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BMW extends Takata airbag recall nationwide

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014   

BMW joined other automakers in extending their recall of vehicles with Takata airbags nationwide, the New York Times reported on December 22.

This move, encouraged by federal regulators, places BMW among other auto manufacturers that have done the same, including Honda, Ford, Chrysler, and Mazda. Although the recall was previously limited to particularly humid areas such as Florida, the NHTSA applied pressure to companies to extend the recalls nationwide.  The recall will include a free replacement of driver-side airbags in the 140,000 affected vehicles, which are BMW 3 Series cars manufactured between January 2004 and August 2006.

The Takata airbags may rupture under pressure, spraying small metal pieces throughout the vehicle in an accident. This dangerous defect has resulted in five deaths and numerous reported injuries.

If you have been injured by a faulty vehicle, the Tennessee auto defect attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, can help you through the process of pursuing damages from the responsible automaker. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today to learn about your legal options.

Fatal 2009 accident connected to GM ignition switch defect

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014   

Another fatal crash likely caused by the GM defect that prompted a massive recall earlier this year has come to light, WREG reported on December 18.

Jessica Taylor, 19, and her fiancé Andrew Fortune were traveling to visit her parents for Labor Day on September 6, 2009, when she lost control of the vehicle. According to accident reports, the 2006 Chevy Cobalt veered off the road and flipped several times, ejecting and killing Taylor. As this vehicle is part of the GM recall and the airbags did not deploy, as they did not in many other wrecks associated with the defect, this accident could have been the result of the faulty ignition switch that GM kept under wraps for over a decade.

Although a GM spokesperson asserted that GM has been diligent in its attempt to alert customers of the recall, nearly half of the 2.6 million recalled vehicles have yet to be repaired.

The attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, are dedicated to holding negligent car manufacturers fully accountable for any defects that result in injury or untimely death. Call our offices at 615-277-2765 today to learn about your options for legal recourse.

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