October 28th, 2015|
In recent weeks and months, millions of American motor vehicles have been recalled because of faulty parts. Our defective product lawyers at Ponce Law would like to help you get you up to speed on the latest in each of these cases.
Takata Airbag Recall Expansion
In June, Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata Corporation, initiated the recall of roughly 19 million vehicles due to a problem with the inflation system of driver and passenger front airbags. Now, the recall may soon be expanded to include side impact airbags as well. Investigators believe the chemical propellant used to inflate the airbags may change over time, causing units to break apart and hurl metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants when the unit is activated.
Diesel Volkswagen Recall
In September, it was announced that German carmaker, Volkswagen, was installing a piece of technology in their vehicles that is used to cheat emissions tests. The discovery has led to a decrease in the efficiency and value of the affected vehicles and has prompted the initiation of a Tennessee Volkswagen recall class action lawsuit.
GM Oil Leak Recall
Just yesterday, a statement was issued that General Motors (GM) would be recalling 1.4 million vehicles for a third time in order to repair oil leaks that have been known to ignite vehicle fires. WKRN News 2 reports that as many as 19 people have been injured as a result of the defect.
If you’ve been injured as the result of an accident caused by a faulty car part, you have rights that need to be protected, and our legal staff can help answer any questions you may have.
October 14th, 2015|
In the wake of the announcement that Volkswagen (VW) misled consumers into thinking their vehicles were environmentally friendly, dozens of lawsuits have been filed. With so many recent lawsuits, the cases may soon be consolidated into multidistrict litigation.
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain the emission systems on as many as 500,000 American vehicles are manipulated using a “defeat device” to show lower emission rates during testing. VW vowed to repair the vehicles affected by the “defeat device,” but the company has added the caveat that they will not begin making the repairs until next year.
In the meantime, the values on many of the affected vehicles may plunge. Some plaintiffs in the lawsuits that have been filed against VW argue they paid higher rates for vehicles that created fewer emissions, while all the victims maintain the company’s misrepresentations have led to the declining values of the vehicles.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a decision as to whether or not the cases will be consolidated in federal court should be announced in the coming weeks. The cases could cost VW billions of dollars.
At Ponce Law, we understand the frustrations many VW owners are feeling. That’s why our legal staff hopes a decision on how the Volkswagen recall lawsuits will be handled can help owners and car dealers affected by the emissions scandal.
September 28th, 2015|
When you buy a car or truck, you expect it to function as advertised. So what happens when a vehicle is defective or manufacturers mislead consumers? The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that criminal and civil legal action may be taken.
The controversy surrounding hidden data regarding poor emissions tests on certain diesel vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen (VW) highlights the repercussions of failing to meet quality standards.
In Dec. 2014, VW sent letters to owners of certain models of Audi and VW diesel vehicles in California explaining the emissions software in their vehicles required an update to ensure proper function. A further investigation by federal officials concluded that VW concealed data from the public that showed some diesel vehicles didn’t perform on emissions tests as well as was advertised.
According to Reuters, as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide could be affected by the recall that follows the release of these findings. Furthermore, more than two dozen lawsuits were filed, and VW has allocated $7.3 billion to cover costs associated with faulty vehicles.
If you own a diesel VW or Audi vehicle affected by emissions scandal, a lawyer may be able to help protect your rights to compensation. Feel free to meet our attorneys to learn more about how we can help.
August 21st, 2015|
Airbags are a vital piece of automotive safety equipment, and they are credited with saving thousands of lives every year. However, it was recently announced that a malfunction in airbag operating systems installed in 2008 Honda Accords can prevent the units from activating during an accident.
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation after receiving 19 complaints that airbags failed to engage. Investigators determined that the computer that controls the vehicles’ airbags was malfunctioning, prompting the airbag warning light on the dash to light up and preventing the airbags from activating until repairs were made.
The NHTSA is saying the Honda airbag failures could affect as many as 384,000 vehicles in the United States. The issue is already responsible for at least one accident. An article from The New York Times explained how a Florida man was seriously injured after the airbags in his vehicle failed to inflate upon impact.
