harder is the very large used vehicle market in the US - a driver in the company's initial database may not still be the owner of a vehicle that they purchased even a few months ago.

Some companies stand out. Honda, for example, was noted as an auto brand that takes the process seriously and that uses unique approaches to overcome the different barriers standing in the way of recalls. They use multiple avenues for locating owners and sending out their recall notifications, thus helping the public stay safer.

The government itself does do its part to make sure that auto manufactures notify auto owners in as timely a manner as possible, and it also ensures that the repairs the auto maker intends to perform will indeed repair the problem. But, the NHTSA doesn't directly track or manage recall data on successful recalls.

It's surprising, but this is a very American problem. In Germany, for example, 100% of recalled vehicles are reported to be repaired. In the UK, that number is 92% while in Japan the total is around 80%. But here in the US, only around 70% of recalled vehicles are actually repaired. The rest are still on the roads, ticking timebombs that could bring serious dangers with them.


 What Does This Mean To Motorists?


The low percentage of repaired vehicles can mean that American roads aren't quite as safe as they should be. Those who are involved in an accident with a vehicle that has been recalled but not repaired may find that they have legal options they can take.

For instance, if you were never aware of a recall issue on your vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation if the part that failed was recalled and led to your accident. However, on the opposite side of this, those that are injured due to another motorist's decision to ignore a recall may be able to sue that other driver for damages - their willful recklessness led to the injuries, in other words.

The bottom line is that those who are contacted regarding a recall on their vehicle should set up an appointment and get the issue repaired as soon as possible. Failure to do so could put you and those around you in danger. While auto companies continue to figure out a better way to contact drivers about recalls, those who are contacted have a responsibility as well.

Has Your Child’s Toy Been Recalled?

Has Your Child’s Toy Been Recalled?The holiday season is the time of year when—for a parent—things may get a little more stressful in the lead up to days like Christmas and New Year’s, but the hectic activity is worth it. This is the time when we get together with our families, celebrate our beliefs, and ring in another new year with gifts, celebrations, and new resolutions. And for people in Florida, it’s never a big surprise if family members from colder parts of the country, use this time as the perfect excuse to enjoy some of our great December weather!

But amidst all the family gatherings, busy schedules, and, of course, shopping for gifts, one of the things we sometimes forget about is making sure that what we give to our youngest family members is actually suitable. Just because something was bought at the store, complete with receipt, and an assurance from an established, legal company, doesn’t mean it’s always a safe product. Unfortunately, toys are no exception to this.

Companies Doing The Right Thing

It’s always a good thing to see companies exercising real social responsibility and taking it upon themselves to help their customers. One recent example of this is Kids Preferred LLC, who in conjunction with several different companies, voluntarily put out a recall on their wind up musical plush toy. If you have a “waggy tail” plush toy that is part of the Carter’s®, Child of Mine®, Guess How Much I Love You® or Just One You® brands, be advised that this toy was voluntarily recalled in October of this year.

Fortunately, no accidents or fatalities have occurred yet, but once the toy was released to market, a design flaw was discovered by observant parents. The metal post and the handle of the wind-up mechanism were found to be detachable when that was never part of the design. This creates some potential risk issues, as the parts are small enough to be inserted into the mouth of even a very young child, where, if swallowed, it could present a choking hazard.

Both the American and Canadian governments have now added this toy onto the list of danger items, at the urging of the company itself. However, the toy, before this risk was discovered was inexpensive and widely available all over the country at retail outlets like Walmart, Target and Carter’s. At least 500,000 were purchased around America before the recall was issued, which means that they can be anywhere in America, even right here in Florida, and maybe right in your own home.

Your Parental Obligation

If you have a toy in your home for which you are aware that a recall has been issued it is both your legal and parental responsibility to return that toy. A child’s safety may be at stake, and the company that has manufactured the toy has exercised its own legal responsibility by issuing that recall.

They will not—and legally cannot—go into your home and seize the toy in order to protect your child. At this stage, all they can do is create awareness of the danger, and accept any products that are then returned to them by parents around the country. 

This means that if you hear about this recall, and are aware that you have the toy in your home, and are even warned by others about the danger of this toy, the onus falls on you. If, after the point that others are aware of the danger, you choose to do nothing, and your child should play with the toy, encounter the defect, and choke as a result of it, it is unlikely you will be able to go to a personal injury lawyer and take up a case of negligence. This would be made much more difficult if there was evidence from others in your household, or even friends that are able to produce documentation like emails, or recall conversations with you warning you to return the toy and you did nothing.

If you want to be safe and ensure your children have a safe and happy holiday season, check your gifts. Run any new, store-purchased toys you receive through the product recall website for America, and see if they appear on the list of recent recalls. Make doubly sure to check the specific toy if you are buying it used.

St. Petersburg Crash Linked To Takata Airbag Recall

In arecent news report by ReutersSt. Petersburg Crash Linked To Takata Airbag Recall, Honda Motor Company has stated a recent auto accident resulting in the death of a 34-year-old woman. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent an investigator to Florida after the accident to determine the cause of death. The investigator, along with Honda Motor Company, found that the death was the result of the recalled Takata airbags. This is the 19 death identified so far relating to the recall.

