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NHTSA Filed Over 650 Auto-Related Recalls in 2012

By John Page on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

Defective Car RecallsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued over 650 recalls of motor vehicles, child safety seats, and other auto-related consumer products in 2012, affecting over 17.8 million vehicles and other products.

The NHTSA issued the year’s recalls after gathering information from a number of sources. One of the top sources of information about needed recalls, according to the agency, is consumer reports about defects or safety concerns in their vehicles.

In 2012, the NHTSA received 41,192 safety complaints related to vehicles, vehicle equipment, and child safety seats. This number is lower than the number of complaints NHTSA has received in previous years. For instance, in 2011 the agency fielded over 49,000 complaints, and in 2010 the number topped 65,000. The agency also gathers information from mechanics and dealerships, technical and trade publications, and auto-fan websites and clubs.

Even though the total number of consumer complaints dropped in 2012, the total number of vehicles and other items covered by the issued recalls increased to 17.8 million in 2012, up from 15.5 million the year before.

Auto-related injuries aren’t always caused by another driver’s negligence. Hidden defects in a vehicle or other item can also cause a crash or a serious injury. If you’ve been injured by a defective vehicle or auto product, don’t hesitate to call Attorney John Page at (314) 322-8515. Your call is free and confidential.

 

NHTSA Investigates Driver-Side Door Fires in Chevy Vehicles

By John Page on June 21, 2012 - Comments off

A recent spate of driver-side door fires in 2006 and 2007 Chevy Tahoe vehicles has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate the possible source of the fires and consider a recall, according to a recent Reuters article.

The NHTSA first opened an investigation in February 2012 after receiving 83 reports about defects in the driver’s side doors of various 2006 and 2007 Chevy Tahoe vehicles. Reports included situations in which the window switches would not operate or the door handles got overheated or melted. In 28 of the reported incidents, the defects led to the driver’s side doors catching fire. No injuries were included in any of the reports.

The investigation was recently expanded to include an additional 340,000 vehicles, covering additional model years. General Motors (GM) has also begun investigating potential related problems in vehicles in other GM lines that are manufactured on the same platform, like the GMC Envoy, the Buick Ranier, the Saab 9-7x, and the Isuzu Ascender. The NHTSA notes that the investigation may or may not lead to a recall. Many investigations of this type do result in a recall, but some do not, depending on the results.

Defective parts or repairs of a vehicle can cause an accident and serious injury. At Page Law, our St. Louis auto product liability lawyers are well-versed in investigating vehicle injuries and helping you get the compensation you need after you’re harmed. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Dodge Ram Pickup Catches Fire during Federal Crash Test

By John Page on June 12, 2012 - Comments off

The head-on crash test performed for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck resulted in some of the lowest crash-test ratings for any vehicle this year. Worse, the Dodge Ram 2500 was the only vehicle to catch on fire as a result of its crash – a safety issue the NHTSA decided to investigate further.

The head-on crash test involves putting a crash test dummy in the driver’s seat, then crashing the truck head-first into a barrier at 35 miles per hour. The dummy is then examined for damage that tells automakers what the biggest injury risks are, so they can focus on fixing them.

During the Dodge Ram 2500’s crash test, smoke and flames were spotted coming from the engine compartment after the truck hit the barrier. The NHTSA examined all Ram pickup crash test results and complaints going back to 2006, but found no history of fire-related reports, indicating that this issue is confined to the 2012 model. Engineers are examining the vehicle to figure out why the fire started and how to prevent it from happening again.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries. When a vehicle or some part of it is defective, the injuries passengers can suffer can be severe or even deadly. At Page Law, our dedicated St. Charles County auto product liability attorneys fight to help those injured in car accidents get the compensation they need and hold negligent parties accountable, such as vehicle manufacturers. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call our office at (314) 322-8515 today.

