Category Archives: Auto Defects

In these blog posts, our New Jersey and PA attorneys discuss product liability lawsuits involving auto defects.

NHTSA Expands Investigation into Ford Brake Failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding its investigation into reports of brake failures in certain Ford vehicles.  NHTSA’s investigation into the issue began in 2016.  The federal auto regulator is investigating reports of crashes and injuries that involve 2006-2012 Ford Fusion, 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ and 2006-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles.  NHTSA said it has received 544 complaints from consumers about the issue. Ford said it received another 244…
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Reports of Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Exposure Continue to Increase

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to receive complaints from Ford Explorer owners who say they are being exposed to carbon monoxide. More than eighty of the complaints sent to NHTSA mention injuries. Due to these developments, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has once again called on Ford to issue a recall for 2011-2017 Ford Explorers. Reports from across the country show that drivers are becoming ill…
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Should 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans Be Recalled?

Consumer advocates with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have called on Chrysler to issue a recall for 2017 Pacifica minivans. More than 156,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the US. CAS claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 50 reports from consumers who claim their vehicles stalled. Vehicle owners claim they were unable to accelerate, deaccelerate or use power steering. A woman in California…
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CarMax Accused of Selling Used Vehicles with Open Safety Recalls

An investigation conducted by three consumer safety agencies has discovered CarMax is selling recalled vehicles with unrepaired defects. CarMax has 185 used car lots across the country, three of which are located in Pennsylvania. The Center for Auto Safety, the CARS Foundation and the MASSPIRG Education Fund analyzed 1,699 vehicles that were listed for sale at eight CarMax dealerships in three states. According to the results of the study, 461…
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NHTSA Expands Investigation into Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Leaks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its investigation into 2011-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs after receiving new reports of carbon monoxide leaking into vehicle compartments. According to NHTSA, it is aware of three crashes and 41 injuries that might be linked to the possible defect. NHTSA claims it is aware of 2,700 complaints about the leaks. The Ford Explorer models affected by carbon monoxide leaks may include both…
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Ford Issues Recall for 116,796 Trucks and SUVs for Seat Defects

Ford has issued a recall for 116,796 trucks and SUVs because the bolts in the seat, seatbelt or seatbelt buckles may fracture. According to Ford, bolt fractures can harm the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt’s performance during a crash or sudden stop. The following vehicle models are affected by the Ford seatbelt recall: 2014 F-Series pickup 2014 E-Series van 2014-2015 Ford Escape 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV More…
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Honda Recalls 1.15 Million 2013-2016 Accord Vehicles in the U.S. for Fire Risk

A Honda recall has been issued for 1.15 million Accord vehicles sold in the United States. According to Honda, the 12-volt battery sensors used in 2013-2016 Honda Accords may cause engine fires. Honda claims the sensors are not sufficiently sealed against moisture. Over time, this moisture can attract conductive and corrosive substances like road salt. Once these substances enter the battery sensor, they can cause corrosion and electrical shorts that…
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Is It Dangerous to Drive a Hyundai Santa Fe?

United Press International (UPI) reported on two recalls involving South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai. The larger of the two recalls concerns the Hyundai Santa Fe, the automaker’s popular Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). That recall includes 437,400 2013-2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs. The Santa Fe SUVs were recalled, because the secondary hood latch on the vehicles can corrode and bind, which can lead to them failing to latch…
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Ford Recalls 2017 Model Year Vehicle Due to Defective Seats

Ford has recalled certain 2017 model year vehicles due to a defective seat recliner mechanism that have welds that may fail in a crash. Vehicles named in the Recall: 2017 Ford F-550 SD 2017 Ford F-150 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Ford F-350 SD 2017 Ford F-450 SD 2017 Ford F-250 SD If this happens, the seat may collapse and will not provide adequate protection and restraint to the occupant, and…
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Is Fiat Chrysler Facing Its Own Dieselgate?

The Detroit Free Press reported on a story recently involving the US Justice Department suing Fiat Chrysler because the diesel engines in some of the automaker’s vehicles violate the Clean Air Act. Could this be another Dieselgate? What’s Wrong with the Diesel Engines in Fiat Chrysler’s Vehicles? In their lawsuit, the Justice Department claims that Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as an emissions cheat device for its diesel vehicles….
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