The Details Of The Accident

The accident happened on Wednesday, July, 19th in St. Petersburg. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was driving a 2002 Honda Accord. A 1999 Pontiac Firebird, driven by a 19-year-old, drove into her path and caused a head-on collision. As a result, her airbag deployed with excessive force after the inflator ruptured and killed her. This accident shows the severity of the Takata recall and the importance of Florida residents to have the airbags replaced.

What You Need To Know About The Takata Airbag Recall

The Takata Airbag recall is the largest of its kind in American history. The recall affects 40 million vehicles among 12 different manufacturers. To date, hundreds of people have been injured and there may be more deaths as a result. The recall is the result of a faulty inflator units manufactured in their plant in Mexico. Upon collision, many of the affected airbags will explode too intensely shooting shrapnel into passengers. Florida residents need to be especially concerned as the issue seems to only occur in hot and humid climates. The recall, initially started by auto manufacturers was issued nationwide by the NHTSA across the United States in 2014. Owners of impacted vehicles were instructed to take their vehicles to manufacturer dealerships to have the issue repaired.

Problems With The Recall

The main problem with the recall is these airbags is twofold. The first is even with widespread communication about the recall, many car owners do not know they need to have the issue addressed. The second half is the recall is so large, repairs at dealerships are backlogged. Both of these lead to the main issue that the airbags are not being fixed. As a result, the NHTSA has issued a warning that these vehicles should stay off the road until the manufacturers can catch up on the repair demands.

What To Do

The Takata airbag recall is very serious for Florida residents, so you should immediately check and make sure your vehicle does not have one of the recalled airbags. The NHTSA has a special section of their website dedicated to the recall found here. Consumers can go to that website to learn more and make sure their car is safe.

Product Liability And The Takata Airbag Recall

When someone is injured or killed by a faulty product like the Takata airbags, they and their family members have a case for product liability and will be owed compensation for their damages. If you or someone you know has been in an accident and sustained serious injuries, there may be more to the story than just driver negligence. You should call Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh and speak to one of our qualified attorneys about the accident. They can investigate whether or not you have a product liability case and help you negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries.

Newest Takata Recall Adds Millions Of Vehicles

Newest Takata Recall Adds Millions Of Vehicles Already, the Takata airbag recall has gone down as the largest automotive recall in history. Faulty airbags manufactured by the Takata company have created some staggering statistics including:

  • 11 Americans dead and 18 people killed worldwide by the issue

  • 180 injuries sustained from the faulty airbags

  • More than 100 million vehicles recalled globally

  • More than 70 million airbags recalled in America

And now, another 2.7 million vehicles have been impacted by the recall. This new addition to the long list of recalled vehicles is due to new findings that show that the recall isn't geographically specific. Originally it was believed that only vehicles in humid, warm climates were affected. But it's now known that even those in drier, cooler locations are influenced by the recall. As such, millions more are facing a recall.

Making matters worse, the Takata company has filed for bankruptcy, creating a shortage of replacement parts that means that many vehicle owners affected by the recall will be forced to wait for longer than normal. And since the vehicles impacted date back multiple years, finding the current owners is difficult as well. In other words, millions may be driving without realizing that their vehicle has been impacted by a recall.

Product Recalls And Personal Injury

Those who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a product that was recalled, needs to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The reason is that in these situations it's likely that financial compensation may be owed to the injured parties.

There are a few things that are traditionally true about recalls and personal injury, but what it comes down to is fault and responsibility. For example, if you knew about a recall and chose to ignore it, you are accepting the responsibility for the potential injuries. But if you weren't aware of the recall or if you didn't have time to get a replacement, you may be able to show that you are owed restitution.

In the case of these Takata recalls, the difficulty locating current owners and the fact that those who are impacted may have to wait for months means that personal injury cases triggered by the recalled items have a good chance of being valid.

Getting Compensation

It's not easy for the average person to file for compensation and receive it. Instead, you need to turn to a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will review your situation and determine what rights you have and what steps you can take to get the compensation that you may be owed.

This can depend on numerous things, and even if you are owed compensation it's not always easy to take a case to the courts and get the settlement you're owed. Letting a professional accident attorney take care of the process for you allows you to focus on your recovery instead of on dealing with red tape and legal hassles.

Only one-third of the faulty Takata airbags in the US have been repaired at the moment, and experts are predicting that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of future recalls. As such, it's important to speak with an attorney if your accident was caused by a faulty Takata airbag.

Our team of legal professionals has decades of experience in personal injury law and are ready to help you get the assistance you need. Contact us today to get a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.