 

NHTSA Intensifies Its Analysis of 2004 Ford and Mercury Minivan Defects

By John Page on May 9, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began a hands-on analysis of 2004 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans after several more reports of corrosion reached the agency’s ears, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.

The NHTSA opened an investigation in 2011 after receiving 18 separate complaints that corrosion in the body of the minivans was preventing the third seat from locking into place, posing a serious risk of harm to those riding in that seat. Additional complaints have been lodged since the NHTSA opened its investigation, prompting the agency to add its own researchers to the automaker’s teams to determine what is going wrong and how to fix it.

A spokesperson from Ford, which makes both Ford and Mercury minivans, said that the problem was most common on vehicles that had taken significant damage from rust or accidents. Many of the complaints came from owners in states where large amounts of road salt are used during the winter, which can cause excessive corrosion. Ford said minivan owners would notice the problem before it became a significant safety hazard.

Not all car accidents are caused by negligent driving. Defective vehicles or vehicle parts can also cause a crash or make injuries worse if one occurs. At Page Law, a dedicated St. Louis auto product liability attorney can help you figure out all the details that led to your accident injury and seek compensation from any responsible parties. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

NHTSA Announces Electric-Car Safety Conference for May 2012

By John Page on April 30, 2012 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be holding a conference this coming month to discuss issues in the safety of upcoming electric cars and their various systems, particularly the safety of the large batteries electric vehicles use to store energy. The Department of Energy, automakers, and companies that manufacture the lithium-ion batteries installed in electric vehicles will also attend the conference.

The conference was scheduled in the wake of concerns over lithium-ion battery safety. For instance, the safety of the Chevy Volt electric vehicle came under scrutiny after a Volt stored in a crash-test laboratory caught fire after testing. The laboratory later admitted that it did not follow safety standards in storing the car. Battery makers have also had issues with battery safety. A Massachusetts-based lithium-ion battery maker recently had to recall many of its products after the welds came loose, and a few months later, a GM (General Motors) worker was severely injured in a lab accident when a lithium-ion battery exploded under intense testing conditions.

The NHTSA says electric vehicles show “great promise,” but that safety issues must be ironed out before the vehicles can start replacing the U.S. vehicle fleet in large numbers.

Driver distraction or negligence isn’t the only cause of auto accidents. Defective or unsafe conditions in a vehicle, botched repairs, or neglected maintenance can also cause serious accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a vehicle defect, call an experienced St Louis auto product liability lawyer at Page Law today. We’ll help you investigate the details of your accident and hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.

 

NHTSA Investigates 2010 Jeep Wrangler Engine Fires

By John Page on April 24, 2012 - Comments off

Several reports of engine fires in 2010 Jeep Wrangler vehicles have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate the vehicles and to ask their manufacturer, Daimler-Chrysler, for information related to similar problems in different model years, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

The NHTSA began its investigation on March 28 after receiving eight complaints about engine fires, including two reports of injury and four reports of house or garage fires. The agency currently believes that overheated wiring coming into contact with flammable transmission fluid is responsible, but it warns that the investigation is not yet complete. Since beginning the investigation, the NHTSA has received 15 additional complaints from other Wrangler owners.

Neither the NHTSA nor Chrysler have issued a vehicle recall since the exact source of the fires and a method for fixing the problem have not yet been discovered. Chrysler has promised to cooperate with the NHTSA. The company has until May 22 to turn over the information the NHTSA asked for, which includes any reports of problems in Jeep Wranglers built between 2007 and 2012. So far, NHTSA mechanics have only examined vehicles produced in the 2010 model year, however.

Defective vehicle parts, neglected maintenance, or bungled repairs can all cause serious safety problems that may result in a crash. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the diligent Franklin County car accident attorneys at Page Law can help you find out what factors led to the crash and fight with you to hold any negligent parties responsible for their actions. For a free case evaluation, call our office today at (314) 322-8515.

