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  • Defective Airbags in Mazdas, Hondas, and 17 other automakers cause Largest and Most Complex Safety Recall in U.S. HistoryAugust 18th, 2017

    Mazda recently issued a recall of nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, shortly after an initial recall in January, to replace defective airbags.  The defect arises from dangerous Takata airbag inflators, which are located in the front passenger side of certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 …

  • Judge’s Decision Protects GM from Billions in DamagesApril 22nd, 2015

    As one of the largest automotive recalls in American history, this blog has been covering the massive and tragic GM ignition switch failure–which has killed at least 84 and injured at least 157–for more than a year. As we previously reported, GM had been covering up …

  • Takata Corporation Faces Wider Recall, Fines, and a Class Action SuitApril 15th, 2015

    Last year saw more auto recalls in the United States than any other year in the country’s history (one trade publication has even dubbed 2014 “the infamous Year of The Recalls”). This blog has been covering the massive Takata airbag recall–which has officially claimed the …

  • Caps on Damages Keep Wisconsin Family from Suing GM, Potentially Saving LivesJanuary 21st, 2015

    In 2006, eighteen-year-old Natasha Weigel was killed (along with a close friend) when the Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving left the roadway and struck several trees. It was clear immediately that the vehicle’s air bags did not deploy as they were supposed to, but the …

  • Takata Air Bag Recall: Worse Than We ThoughtNovember 12th, 2014

    Back in July of this year, we published an article about a recall that happened at the same time as the 20 million-vehicle GM recall, which despite being nearly as dangerous was not as well-chronicled. While GM was trying to deal with cars that powered …

  • Under Increased Scrutiny, Cracks Appear in Federal Auto RegulationSeptember 24th, 2014

    The last time this blog posted an article on the massive (20 million cars and counting) recall issued by GM earlier this year, it was to report that federal regulators were beginning to suspect a cover-up among executives at the automotive company. More troubling, from …

  • “Hide No Harm” Bill Targets Careless CorporationsJuly 23rd, 2014

    As a consumer concerned with product safety, you might assume that it is illegal for corporations to knowingly cover up dangers associated with their goods and services, but you’d be wrong. Following dozens of highly publicized recalls–cars, automobile air bags,pharmaceuticals, and baby toys, to name …

  • Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto RecallJune 9th, 2014

    While the massive General Motors recall–involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year–has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata …

  • GM Recall, Now Linked with Safety Cover-Up, GrowsApril 16th, 2014

    In the month or so that has elapsed since we reported on General Motors’ massive recall, the automakers’ problems have not improved. Our article’s headline claims that 1.6 million vehicles have been affected, but apparently that estimate was on the low end and on April …

  • Another Oversight Failure – GM Recalls 1.6 Million CarsMarch 19th, 2014

    General Motors has recently announced a recall of 1.6 million of its vehicles, some of which are linked with thirteen deaths over the past eleven years. And federal safety regulators have announced that since 2003, they have received 260 complaints–two per month–specifically about how these …

  • After Initial Refusal Chrysler Agrees To Recall up to Three Million Unsafe Defective VehiclesJune 19th, 2013

    Since January of 2013 we have written two posts about automobile recalls: one, “Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit for More Than $1 Billion,” detailed the company’s recall of up to 3.2 million vehicles and its subsequent settlement of a class action lawsuit with customers whose cars …

  • Subaru Recalls Ten Thousand Cars for Dangerous DefectMay 29th, 2013

    On April 24, 2013, Subaru of America, a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., announced a recall of all 2014 model year Subaru Forester automobiles (those built between January and March 2013). This came on the heels of a discovery in Vancouver, Washington in which …

  • Hyundai and Kia Face Class Action Lawsuit over Inflated Mileage ClaimsJanuary 23rd, 2013

    Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia (owned by the same company, but operated independently) are facing a lawsuit over inflated claims about their vehicles’ fuel efficiency. According to Reuters, the company admitted in November that they “had overstated the fuel efficiency ratings on more than 1 million …

  • Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit for More Than $1 BillionJanuary 9th, 2013

    This past December, automotive giant Toyota Motor Corporation settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 after a recall of many of its vehicles. The settlement totals over $1 billion, and comes in the wake of complaints that the accelerator pedals on some Toyota models became …

  • Not Just for Planes: Automobile ‘Black Boxes’ will be Standard by 2015August 22nd, 2012

    In April 2012, the Senate passed a bill that would require auto manufacturers to install event data recorders (EDRs), also known as “black boxes,” in all cars. They have been around for more than a few years in automobiles: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal of PCWorld reports …

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirmes $5.6 Mil. Class Action Judgment Against Kia Motors AmericaDecember 6th, 2011

    Philadelphia personal injury and class action law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, recently announced that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a $5.6 million class action judgment against Kia Motors America for selling cars with defective brakes to Pennsylvania automobile consumers. On Dec. 2, …