Each New Day Seems To Bring An Air Bag Recall Along With It, Which Could Lead To You Needing An Attorney

Each New Day Seems To Bring An Air Bag Recall Along With It, Which Could Lead To You Needing An AttorneyAs little as ten years ago, many individuals probably could not tell you what propellant degradation was, but they are common terms now. The flurry of air bag inflator recalls ensured that these words have etched out their place in history and daily communications. The vast number of affected units still on the road is stifling, considering the potentially fatal consequences associated with them. The Takata corporation has received much of the attention, but this post is to prevent injuries from occurring to Nissan drivers.

A Potential 515,394 Affected Units

Nissan is expected to begin sending out notifications starting in September to owners of certain 2007-2011 Versa Sedan and 2007-2012 Versa Hatchback vehicles. Remedy parts are currently not available, but a second letter will notify owners of when, the repair, can be completed. The cars have air bag inflators that may rupture, due to propellant degradation. Just in case you have not heard why this unfortunate event happens, it is because of the canisters becoming exposed to long-term extreme temperatures, humidity, and the constant cycling between the hot and cold temps.

Dealers will replace the affected inflators, as soon as a suitable replacement from another manufacturer becomes available. The work will be completed free of charge to consumers, but you need to remain aware of the dangers posed to your safety until it is complete. If the part ruptures, metal fragments can become flying projectiles, which might strike drivers and passengers, resulting in severe injuries to the face, or other areas of the body. Lacerations are possible, as well as, loss of life and these risks posed to you should be considered thoroughly before the vehicle gets driven, without the new pieces in place.

Owners may call Nissan's customer service department at 1-800-647-7261 to inquire about the problem, or seek more info from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Recent reports indicate that another life was claimed, by a ruptured air bag canister, so the issue is severe enough to warrant the frequent exposure by media outlets everywhere. Although the incident was not in a Nissan, the underlying problem deserves the attention so that drivers can make an informed decision about whether driving their vehicle is worth the risks posed to their well-being.

Compensation For Injuries

Becoming injured from a faulty part may entitle you to compensation for those injuries, which can help pay for medical bills and everyday necessities. Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck and losing hours from work, due to an injury, can have a devastating impact on one's livelihood. The Takata organization recently filed for bankruptcy, which means less money for the victims of these crashes. It may be only a matter of time before these issues begin to affect other manufacturers in the industry, so it might be beneficial to your claim, to contact our office quickly to get your case started. Don't get left holding the bag for the negligent act of another, put our winning team in your corner, and let us handle the heavy legal lifting. In the meantime, you can worry about the more important things at hand, living life, recovering, and spending time with your family.

Getting Over A Million Hits On A Recall Is Not The Same Thing As On Social Media

Getting Over A Million Hits On A Recall Is Not The Same Thing As On Social Media Automotive recalls this, and automotive recalls that when will the carnage stop? With so many advancements over the decades like ABS brakes, air bags, and safety notification features, it would seem as if we should be living in the safest environment ever. However, anyone that turns on the news can see that nothing is further from the truth. Our technological and scientific capabilities have given us a vehicle on Mars, lasers to shoot down missiles, and the ability to access information right from our hand, but meanwhile, millions of drivers and passengers continue to get seriously injured by auto recalls.

Over 1 Million Potential Affected Units

Beginning on July 31, 2017, Honda is set to start sending out intermittent letters to owners of certain 2013-2016 Honda Accord vehicles. The Accord has been one of the leading models for the brand for years, so that means they are in just about every city in our great nation. Spread the news, and together, maybe we can make this world a little safer for all of us.

A piece located in the battery management system, the case for the battery sensor may allow water to get inside the unit, which may result in an electrical short. It is amazing that something that sounds so simple could have such dire consequences, but it does, due to it increasing the risks of a fire occurring. The interim remedy is merely an adhesive put in place, to prevent water from getting to the inside of the unit. A second notice will come in the mail, a permanent remedy will become installed, and then the problem will be resolved.

Consumers should feel free to contact the American Honda Customer Support Center at 1-888-234-2138. Reference the recall number of KG0 to ensure that you get up to date and relevant information about the right case. The company has not received any reports of injuries, regarding this issue, but water and electrical components do not mesh together well, so be careful out there. Honda has been one of the manufacturers hit hardest by the slew of Takata air bag recalls, and recently they linked another death from one of the exploding units to one of their vehicles.

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Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident, and believe that a malfunctioning part is to blame? The firms for these types of companies are prepared and ready to discredit any claim that you make. They often attempt to make the legal proceedings long and drawn out, which often makes victims settle for much less compensation than they deserve. Being injured often results in missing time from work to recover, and by making the process lengthy, they are expecting you to run out of money. Our proven and winning team has over 100 years of experience in Florida law, and we have the funds to take these cases the distance if need be. However, due to our reputation, they often settle out of court to avoid allowing us to get in front of a jury with our client. Don't feel as if you have to complete this task alone because we are here and ready to assist you.

