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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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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week 2016

    Reaching out to teenagers is notoriously difficult. Even trying to tell your teenage son or daughter the proper way to fold their laundry can be a battle of wits as they resist your instruction. So what is a parent to do if they need to teach their teenager the importance of safe driving techniques and behaviors? The Traffic Safety Marketing (TSM) group is looking to do its part in simplifying ...
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  • 5 Common Child Safety Seat Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

    Child car safety seats are a great and necessary way to protect young or small children from injuries caused by car accidents . Simply putting a child into a safety seat and expecting the best is not enough, however. Parents need to pay close attention to harnesses, seat size, child weight, and more to properly secure their little ones. Otherwise, the seat may afford them little to no protection ...
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  • Drive Safely Work Week™ 2016 Information

    It is estimated that 94% of all car accidents are caused by some form of human error. In other words, unless an auto defect takes control from the driver or a wild act of nature throws unpredictable elements at the driver, every single car accident should be preventable In order to cut down the number of car accidents around the world, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) will be ...
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  • National Child Passenger Safety Week 2016 Coming This September

    Automobile accidents are a serious concern for children across the country. Statistics indicate that car crashes are actually the leading cause of death for many young age groups, including children between 3 and 6 years old. To help counteract the problem of children losing their lives in car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will organize the National Child ...
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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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  • Click It or Ticket Campaign: May 23rd to June 5th, 2016

    While no one really likes to hear about someone getting a traffic ticket, it helps to know that the cause behind the citation is good. Beginning May 23 rd and ending June 5 th , the enforcement aspects of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Click It or Ticket” campaign are sure to cause more people to get pulled over for seatbelt safety violations. Although the ...
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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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  • April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Everyone knows that talking and texting on a cellphone while driving can greatly increase your chances of getting into a car accident , but what about using a hands-free or speech-to-text device preinstalled in your vehicle? According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there is no data to support that using a hands-free device of any sort while driving is safer than picking up a smartphone and ...
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  • FAST Act to Increase Accountability of Auto Safety Officials

    One single word found within President Obama’s recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act has auto executives on edge. The new rule, which is expected to go into effect by the end of 2016, replaces the word “may” with “shall” into the process requiring senior officials responsible for auto safety to sign their name to information regarding all defects reported to the ...
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  • Seatback Defects Endanger Drivers, Automakers Slow to Take Action

    According to an in-depth investigation conducted by CBS News , the majority of seatbacks in driver and passenger seats are dangerously defective. As numerous studies of rear-end collisions crash tests show, the front seats in numerous makes and models collapse entirely during the crash, slamming the chair and the driver or passenger into anyone sitting in the back. Unfortunately, young children ...
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  • U.S. Auto Recalls Reach All-Time High in 2015

    Auto recalls in the United States reached an all-time high in 2015 for the second year in a row as auto manufactures and safety regulators cracked down more harshly on flaws in design and manufacturing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 51.2 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in over 868 different recalls, narrowly beating out 2014’s numbers ...
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  • AUTO SAFETY AND ACCIDENT CLAIMS

    By Jim Gilbert and Rick Friedman (Jim Gilbert and Rick Friedman are long-time friends and fellow members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group comprised of 100 of the most elite plaintiffs’ attorneys in the nation. Jim conducts a nationwide products liability and personal injury practice from Arvada, Colorado (http://www.thegilbertlawgroup.com), while Rick conducts a nationwide trial ...
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  • Womans Wrongful Death Blamed on Faulty Seatbelt System

    The family of Sandra Dozier is suing TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc. over her Texas wrongful death. They claim that the defendant designed and made a very dangerous restraint system. Dozier was driving a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix on March 13, 2007 when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over. She suffered fatal injuries despite wearing a seat belt. Per the seat belt defect lawsuit, the ...
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  • NHTSAs Enhanced 5-Star Safety Ratings System to Push Auto Manufacturers Toward Making Safer Vehicles

