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  • Common Reasons Car Owners Ignore Recalls

    In recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of auto recalls initiated by car manufacturers. But despite the increase in recalls, there have been fewer and fewer car owners responding to the notices. This lack of response is putting drivers at risk of dangerous defects , and can increase their chances of an accident. But why are owners not responding to recall notices? The ...
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  • Ford Recalls Cars Due to Potential Engine Fires

    Ford Motor Company has issued a safety recall for 230,000 vehicles in North America due to a risk of engine fires. The following vehicles are included in the recall, and all have 1.6-liter GTDI engines: 2014 Escape 2014-2015 Fiesta ST 2013-2014 Ford Fusion 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect According to Ford, company officials indicated that under-hood fires may occur as a result of a lack of coolant ...
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  • U.S. Auto Recalls at an All-Time High for 2016

    Here at the Gilbert Law Group, we care deeply about the safety of drivers and passengers across the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimated that drivers drove more than 3.2 trillion miles in 2016. Since 2011, the yearly miles driven in the U.S. has increased steadily. Unfortunately, the number of vehicle recalls ...
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  • Hyundai & Kia Recall 1.5 Million Vehicles Due to Engine Problems

    Hyundai and Kia have announced the recall of approximately 1.5 million vehicles in the United States and in South Korea, after the discovery was made that debris was left behind in engines during the manufacturing process. This debris can restrict the flow of oil in the affected engines and can cause the engines to seize and stall while in operation. Drivers of vehicles affected by the recall are ...
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  • Recalled Uber & Lyft Cars Put Passengers at Risk

    Vehicle recalls are important in preserving vehicle safety, but oftentimes, they go unheeded. In fact, only about 25% of drivers with cars that need recall work actually get the work done, meaning three quarters of recalled vehicles are still out on the road! The thought of sharing the road with unsafe vehicles can be frightening, but what happens when you willingly ride in these vehicles? ...
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  • Nissan Recalls Altima Models

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall of Nissan Altima 2015, 2016 and 2017 models because use of the rear seat window buttons can cause the car doors to unlatch and open. This can happen while the vehicle is in motion, which can pose a serious threat to passengers. The recall impacts more than 315,000 vehicles within these ...
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  • Audi Recalls Vehicles for Fire and Airbag Rupture Risks

    Two separate issues found in Audi vehicles have sparked recalls which affect a total of 576,921 vehicles sold in the United States. The first issue concerns six Audi models and involves a coolant pump defect which poses a fire hazard. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports were received in 2015 and 2016 of instances of overheating and smoldering the in the ...
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  • Toyota Recalls Nearly 80,000 Pickups Due to Breaking Bumper Steps

    Toyota has announced plans to recall about 79,000 Tundra pickup trucks sold in the United States, Canada, and Central America due to a defect that can cause the steps in the vehicles’ rear bumpers to break. The recall affects 2016 and 2017 model year Tundra trucks which were manufactured with steps and reinforcement brackets in the bumpers made of resin. According to Toyota, if the trucks are ...
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  • Watch Out for Safety Defects in Certified Used Cars

    In today’s difficult economy, buying a used car has become more popular than ever, with many buyers opting for certified used cars for the reassurance and confidence in their purchases. The lure of buying a certified used car is simple. Cars that are advertised as “certified” usually come with additional warranties, are fully inspected by the dealer, and usually have all their defects repaired ...
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  • Honda Recalls 634,000 Odysseys for Second-Row Seat Defects

    Honda Motors has announced a recall of its Honda Odyssey minivans in the United States due to the discovery of a faulty seat latch in the second-row seats. The affected minivans have a lever that allows the second row to slide forward, making room for passengers to move between the second and third rows. This lever is reported to have issues with not locking in place, which can increase the risk ...
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  • Toyota Recalls More Than 800K Minivans Due to Defective Doors

    In a recent announcement , Toyota has announced that it will recall more than half a million minivans due to an issue with the vehicles’ sliding doors. The issue, found in Toyota Sienna models manufactured from 2011 to 2016, involves a circuit issue which can cause the doors to not properly latch when closed and suddenly open while in motion, potentially leading to accidents. What Is the Issue? ...
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  • Ford Recalls 680K Vehicles Due to Seatbelt Defect

    Of all the various safety features and technologies included in modern cars, basic seatbelts still offer some of the most essential and life-saving protection in the event of a collision. That is, as long as they work properly. For Ford, the uncertainty of the proper function of their vehicles’ seatbelts has prompted a massive recall of more than 680,000 vehicles sold globally. The Michigan-based ...
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  • Why You Should Not Ignore Your Vehicle Recall Notice

    If you have owned several cars, chances are good you have probably received a notice from your auto manufacturer at some point informing you that your vehicle is subject to a recall and is eligible for free repairs. While many are tempted to toss these notices out with the rest of their junk mail, this can be a major mistake. Your Life Could Be At Risk Automotive safety recalls are only issued ...
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  • BMW Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Fuel Pump