The Ins And Outs Of Takata Filing For Bankruptcy And What It Means To Victims

The Ins And Outs Of Takata Filing For Bankruptcy And What It Means To VictimsWith around 100 million air bag inflators recalled, Takata is becoming a name that people talk about daily. Unfortunately, this recognition comes on bad terms, as at least 180 injuries and 16 deaths have occurred worldwide, due to the exploding metal canisters. Recently, a bankruptcy filing by the company took place, which will protect its Japanese and United States operations, while also selling assets to a key competitor in the industry, Key Safety Systems Inc. According to many experts, this is bad news for the victims that are seeking compensation for the injuries incurred by the inflators.

Little Money Expected To Remain For Victims

There is not much information available, on the price involved in the acquisition of Takata, but the majority of the proceeds will go to car manufacturers as restitution for the recall costs. The organization pleaded guilty to Fraud in February and agreed to pay out a settlement of 1 billion bucks. However, $850 million goes to auto makers, and $25 million goes to the government for fines. Previously, Takata placed $125 million in a fund for victims, but that money is expected to disappear quickly because of the severity of the injuries, and the impact that they have on ways of life.

Just in case you have not heard the story, investigators determined that the chemical ammonium nitrate, used to deploy these air bags, became unstable after being exposed to harsh elements like extreme heat and humidity. When these conditions exist, the chemical can deteriorate, which causes the metal canister to explode, and often sends metal shards and fragments straight at a person's face. Lacerations and bruises are minor injuries that may occur, while more severe ones have left some victims unable to control the muscles in their face, and yet others pay with their life.

Experts are predicting the victims will only be paid around 5 to 10 cents on the dollar, which is relatively small when compared to what they would receive from a financially stable corporation. If the purchasing price of Takata is over $1 billion, a pool could be set up to pay more, but the deal is likely to protect Key Safety Systems Inc, from future liabilities for past events or claims. Some lawsuits are being brought against automakers as well, but not much resolve is expected to come from them. Takata says that they concealed the information from everyone, including car manufacturers, but many attorneys say there is sufficient evidence to prove otherwise.

More Than 50 Million Of These Inflators Are Still On The Roads

Data shows that only about 22% of the affected units have been replaced thus far, leaving roughly 54 million more still in our vehicles. More and more injuries and deaths are likely to occur, and it looks as if victims may be drawing the short straw. However, if you have become injured by one of these items, or another broken piece of equipment, we will be more than happy to assist you. Our team is prepared, willing, and able to take cases, which large corporations with their vast legal teams are a part of, the distance to get you the most compensation for your injuries. Keep fighting the good fight, and put a winning commodity in your corner by contacting our office to discuss your legal options.

New Takata Recall Affects Millions Of Vehicles

WNew Takata Recall Affects Millions Of VehiclesThese days, it seems like every week brings with it a new automotive recall. Over the last few years, millions of different vehicles have been recalled and virtually every major automaker has been forced to issue a recall of some kind.

This week is no different, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just issued an order to Takata to recall more than 2.7 million additional vehicles including those sold by: Ford, Mazda, Nissan.

Takata isn't an auto manufacturer, but are instead the creators of the airbag systems that are installed in vehicles from the manufacturers listed above. This isn't' the first recall that has impacted Takata or airbags - a total of roughly 70 million airbags have been recalled in the US alone, and more than 100 million have been recalled around the world.

That's a huge number, but when you consider the statistics regarding the airbags it's not hard to understand why.

• So far, 11 Americans have been killed due to faulty airbags from Takata
• At least 18 people have been killed around the world by the airbags
• About 180 injuries have been sustained so far due to these airbags

The Takata company itself has already declared bankruptcy, filing in June of 2017 and selling assets to Key Safety Systems, headquartered in Detroit. While this means that replacements of the faulty airbag inflators should be sped up, a part shortage is still expected and owners trying to get their vehicles repaired are facing longer wait times than normal for most recalls. Shortages of parts needed to repair is already one problem, but not the only one.
Older vehicles are impacted as well, and could have been sold, resold, and resold again over the years. As such, tracking down current owners of an affected vehicle isn't easy. Many could be driving their vehicle without even realizing that a recall has been issued.

The number of vehicles impacted from each manufacturer varies greatly as well, with Ford facing the biggest numbers. This latest recall affects manufacturers at a rate that is staggering:

2.2 million Ford vehicles are impacted
6,000 Mazda trucks are affected
627,000 Nissan Versa cars from 2007 to 2012 are impacted as well

Currently, only a third of America's faulty airbags have been repaired, due in large part to the shortage of parts following the announcement and the bankruptcy filing of Takata. But experts are concerned that this is only the beginning.

Takata initially believed that a manufacturing issue in two of their factors were to blame, leading to problems with airbag inflators that were used in warmer, higher humidity climates. Because of this initial belief, the first recalls were geographically targeted. But over time, problems began appearing in dry, cool climates as well and the recall began to be extended to a much larger area.

Also, Takata's initial statement that certain airbags from them - specifically, those with moisture absorbent materials - were safe has now been shown to be a problem. This expansion of the recall throws all Takata airbags into question, and it's likely that the recall levels will reach even hair numbers.
Already, this has become the largest automotive recall in history. But the continuing expansion of the recall means that it's likely that things will continue to get worse for the company and for motorists. With the number of impacted vehicles climbing and the parts shortage growing due to increased demand, this Takata airbag recall has become one of the biggest, most startling events to happen in the auto industry.

