If You Own a Kia or Hyundai, Read This

Certain Kias and Hyundais from model years 2011 through 2014 are vulnerable to spontaneous fires. Vehicles affected include the Kia Sorento SUV and Kia Optima sedan, as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and Hyundai Sonata sedan. While the fires have not been associated with any crashes, it’s estimated that six persons have suffered injuries from the fires. Petition Submitted to NHTSA The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has petitioned Deputy Administrator Heidi King of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because of the fires. The petition, submitted June 11, 2018, noted that the NHTSA has on file 120 complaints of fires where no crash occurred, as well as 229 filed complaints that mention melted wires, smoke, and odors indicating something was burning. When the number of Hyundai and Kia reports was compared with other competing makes and models, the CAS discovered only 22 reports on file that mentioned fires without collisions for all other competing vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata had the most complaints at 47, with 10 for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Sixty-three fires were reported to the NHTSA for the two Kia models. Dangerous Fires The CAS petition mentioned several fires, including the following ones:[…..]

General Motors Recalls Chevrolet Cruze due to Steering Wheel Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that General Motors (GM) is recalling approximately 2,100 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles from model year 2011 starting this month due to poor assembly of the steering wheel and steering column. It is reported that the steering wheel may have been improperly attached to the steering column during the manufacturing of certain model year 2011 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles. As a result of poor assembly, the steering wheel may detach from the steering column. Should this occur while the car is in motion, the driver may lose the ability to steer, thus losing control of the car, which could lead to a crash. It is essential that any Maryland resident who drives a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze take their car into the dealer as soon as possible so that they may ensure that the steering wheel and column are properly fastened. This is a free service and could prevent an auto accident injury. Cruze owners may also contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, or at the Owner Center at http://www.gmownercenter.com. Unfortunately, the auto manufacturer, distributor, or dealer does not always initiate a recall when a vehicle is poorly manufactured or has defective components. Buying an automobile is expensive and[…..]

Walkersville Man Loses Control of Vehicle on MD-194

According to Maryland’s local NBC affiliate’s website, your4state.com, a single vehicle car crash on MD-194 and Stauffer Road took the life of a Walkersville man. According to reports, the man was in fact speeding at the time of the accident, and lost control of his vehicle before crashing. The vehicle reportedly rolled over before it ended up in a Maryland cornfield, ejecting the driver who later died at Frederick Memorial Hospital. While investigation into the crash is continuing, it is not believed that the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Tragedies like this often result when Maryland motorists choose to drive recklessly. In this incident, though it was not reported as to whether or not the man was wearing his seatbelt, it is safe to assume that he either was not in fact wearing his seatbelt, or that the seatbelt in his vehicle failed, thus ejecting him from his vehicle. If the seatbelt did in fact fail, then the manufacturer of the seatbelt could in fact be held liable for injuries that resulted from the Walkersville man being thrown out of the vehicle. Thus, auto product liability could have very well[…..]