MADD CEO tapped to head NHTSA

President Obama has asked Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) CEO, Charles Hurley to be the next administrator of NHTSA. The White House said that in addition to is work on drunk driving issues, Hurley has also an extensive background working on air bag, seat belt teen driving and child passenger safety  issues. All of which are very near and dear to our law firm. We focus on all areas of products liability, including child safety, air bag non deployment, car fires, roof crush, roll overs, and more.

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has already is looking to the new administrator and NHTSA to address roof crush issues sooner rather than later.

The current roof standard has been in place since 1973, before SUVs were a common mode of consumer transportation. The roof crush standard addresses the safety of vehicles’ roofs to withstand pressure when involved in rollover accidents.

NHTSA was required to deliver a roof crush standard to Congress by July 1, 2008, but was ordered by Congress to strengthen their proposed rule because it did not significantly reduce loss of life and prevent injury.  NHTSA asked for an extension until December 15, 2008, and then revised the date for issuing the final rule to April 30, 2009.


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Ken Langdale - September 18, 2009 4:33 PM

On 9/5/09, while riding on the blue ridge parkway, with my granddaughter, her boyfriend, and my wife,I pulled into a viewing area. When I got out of my vehicle, a2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with 26000 miles, there was smoke coming from the space between the cab and bed of the vehicle. I looked and there was flames coming from the area near the gas tank. We all rushed to get out of the car and within 15 minutes the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames. Because of where we were the fire dept was late getting up the mountain so the car was reduced to nothing. Ford, thus far, has not been very forthcoming in attempting to satisfy me with answered questions or financial satisfaction. I had paid nearly $18500 on the vehicle and still owed approx $10,000. All I am asking Ford to do is eat the remainder of the note and I will accept my insurance's payment which amounts to less than I have paid on the note. Has anybody else had a fire problem with any Ford products?

Law Office of D. Hardison Wood - September 21, 2009 12:17 PM

NHTSA has issued recalls for your type of vehicle (Ford Explorer Sport (older models) due a cruise control malfunction which could lead to a vehicle fire. The link to the recall is If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact us. 1-877-829-7211.

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