The recalls are an attempt at keeping motorists safe, but so far there is no clear solution as to how to effectively manage the issue.

Do Not Drive Too Closely Behind These Vehicles, Or You Could Wind Up Needing A Car Crash Lawyer

Do Not Drive Too Closely Behind These Vehicles, Or You Could Wind Up Needing A Car Crash LawyerWe have all been there, driving behind a car with no tail lights, only to have to slam on our brakes to keep from hitting them. You don't even have to be driving close to crash. All it takes is the blink of an eye, a mere second of looking away from the road, or another distraction, to cause you, and the other driver, pain, and misery. When accidents similar to these occur, unless you have a dash cam video or another definitive, piece of evidence, the blame may be placed on you.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car crash, when broken taillights, or another part, are behind it, contact our office for a free case review, to find out your legal options. You, and, or your passengers, may be entitled to fair compensation for injuries, missed work, and other elements. Don't be stuck paying massive medical bills, from an accident that was no fault of your own.

Supreme Corporation Issued A Recall Due To Exterior Lighting

Various, 2007-2017, Signature Van and Kold King vehicles equipped with oval taillights installed in the rear corner posts, are expected to be recalled, beginning on July 31, 2017. There are about 11,414 units affected, which is not a small number, so it is important to keep a watchful eye out for them. They could be parked in the driveway next door to your home, or in the road, directly in front of you, posing an increased risk of a crash occurring.

The rear reflectors may have been installed at a height that is greater than required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), specifically, number 108, which refers to lamps, reflective devices, and other associated equipment. If the reflectors are mounted in the wrong location, they will not reflect properly in headlights, especially in the dark. The company is supposed to contact owners directly, but you can also feel free to contact Supreme customer service at 1-800-642-4889.

If you do not see a car, truck, van, or any other type of vehicle stopping in front of you, and crash into them at full speed, severe and devastating injuries can occur. These can include cuts, bruises, brain injuries, broken bones, and multiple others. Stay safe while you are on the roads, so that hopefully these posts, are the only thing that you need from us. Your health and well-being are the most important things, that should always be taken into consideration first, before anything else. We want nothing more, than the best, for our friends and neighbors.

An Ideal Remedy For The Owners Of The Vehicles

These vehicles are receiving new parts, which is great, but how does that help you, if you are involved in a crash with the car? Someone must be held accountable for this miscalculation. You did not install these parts in the wrong spot, so why should you have to suffer because of the negligent act of another?

If you live in the Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, or surrounding areas, and are facing a dilemma like this, we would love to hear from you. First, let us apologize for you having to experience this discomfort in the first place. Now, you should know that we will always fight for you, without any ulterior motives, and with your best interests in mind. The lawyers for the insurance companies and the manufacturers are looking out for their clients, not you, and they want to pay out the smallest amount of money possible, regardless of whether it covers your expenses or not. We will do everything in our power to get you the just and fair settlement that you deserve.

Even Sitting Down, Poses A Fall Risk With These Product Recalls

Even Sitting Down, Poses A Fall Risk With These Product RecallsTwo recent product recalls will leave consumers wondering if it is even safe to sit down anymore. Not many people are overly concerned, nor do they pay attention, whenever they go to sit down in a chair. Normally, furniture is sturdy, durable, and reliable to plop, sit, or even jump onto occasionally. It is important to look at this information carefully, in an attempt to prevent injuries. Abrasions, broken bones, and even a traumatic brain injury can occur from an unexpected fall.

Have you been injured in a fall from a recalled product? Manufacturers must be held accountable for the items that they sell. You should not be left holding the bag for another person, or organization's negligent acts and defective parts. If you live in Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Venice, or a surrounding area, we would like to offer you a free case review, to see if you are owed just compensation for your injuries.

There are A Potential 124,000 Affected Units Involved In This Recall

Staples has issued a recall on Hazen Mesh Task Chairs. They were sold both, in brick and mortar stores, and online, nationwide. The legs, towards the base, can break, resulting in you falling unexpectedly. These chairs have been in circulation for some time, as they sold from October 2014 through April 2017, so it is of the utmost importance to inspect the SKU, and items numbers, to see if you have an affected unit. These figures are printed on the underside of the seat cushion and will include...

  • SKU numbers of 1058246 and item numbers 26680

Consumers should immediately discontinue use, and contact Staples at 866-755-1321, referencing 17-180, for further information. Additional information can also be found on the company's web page. The company is giving free replacement bases as the remedy, with included instructions, to make installation easy.

The cushions are made of mesh and fabric materials, which are black in color. These traits are not uncommon in office-style seating and can allow them to remain hidden and inconspicuous. The organization has received 20 incident reports of the bases breaking, and another three, over minor cuts, and bruises. Luckily, these are relatively small numbers, and the injuries are minor, but all it takes is landing awkwardly, one time, for a more serious problem to occur.