 

Toyota Recalls Camry, Venza, and Tacoma Vehicles for Sensor Malfunctions

By John Page on March 15, 2012 - Comments off

Toyota recently issued a voluntary recall of several of its North American-built vehicles, including the Camry, Venza, and Tacoma, according to a recent MSN article. So far, Toyota has received no reports of anyone being injured, but malfunctions have occurred in at least 30 different vehicles, leading to the need for the recall.

The recall affects vehicles in a number of different model years. 2009 Toyota Camry vehicles have been recalled, as well as Tacoma SUVs from model years 2009, 2010, and 2011, and assorted Venzas manufactured between 2005 and 2009. All the recalled vehicles were assembled in Toyota plants in the United States, and similarities in the way their sensors were installed have led to the need to recall and replace sensors on these vehicles, according to Toyota.

All the recalled vehicles have problems with malfunctioning sensors, which can prevent the airbag from deploying or lead to incorrect readouts, such as “check engine” lights turning on even when the engine is running well. While the occasional blinking light usually isn’t an issue, the airbag failure can cause serious injuries if an accident occurs and the airbag does not inflate properly.

Drivers of these vehicles can take them to a dealership or authorized mechanic for replacement of the potentially faulty sensors. For more information, motorists can call Toyota at 1(800) 331-4331 or visit http://www.toyota.com/recall.

At Page Law, our auto accident lawyers in St. Louis are dedicated to helping injured people and their families seek the compensation they need after a crash. For a free, confidential consultation by phone, call our office today at (314) 322-8515.

 

NHTSA Investigates Side Curtain Airbag Safety

By John Page on March 7, 2012 - Comments off

Side curtain airbags are standard on many new vehicles sold in the United States and come as a safety option on many others. However, after several manufacturers have recalled vehicles for trouble with these airbags, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is taking a closer look at side airbag safety and says a more comprehensive recall may be necessary.

The NHTSA began its investigation after side curtain airbags installed in Toyota, Nissan, and Subaru vehicles had to be recalled because of a problem with the mechanism that inflates the airbags. The mechanism, manufactured by Autoliv, Inc., was not inflating the airbags properly in a crash, which reduced or eliminated their usefulness at protecting vehicle occupants.

Since vehicles from multiple manufacturers were recalled with the same or a similar auto product defect, the NHTSA is now looking into whether all vehicles with side curtain airbags might potentially suffer from the same defect – or whether some vehicles can stay on the road with the side curtain airbag systems they currently have.

At Page Law, our Missouri car accident attorneys have the legal resources and real-world experience to help you through every task you may face after a crash, from filing your insurance claim to investigating your accident to determining whose negligence may be responsible for your injuries – and holding those parties accountable. To learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you protect your legal rights, call our office today at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

 

Tire, Child Seat Recalls Highlight Auto Safety Risks

By John Page on February 7, 2012 - Comments off

Two major auto product recalls by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may affect thousands of U.S. families who use the recalled tires, child seats, or both. These products should be taken out of use immediately to help prevent serious accidents or injuries.

The NHTSA recalled Toyo Extensa A/S tires manufactured between September 2009 and November 2010 because a kink in the tire’s beading can cause cracks that can result in loss of control of the vehicle, causing a crash. Toyo will replace these tires free of charge beginning on or around February 2, 2012.

The NHTSA has also announced a recall of Britax’s “Chaperone” child car seats. The harness assembly can come loose from the rest of the seat, which prevents the child from being strapped in securely and increases the risk of serious injury in a Missouri auto accident. Britax is providing repair kits to car seat owners free of charge.

More information on both these recalls is available by calling the NHTSA at 1(888) 327-4236, or by visiting www.safercar.gov.

Car accidents aren’t always caused by another driver’s negligence. Defective products can also cause a crash or make the injuries in a crash worse. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective auto part, the experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Page Law can help. Call us today at (314) 322-8515 for a confidential, free-of-charge consultation.

 

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