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Side Airbags May Deploy Unexpectedly; Nissan Recalls 54,000

Side Airbags May Deploy Unexpectedly; Nissan Recalls 54,000

 

            In many countries around the world slamming the car door is a sign of disrespect to the owner of the vehicle. This is not necessarily the case in the United States, but some Nissan owners may want to rethink their approach as the automaker announced the recall of over 54,000 cars because the side airbags can allegedly go off when the door is slammed shut. Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that defective side impact sensors can lead to the inadvertent deployment of the side airbags, which may cause injury if the door is slammed when entering certain 2012 Nissan Versa automobiles. No injuries were reported at the time of the recall. (more…)

Defective Transmission Installation Leads Isuzu to Recall 21,000 Diesel Trucks

Defective Transmission Installation Leads Isuzu to Recall 21,000 Diesel Trucks

Last month Isuzu, one of the largest diesel engine manufacturers in the world, announced the recall of approximately 21,000 vehicles because of improper assembly. In addition to their own trucks, the Japanese based company provides their diesel engines to other major automakers like GM, Ford, and Renault-Nissan. Isuzu Technical Center of America Inc. communicated to […]

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RICH NEWSOME NAMED TO FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

RICH NEWSOME NAMED TO FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION

Richard Corcoran, the 100th Speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, announced his nine appointments to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission yesterday, including our very own Rich Newsome. Corcoran’s appointments will join the 37-member commission assembled every 20 years, which will convene over the next 12 months. The group is tasked with identifying any necessary modifications […]

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Two Million Potentially Dangerous Calphalon Knives Recalled

Two Million Potentially Dangerous Calphalon Knives Recalled

Newell Brands has announced the recall of more than two million of their defective Calphalon brand knives after learning that thousands have been breaking during use, which has allegedly caused the injury of 27 consumers. Another 7,100 knives were sold and recalled in Canada. The cookware seller told U.S. authorities that the handles on some […]

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Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles Before the start of 2017 the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation over concerns that some Ford brakes could suddenly stop working. At the time of the announcement consumers had filed 141 complaints that their brake pedals went “soft,” allowing them to push the […]

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New Takata Study Undermines Manufacturers’ Blame the Consumer Defense

New Takata Study Undermines Manufacturers’ Blame the Consumer Defense

“The findings in this analysis conducted for The Safety Institute are disturbing, said Richard Newsome of Newsome Melton law firm. “For months now, all we have been hearing is how it’s the consumers responsibility to not drive cars that have been recalled, yet here we see evidence that car owners couldn’t get their recalled vehicles fixed […]

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Self-Driving Cars and the Danger of Federal Preemption

Self-Driving Cars and the Danger of Federal Preemption

There are many good reasons to be optimistic about the rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology.  Self-driving cars have the potential to reduce crashes and save lives by taking human error out of the driving equation.  And it appears as though the transition to self-driving vehicles may occur sooner rather than later.  As we wrote […]

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