This Recall Has About 3,300 Units Involved

Noble House Home Furnishings LLC, of Chatsworth, California, issued a recall on Kaius, Henrietta and Fauna dining chairs. They come equipped with solid wood legs, and various colored, upholstered seating. Some models have cushions in only the bottom, while others contain one on the back support as well. The chairs have a label located underneath the seat, which will read...

  • "MADE FOR: NOBLE HOUSE HOME FURNISHINGS LLC: 21325 Superior St., Chatsworth CA 91311"

Four incidents over minor bruising were reported, as well as, six others about the legs of the chairs breaking. Consumers should immediately discontinue use, contact Noble House toll-free at 888-600-6376, and reference the recall number of 17-177. The company will send a repair kit to owners, free of charge, including shipping.

These pieces of furniture were sold at the online retailers, Amazon, Overstock, and Wayfair, between September 2016 and March 2017, for a price of around $130. In other words, they could be located anywhere, including right here in Sarasota, so be on the lookout for them, as well as other hazards that pose a risk to you.

Stay Safe Out There, Because It Can Be A Dangerous World

With any luck, by our firm bringing you news like this, you can stay healthy and happy. However, there are dangers, risks, and hazards everywhere, so continue staying informed, and hopefully, you won't be in need of our services.

A Scenario That Could Leave You In Need Of A Personal Injury Lawyer

A Scenario That Could Leave You In Need Of A Personal Injury LawyerSummer is upon us in full swing, and it is time to take the motorhome out for a leisurely trip to the campgrounds. The vehicle handled effortlessly, fishing and fun in the sun were aplenty, and the time has come for a safe ride back to the conveniences of home. Then, disaster strikes.

As you turn your key in the ignition, you notice a terrible grinding sound, coming from underneath the motorhome, and then it happens. You stop attempting to crank the vehicle, don't see, or hear, anything else, and decide that it is time to try again. This time, the motor starts up quickly, but the familiar grinding noise is back. The starter motor has malfunctioned, is making a horrible whining noise, and will not stop.

You and your family get out of the motorhome, safe and sound, with it still making an annoying sound, and cranked. After deciding that disconnecting the battery cable would be your best method for alleviating the problem, you make an attempt to do so. Black smoke begins to billow out from under the motorhome, and you act accordingly, trying to put out the fire with an extinguisher. Your best efforts come up short, the vehicle goes up in flames, and you receive personal injuries consisting of burns and other painful wounds. Now, what are you to do?

Newmar Corporation Is Issuing A Recall

Certain, 2012-2015, King Aire and Essex motorhomes, built on a Spartan Motors chassis, are being recalled due to an increased risk of fire. There is a component on the inside of the starter motor that may malfunction, or break, causing failure in the car part, resulting in it possibly overheating and catching fire. Severe injuries can occur, affecting your entire way of life. If you, or a loved one, becomes injured from a malfunctioning, defective, or a recalled product, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office for a free case review to find out what your options are.

There are a potential 210 affected units, of different models, involved, and the company is expected to begin the process on August 13, 2017. Newman is also supposed to contact owners directly, but people can also feel free to call their customer service department at 1-800-731-8300, referencing the number of 17012, for relevant and credible information about this recall.

Who Is Held Responsible For Your Injuries?

The compensation that you deserve could come from different places. The entire ordeal can become a long and drawn out process, with manufacturers pointing fingers at each other, while you struggle just to pay the utility bills. The part maker, as well as the vehicle builder, and other parties may share the blame, or it may all fall squarely on a single company's shoulders. We can put a plan into place that is ideal for getting you the best possible outcome for your claim. Our funds, human resources, and experience, all play a significant role, in getting you the compensation that you deserve.

For-profit insurance companies, have the best interests of the people that they represent in mind, not yours, so be prepared for low monetary offers. Being hurt, running out of funds, and in a vulnerable state, these businesses may attempt to take advantage of you. Put a winning and proven firm in your corner, and allow us to help you through these troubling times.

This Camshaft Failure May Lead To You Needing An Attorney

This Camshaft Failure May Lead To You Needing An AttorneyYou finally saved up your money and bought the car of your dreams, only to have it break, cause you to crash, and get injured. Now, you have a mangled car, multiple and various expenses, and have no idea what to do. This type of scenario is more common than you might think. Many drivers have never been in an accident, and if they have been, it was not likely due to a recalled vehicle. However, these types of occurrences do happen, and our experienced, knowledgeable firm, can help you get deserved compensation, and form a plan for your recovery.

After all, your health and well-being are of the utmost importance, and if you are out of work due to the injury, how can you possibly afford to get better? There are so many ifs, and buts, that are wrapped up in these types of cases, with attempting to prove fault, and what not, that these lengthy proceedings, can leave you worse off than you started. If you have been injured due to an automotive recall, contact our office for a free case review, to see where you stand. Until you need us, which is hopefully never, continue reading posts like these, for information regarding recalls that can affect your livelihood.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Issues Recall Number, AH08

The manufacturer has not provided a schedule yet, so there is no anticipated start date. There are approximately 17,986 affected units, and owners can contact the company's customer service department at 1-800-767-7243, for further credible information. Listed models include...

