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Fiat Chrysler to pay $70M fine for failing to report accidents

Multinational vehicle manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently agreed to a settlement of $70 million for not fully reporting accidents linked to their vehicles, Reuters reported on December 9.

According to reports, Fiat Chrysler was fined after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation found negligence in reporting deaths, injuries, and other car accidents involving Chrysler vehicles. Early this year, Fiat Chrysler explained to federal investigators that they failed to report incidents due to problems affecting their database. However the automaker also said in September that they are coordinating with the NHTSA to address the issue and that they are handling the matter seriously.

Back in July, Fiat Chrysler paid a fine of $105 million for the way the company dealt with two dozen recalls affecting 11 million vehicles.

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Dodge Chargers recalled for airbags with defective deployment

In the wake of the largest automotive recall in history due to faulty Takata airbags, Fiat Chrysler is now issuing a recall of Dodge Chargers made in 2011-2014 for another airbag defect, according to Autoweek on August 3.

A defect in manufacturing causes the side airbag to suddenly deploy when the door is slammed or kicked closed. Around 300,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that “heavy road inputs” may also cause the airbags to deploy. Previously, Fiat Chrysler had the same airbag defect in their Ram trucks.

The company is aware of at least three separate instances of the side-curtain airbag deploying and causing injury. All cases of injuries were minor in nature. However, this type of defect has the potential to cause serious accidents and injuries if the airbags were to deploy while the car was in motion.

The defective part can be replaced at the dealer level since the fix requires a recalibration of the Occupant Restraint Control. The replacement service will be free of charge to customers.

It is frustrating when a product causes you injury through no fault of your own. The injuries associated with car accidents are significant and can leave you with expensive medical bills. If you or someone you know was injured due to an auto defect, contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., to speak with a West Palm Beach attorney about the compensation for which you may be eligible. Call (561) 689-8180 today for more information about how our automotive defect lawyers can help you.


Nissan expands recall after woman is injured by exploding airbag

Nissan is adding 45,000 smaller vehicles to a previous recall following a Louisiana woman’s injuries in one of their vehicles, according to a CBS DFW article on April 16. Allegedly, the woman was injured by flying metal shrapnel after her passenger airbag exploded.

In November, 2014, Nissan recalled 52,000 of their vehicles due to faulty airbag inflation mechanisms made by Takata. Nissan is one of 10 different automakers who have recalled over 22 million vehicles worldwide for similar airbag issues.

An attorney for the Louisiana victim said that her injuries raise the question of whether more vehicles with Takata airbags should be added to this expansive recall.

It is the responsibility of auto manufacturers to ensure that their vehicles are safe before making it into the hands of consumers. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a vehicle defect, the skilled product liability attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., in West Palm Beach may be able to help you fight for compensation to cover any damages. To learn more about how an attorney can help you, please call our offices in West Palm Beach at (561) 689-8180 today.


Takata airbag allegedly injured Florida driver

A Takata airbag is being blamed for the neck injuries sustained by a Florida driver last March, Reuters reported on April 10.

According to reports, an owner of a later model of a Honda Civic vehicle underwent a neck operation to extract metal bits that emitted from the exploding airbag. Reports also indicate that the victim plans to file a lawsuit. Though the federal auto safety stated that they have not confirmed if the driver’s injuries were caused by a Takata airbag, Honda began investigating the incident a few days ago. Takata stated that they are assisting Honda in determining the cause of the claim. Several deaths have already been linked to the faulty Takata airbags installed in Honda vehicles.

The skilled legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. helps people in West Palm Beach who believe they have been injured by faulty vehicles. If you think this happened to you or to a loved one, we may possibly help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent manufacturers. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your legal options.

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