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Mercedes-Benz Engines Can Catch Fire; Daimler AG Recalls One Million Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Engines Can Catch Fire; Daimler AG Recalls One Million Vehicles

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.

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Toyota Announces Another Recall for Exploding Airbags

Toyota Announces Another Recall for Exploding Airbags

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 […]

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The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

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, […]

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Honda Recalls Approximately 374,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

Honda Recalls Approximately 374,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

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.

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Suzuki Recalls Nearly 200,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect

Suzuki Recalls Nearly 200,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect

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.

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Hyundai Issues Recall for 5,200 Vehicles Due to Possible Air Bag Defect

Hyundai Issues Recall for 5,200 Vehicles Due to Possible Air Bag Defect

The airbag is one of the most important safety features in a vehicle. When an airbag doesn’t function as intended, its effects could be potentially dangerous. In January, Toyota issued a recall of nearly 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models due to a defective IC chip in the airbag’s control unit. The chip could have been distracted by other electrical devices in the car, and could have potentially led to an unexpected deployment of the airbags.

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More Than 3 Million Automobiles Recalled Over Exploding Airbag Concerns

More Than 3 Million Automobiles Recalled Over Exploding Airbag Concerns

It’s not uncommon for automobiles to be recalled because of a problem related to airbags. For instance, this week one of Chrysler’s six unrelated recalls involved vehicles that were manufactured with defective airbag warning lights that could possibly activate when there is no actual problem. Approximately 119,000 Chrysler vehicles were affected by that particular recall.

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GM Expands Recall Of Popular Buick And Chevrolet Models With Dangerous Airbag Defects

GM Expands Recall Of Popular Buick And Chevrolet Models With Dangerous Airbag Defects

Last October, General Motors LLC announced the recall of approximately 2,949 vehicles because of a manufacturing defect with the shorting bar in the front driver’s side airbag. Basically, the recall report stated that the shorting bar could accidentally touch the airbag terminals, which would stop the airbag from deploying in the event of an accident.

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Toyota Recalling Another 1 Million Vehicles For Defective Airbags

Toyota Recalling Another 1 Million Vehicles For Defective Airbags

Yesterday’s recalled news showed that automobile defects can happen on a number of levels, and not just simply during the manufacturing process. In this case, 3,235 Toyota models were recalled by Southeast Toyota Distributors because employees failed to properly install and calibrate passenger side airbag sensors, which means that the safety devices could either deploy unexpectedly or not at all.

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