  • 2010-2012 Panamera S, Panamera 4S, and Panamera Turbo

  • 2011-2012 Panamera and Panamera 4

  • 2011 Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo

The camshaft controller, located inside of the engine, may become loosened and dislodged in the motor, resulting in engine failure. When you have no power, you can lose control and wreck into another car, pedestrian, or even an immovable object. The unexpected occurrence could even cause another driver to run into your vehicle. All of these situations can result in you, a passenger, or someone else becoming injured, so until the company issues notices, just remain cautious about the problem.

Brands, Big, Small, Or Anywhere In Between, Can Have Defects

Recalls like this one, show us that even high-end products can have problems. Engine failure is possible in any vehicle, at any time, so using safe driving practices is essential to everyone's safety. With so many technological advances, improved safety features, and other conveniences, it is not hard to forget that cars can be dangerous pieces of machinery. We have to give them the respect that they deserve, but regardless, defective parts can throw a wrench into normal operations.

Whatever the brand is, and whoever they have representing them, we are prepared to give you our undivided attention, and fight for what you deserve. You should not have to worry about expensive doctor bills, and other expenses, getting out of hand, whenever your injury is a direct result of a faulty piece of machinery. Let us, help you.

Another Typical, Everyday, Airbag-Related Recall, That Drivers Have To Worry About

Another Typical, Everyday, Airbag-Related Recall, That Drivers Have To Worry AboutFor the past few years, airbag-related recalls, have remained atop the trending lists, of news outlets, web pages, and even social media accounts. Malfunctioning, or defective, components, parts, and equipment increase a driver's risks of becoming involved in an accident. Personal injuries, and in some cases, even deadly consequences, can occur. There are always risks involved when you decide to get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle, but when you are one of the members in a crash, due to a bad car part, that is unacceptable.

Have you, or a loved one, been injured because of a part associated with an automotive recall? You may be entitled to compensation for loss of wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation. Our office is prepared, capable, and able to go the distance, with the legal teams, that various corporations have in place, for just such an occasion, and we will fight for you, always with your best interests in mind. With any luck, knowing about this information will keep you safely out of harm's way, but if not, know that we are here to help.

Recall Expected By Chrysler

Chrysler, also known as FCA, US, LLC, is scheduled to issue a recall on certain, 2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravans, due to inadvertent airbag deployment. What exactly does that mean for you? There is a chance that the airbag wiring harness can become chafed. Once this occurs, it can short circuit, leading to the bag deploying, which leads to an increased risk of crash and injury to the driver. However, it is also dangerous to passengers, other drivers, and other items along the roadway as well, if an accident does happen.

There are 209,135 potentially affected units, which is quite a few, dangerous minivans driving around. The company is expected to begin the process beginning July 28, 2017, but owners can contact the customer service department at 1-800-853-1403, referencing the number of T33, for further details. Owners will be notified directly, and certified dealers will inspect the harness, replacing it as necessary. For protection against future chaffing, a cover will also be installed over the wires.

Grand Caravans are premier vehicles, owned all across our great nation, including Sarasota and surrounding areas, so keep your eyes peeled, and inform others of the potential problem. Together, we can keep our friends, families, and everyone else in between, safer in their vehicles. Driving, and riding in a car, is a dangerous business, but you should not have to live in fear because of a malfunctioning airbag, or another part.

Another Credible Source For More Information

Concerned individuals can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's web page, to gain more knowledge about this automotive recall, as well as various others, to help them achieve a more pleasurable driving experience. It contains factual and credible data, about different types of recalls, including equipment, tires, and more. It never hurts to take a quick peek, at the very least, it will give you peace of mind, knowing that the things that you own, are not on the list.

The NHSTA’s campaign number for this particular recall is 17V376000, and the report was generated on June 13, 2017. Referencing the number and date, you will quickly be able to find the information that is relevant to you. We will remain vigilant in our quest to help you stay safe, by bringing you this type of info, but just know that we are here, whenever you need us.

Investigating Why Some BMWs Are Catching Fire

Investigating Why Some BMWs Are Catching FireIn an ongoing report, ABC News World Tonight has been investigating why certain models of BMWs are suddenly catching fire. The investigation began on May 11, after correspondent Brian Ross reported that “dozens of BMW owners” have been reporting that their vehicles have been catching on fire “while parked and turned off for hours.” Ross also reported that after learning of the fires, BMW issued a report claiming their “investigation shows no problem or defect, and that such cases are rare” and that “outside factors could be a cause, including poor maintenance or rodents’ nests.”

Collaborative Investigation Found Surprising Results

ABC News followed up with Ross’ story by working with ABC satellite news stations across the county in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Raleigh. Together, these stations found that more than 40 BMWs across the country inexplicably caught fire while parked over the last five years. None of these 40 plus vehicles had open recalls for fire safety issues. So the reasons for the sudden combustion still remains unsolved.

