NHTSA Investigates Jeep Liberty for Safety Malfunction

NHTSA Investigates Jeep Liberty for Safety Malfunction

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NHTSA Investigates Jeep Liberty for Safety Malfunction

The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is currently investigating nearly 105k Jeep Liberty vehicles due to a possible safety system malfunction that could affect the proper release of the vehicle’s airbags.

The investigation is a result of more than 40 complaints regarding the 2012 model year (Jeep retired the Liberty model in 2012). The complaints centered around a detected malfunction of the Occupant Restraint Controller safety computer. The ORC computer is designed to detect when the vehicle crashes so it can deploy airbags accordingly. Drivers noticed the airbag warning light becoming enabled under normal circumstances. The light turns off when the computer is replaced which indicates a malfunction. No injuries have been reported.

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

If you or someone you know have been injured in an auto-accident, please contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation.

Source: The News Wheel

How Do I Know If My Car Has A Recall?

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How Do I Know If My Car Has A Recall?

There’s a handful of ways to know if your car has a recall. The first, and really the most important, way that you need to know, is you can look at a government website called safercar.gov and they will tell you clearly if there is a recall that applies to your vehicle. They’ll also tell you if it’s a safety related recall.

Most people buy used cars and most people don’t know that when you buy a used car, they can sell you the car without disclosing to you that a recall service hasn’t been performed.

Sometimes you’ll get recall notices in the mail, but don’t count on this. Don’t count on being able to receive all this information effectively through the mail because a manufacturer may or may not know about you. That’s especially true if you’ve bought a used car.

Last, and the most important thing people need to realize about recalls, is just because you don’t have a recall on your vehicle, doesn’t mean that it’s safe. If you are injured by something in your vehicle and you don’t see a recall posted online, that doesn’t mean what happened was right.

When you come to a firm like us and we take your case, the recalls that happen, happen as a result of the work of this firm. Make sure you know what is going on with your vehicle and make sure you know whether a recall has been performed or whether you need to go take care of one.

If a Crash is My Fault, Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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If a crash is my fault, do I need a personal injury lawyer?

Oftentimes we’ll get calls from clients where they were the driver in a vehicle that resulted in a crash and were injured as result. Other times, the crash resulted in the injury or death of a passenger. The question that client has is, what should I do? Should I hire a lawyer to represent me? And should that lawyer specialize in personal injury?

Our response to them is to call us. Allow us to investigate the crash. Even if you were issued a citation for being at fault, there may have been something more that happened that either caused this crash, the injuries or the death to not be your fault. For example, if a seat belt didn’t work properly or an airbag didn’t work properly, even though you may have caused the crash, it’s really a defect with the product that caused the injuries. That is why it’s critical for clients, particularly in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, to contact our firm to make sure that we can conduct a full investigation to help them know the truth about what really happened.

If you or someone you know has been catastrophically injured as a result of an auto accident, please let us help you. Contact us today.

NHTSA Proposes Mobile Recall Notifications

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NHTSA Proposes Mobile Recall Notifications

The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration) has proposed a rule that would require automakers to include digital notifications of recall announcements. This would include sending notifications by mobile texts, phone calls and emails.

To date, recall notices or safety announcements are sent via mail. What was once an effective means of communication, the general public now rarely receives any useful mail except for perhaps wedding invitations, holiday cards, and the most exciting of them all, calls for jury duty. In an age where the majority of our communications happens at our fingertips, the faster vehicle owners can be notified of a safety issue the better.

This is exactly what the NHTSA is proposing.

It was reported that Anton Yelchin, the young actor that was crushed to death by his rolling Jeep Cherokee thought to be in the parked position, received his own recall notice in the mail  7 days after his death. Additional ways to notify vehicle owners of recalls might have allowed this message to reach him sooner. Although mailing would still be a requirement, automakers would be required to select an additional digital option to increase the likelihood of receipt by owner.

J.D. Power & Associates announced in July that nearly 45 million vehicles recalled from 2013-2015 remain unfixed. From exploding airbags, to faulty door latches and ignition switches, accidents occur every day from safety issues that have gone unnoticed or unaddressed. Hopefully, this initiative would help reduce that number. Recalled vehicles pose not just a safety threat to their drivers, but to others on the road as well.

