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Texas couple awarded $42 million damages in lawsuit over car accident injuries worsened by substandard repairs ordered by State Farm

A Dallas, Texas couple has been awarded $42 million in damages in a lawsuit filed over a 2013 car accident. Matthew and Marcia Seebachan alleged in their lawsuit that sub-standard auto repair work performed by John Eagle Collision Center at the behest of State Farm Insurance caused them to suffer serious injuries as a result…

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.9 million vehicles over airbag safety defect linked to three deaths, five injuries

Fiat Chrysler recently announced that it was recalling 1.9 million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag defect. The automaker said that the defective airbags had been linked to at least three deaths and five cases of injury.

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Tesla self-driving vehicles face legal, regulatory scrutiny after fatal accidents in Autopilot mode

Tesla Motors is facing a lawsuit in China filed by the family of a Beijing man who died while riding in a Tesla vehicle that was allegedly being controlled by the car’s “Autopilot” system. The crash was one of two fatal car accidents involving Tesla self-driving cars so far in 2016.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin’s death had been recalled over gearshift issue by Fiat Chrysler in April

The same 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee model that was involved in the death of actor Anton Yelchin had been recently recalled by Fiat Chrysler, the automaker says. Yelchin, a Russian born actor who had appeared in the recent reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise, was killed on June 19, 2016 when his Jeep Grand…

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Recalled Takata airbags still being used in new vehicles, Senate investigation reveals

A Senate investigation has revealed that four automakers are continuing to sell vehicles equipped with potentially defective airbag parts involved in the Takata recall. The investigation by the Senate Commerce Committee Democrats found that Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Volkswagen have continued to sell new cars with Takata ammonium-nitrate airbag inflators whose lack of a…

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Officials say moisture, temperature caused Takata airbag problems that led to massive product recall

Federal safety regulators have announced that the increased risk of accidental explosions that led to the massive Takata airbag recall was caused by long-term exposure to moisture in the environment and temperature fluctuations that can cause the explosive propellant in the airbags to become unstable over time. At least 10 deaths in the U.S. have…

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Ford to recall 391,000 Ranger trucks in the U.S. following accidental death linked to faulty Takata airbags

Ford has announced that it will recall 391,000 Ranger pickup trucks following the death of a South Carolina man due to a faulty airbag manufactured by Takata. The recall will affect all Ford Ranger vehicles sold between 2004 and 2006 in the U.S. and Canada.

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Toyota recalls 3 million RAV4 SUVs over seatbelt problems linked to injuries from car accidents

Toyota has announced that it will recall nearly 3 million RAV4 sport utility vehicles due to seatbelt problems. The company says that the rear seatbelts on the RAV4 could be severed during a crash, making it impossible for the belts to protect passengers from injury. Problems with the seatbelts on the RAV4 have been linked…

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Pennsylvania court upholds $5.9 million verdict against Ford in vehicle crashworthiness lawsuit

The Pennsylvania state Superior Court has upheld a $5.9 million verdict in favor of a man who was paralyzed when the airbag in his Mercury Sable failed to deploy in a head on collision. Following the crash, the driver, John Cancelleri, filed a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company over the crashworthiness of the vehicle,…

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NHSTA orders Fiat Chrysler to pay record $105 million fine over auto recall problems

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has entered into a consent order with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which orders the vehicle manufacturer to pay a $105 million fine for repeatedly failing to properly execute numerous safety recalls that could lead to deadly accidents. The fine is the largest ever issued by the NHTSA, surpassing the…

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Honda expands Takata airbag recall to all 50 states following fatal crash

In July, a pregnant woman driving a 2003 Honda City crashed into another vehicle in Malaysia. The driver’s airbag “deployed abnormally,” according to the head of public relations at Honda Malaysia, the New York Times has reported. The woman and her unborn child were both killed in the auto accident.