The NHTSA Responds

ABC reported their findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that oversees manufacturer safety and vehicle inspections. They investigated the issues and have not identified a potential safety defect in BMWs that creates a fire hazard. However, the NHTSA advises that anyone that experiences a sudden fire with their BMW, should report the incident on their website.

What You Need To Know About Vehicle Fire Safety

Cars catching on fire presents a serious danger to those around them. If your car catches on fire while parked, here is what you need to do to stay safe.

1. Clear the area. Make sure all passengers and bystanders are at least 150 feet away from the vehicle.
2. Call 911 immediately. Do not try to put the fire out yourself.
3. If possible, alert any oncoming traffic or businesses in the area about the fire.
4. Ask the firefighters, if and when it is safe to approach the vehicle.
5. If the firefighters say it is safe. Take a lot of pictures of the vehicle and fire damage. If you need to, ask for help from the firefighter to remove any personal items in the vehicle.

You will then need to report the fire to your insurance agency, the vehicle manufacturer, and the NHTSA.

What To Do If Your BMW Catches Fire

Though BMW has not issued a vehicle recall, 40 vehicles spontaneously catching on fire while parked is a concern for any BMW owner. You need to be prepared for the worst to keep yourself and your family safe. First, make sure to always maintain your vehicle with a certified BMW mechanic. If you have a record of proper maintenance and your car catches on fire, it is clearly a manufacturer’s issue. Secondly, you will want to talk to a lawyer. Your car catching on fire spontaneously is a serious hazard and between the risk and the property damage you need to make sure that you are protected.

BMW is a very popular make of vehicle in Florida. Nearly 14% of all vehicles sold in Florida are luxury brands like BMW. So if your BMW catches on fire, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney to ensure you are fairly compensated for the damage. Since BMW has yet to issue a recall, it may be difficult proving that your vehicle caught on fire because of a manufacturer’s defect. Fortunately, the attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh can help. We have over 150 years combined experience helping Florida residents get the compensation they deserve from vehicle malfunctions. If your vehicle has caught on fire, contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help.

Nearly One Third Of FDA-Approved Medications Pose Safety Risks

Nearly One Third Of FDA-Approved Medications Pose Safety RisksIn a recent article published on May 9th in the Washington Post titled “To Your Health,” reported that nearly one third of all FDA-approved medications posed health and safety risks not discovered until after approval. The article reported that a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “reviewed 222 products approved between 2001 and 2010” found that 32% of the medications had some kind of safety issue come up. The study also found that even with strict FDA medication approval guidelines, it took an average of 4.2 years from approval to issues a warning or recall.

FDA Reviewing The Study

Forbes also published the study’s findings, noting that drugs with an “accelerated approval process” had a higher rate of post approval safety issues. Fortunately, Forbes also reported that only 3 of these drugs had a full recall, but the lack of safety warnings can lead to a variety of complications for patients. Kaiser Health News interviewed the FDA spokesperson Angela Hoague about the study. The study’s results are currently under review by the FDA, but they do no issue official statements on the findings of specific studies. The study is being considered in combination with other studies to further the FDA’s “Understanding about a particular issue and assist in mission to protect public health.”

How To Know When Your Medication Receives A New Safety Warning

With so many safety warnings issued after a medication hits the market, it presents a challenge for consumers to stay up to date on any new warnings that directly impact them. The FDA has a variety of ways that the public can stay informed on their website. You can learn about the latest updates to safety warnings on the “Drug Communications” page of their website. They also offer an entire section dedicated to post-market safety updates where you can search specific medications for new safety updates.

How To Report An Issue With Your Medication

If you have experienced any safety issues like unlabeled side effects or illnesses, you need to report this information first to your physician, then to the FDA. The FDA uses this information from consumers to find post-market safety issues for medications. You can report these issues directly on the MedWatch website. If consumers are encountering the same safety issues, the FDA will do testing and research to see if the product needs to be relabeled or recalled. One of the biggest problems with this system is that is relies on the consumer to stay up-to-date on their own.

What Happens If You Are Injured From A Post-Market Safety Issue

If you are taking a medication and you are injured as a result of improper labeling of safety warnings, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Drug manufacturers have a legal duty to warn their consumers of any potential hazards presented by their pharmaceuticals. When you are injured by a post-market safety issue, the drug company is at fault for not doing proper due diligence. So you need to hire a personal injury attorney to make sure that you are protected.

The Problems With Post-Market Safety Issues

Anytime you are injured by a pharmaceutical, it presents a serious legal challenge. A lot of the issues do not show up for years and it can be hard to prove that the injury is a result of the medication. This is why you need an experienced attorney, especially when dealing with post-market safety issues. A knowledgeable attorney like our professionals at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh can help. We can help prove that your injuries were a result of inadequate safety warnings and make sure that you get compensated fairly for your injuries. So if you think that you’ve been injured by a medication without proper safety labeling, contact us for a free consultation to see how we can help.

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 800-954-4014 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.

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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

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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.

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