NHTSA issues Premlinary Policy on Driverless Cars

NHTSA has issued a preliminary policy for standards on driverless vehicles. A driverless vehicle is one in which

operation of the vehicle occurs without direct driver input to control the steering, acceleration, and braking and are designed so that the driver is not expected to constantly monitor the roadway while operating in self-driving mode

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Recall Demanded for Jeep Grand Cherokees

The consumer advocacy group, the Center For Auto Safety is asking for the recall of five million Jeep Grand Cherokees. This is due children dying after rear end collisions.

the center cited the deaths of three children since 2006 in fires that occurred when the Jeeps in which they were riding were struck from the rear.

 

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Nissan Issues Recalls on Altimas

Nissan has issued a recall of about 123,000 Altimas. The recall affects 2013 models. Apparently, Nissan had a faulty gauge on on an air pump that was either under or over inflating the spare tire causing them to blow out.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. Read the Article Here

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3.4 Million Cars Recalled

Toyota, Nissa, Honda and Mazda have issued a recall affected 3.4 Million vehicles. The recall revolves around possible faulty airbags that may cause a fire or inadvertently fire causing personal injuries to the occupants. The large manufacturers rely on smaller companies and manufacturers for their parts.

The recall is the largest ever for airbags made by Takata Corp., the world's second-largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Due to a manufacturing defect in the propellant for the inflator, the airbag for the front passenger seat may not inflate correctly. As a result, there is a risk of fires starting or of passengers being injured. The faulty airbags were manufactured between 2000 and 2002 in a Takata factory in Mexico. Read more

 

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Jury Finds Against Nissan

A NJ jury found in favor of a man who was injured when a tire fell off a truck, hit the roof of his Nissan Altima and caused severe personal injury. The Plaintiff's attorneys argued and provided evidence that the design of the Altima was defective.

"Design engineers know how to design a good roof, it's not really a problem in American-made cars but what we found is it's a problem in these Altimas," she said. Read more
 

 

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Faulty Child Locks Leads to Recall

Ford has recalled certain 2013 models due to a potential failure of their child safety locks. The cars involved are Focus, C-Max, and Escape models. The recall includes 5,675 cars - adults may think they child safety lock is engaged, but due to its faulty manufacturing, a child may still be able to open the car door from inside the vehicle.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the child locks on the left rear door of some vehicles were improperly made. The locks may not engage when drivers or other adults try to activate them. As a result the driver may think the child lock is engaged when it is not. Read more

 

Supreme Court to hear Liability Arguments Against Generic Drug Maker

The Supreme Court is getting ready to hear a case against a generic anti-inflammatory drug called Sulindac. Sulidac is distributed by Mutual Pharmaceutical Company. Karen Bartlett sued the company for a defective product after taking the medication fro shoulder pain and instead had her

skin began to slough off until nearly two-thirds of it was gone.

She spent almost two months in a burn unit, and months more in a medically induced coma. The reaction permanently damaged her lungs and esophagus and rendered her legally blind.

 

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NHTSA investigates Toyota, Ford and Honda

NHTSA has not issued any recalls but instead has launched an investigation into various models. First off, 561,000 Toyota Prius are under NHTSA investigation. There have been reports that the steering shaft was not assembled correctly. This investigations appears to be focusing on 2004-2009 model years. In 2012, Toyota had the highest number of recalled cars.

In 2012, Toyota had the most vehicles recalled of any brand in the U.S. market, the third time it achieved that dubious distinction in four years. And it has already had 1 million vehicles recalled since the beginning of 2013.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner to take Flight

The FAA had grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet of 50 on January 16th when the plane had caught fire in Boston due to problems with a lithum-ion battery.

That came after a lithium-ion battery aboard an All Nippon Airways flight caught fire in Boston nine days earlier.

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Numerous Recalls - Jan 31

The end of January not only brought the first month of 2013 to a close but also meant numerous recalls being announced by the CPSC.

Triaminic and Theraflu products were recalled due their lack of child resistant packaging.

These child-resistant caps can fail to function properly and enable the cap to be removed by a child with the tamper-evident seal in place, posing a risk of unintentional ingestion and poisoning.

 

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