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July 2015 Archives

Could Fiat Chrysler be held liable for hacker caused accidents?

Last week, we reported on the fine assessed to Fiat Chrysler for its failed efforts in advising customers of recalls that would address functional and design defects that could put drivers in great danger. The assessment was a record for an automaker, and it was more less a statement of how serious an infraction it was for Fiat Chrysler to ignore warning signs about safety defects.

Fiat Chrysler assessed record fine for Jeep failures

In a prior post, we noted how Fiat Chrysler could be facing additional scrutiny from federal regulators based on inquiries about problems relating to its adaptive cruise control on Jeep Grand Cherokee models. The embattled company recently faced a rare public hearing held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and was recently assessed a fine for its failure to address safety hazards regarding the placement of its fuel tanks on Jeeps.

The elements of a products liability lawsuit

In our last post, we highlighted an additional automaker that was under investigation for providing potentially defective airbags. While this may lead authorities to another recall, the overriding concern is likely the chemical compounds that are being used to inflate the airbags.

Second airbag maker suspected of providing defective airbags

Could your summer road trip be marred by a defective airbag? It is estimated that millions of drivers could be in grave danger because of potential defects in the very airbags that are supposed to protect them in the event of a crash. Last year, millions of vehicles were subject to recalls because of problems in airbags produced by Takata, LLC, a Japanese company that provides airbags to many major automakers.

If you were injured during the holiday weekend, read this

The holiday weekend was likely a blast for most of our readers. After all, the weather was great and traffic was not completely unreasonable. Indeed, there were reports of fireworks accidents (e.g. New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul) and people being injured through a collapsing deck (in North Carolina).

Four things that must be done after an accident

We hope that our readers enjoy the holiday weekend. After all, it is the height of the summer and time for families to spend time together, for fantastic getaways and great barbeques. With as many people primed to hit the road to get to their favorite holiday destination, it is imperative for people to use the utmost care while driving.

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