Commentary on defective tires, cars, recalls and litigation.

Rich Newsome is an accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney who represents consumers who have been injured by defective tires, cars and other products. As Past President of the Florida Justice Association and current member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers Association…MORE


Japanese airbag supplier Takata has cut a deal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct “a regional field action” in Florida, Puerto Rico and other states to replace airbag inflators that may explode in hot, humid climates.

But the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation has not yet closed an investigation into Takata airbag inflators – wisely, given that exploding airbags have resulted at least two deaths, and more than 20 injuries when occupants were lacerated by flying shrapnel. They have also caused eight auto manufacturers to launch 17 recalls since February 2001.

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  • NHTSA Upgrades Chevrolet Corvette Headlight Investigation

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for investigating potential defects in motor vehicles and large vehicle manufacturers’ methods of safety testing. These investigations help determine which vehicles are monitored and manufactured effectively. In July, the agency investigated General Motor’s screening process for 42,000 recalled vehicles with defective Generator Control Modules due to reports of a fire in a repaired vehicle. Reports of hazards in cars that haven’t been recalled also prompt NHTSA investigations. The NHTSA is currently investigating potentially defective headlights on more than 100,000 Chevrolet Corvettes.

    According to the NHTSA, the agency finished a preliminary evaluation of the headlights on approximately 103,107 Corvettes from the 2005 through 2007 model years. The NHTSA found that both low-beam headlights on the Corvettes would stop functioning properly “simultaneously and without warning.”...

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