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


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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  • 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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