For the past few months, our blog has been closely following the recall of 2.6 million cars initiated by General Motors for a faulty ignition switch that has been definitively linked to at least 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 confirmed traffic deaths.
General Motors once again grabbed headlines after its CEO Mary Barra was called to testify before the House Oversight and Investigations panel earlier this week. Here, Barra was subjected to rigorous questioning from lawmakers regarding the more than two million cars the auto giant has recalled for a faulty ignition switch that has now been linked to over 12 traffic fatalities.
In our last post, we discussed how General Motors had recalled 1.37 million cars here in the U.S. for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 traffic fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its annual report outlining which automakers had the largest number of recalls over the preceding 12 months. While the report didn't contain too many surprises, it did show how car companies are continuing to struggle with large-scale recalls spanning not thousands, but rather millions of vehicles.
One of the nation's best-selling small sport utility vehicles was the subject of two separate recalls earlier this week over concerns that oil and gas leaks could potentially cause engine fires.
Several consumers across the country have come across an alarming problem with new Hyundai Genesis cars that could put themselves and other motorists in dangerous situations in the upcoming months. According to at least 23 reports already issued to the National Transportation Safety Board, consumers are finding that the vehicle’s brakes suddenly become less effective or stop working altogether. In several cases, consumers have been behind the wheel of the vehicle when the failure occurred, resulting in a number of crashes and one woman even losing control of her vehicle.
Many parents go through painstaking efforts to ensure their children are safe while riding in the family vehicle. From making sure that their kids use car seats until they met the appropriate age or size requirements to ensuring that airbags won't deploy on children who don't meet weight restrictions, there's a lot to be concerned about. However, parents may feel helpless when their child sustains serious injuries for reasons outside their control.
Hearing stories about people getting injured because of design defects is never easy, especially when those victims are children. For readers here in California, it doesn't matter what state the design defect occurred, only that the victim's receive compensation for any injuries it may have caused them. This will likely be the feeling now among our readers after they read about the recent case out of New Jersey this month.
When it comes to car accidents in the state of California, a majority of them are caused by driver negligence. But it's in those rare few where we find instances of product liability. And although an accident victim may have a clear case against the vehicle manufacturer or the company responsible for maintaining safety, the accused party will usually try to deflect blame; sometimes even onto the accident victim.