Category: Unsafe Vehicles
According to the U.S. government, automakers are not moving fast enough to fix the 42 million vehicles which were recalled because of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
CNN Money reported on September 6, 2016 that General Motors (GM) settled two closely watched lawsuits over cars that had faulty ignition switches. The law suits revolved around the scandal in which GM was involved after admitting that the ignition switches should have been recalled in 2004, when they only recalled the ignition switches ten years later in 2014.
According to an article on CarComplaints.com, a number of individuals who own Nissan Frontiers have informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about an issue related to the vehicle’s side airbags. Specifically, the complaints note that the airbags would deploy at inappropriate times, thereby injuring those who were riding in the vehicle.
The Detroit Free Press reported in March 2016 that Ford F-150 pickup trucks, which are very popular in the U.S. and account for two/thirds of Ford’s truck sales, are being investigated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for brake failures following multiple complaints.
With all the talk about Takata's defective airbags and General Motors' defective ignition switches, it should not be surprising that many car owners are quite concerned about the safety of their vehicles, regardless of the automaker. The news has been filled with talk of vehicle recalls and injuries that have been caused by defective vehicles and/or parts.
A study funded by The Safety Institute and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission was published on September 11, 2014 by the University of Alabama School of Engineering. After reviewing almost ten years of crashes in the states of Missouri and Ohio, researchers found that the ET-Plus guardrail is 1.36 times more likely to produce severe injury and 2.86 times more likely to produce death than the ET-2000, an older model manufactured by Trinity Industries.
What can deploy in less than 1/20th of a second? Frontal air bags can. Side air bags deploy even faster because there is usually less space between the occupant and the force which strikes the vehicle such as another vehicle or a tree, according to Safercar.gov.
Yet another warning has been issued to vehicle owners throughout the United States. This time, the warning concerns defective airbags. Federal auto safety regulators recently advised the owners of almost five million vehicles with airbags made by the Takata Corporation to "act immediately" to get them repaired, as they have been shown to be defective.
As reported on the NBC Today show, Thursday, October, 23, the Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office, Department of Fire Rescue, along with Jeff Rossen, of Rossen Reports, conducted seat-belt checks outside a local elementary school. The results may be surprising. 50 percent of the cars stopped had children not properly restrained in seat belts.
Media reports that there are now up to 30 million vehicles involved. At the present time only airbags of vehicles registered in warm-climate states and territories, such as Florida, are being addressed.