    BMW USA has announced that it will recall as many as 154,000 vehicles due to an issue with the cars’ fuel pumps. According to Consumer Affairs, the cars’ loose wiring within the fuel pumps could cause a connector to melt over time, causing fuel to leak and possible vehicle stalling – a combination which can potentially lead to crashes. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between 2007 and 2012 ...
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  • Exploding Sunroofs Cited in Hundreds of Car Owner Complaints

    As if there were not enough auto defects consumers have to worry about, recent reports are coming in about randomly exploding sunroofs. Upwards of 400 complaints about self-shattering sunroofs have been filed so far, many of them with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While it seems that the problem could be prevalent in numerous makes and models, a noticeable portion of ...
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  • Looking into Autopilot Liability: Is Tesla to Blame?

    Tesla is once again feeling the scrutiny of the skeptical public and safety associations after a string of news stories hit headlines regarding the safety, or lack thereof, of their “Autopilot” system. In Netherlands, a Tesla electric vehicle flew off the road and struck a tree, killing the driver. Although the crash is still being investigated, it would appear the self-driving feature had been ...
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  • Ford Police Interceptors Face Massive Recall Due to Fuel Pump Defect

    Ford has issued a wide-scale recall of its Ford Police Interceptor sedans due to a fuel pump defect . The problematic part can apparently shut down a vehicle in motion without warning and, once it does, it never starts back up again. If this were to happen while in the middle of the highway, the results could be catastrophic. We are thankful to be able to say that no accidents, injuries, or deaths ...
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  • Cause of Deadly School Bus Accident in Denver Unknown

    An Adams County school bus driver lost her life on Sunday, September 11 th , after her school bus collided with a concrete fixture at the Denver International Airport. The driver had just picked up 28 members of the Legacy High School football team, as well as four adult supervisors. Initial reports state that along with the driver losing her life, 15 other passengers required hospitalization, 2 ...
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  • Ford Recalls Roughly 830K Vehicles with Faulty Door Latches

    Ford has announced a massive recall of more than 830,000 vehicles in the United States and Mexico due to an issue with the vehicles’ door handles. According to Ford, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch of the affected vehicles has been known to break, causing the doors to fail to latch and possibly open while driving. As it stands, only one reported accident and one injury have been ...
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  • Toyota Recalls 1.43 Million Vehicles Equipped with Defective Airbags

    Late in June of 2016, Toyota announced a recall of 1.43 million vehicles equipped with defective airbags manufactured by the Swedish-American company Autoliv. The vehicles affected by the recall include the Lexus C200H as well as multiple Prius hybrid models produced between 2010 and 2012. Nearly 500,000 vehicles containing the defective airbags were sold and distributed in the United States. This ...
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  • FCA Recalls Thousands of Vehicles, Accused of Concealing Automobile Defect

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recently come under fire amid allegations that the automaker concealed a defect in at least 3 of their vehicle models. A class-action lawsuit, filed in June of 2016, alleges that the auto company failed to address a known defect in a monostable transmission shifter which has been linked to driverless rollaway accidents. Unlike a traditional gear selector, the ...
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  • Helping Individuals Fight Back

    My journey as a trial lawyer began in 1969. Until 1980 I was a partner in a small general practice in Arvada. My work was pretty much like anyone else in a general practice. I guess I was okay with that but I wasn’t exactly excited about going to work every day. Then in the 1970’s two things hap pened at about the same time. My 5-year-old daughter was walking home from kindergarten and a careless ...
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  • Fox 31 Investigates Seatback Failures, Turns to Attorney Gilbert

    Fox 31 in Denver has recently conducted an investigation into the true and widespread dangers of seatback failures in rear-end collisions. According to their team – named the Fox31 Denver Problem Solvers – they studied 100 car accident cases in which a child lost their life due to a collapsing front seatback. They also discovered that the Center for Auto Safety has nearly 900 child fatalities on ...
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  • Will Driverless Cars Be the Future or a Failure?

    Tesla has essentially promised that driverless cars will be available to most consumers within the next five to ten years. It is a pretty thrilling idea, a world of science fiction come to life thanks to innovative thinkers and engineers. But is it really going to be a reality soon? More importantly, should it be? With everyone so excited about how driverless vehicles can be the future, not too ...
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  • GM Seatbelt Defect Requires Recall of One Million Pickup Trucks

    General Motors (GM) is in the news once again for defects in their vehicles. A statement from the company is soon expected to announce that one million pickup trucks will require a mandatory recall due to seatbelt defects . When the driver sits down, it can add stress to a flexible steel cable within the seatbelt systems; after an unknown amount of time, this cable can snap and potentially render ...
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