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Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Under Investigation for Airbag Failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles after receiving reports that the airbags failed to deploy in six frontal collisions linked to four deaths and six injuries. The vehicles under investigation include 2011 Hyundai Sonatas, as well as 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes. Investigators believe the issue could be caused by airbag control computers manufactured by ZF-TRW, which are used in the Hyundai vehicles. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation is looking into why the computers failed during these collisions and whether the Kia vehicles use the same or similar components. In addition, NHTSA investigators will determine whether these airbag computers are used in vehicles produced by other auto manufacturers. There is a possibility the investigation will expand beyond Kia and Hyundai vehicles. The computers used in the Hyundai vehicles can detect collisions, control the deployment of airbags and tighten seatbelts. In late February,…
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Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles with Defective Steering Wheels

Ford has announced a recall for 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZs with a terrifying defect. According to Ford, the bolts that hold the steering wheel and steering wheel column together can loosen over time. This may cause the steering wheels in these vehicles to loosen or detach. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency responsible for regulating automobile safety, has received horrifying complaints from consumers who own these vehicles. A driver from Harriman, Tennessee said they veered off the interstate after the steering wheel loosened. Another driver from Illinois said the steering wheel turned 360 degrees without warning while the vehicle was being driven at 55 miles per hour. One driver had the steering wheel fall off in his or her lap while turning into a gas station. The following vehicles are affected by this recall: 2014 through 2017 model-year Ford Fusions manufactured between August 6,…
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Takata Airbag Recalls Continue to Expand

An additional 3.3 million defective Takata airbag inflators are being recalled. Automakers affected by the recall include: Toyota, Honda, Ford, Tesla, Subaru, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and Daimler Vans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, an estimated 37 million vehicles with Takata airbags are under currently recall. Millions of other vehicles will be added to the recall by 2019. Defective Takata airbags contain inflators that may explode when the airbags deploy. The inflators use the highly volatile chemical ammonium nitrate as a propellant. Ammonium nitrate burns too quickly after it has been exposed to humid and hot weather conditions for a long period. As a result, the inflators deploy with too much force. Vehicle occupants can be killed or injured by high-speed metal shrapnel from the inflator’s casing. There have been at least 21 deaths worldwide caused by defective Takata…
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What Should I Do If My Car Is Part of the Takata Airbag Recall?

Since the Takata airbag recall was first announced, it has been repeatedly expanded as more and more vehicles are revealed to contain the dangerous airbags. With the list of vehicles involved in the recall continuously expanding, many vehicle owners may be unaware that their car or truck has been included in the Takata airbag recall. How Can Vehicle Owners Find Out If Their Car or Truck Is Part of the Takata Airbag Recall? When vehicles are recalled, the automakers involved are supposed to alert owners of the models included in the recall. This can include sending vehicle owners notification letters, contacting them through email or calling them on the phone. In some extreme cases, automakers have even shown up at car owners homes to alert them and repair the issue. Vehicle owners can also enter their car or truck’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into an online tool on the National…
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Could Your Ford Explorer Be Poisoning You?

What if we told you that the number one midsized SUV in the U.S. could be making you sick? It’s a case of toxic exposure, and one of the country’s largest automakers might be trying to sweep the problem under the rug. This month Colson Hicks Eidson is exploring toxic tort issues, so are you ready for the next case we want to discuss with you? Are Ford Explorers Poisoning Their Owners? A police officer in Newport Beach was on the job when something happened that would change his life forever. He lost consciousness behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer patrol vehicle, and the next thing he knew, he was waking up in the hospital with multiple injuries. To this day, he still doesn’t remember crashing his patrol car, but he does remember having a headache and feeling nauseated right before passing out. Doctors didn’t know what had happened,…
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How the Takata Airbag Recall Could Have Been Prevented

The Takata airbag recall has resulted in vehicle occupants suffering catastrophic injuries and death. However, could it have been completely avoided? A recent article in Fortune makes the case for how the Takata airbag recall could have been prevented. What Could Takata Have Done to Avoid Making Dangerous Airbags? We have blogged about the Takata recall on multiple occasions. During our coverage, it has become clear that negligence on the part of Takata and several automakers is to blame for the Takata airbag recall. There are injury victims whose lives will never be the same and families who lost loved ones. Therefore, the fact that all that pain and suffering is due to an auto parts manufacturer and auto companies knowingly installing dangerous airbags into cars and trucks is unacceptable. However, that appears to be the case, and according to Fortune, here are a couple of the preventable reasons the…
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