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Federal Safety Agency Opens Investigation into Honda Odyssey Braking Issues

Published on Jul 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm in Auto Product Liability.

Not all car accidents are the result of negligence or recklessness by a driver. In some situations, a hidden defect in a vehicle or one of its parts or systems causes injuries as well, and many experienced Kentucky car accident attorneys have fought on the behalf of clients who have experienced all kinds of accidents due to auto product defects.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) carries out a number of tasks related to vehicle safety. One of these is to investigate reports of vehicle malfunctions or other problems that might point to a hidden defect that poses a danger to those who use the vehicle.

Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota Recall 3.4 Million Vehicles

Published on Apr 17, 2013 at 8:00 am in Auto Product Liability.

Four major Japanese automakers have recalled about 3.4 million vehicles altogether for a passenger-side airbag defect that can cause a fire or an injury, according to a recent NBC News report.  It’s important to be aware of vehicle recalls because many Kentucky car accident attorneys have represented individuals who were injured by vehicle defects.

The recall relates to a manufacturing defect in the propellant used to inflate the front passenger-side airbag in case of a crash. The defect means that the propellant may fail to inflate the airbag properly if an accident occurs, or it may inflate the airbag when there is no crash – both situations that can cause serious injuries to any person sitting in the front passenger seat. The defect may also cause a spontaneous vehicle fire, which could injure not only the front passenger seat occupant but also anyone else in the vehicle.

Why Is Tire Safety Important on Fifteen-Passenger Van Trips?

Published on Feb 25, 2013 at 8:00 am in Auto Product Liability.

Kentucky Van Rollover CausesFifteen-passenger vans are commonly used to transport small groups, like church groups or sports teams. While tire safety is important in all vehicles, good tire care and maintenance is a must in order to reduce the risk of a fifteen-passenger van rollover, which can cause serious injuries or death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common cause of rollover in fifteen-passenger vans is tire failure. Under-inflated, aged, or defective tires are frequently involved when a van rolls over.

Airbag Recalls Affect Several Recent Toyota Models

Published on Feb 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm in Auto Product Liability.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Toyota recently announced a recall of several Toyota models from the years 2009 through 2012. The recall applies to vehicles sold through Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) and addresses an airbag accident danger.

Toyota Defective Airbag RecallAccording to the NHTSA’s recall notice, the vehicles have been recalled because they may have defects in their airbag calibration systems. The defects are more likely in vehicles that have other interior accessories like seat heaters and headrest DVD systems, but they are possible in any of the recalled vehicles. The calibration problem means that the airbags might not inflate properly in an accident, putting the vehicle’s occupants at increased risk for serious crash injuries.

Survivor of Jeep-Truck Crash Urges Government to Recall Jeep Cherokees

Published on Jan 31, 2013 at 8:45 am in Auto Product Liability.

The survivor of a deadly crash between a tractor-trailer and a Jeep Cherokee is now urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall the same model Cherokees like the one she was riding in at the time of the accident, due to a design problem that she says caused the deaths of two of the Jeep’s other passengers.

Design and manufacturing defects in motor vehicles can cause serious injuries and even claim lives, as every experienced Kentucky car accident attorney has seen. In some situations, a non-fatal accident can turn fatal if the impact triggers a part to fail or cause other serious harm.