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Dual Recalls Issued By Toyota Over Possible Safety Threats

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

Numerous types of vehicles are being recalled by Toyota for two separate issues, either of which could lead to a crash if a driver is not expecting certain functions of the vehicle to suddenly be turned off.  Consumer Reports explores the dual recalls, which are both related to software problems, in a new report.

Even though it’s the smaller recall of the two, Toyota’s announcement affecting Tacoma, Lexus RX350, and RAV4 automobiles of the 2012 through 2013 model years still pertains to a substantial 260,000 vehicles.  That recall has its genesis in problems with the electronic circuits.  Under the wrong circumstances, the vehicle’s traction and stability control and antilock brake capabilities could drop in and out.  Although it’d still be possible to brake, a driver who was relying on those aforementioned systems could be privy to a heightened crash risk.

The other recall could lead the vehicle to completely stop while it’s in the midst of transit.  That larger recall affects a whopping 1.9 million Prius vehicles of the 2010 through 2014 model years.  A certain software configuration could lead these hybrid vehicles to cease function due to the transistors experiencing heightened stress that triggers a failsafe.

Consumer Reports notes that anyone who experiences such a shutdown situation would be wise to drift to a safe spot on the roadway.  No injuries have reportedly occurred yet, and software updates will be offered to affected users.

Crash Hazard Leads To Recall Of Over 5,000 Aston Martin Vehicles

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 4, 2014

Various types of vehicles of model years ranging between 2008 and 2014 are being recalled by Aston Martin because of an issue that has the potential to cause a crash.  The recall affects just over 5,000 Rapide, Rapide S, Virage, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage S, V8 Vantage, and DB9 automobiles.  A breakage of the accelerator arm is a possibility due to a shortcoming during production.  When this defect occurs, the vehicle can become stuck in idle mode, and in the middle of transit, the inability to accelerate appropriately could contribute to a crash.  The recall should start by the end of this week, and owners can thus expect to hear from Aston Martin.  Repairs can be sought from dealers at that time.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

467 Transit Buses Recalled By Glaval For Crash And Fire Threats

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 24, 2014

Various transit buses have been recalled by Glaval because of concerns that they could stall or sustain a fire in the midst of traffic.  The recall has its genesis in a potential safety issue associated with the alternator harness.  There is a danger that this component could be positioned in a manner that would cause the failure of the charging system.  The alternator harness could also short circuit due to inappropriate contact with the spring clamp.  The former situation could prompt stalling that leads to a crash while the latter could lead a fire to break out onboard.  The recall affects an estimated 467 Titan, Titan II, Concorde II, Legacy, Entourage and Universal buses of the 2010 through 2013 model years, and owners of these buses can expect to hear from Glaval once the recall begins (the date has not yet been disclosed).  Free inspections and necessary repairs can then be sought out.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

4,532 Vehicles Recalled By Ford Over Windshield Visibility Issue

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 20, 2014

E-450, E-350, E-250, and E-150 vehicles of the 2011 model year are being recalled by the Ford Motor Company over concerns that visibility could be diminished.  On 4,532 vehicles, there is a chance that a driver’s ability to view the road would be impeded due to bubbles within the windshield.  This problem, which is apparently the result of a manufacturing issue, can manifest when the vehicles are in the midst of hot weather for an extended period of time.  If a driver can’t properly see the road, he or she could be involved in a crash.  The recall is supposed to start by this coming Sunday, and at that time, owners will receive contact from Ford.  Free replacement of affected parts will be carried out by dealers as necessary.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

2,564 Sterling Bullet Trucks Recalled Over Possible Crash Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 30, 2013

Sterling Bullet trucks of the 2008 and 2009 model years have been recalled by Daimler Trucks North America because of an issue that could pose a possible crash risk.  The recall was issued due to a worry that a fracture of the left outer tie rod ball stud is a possibility.  2,564 vehicles could be affected by this issue, which can lead the assembly of the tie rod to fail outright.  When that occurs, a driver may be unable to properly steer the truck, and this would obviously increase the potential for a crash.  The recall should start by January 24, when owners will begin to hear from Daimler about the safety issue.  Those persons can then get new components from dealers at no cost.

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Visibility Issue Leads to Recall of Over 5,000 Kenworth Trucks

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 27, 2013

More than 5,000 Kenworth trucks of the 2014 model year are being recalled by Paccar Incorporated because of a problem that could potentially diminish the ability of other drivers to see the vehicles.  These trucks have an STT lamp that is reportedly in danger of shrinking, and when that occurs, the mounted retention ring meant to hold that component in place may not be able to carry out that function.  This would bring the vehicles out of compliance with federal regulations because there’s a chance that persons sharing the road with those trucks may not be able to see the light cast off from the lamp as necessary, an issue that could create a crash risk.  Although there’s no word on when the recall will start, new lamps can be obtained from dealers once Kenworth eventually begins the process of contacting affected parties.

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2,622 International ProStar Sleeper Cabs Recalled Over Crash Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 18, 2013

International ProStar sleeper cabs of the 2013 and 2014 model years are being recalled by Navistar because of an issue with the chassis skirts, which could have one of four different feature codes (16XSA through 16XSD).  The S-brackets on the upper horizontal supports of these components could come into contact with the fuel tank in a manner that can lead a hole to form.  This can cause a fuel leak that could make the surface of the road slick and potentially contribute to a crash along with all attendant injury and fatality risks that would pose.  2,622 vehicles could be affected by this recall, and owners of those cabs will hear from Navistar once the recall begins in January.  Free replacements of the chassis skirt and impacted fuel tanks can be sought at that time.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

Brake Loss Threat Leads to Recall of 6,800 Trek Madone Bikes

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 13, 2013

Various models of Trek Madone bicycles of the 2013 model year are being recalled by the Waterloo, Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycles Corporation because of the risk of a crash.  6,800 bikes could be affected by an issue that would see a failure of the front brakes taking place, a situation that could obviously cause the person onboard to be unable to stop.  Although five reports of the bolts becoming loose have been reported, those thankfully did not lead to any injuries.  Owners are being asked not to use these bicycles until they can get new front brakes from an authorized dealer.  These items were sold across the country between July of last year and this month.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

62,155 Tiguan Automobiles Recalled By Volkswagen Over Visibility Issue

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 13, 2013

Tiguan automobiles of the 2009 through 2011 model years have been recalled by Volkswagen Group of America because of an issue that could compromise other motorists’ ability to spot the vehicles.  62,155 automobiles could be affected by this issue, wherein the fuse holder involved with the exterior lights is in danger of melting.  When this occurs, said lights could be diminished, and thus it becomes far more difficult to see the vehicle.  This could contribute to a crash, especially at night or amid inclement weather conditions.  Owners should hear from Volkswagen once the recall starts this month, and those owners can then obtain a new fuse from dealers at no cost.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

1,747 School Buses Recalled By Blue Bird Due To Suspension Risk

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 10, 2013

Conventional and All American school buses of the 2014 model year are being recalled by the Blue Bird Corporation because of a possible problem with the suspension on the vehicles.  1,747 buses that have a ZY on the front suspensions’ bolt heads are potentially impacted by a manufacturing issue that could cause a breakage of the front suspension bolts.  This would make the bus harder to steer, and the increased workload then placed upon the driver could make the likelihood of a crash grow.  The recall should start some time this month, so owners can expect to hear from Blue Bird soon.  A free inspection and repairs (if necessary) will be carried out by dealers.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

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