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Types of vehicle recalls

When safety defects on vehicles are identified, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls to get the dangerous cars and trucks off New York roads. Recalls are actually quite common, as the NHTSA has recalled more than 390 million vehicles for various safety defects and faulty vehicle components since 1966.

Almost 80,000 Mazda vehicles recalled for dangerous air bags

Many owners of Mazda vehicles in New York will need to visit their dealerships for repairs due to a manufacturer safety recall. The problem is the result of faulty air bag inflators produced by Takata. Similar faults have forced 19 automakers to issue approximately 70 million recalls nationwide.

More vehicles recalled due to defective airbag inflators

New York drivers should note that a new type of air bag inflator has been added to the largest automotive recall to hit the country. An additional 2.7 million vehicles are now being recalled as they have an inflator that has proven to be unsafe. The manufacturers involved are Ford, Mazda and Nissan.

How airbags work and what happens when they fail

New York drivers may be aware that many vehicles of all makes and models have been recalled due to problematic airbags. Because airbags are instrumental in keeping drivers and passengers safe when accidents occur, there are some things about these devices that vehicle owners may wish to know.

Settlement reached in Takata airbag class action lawsuit

Millions of vehicle owners around the country will be compensated by car makers for installing faulty airbags and dragging their feet over fixing the issue if a federal court approves a $553 settlement agreement. Toyota, BMW, Subaru and Mazda have agreed to pay the sum to end a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of 15.8 million consumers, many of whom reside in New York. Media outlets reported news of the settlement on May 18.

J&J ordered to pay $110 to woman who developed cancer

New York residents who use talc-based products in their daily regimen may be interested to learn that, on May 4, a major company was ordered to pay damages to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's products for decades. This lawsuit was just one of about 2,400 similar lawsuits that had been filed against the company claiming that the warnings about cancer risks were not adequate.

Product liability cases involving robots

New York residents are likely aware that manufacturers use robots to increase productivity and lower costs, but they may not know that autonomous machines are also used by police departments, farmers, hospitals and restaurants. Robots can save the lives of workers by performing dangerous tasks or operating in hazardous environments, but they can also cause severe injuries when things go wrong. Individuals injured by robots may file product liability lawsuits against the companies that built or programmed them, and many observers expect this kind of litigation to become more common in the years ahead.

GM could face billions in damages from faulty ignition switches

A ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit located in New York stands after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case about General Motor's defective ignition switches. The automaker had hoped to block lawsuits from customers concerning the crashes. The company claimed that its bankruptcy cleared the slate of its liabilities, but the appeals court sided with the rights of car owners because they had not been notified about the defects at the time of the bankruptcy. Rejecting their lawsuits would have represented a violation of their due process rights.

Hyundai and Kia initiate 1.5 million vehicle recall

New York drivers should be aware that, on April 7, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation stated that they intended to recall about 1.48 million vehicles that were sold in the United States, South Korea and Canada. Approximately 1.19 million of the affected vehicles being recalled were sold in the U.S.

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