AutoNation eases recall policy over Takata airbags; Vehicles will be released to auctions amid parts shortage

Source: Automotive News (April 25, 2016) – AutoNation is changing one of the key tenets of its policy not to sell any vehicle with an open recall. The retailer now will allow some recalled vehicles to go to wholesale auction if lack of replacement parts causes lengthy repair times. With a lack of replacement parts creating…

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Honda Expands Recall of Takata Airbags as Its Longtime Partner’s Crisis Widens

Source:  New York Times / February 3, 2016 In the latest sign that automakers are still struggling to understand the scope of the Takata airbag crisis, Honda Motor said on Wednesday that it would expand its recall by more than a third in North America. The latest action, for 2.23 million vehicles in the United States, reveals…

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Toyota Recalls 320,000 Vehicles For Side Airbag Issue

Source: Automotive News / February 2, 2016 Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. today said it is recalling about 320,000 vehicles from the 2003-06 model years for an airbag-related defect. The recall affects the 2003-06 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2004-06 4Runner, 2005-06 Tundra, 2005-06 Sequoia, 2003-06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-06 Lexus GX 470. The vehicles come with side airbags that deploy…

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U.S. Regulators Could Waive Some Safety Rules For Self-Driving Cars

Source: Reuters / January 14, 2016 The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday it may waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the new policy guidance for self-driving vehicle testing…

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Senators Call for a Much Broader Recall of Defective Takata Airbags After a Recent Death

Source: New York Times / February 2, 2016 With millions of cars containing potentially defective airbags made by Takata still on the road, two senators on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to significantly expand the airbag recalls. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, called on the Obama administration in a…

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Utah Woman Suffers Permanent Throat Injury, Loss of Speech in Accident Involving Takata Airbag

The Didier Law Firm is serving as co-counsel with Motley Rice on a new product liability action in the District Court for Salt Lake County, Utah on behalf of Randi Johnston of Centerville, Utah. The suit alleges serious, permanent, life-scarring and post-crash personal injuries as a result of the alleged overly volatile explosion of the…

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U.S. Opens Probe Of BMW; Says May Have Moved Too Slowly To Recall Mini Models

BMW may be the next auto maker in the sights of U.S. safety regulators. Source: The Associated Press, September 28, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s investigating the company’s Mini brand because it may have been slow to fix cars that didn’t pass federal crash tests. At issue are just over 30,000…

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Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Expands: What Should Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle And Audi Owners Do?

Source: International Business Times, September 22, 2015 – Volkswagen says 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide have software designed to fool emissions testers, including 482,000 vehicles in the United States. In the wake of revelations that Volkswagen deceived regulators and car buyers about the high level of polluting emissions from its diesel-powered vehicles, you have two…

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Hank Didier Receives National Recognition on Top Lawyer Lists for 2015

Henry “Hank”Didier, founding partner of the Didier Law Firm, has once again been selected to four prestigious top lawyer lists for 2015 – Florida Super Lawyers, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers Association, “Best Law Firms” as published by the U.S. News and World Report, and “Best Lawyers” as published annually by…

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Takata Air-Bag Recalls Could Expand to Seven More Companies

Letters to auto makers including Tesla from U.S. regulators say scope of recalls may expand Faulty Takata air-bag inflaters have been linked to eight deaths world-wide  Source: Associated Press, September 28, 2015 – Seven more companies including electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. could be facing recalls because they use air-bag inflaters made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received…

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New Lawsuit – the First in Georgia – Filed Today Against Takata for Injuries From Exploding Airbag

Orlando, FL – (June 2, 2015) – The Didier Law Firm filed a civil lawsuit today on behalf of 29-year-old Christian Sprouse who sustained injuries to her neck and eye after the airbag in her 2004 Honda Civic exploded upon deployment in a minor accident on April 21st, 2015.  Ms. Sprouse received a recall notice…

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Takata Finally Acknowledges Airbag Defect; NHTSA Expands Airbag Recall to Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

NHTSA today announced that is has expanded its recall of cars with Takata airbags to 33.8 million vehicles across 11 auto manufacturers.  Takata has also finally agreed to declare them defective, and has entered into an agreement that it will cooperate fully with all NHTSA actions, testing of remedies, and notifications. “The admission made by…

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