Toyota Motor Corp. was ordered to pay $3 million in an Oklahoma case claiming a defect in a Camry caused the vehicle to unintentionally accelerate, leading to an accident that left one woman dead and another injured.According to the plaintiffs' attorney, the jury awarded $1.5 million for each claim. The jury found the Camry's electronic system was defective and Toyota acted with "reckless" disregard. A settlement regarding punitive damages has been reach, but the amount has not been disclosed.
According to the plaintiffs' lawyer, the 2005 Camry driven by Jean Bookout, then 76, sped out of... Continue reading »
American Honda Motor Co. recently settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged it manufactured 1,593,755 defective vehicles that excessively burn oil and require frequent spark plug replacements. The settlement pertains to all U.S. purchasers and lessees of 2008-12 Accords, 2008-13 Odysseys, 2009-13 Pilots, 2010-11 Accord Crosstours and 2012 Crosstour vehicles equipped with six-cylinder engines that have variable cylinder management. Accord vehicles with four-cylinder engines are excluded from the settlement.
The original lawsuit alleged the vehicles contained a "systematic design defect that... Continue reading »
Kia and Hyundai are recalling nearly 1.9 million vehicles to fix problems with the brake light switch and air bag in various model vehicles. The brake light switch recall covers almost 1.7 million cars, most of the manufacturers' models from years 2007 through 2011. Additionally, Hyundai is recalling almost 200,000 Elantras from 2011 to 2013 to fix an air bag problem.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, the brake light problem prevents the rear brake lights from illuminating when drivers press on the brake pedal. Also, the cruise control may not turn... Continue reading »
Krohn &Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ® has become aware of a safety recall regarding serious and potentially dangerous defects in Dodge Challenger vehicles.
Chrysler is telling owners of 2013 Dodge Challenger muscle cars with V-6 engines not to drive them because a short in a wiring circuit can set them on fire. Owners also are being told not to park the cars in a garage or near a structure until the problem can be fixedTo date, six fires have been reported that damaged cars and a seventh incident is still being investigated.
If you have a question regarding your 2013 Dodge Challenger,... Continue reading »
Honda is recalling 183,500 vehicles in the United States, and 250,000 vehicles globally, to fix problems with the braking systems in the Odyssey minivan, Acura RL sedan, Acura MDX crossover SUV and Honda Pilot SUV, manufactured between 2004 and 2005.
The stability assist system in the vehicles may malfunction and the brake could operate even when the driver is not pressing the pedal, said a Honda spokeswoman. The vehicles may also brake more strongly than intended when the system malfunctions.Honda states that no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of these problems.
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760,000 RAV-4s, and 18,000 Lexus HS250Hs, to be more precise. Toyota recalled the affected RAV-4 and Lexus vehicles on August 1, 2012, due to a suspension problem that is caused by improper tightening of suspension nuts that are adjusted during routine alignment. An automobile recall is a request to return to the manufacturer a defective product or part due to the discovery of safety issues.
The Toyota RAV-4 is a very popular vehicle in many respects. Since its introduction in 1996, the RAV-4 has gained more and more popularity with consumers for its quick acceleration and commendable... Continue reading »
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