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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  • Hyundai and Kia Recall More than 269,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns

  • One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week. Hyundai is recalling 240,000 older Sonata and Azera models, 20,300 2013 Santa Fe models, and Kia is recalling 9,345 2014 Sorrento vehicles.

    According to the NHTSA, the Hyundai Sonata vehicles are from model years 2006 to 2010, and were manufactured from March 1, 2005 to January 21, 2010. The Hyundai Azera vehicles are from the model years 2006 to 2011, and were manufactured from September 27, 2005 to November 22, 2010. The models are being recalled in cold weather states due to possible corrosion that could affect the alignment on the rear wheels of the vehicles.

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