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GM Ignition Cases: Court of Appeals Rules that Ignition-switch lawsuits against GM can proceed

Posted on July 16, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that General Motors cannot avoid lawsuits from pre-bankruptcy ignition-switch defect victims. The court overturned a bankruptcy judge’s ruling this week that had protected GM from those lawsuits because of the company’s 2009 bankruptcy restructuring. The ruling gives new life to hundreds of lawsuits from potential victims of … Continue reading GM Ignition Cases: Court of Appeals Rules that Ignition-switch lawsuits against GM can proceed

Product Liability: Additional problems reported with vehicles involved in GM recall.

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

NBC Nightly News (1/17, story 5, 4:35, Snow) reported that, according to an NBC investigation, there are more complaints about stalling in GM vehicles that were already repaired as part of a massive recall to fix a problem with ignition switches. NBC says the vehicles involved were some of the 2.6 million that were recalled … Continue reading Product Liability: Additional problems reported with vehicles involved in GM recall.

GM Ignition Case: NHTSA Federal Agency Overlooked Safety Issues, Says Auditor’s Report

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

On its website, NBC News (6/23, 2.54M) says a report from Transportation Department’s inspector general on the investigation into defective GM ignition switches “contends NHTSA failed to properly review safety issues and then didn’t take required action against automakers when problems were discovered,” and that the agency failed to properly train or supervise staff. Additionally, … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: NHTSA Federal Agency Overlooked Safety Issues, Says Auditor’s Report

Product Liability: GM Adds 243,000 Cars to Faulty Air-Bag Recall

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (6/20) reports that General Motors has added at least 243,000 US and Canadian compact hatchbacks to its list of recalls for faulty Takata air bags. The new recalls involve passenger air bags on Pontiac Vibes made from 2003 to 2007. The cars were designed by Toyota and made at “a jointly owned factory … Continue reading Product Liability: GM Adds 243,000 Cars to Faulty Air-Bag Recall

Product Liability: Honda Confirms Eighth Takata Air-Bag-Linked Fatality.

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The Los Angeles Times (6/20, Hirsch, 4.03M) reports that on Friday Honda confirmed the eighth death due to faulty Takata air bags. This one involved the rupture of an air bag inflator in the crash of a rented 2001 Honda Civic on Sept. 7, 2014. The family of victim Jewel Brangman, 26, filed suit earlier … Continue reading Product Liability: Honda Confirms Eighth Takata Air-Bag-Linked Fatality.

GM Ignition Cases: Plaintiffs Accuse GM of Fraud, Racketeering.

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Reuters (6/15, Dye) reports that Plaintiffs suing GM filed an amended complaint on Friday accusing the company of fraud and alleging that it violated racketeering laws by concealing problems with a faulty ignition switch. The complaint also seeks class status for those who owned or leased a GM car between 2009 and 2014, or purchased … Continue reading GM Ignition Cases: Plaintiffs Accuse GM of Fraud, Racketeering.

GM Ignition Case: GM, law firm accused of covering up ignition switch defect.

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Detroit News (6/12, Burden, Shepardson, 523K) reports that on Thursday, Texas attorney Bob Hilliard, who represents plaintiffs suing General Motors over defective ignition switches “filed a motion accusing” the company and “outside law firm King & Spalding of conspiring to cover up the defect.” The article notes that “GM admitted wrongdoing and paid a record … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: GM, law firm accused of covering up ignition switch defect.

Supreme Court Case: Takata Corp, NHTSA Agree to Recall 33.8 Million Airbags in Largest Recall in US History

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (6/1, Gordon) reports Takata Corp. has declared 33.8 million air bags defective in an agreement with NHTSA regulators. It’s the biggest auto-safety recall in US history. The AP adds that a top Takata Corp executive says the company plans to “replace the chemical in its air bags that has been linked to a … Continue reading Supreme Court Case: Takata Corp, NHTSA Agree to Recall 33.8 Million Airbags in Largest Recall in US History

Vehicle Recalls: More Than 440,000 Vehicles

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

ABC World News (5/27, story 15, 0:15, Muir, 5.84M) reported that Ford issued two recalls. The report said that the automaker is recalling “423,000 sedans and crossovers” due to “an electrical problem with the power steering.” It adds that Ford is also recalling almost 20,000 Mustangs, “because of problems with the fuel tank.” The AP … Continue reading Vehicle Recalls: More Than 440,000 Vehicles

Wrongful Death: GM death toll from cars with defective ignition switches hits 100.

Posted on May 12, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: The CBS Evening News (5/11, story 3, 2:20, Glor) reported, “Today the death toll from defective ignition switches in General Motors’ vehicles reached 100 with at least 184 others injured.” The report said GM knew about the problem for over a decade but ordered the recall only last year. Reporter Jeff Glor spoke … Continue reading Wrongful Death: GM death toll from cars with defective ignition switches hits 100.