Between defective airbags, cheating emissions standards, and a wide variety
of other issues, the last few months have been particularly busy for federal
auto industry regulators. In this blog, our San Antonio personal injury
attorneys take a brief look at some of the biggest stories of the past week.
General Motors Exposed to Punitive Damages
In perhaps the biggest auto recall story of the week, a federal judge has
ruled that GM is not exempt from paying punitive damages to plaintiffs
in qualifying lawsuits. This is related to the 2014 recall of more than
2.5 million Chevy Cobalts and other cars equipped with a faulty ignition
switch, which caused features like airbags to deactivate. GM has already
agreed to pay more than $1 billion in damages, but this ruling could lead
to millions more being paid to victims.
Takata Airbag Recall May Be Expanding
The recall of more than 20 million vehicles equipped with potentially defective
Takata brand airbags is unprecedented in scope, but we may just be getting
started. Twelve automakers have been forced to recall affected cars so
far, but recent reports suggest that the NHTSA may consider expanding
the number of automakers covered by the recall. They are also considering
bringing in an outside expert to oversee the recalls, to ensure this is
taken care of as quickly as possible.
What’s Next for Volkswagen?
Volkswagen is paying the financial price for cheating U.S. emissions tests,
but they are also trying to buy good-will. The German automaker has offered
$1000 in gift cards to the owners of nearly half a million affected vehicles.
This follows their offer of $2000 to any current owner who wishes to trade
in for a newer vehicle. The most expensive result of this scandal will
be actually fixing the cars to meet U.S. standards, which could prove
to be extremely costly.
Rolls-Royce Recalls One Singular Car
While other manufacturers are recalling millions, if not tens of millions
of cars, Rolls-Royce has announced that they are recalling one specific
2015 Ghost for an inspection of the airbag system. That’s not one
series, or one production run – it is just one single car. This
is a good example of the proper way to handle potential auto defects,
as they promptly reported the issue to the NHTSA and are actively seeking
to fix the issue.
Have you been injured in a car accident? If so, our firm can help you pursue
the fair compensation you deserve. Contact our San Antonio personal injury
lawyers today at (210) 465-1523.