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  • U.S. Government Sues Volkswagen over Emissions Test Scandal

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 19-Apr-2016

    German automaker Volkswagen is now facing a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice for selling 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. with software helping the vehicles cheat through emissions tests. The scandal was uncovered in September of last year, when it was discovered that cars with so-called “clean diesel engines” contained “defeat ...
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  • Latest Airbag Recall to Affect Five Million More Drivers

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 18-Mar-2016

    On the heels of a massive series of recalls over defective Takata airbags, automakers Fiat Chrysler and Honda are set to recall five million more vehicles to remedy another airbag defect that has gone unaddressed for years. According to a filing with federal safety regulators that just recently went public, Continental Automotive Systems, the German supplier that manufactures airbag components, ...
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  • Trial Begins in GM Ignition Switch Recall Case

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 29-Feb-2016

    According to the Associated Press, a jury has been selected to serve in a Manhattan civil trial addressing hundreds of pending claims against General Motors, all of which allege defective and dangerous ignition switches. This trial is the first of six that have been scheduled throughout the coming year to narrow legal issues in lawsuits affecting more than 1,000 people. Hundreds of lawsuits with ...
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  • New Study: Voice Commands are Highly Distracting to Drivers

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 22-Feb-2016

    A new study conducted by the University of Utah for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free car systems may still be a major distraction behind the wheel. Although designed to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, many car infotainment systems have been shown to have the undesirable effect of taking attention away from the road. According to the study, it can take ...
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  • Tesla Model S Bursts into Flames While Charging

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 12-Feb-2016

    A Norwegian Tesla Model S owner got a terrible surprise one evening when his luxury electric vehicle caught fire at a charging station. Within minutes, the entire vehicle was completely ablaze. Firefighters were immediately called to the scene, but because the vehicle was electric, they could not use regular water to put out the blaze. The only way to extinguish an electric car fire, apparently, ...
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  • Federal Defective Tire Recall System "Completely Broken"

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 10-Feb-2016

    Every year, problems with car tires result in 33,000 accidents and more than 500 motorist deaths. As defective tires continue to make vehicles unsafe to drive, the federal system in charge of issuing recalls is failing in its duty to get them off the road. Currently, only one in five defective tires is being taken out of service through recalls, with more than half (56 percent) of all defective ...
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  • New Assisted-Driving Technology Makes Cars Safer to Drive

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 20-Oct-2015

    In recent years, hundreds of new cars and trucks have hit the market with assisted-driving technology. What began decades ago with antilock brake systems (ABS) has now expanded to include other systems like active body control (ABC), autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning (LDW), forward collision warning (FCW), and much more. With billions of dollars being pumped into the ...
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  • Advances in Auto Safety Technology Confusing for Many Drivers

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 14-Oct-2015

    Safety features once reserved for only the most high-tech luxury vehicles have become increasingly widely available. These new advances in technology have the potential to dramatically reduce accidents and fatalities through a number of preventative measures like rear-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, autonomous braking and parking, and reverse backup sensors. ...
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  • The 5 Most Common Automobile Defects

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 3-Aug-2015

    Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States, and many of these accidents are the result of human negligence. This doesn’t mean all crashes are the result of bad driving though. In fact, negligence can start long before a car hits the road, such as during the design and manufacturing process. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration ...
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