Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG, has announced the recall of around one million of their vehicles worldwide over a potential fire hazard. The German automaker told U.S. Authorities that they have received 30 reports of their engines catching fire in the U.S. leading to the recall of 354,434 vehicles. Around 650,000 additional vehicles were recalled internationally after 21 fires were reported outside of the U.S. The fires have been linked to a transmission error that prevents the engine from turning over properly. The automaker said that the motor can overheat when the driver repeatedly tries to turn on the engine, which can then allegedly cause a fire in the motor. No injuries were reported at the time of the recall.
Today Toyota announced a new recall of 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. to repair side-curtain airbags manufactured by the Swedish supplier Autoliv. The recall affects model years 2010–2012 Prius, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-in, and 2011–2012 Lexus CT200h. The cars are being recalled because the side-curtain airbags can inadvertently deploy and the inflator can potentially “enter the interior […] Read more
Orlando, FL – Last week 40 million more cars were recalled because of exploding Takata airbags. The recall now affects around one out of every four cars in America, making it by far the largest recall in history. But the dirty truth about the recall is that sitting here today, it’s impossible for anyone to […] Read more
Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, […] Read 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. Read more
Today, in the wake of yesterday’s bombshell report from the New York Times that Takata destroyed secret test results in which airbag steel inflators exploded, United States Senators Markey and Blumenthal called on the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation. Read more
This week a sitting United States Senator picked a fight with several multi-national corporations because of the way they’ve handled a recent recall involving defective airbags. We were fortunate to have front row seats this week as we watched it unfold.
“You fix it and fix it right,” said Nelson as he made a three city tour across Florida this week, including a press conference in Orlando on Tuesday at our law firm’s warehouse. “This is absolutely unacceptable and absolutely outrageous.” Read more
As we reported recently here on our blog, millions of vehicles have been identified as part of a “rolling recall” involving defective Takata airbags. The airbags, which explode with too much force, cause the metal housing to shatter and fly into the face of drivers and passengers like shrapnel from a pipe bomb. Read more
It’s uncommon for two vehicle manufacturers to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for similar reasons in the same week. Nevertheless, this week both Suzuki and Honda recalled more than a combined 400,000 vehicles due to problems with the airbags. Suzuki recalled approximately 193,936 Grand Vitara and SX4 models due to the airbag’s sensor mat potentially failing and deploying in a crash whether or not the occupant is an adult or child. Read more
Last week, Toyota re-issued a recall for approximately 780,000 vehicles due to a previous recall fix that did not adequately address the issue. The fix involved nuts to readjust tire alignment that were determined to not have been tightened enough. Toyota, and other main vehicle manufacturers who sell new vehicles in the U.S. have seen a handful of recalls this year. Read more