Commentary on defective tires, cars, recalls and litigation.

Rich Newsome is a civil justice 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

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Over the last few weeks there has been an onslaught of media coverage and public attention to the Takata recall issue that we have discussed here several times. Senator Bill Nelson, who has been a vocal critic of the manner in which Takata and auto makers have handled the recall, will chair a Senate Commerce Committee hearing today in which he will question Takata and other industry executives about what and when they knew about the problem. He will also question NHTSA about the role they played in the recall and what appears to be a broken vehicle and tire recall system.

As a result of the congressional and national media attention, there have been several new pieces of the reported story which have recently been made public. Today our firm filed an amended complaint which alleges many of these new facts and sets forth a detailed history of the reported defect story.

The timeline below summarizes the basic facts and history of the recall as alleged in the amended complaint.

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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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