A final ruling will be made on the NHTSA’s proposal following a 60 day comment allowance scheduled to end 10/31/2016.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a safety defect on a vehicle, please contact us for a complimentary case consultation.

Chevy Facing Yet Another Round of Recalls

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Chevy is facing another round of recalls as GM announces a 289k Chevy Impala recall for faulty airbag sensor system.

The passenger sensory system is able to detect if a person is seated in the passenger seat and activate the airbag release should an accident occur. The 2009-2010 Chevy Impala models are in question as GM said the sensory system is disabled if the seat frame makes contact with the wires of the unit that contacts the sensors. Vehicle owners will be notified and dealers are committed to fixing the damaged wires for free.

This latest announcement comes as no surprise. Clearly there was a shift in focus during the first decade of the millennium with GM and the safety of consumers was not the priority. In 2003, GM recalled 1.8 million vehicles for faulty windshield wipers. In 2004, GM recalled 3.7 million vehicles for tailgates that broke when people stood on them. It wasn’t until February 2014 when GM began rolling out recalls for faulty ignition switches installed in cars from 1997-2011 that a real pattern of negligence emerged. First it was 1.37 million for the ignition switch recall, then a new ignition switch flaw expanded the recall to 2.6 million. 3 months later, a recall for faulty brake light wiring and front seat belts in pre-2010 models brought the world-wide total to 13.6 million. By June of 2014, GM had recalled nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide for vehicles manufactured a decade before the announcement. This pattern was noticed by the media, the federal government, safety regulators, and most noticeably, attorneys on behalf of clients that were injured as a result of GM’s negligence in their safety and engineering practices.

The Cooper Firm was proud to represent one of the first families willing to go the distance and prove GM was at fault for the wrongful death of their daughter, Brooke Melton. If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an accident as a result of the negligence by an auto manufacturer, we would be proud to represent you as well.

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How to File a Vehicle Safety Complaint

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How to File a Vehicle Safety Complaint

The past several years have seen an incredible number of recalls on vehicles for safety reasons. Between defective airbags, sudden accelerations, and exploding gas tanks, we see the federal government taking your safety very seriously and holding automakers responsible. You may be wondering how you, the driver, may have a hand in notifying a manufacture of an issue you notice while operating your vehicle. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made it easy for you.
If you are driving a vehicle and notice a possible safety concern, or mechanical problem that just can’t be solved, the NHTSA encourages you to visit their website www.nhtsa.gov and follow the directions to “File a Vehicle Safety Complaint”. These complaints are received and monitored by this federal agency and used when investigating ongoing issues with a vehicle. The more complaints they receive about a single issue, the better equipped they are when questioning a vehicle manufacturer.

If you or someone you know as been injured as a result of an auto-accident, please Contact Us for a complimentary case consultation.

Why Your New Car Could Need A New Airbag

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Why Your New Car Could Need a New Airbag

Although the widespread Takata airbag recall began in 2015, new cars are still being sold with the faulty airbags installed.

A recent report from the U.S. Senate Commerce committee showed that 4 automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and Mitsubishi have confirmed selling new vehicles containing the Takata manufactured defective airbags.

AlthoughTakata is not permitted to contract new business, Federal regulators are allowing automakers to sell new cars with the previously installed Takata airbag as long as they commit to replacing by 2018. So what does that mean for you?

First and foremost, ask your authorized dealership before you buy. They will either know if you car contains a recalled airbag, or can find out. From there you can determine how you want to proceed with the purchase based on the information at hand.

Second, if you have purchased a new car recently by these 4 manufacturers, or if you want to know if your car is part of any recall, visit The National Highway Transportation Safety ‘s website and enter your VIN (vehicle identification number). If your car has an outstanding recall, contact your dealership immediately to schedule a repair.

And as always, if you or any you know has been injured in a car accident due to a faulty airbag, please contact us today for a complimentary case consultation.

Source: www.Cars.com

 

Honda: Passing The Buck & The Blame to Takata

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Honda is passing the buck and the blame to Takata for airbag recall crisis.

Despite setting the industry standard for best practices with regards to regulating suppliers, Honda blames Takata for supplying faulty airbags.

