General Motors once again grabbed headlines after its CEO Mary Barra was called to testify before the House Oversight and Investigations panel earlier this week. Here, Barra was subjected to rigorous questioning from lawmakers regarding the more than two million cars the auto giant has recalled for a faulty ignition switch that has now been linked to over 12 traffic fatalities.
In our last post, we discussed how General Motors had recalled 1.37 million cars here in the U.S. for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 traffic fatalities.
An auto recall related to a serious safety defect has been doubled from fewer than 800,000 autos to more than 1.6 million. The manufacturer of the defective autos, General Motors, admitted on Feb. 25 that its procedure for issuing recalls is seriously flawed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its annual report outlining which automakers had the largest number of recalls over the preceding 12 months. While the report didn't contain too many surprises, it did show how car companies are continuing to struggle with large-scale recalls spanning not thousands, but rather millions of vehicles.
Even the car manufacturers with the best reliability for safety and security run into issues from time to time. This has been brought to light lately, with Volvo Cars of North America announcing that it would recall approximately 31,000 vehicles related to issues with low oil pressure warning systems.
One of the nation's best-selling small sport utility vehicles was the subject of two separate recalls earlier this week over concerns that oil and gas leaks could potentially cause engine fires.
It appears that Toyota is finally being held accountable for problems with its vehicles concerning unintended and sudden acceleration. Toyota has just decided to settle out an acceleration case before a jury had a chance to decide upon punitive damages. The jury had at that point returned a $3 million verdict against Toyota for compensatory damages.
Several consumers across the country have come across an alarming problem with new Hyundai Genesis cars that could put themselves and other motorists in dangerous situations in the upcoming months. According to at least 23 reports already issued to the National Transportation Safety Board, consumers are finding that the vehicle’s brakes suddenly become less effective or stop working altogether. In several cases, consumers have been behind the wheel of the vehicle when the failure occurred, resulting in a number of crashes and one woman even losing control of her vehicle.
Many parents go through painstaking efforts to ensure their children are safe while riding in the family vehicle. From making sure that their kids use car seats until they met the appropriate age or size requirements to ensuring that airbags won't deploy on children who don't meet weight restrictions, there's a lot to be concerned about. However, parents may feel helpless when their child sustains serious injuries for reasons outside their control.
Hearing stories about people getting injured because of design defects is never easy, especially when those victims are children. For readers here in California, it doesn't matter what state the design defect occurred, only that the victim's receive compensation for any injuries it may have caused them. This will likely be the feeling now among our readers after they read about the recent case out of New Jersey this month.