    This week, the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rolled out their upgraded 5-Star Safety Ratings System for new autos. According to US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the enhanced ratings system raises the safety bar and they will be tougher to meet. Beginning with the 2011 models, the ratings system will assess the safety of passenger ...
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  • Ford SUV Rollover Lawsuit: Jury Awards Baseball Players Family $131 Million

    A jury has awarded the family of Brian Cole $131 million in their SUV rollover lawsuit against Ford for his wrongful death. Cole, a 22-year-old top prospect for the New York Mets, died on March 31, 2001 after he was thrown from his 2001 Ford Explorer on Interstate 10 close to Florida Highway 286. The punitive damages portion of the case was settled for an undisclosed amount. The jury also awarded ...
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  • Hyundai Recalls 140,000 Sonata Sedans Over Steering Column Defect and General Motors Recalls 20,224 Cadillac CTS Because of Air Bag Problem

    Two automakers have just announced voluntary vehicle recalls. Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some 140,000 Sonata sedans because of a problem with the steering column that could cause a driver to experience partial or complete loss of steering ability. The cars affected by the recall were made between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010. Hyundai says that it will update the power steering ...
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  • Toyota Settles California Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Over Wrongful Deaths of Family Killed in Sudden Acceleration Lexus Crash

    Toyota Motor Corp. and the relatives of the Saylor family and Chris Lastrella have reached an out-of-court San Diego auto products liability settlement over the victims’ California wrongful deaths. Mark Saylor, his wife Cleofe, their daughter Mahala, and Cleofe’s brother Chris Lastrella were killed last August when the 2009 Lexus E350 that they were riding accelerated out of control to up 120 ...
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  • Toyota Prius is at Center of More than 100 Brake Complaints

    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received over 100 complaints involving brake problems related to the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. Brake-related complaints have also been filed in Japan. The Prius is the world’s bestselling gas-electric hybrid, with about 1.6 million sold around the world. According to Japan’s Kyodo new agency, the brakes may temporarily stop working ...
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  • Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Autos Over Floor Mat - Gas Pedal Defect

    Expanding upon its auto recall from last November of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the automaker announced that it is including another 1.1 million vehicles to the recall list. The recall was issued because of the possibility that the gas pedal could get caught on the removable floor mat, causing the vehicle to accelerate to the highest speeds and making it impossible to stop the car even ...
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  • Gas Pedal Defect Prompts Toyota Recall of Another 2.3 Million Vehicles in US

    A faulty gas pedal that can get stuck has prompted another large auto recall by Toyota in the US. Last Thursday, the car manufacturer announced it was recalling about 2.3 million autos in the US. Toyota will likely recall another 2 million autos in Europe over the same auto defect. The massive recalls come at a bad time for the automaker, whose reputation for making safe, reliable cars has taken a ...
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  • Toyota and Ford Top Are Automakers with Most Vehicles Recalled in 2009

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that car manufacturers recalled 16.4 million vehicles last year. While there were less recall campaigns overall—492 recall campaigns in 2009 compared to 684 campaigns in 2008, automakers recalled 6 million more autos last year. Toyota led the car manufacturer list with most vehicles recalled. The car manufacturer’s reputation for passenger ...
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  • Ford Recall of 4.5 Million Autos Over Faulty Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Increases Number of Vehicles Affected to Over 14 Million

    Over the last 10 years, Ford Motor Co. has issued several recalls over a cruise-control deactivation switch that is considered a potential fire hazard. There is concern that if hydraulic fluid leaks from the switch, the car might overheat even when the ignition is off, which may start a fire. Already, several auto products liability lawsuits have been filed over the defect. Ford, however, is quick ...
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  • Following Toyotas 3.8 Million Auto Recall Over Dangerous Floor Mats, Automakers President Issues Apology

    Last week, Toyota announced what to date is its largest auto recall ever. 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota cars are to be called back over concerns that the all-weather floor mat might cause the accelerator pedal to jam. The recall comes one month after a California highway patrol officer and his family died in a tragic car crash after he was unable to stop his 2009 Lexus ES 350. Witnesses say the ...
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