Airbags are such a crucial element of automotive safety that, decades ago, lawmakers passed a law requiring automakers to include them in all new vehicles. Since then, car manufacturers have continued to advance the technology in an attempt to meet and surpass safety standards. However, instead of protecting drivers and passengers in California and beyond, recent defects in the airbag inflators have placed those lives in danger, prompting auto defect class actions across the country.
For many in California, owning a motorhome is like a dream come true. The freedom to travel without worry about finding expensive accommodations is worth the cost of purchasing and maintaining such a vehicle. However, recent reports show that some motor homes may have a deadly auto defect and that consumers are not getting the whole truth about it.
Safety is a top priority to car manufacturers. While the designers of modern cars surely do care about their customers, they also certainly want to avoid the costly auto defect class actions that many car companies have faced in recent years. Many times, a company will recall certain vehicle models to intercept the issues before tragedy strikes. Surprisingly, for those California car owners with Takata airbags, this recall has not seemed to be urgent enough to complete the recall repairs.
Many automobile owners in California are happy to contribute to the efforts to improve the environment. This may mean driving slower, sharing rides and purchasing hybrid vehicles. However, owners of certain hybrid cars are learning that their vehicles may be attracting more than environmentally conscious drivers. In fact, some have filed class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of certain models for not properly correcting a dangerous issue in their hybrid vehicles.
Anyone in California who is considering purchasing a BMW i3 had better buckle up for news of the latest recall. In light of the many auto defect class action cases across the country, many involving companies that concealed the dangers from consumers, it may be refreshing to hear that BMW is recalling the i3 before its defect causes anyone injury. Refreshing or not, many recalls do not get word out to consumers in time and result in tragic accidents that lead to claims for legal recourse.
A car fire can be a terrifying event, especially if one is driving in Los Angeles when the fire begins. However, recently, ABC news affiliates have been investigating car fires in vehicles that are parked. These mysterious fires occur in various models of BMWs, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has encouraged BMW owners to immediately report any engine fires. Although the car maker long denied there was an auto defect in its cars, the manufacturer recently recalled over a million vehicles.
The purchase of a new car can be exciting, especially if one has settled for used cars for many years. It can be frustrating to purchase a new car only to find it has auto defects that make it undrivable or even dangerous. Recent events have left many owners of GM cars scrambling to comply with recall notices. Unfortunately, some did not receive their notices before disaster struck.
Consumers are beginning to see the results of a recent decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allowing used car dealers to offer defective vehicles and label them as safe. CarMax, the leading used car outlet in the United States has recently taken advantage of this change in the law, and consumers relying on CarMax's reputation may be the ones to suffer. An investigation into the CarMax inventory reveals thousands of cars that were included in past auto defect class actions.
For several years, consumers have followed with horror the news reports of auto airbags exploding in vehicles. The device most relied upon for safety in an automobile had become the weapon responsible for killing 16 people and injuring hundreds. Because of a design defect, the airbags manufactured by Takata tended to explode, sending shards of burning metal into the faces and bodies of the passengers. It did not take long before auto defect class actions began in California and across the country.