Consumer Reports writes that Takata's airbag problem makes for the largest recall in U.S. history - and the latest news is another more than three million defective inflators in roughly 40 million cars affecting 2009, 2010, and 2013 models of various brands.
"If she had a three-point seat belt, she would have survived like the other family members."
The jury returned a $45 million verdict
This was a products liability case involving our young client, only 12 years old at the time, paralyzed in a crash because of a defective seat belt.
We have yet another story involving G.M., which creates an image of a house of cards, a house that could eventually crumble given all the legal trouble piling on the automaker.
There is no question that this has proven to be a very busy year for auto recalls. Indeed, roughly 46 million vehicles have already been recalled this year. To put this in perspective, consider that this equates to nearly one out of every five vehicles on the nation's roads and highways here in the U.S., and that the previous annual recall record set back in 2004 was a mere 30.8 million.
There are certain parts of our automobiles that we just assume are failsafe given the vital role they play. For instance, we assume that our seat belts will always remain fastened, our anti-lock brakes will always activate, and our air bags will always deploy in a safe manner.
As we've discussed in earlier posts, the federal government has subjected General Motors to both intense scrutiny and withering criticism over its long-overdue recall of 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have now been definitively linked to 54 car accidents and a minimum of 15 fatalities.
As illustrated by our blog, the federal government wields considerable authority when it comes to dealing with dangerous auto defects, issuing fines and persuading automakers to institute a recall. Interestingly enough, however, this authority does not extend to the realm of both used cars and rental cars.