It’s important that the NHTSA be made aware of Honda airbag failures. If the airbag warning light comes on in your vehicle, get the problem fixed as soon as possible and report the issue to the NHTSA.
July 24th, 2015|
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that two deaths and four injuries have been linked to a defective piece of furniture manufactured by Ikea.
According to WKRN 2 News, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 14 reports of Ikea’s Malm chest tipping over on top of consumers or their children. The company has stated they have also received reports in the past of three other fatalities linked to other furniture tipping over. As many as 27 million chests may be affected by the problem.
In response to the problem, Ikea is issuing a free kit to mount the units to a wall, which would prevent the units from tipping over. Furthermore, the CPSC is urging consumers to wall mount any chest above 23.5 inches or drawers taller than 29.5 inches to a wall to prevent tipping.
Even if you’re taking safety precautions, defective product injuries can still happen. The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law are available to answer your questions if you’ve been injured by a faulty product at no fault of your own.
July 17th, 2015|
Before an item is released, it must undergo strict testing to ensure proper function and safety. Hwever, the Nashville defective products lawyers at Ponce Law explain that sometimes faulty items slip through the cracks and cause consumers serious harm.
That seems to be the case with liquid laundry detergent and dishwasher pods. These items are responsible for a disturbingly high number of injuries affecting children, which has prompted officials to recommend households with young children not purchase the items.
According to ABC 2 News, a team of doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined roughly 17,000 cases of children who were harmed by detergent pods over a two-year period. They found that children often mistake the items for candy, leading to the ingestion of harmful chemicals.
The findings led Consumer Reports to recommend against the purchasing of detergent pods. Instead, households with young children should use less toxic traditional detergents in the home. All detergents should also be kept in a safe and locked location.
If your child does ingest detergent, Poison Control should be called immediately at (800) 222-1222.
May 27th, 2015|
Defective Car Part Recalls
Recalls are launched to correct safety issues that are discovered after cars go on sale. Recently, several such recalls have been in the headlines, including one of the largest in our nation’s history.
GM Ignition Switch Recall
In February 2015, General Motors (GM) initiated a recall of roughly 800,000 vehicles due to problems with the ignition switch that allowed vehicles to shut off while in motion. This resulted in drivers losing control of their vehicles, and in many cases, crashing. Reports indicate hundreds of accidents were linked to the problem, resulting in 19 fatalities.
The GM ignition switch recall prompted more than 700 lawsuits from victims from across the United States.
Takata Airbag Recall
Last week, auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. launched a recall of 34 million vehicles after it was discovered the company’s airbags can cause metal shards to be hurled towards passengers in the event of a crash. The Detroit Free Press reports that as many as six deaths and 100 injuries have been linked to the problem.
Those whose lives have been affected by an injury caused by a defective vehicle or part may not know where to turn for help. Our Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law suggest accident victims speak with a qualified legal representative about the questions or concerns you have.
March 23rd, 2015|
The Nashville defective product lawyers at Ponce Law explain that automobile manufacturers in the United States are required to thoroughly test their vehicles before they are made available for purchase. Despite these requirements, millions of vehicles are recalled each year due to safety concerns.
One recent recall involved 2.5 million vehicles manufactured by General Motors (GM). Officials found the ignition switches on the affected vehicles were faulty, which allowed the key to turn to the off position while a vehicle was in motion. In turn, driver could lose control of their vehicles and airbags were prevented from deploying in the event of an accident. Many victims of the GM recall took legal action after it was discovered the company knew about the problems for years, yet failed to take corrective action.
More recently, Chrysler recalled 1.5 million vehicles due to fire and explosion risks during rear-impact collisions. CBS News reports Chrysler denied the claims for years, but the company finally took action to fix the defective vehicles. Safety advocates are now arguing the defective vehicle parts still present a danger and many owners of recalled vehicles are being denied service.
If you have been injured as the result of a crash and defective parts, it’s important to know that help is available. At Ponce Law, our legal staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call now at 615-244-4321.