The number of vehicles involved in the Takata airbag crisis is staggering. It now involves over 20 automobile manufacturers and nearly 51 million vehicles worldwide. Honda alone has recalled about 8 million vehicles in the US.  These faulty airbags are deploying at such high pressure that the inflator may rupture causing metal parts to burst through the airbag like shrapnel after an explosion. Designed to provide an additional layer of safety, these airbags can do more harm than good.  And Honda says it’s not their fault.

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Honda’s founding principle of “Best Practices, Best Processes, and Best Performance” has been the driver for excellence in a highly competitive market. They encourage their employees to question and re-examine every improvement or idea in an effort to seek perfection.  For a company so intent on creating a culture of hands-on investigation, it’s hard to understand how they can claim the dangerous airbags installed in nearly 8 million US Honda vehicles over more than a decade was the sole fault of the supplier. If Honda is successful in avoiding the majority of the blame for the faulty airbags, they could also avoid the majority of the financial penalties and responsibilities for replacement, not to mention the numerous inevitable lawsuits.

With a recall vehicle list that is growing by the millions, it doesn’t look like the end is nearing.

The Cooper Firm encourages everyone to visit the NHTSA recall website to see if their vehicle is included in the Takata airbag recall and contact their nearest dealership immediately to schedule the replacement.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a faulty airbag, please contact The Cooper Firm for a complimentary case consultation.

For more detailed information about the Honda and Takata blame game, visit  The Safety Research Blog.

Advanced Frontal Airbags: What you should know

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Advanced Frontal Airbags: What you should know

There has been a great deal of improvements in airbags since they came out in the 80’s. When airbags were first introduced to vehicles, they deployed the same way every time for every occupant. In some cases, airbags would cause serious injuries and sometimes death in small children, adults and any person who was seated to close to the airbag when it deployed. Often times the airbags would deploy in minor accidents causing significant injuries when there should not have been any.

In 2004, advanced frontal airbags were introduced to vehicles to help reduce the amount of injuries due to airbag deployment. Advanced frontal airbags contain a sensing system which helps determine when and how much to deploy in an accident. By receiving signals from the electronic control unit, the airbag can decipher how the bag should deploy. Some of the signals that are sent to the electronic control unit include the occupant’s weight, seating position, seat track position, seat belt use and the severity of the crash.

No matter how advanced frontal airbags have become, they cannot take the place of wearing your seat belt. Airbags are called ‘supplement restraint systems’ and should be used in addition to your seat belt. Your seat belt is your first line of protection and your airbag comes next. In the event of a rollover accident, side-impact crash, or rear-end crash, advanced frontal airbags are not designed to protect and may not even deploy.

Make sure you use all your safety equipment the way it is intended: all together. Always wear your seat belt and keep a ten inch minimum between you and the airbag cover. Make sure that older and small adults as well as pregnant women move the seat back as far as possible. Ensure that the seat belt crosses far below the neck and directly across the chest and lower abdomen.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defective airbag, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 900,000 SUVs for airbags and brakes

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 900,000 SUVs for airbags and brakes

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles due to issues with airbag deployment and anti-lock braking systems.

The first recall affects 284,089 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the United States due to a defect with airbag components that could affect airbag deployment. The company is aware of seven injuries related to the defect, but no accidents. With the recent Takata recall, one would think that recall is related, but Fiat has stated that the SUVs were not equipped with Takata airbags.  There are about 70,000 vehicles outside the United States being recalled for the issue as well. The remedy involves dealers replacing the occupant restraint control module and impact sensors which have caused airbags to deploy inadvertently. The remedy will be made free of charge to owners.

The second recall affects 275,614 2012-2105 Dodge Journey cross-utility vehicles in the United States due to a defect with the anti-lock brake system. Water intrusion may disable the vehicles’ anti-lock braking and electronic stability control systems. This could cause serious injuries if the vehicle were involved in an accident in which these systems would not function. The recall also affects over 266,000 vehicles outside the United States. There are no known injuries or accidents related to the defect. The remedy involves dealers applying a moisture sealant and replacing electrical components free of charge to owners.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defective product or vehicle, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.


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