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Jeep issues recall over potentially faulty airbags

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016   

Around 500,000 Jeep Wranglers are being recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles due to an airbag issue, with approximately 392,000 of these vehicles located in the United States. The concerns regarding this recall are extremely serious, as it has been discovered that the airbags on the driver’s side of these vehicles might not deploy in the event of an accident.

7,400 2011-2016 Wranglers used for delivering mail have been recalled in the US, as well. These vehicles are different in that they have right-hand drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the defect during investigations, causing the automaker to issue the recall. According to Fiat Chrysler Automakers, because Jeep Wranglers are built and often used for off-roading purposes, dirt accumulated during these excursions could clog the system that activates an airbag deployment in an accident. Luckily, should this occur, an airbag warning light will come on, alerting the driver to the issue.

The automaker has stated that so far, no injuries related to the defect have been reported.

100 fatal claims in GM defect case approved for compensation

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015   

Although General Motors originally estimated the number of deaths tied to its faulty ignition switch at 13, the company’s claims process has, so far, recognized 100 fatalities that were directly linked to this defect, according to a May 11 article in the New York Times.

Kenneth Feinberg, a compensation expert, was hired by GM to administer the claims process. In addition to the 100 fatality claims deemed eligible, 184 injury claims have been approved for settlement. Over 500 injury claims and 37 fatality claims still remain to be reviewed.

The defective ignition switch has gained particular notoriety due to the ten years it went unacknowledged and, in some instances, purposefully concealed from the public.

The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in accidents due to automotive defects. If this has happened to you, our legal team may be able to help you fight for compensation to cover medical costs and other damages. Call our offices at (615) 277-2765 today.

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