Recall Alert: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced a recall that involves 1.9 million vehicles due to a defect that may prevent the airbag from deploying in a crash.
What is Wrong with the Airbags in Fiat Chrysler Vehicles?
A wiring design in the air-bag and seat-belt control module may not deploy the air bags or tighten the seat belts when a vehicle is involved in a frontal crash. The defect can increase the risk of injury to those involved in the accident.
FCA has found no evidence of the defect when vehicles are involved in side or rear collisions (although rear end collisions often result in vehicles also being involved in frontal collisions) but is aware this defect may be tied to three fatalities and other injuries. Vehicles are no longer being manufactured with the defective parts and the auto maker will be contacting consumers to make arrangements to have the defect repaired.
Vehicles named in the recall:
- 2010 Chrysler Sebring
- 2010 Chrysler Cirrus
- 2011-2014 Chrysler 200
- 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber
- 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger
- 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot
- 2010-2014 Jeep Compass
- 2012-2013 Lancia Flavia
This defect is unrelated to the Takata airbag recall and GM’s airbag recall announced earlier this month.
Ford Door Latch Recall: What Do I Need to Know?
The New York Times recently ran a report about how much the Ford door latch recall is going to cost the automaker. According to the story in The Times, the price tag for replacing all the defective door latches will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $640 million. However, this shouldn’t be an issue for a company that was looking at an estimated year-end pretax profit of $10.8 billion, which has now been lowered to $10.2 billion.
What Is Wrong with the Door Latches on Ford’s Vehicles?
Ford has issued two recalls concerning the door latch defect. The first recall took place on August 4, 2016 and included over 800,000 vehicles. The second recall was issued on September 8, 2016, with Ford adding 1.5 million cars, vans and trucks to the original 800,000. Between the two recalls, Ford will have to fix door latches on close to 2.4 million vehicles. The vehicles models Ford is recalling include but are not limited to the following:
- 2012-2015 Ford Focus
- 2013-2015 Ford Escape
- 2015 Ford Mustang
- 2013-2015 Ford C-Max
- 2015 Lincoln MKC
- 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect
Even though the recalls were only first issued in 2016, according to the article in The Times, Ford owners have been reporting the issue since 2014. Reportedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received around 1,200 reports regarding Ford door latches failing prior to the recalls. The problem with the door latches involves the spring tab mechanism, which can break. If the spring tab breaks, it can either lead to the door being unable to be closed or opening on its own at any time. Ford has said it has received reports of three injuries and one car accident that may have been caused due to the defective door latch issue.
Check out our Auto Defects page if you have questions about what to do if your car is recalled.
Recall Alert: Are the Airbags in GM Vehicles Safe?
In a bit of déjà vu, GM is recalling 4.3 million vehicles due to an airbag defect. However, this recall has nothing to do with the Takata airbag recall that has dominated the news cycle over the last year. Instead, this is a separate issue that has to do with the airbags in GM vehicles containing defective software.
What Is Wrong with the Airbags in GM Vehicles?
According to a report in USA Today, most of the vehicles GM is recalling due to the airbag issue are in the US. Reportedly, the airbag software defect has been linked to three injuries and one death. Apparently, GM first found out about the problem with its airbags in May of this year. At that time, there was an accident involving a 2014 Chevy Silverado in which the vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy when they should have. Following the incident, GM notified airbag manufacturer Delphi. Both GM and Delphi then ran tests on the airbags and accompanying software, which eventually led to a recall being issued in early September.
The vehicles involved in the recall include Cadillac, Buick, GMC and Chevrolets from model years 2014 through 2017:
- 2014 through 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet SS and Buick LaCrosse
- 2014 through 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Caprice, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Corvette
- 2015 through 2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Sierra HD, Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL
GM began notifying its customers as soon as it issued the recall and will fix the airbag problem free of charge. The defect can be repaired with a software update rather than any actual mechanical issue having to be fixed. Consumers can take their vehicles to GM dealerships to be repaired. Each of GM’s dealers have been provided with the software update, so repairing vehicles should be a quick and easy process.
Why Is Mazda Recalling 2.3 Million Vehicles?
Posted September 12, 2016 | #Mazda, #Recall
At the beginning of September, news broke regarding Mazda recalling 2.3 million vehicles. The recall is worldwide and involves two separate issues. One of the issues involves Mazdas with diesel engines, and the other has to do with vehicles with potentially dangerous rear gates. The problem is the damper stays on the gates, corroding and breaking them if they’re exposed to salt. The diesel recall involves an unexplained issue with the computers that control the engines in those vehicles. The models in the recall are the Mazda 3 and the Mazda CX-3 SUV.
Why You Should Always Take an Auto Recall Seriously
While not every auto recall is as serious as the next, each should be taken seriously by everyone involved. Recalls should be repaired by the dealer or car manufacturer for free. Yes, some of these recalls can be issued simply because a safety sticker is out of place. However, you don’t know the magnitude of the recall right away. Maybe if a technician doesn’t see that sticker while working on your car, it could lead to them failing to perform an important repair correctly, which could put you and your family at risk unnecessarily.
In addition, many recalls are extremely serious, such as the Takata airbag recall, which involves airbags exploding and shooting metal fragments at vehicle occupants. Bottom line, when you find out that your car or an auto part on your vehicle has been recalled, either through the news or when your car’s manufacturer contacts you via a call, letter or email, you need to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.
If you have questions about what you should do if your car or truck is recalled, visit our Auto Defects page for more information about defective automobiles.
Who Was Just Named Best Lawyers of the Year in Philadelphia?
Posted August 25, 2016 | #BestLawyers
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck PC is proud to announce that all five partners were named to the 2017 The Best Lawyers in America list.
What Is Best Lawyers?
Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-reviewed legal publication, having been in publication for more than 30 years. It is highly respected by legal professionals, members of the media and the public. In addition to listing attorneys in geographic regions nationwide, Best Lawyers recognizes lawyers in more than 65 countries worldwide.
What Categories Were Our Lawyers Listed Under?
- Stewart Eisenberg was named in three categories: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.
- Kenneth Rothweiler was recognized for his work in the following practice areas: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
- Nancy Winkler was listed in the Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs categories.
- Fredric Eisenberg was named for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs.
- Daniel Jeck was featured in the Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.
Ken Rothweiler Named a Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Winner
In addition to being named for his work in four practice areas, Ken Rothweiler was selected as the 2017 Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia for Plaintiff’s Product Liability Litigation. Only one attorney in each practice area in a city is named as Lawyer of the Year.
Our firm is very proud of Ken for his selection as a Lawyer of the Year, as well as the outstanding work he, Stewart, Fredric, Nancy and Daniel do on a daily basis to provide our clients with high quality legal representation.