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Recent Reports of Defective Cars

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  September 19, 2014

Despite rapidly advancing technology, certain car models can still be flawed from time to time. Unfortunately, these flaws can have deadly consequences. Two recent cases of defective cars in the U.S. involve a probe of 205,000 Ford Fiestas with doors that have reportedly failed to latch and faulty ignition switches in GM cars that cause drivers to unexpectedly lose all control over their vehicle. When such aut defect cases arise, millions of dollars’ worth of lawsuits are sure to follow. If you have been in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, it’s important to hire a California lemon law lawyer who is experienced with these complex cases.

Nineteen Killed By GM’s Defective Ignition Switches

Tragically, the death toll resulting from General Motors’ defective ignition switch has reached nineteen. When these defective switches are jostled, it causes the engine to cut off completely, killing power for the steering and brakes, and disabling the air bags.

Oddly enough, GM has been aware of this problem for the past decade, but did not issue a recall until early this year. This has spurred numerous investigations and lawsuits, as well as a criminal investigation helmed by the U.S. Justice Department.

Read USA Today’s report on GM’s faulty ignition switches.

Probe Investigates 205,000 Ford Fiestas

The U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) has begun a probe into 205,000 Ford Fiestas with door latch problems. The NTSA has received over 60 complaints of the door latch not working properly. Some claim that the latch wouldn’t clasp, and there have been at least twelve reports of doors swinging open while driving.

So far, only one injury has been reported after a door swung open and bounced back on someone. Investigators will first determine how often this problem is occurring before deciding if a recall should be issued. If you purchased a Ford Fiesta from the 2011 through 2013 model years and you are experiencing problems with your door latch, you should contact your dealer immediately.

Read Automotive News’ report on the Ford Fiesta probe.

We Wrote the Book on Lemon Law

Purchasing a new vehicle is usually an exciting and enjoyable experience. People don’t typically drive off the lot worried that their new vehicle is going to cut off on them in the middle of rush hour traffic, and they shouldn’t ever have to. There is no room for error in automobile manufacturing, but, unfortunately, errors do occur, and sometimes these errors claim lives. If you were injured, or lost a loved one to a defective vehicle, you deserve the fullest extent of compensation. At Norman Taylor & Associates, we strive to fight for every last penny that is owed to you. Our team of California lemon law attorneys has handled over 10,000 cases, so you can count on us to settle your case swiftly and efficiently.

Contact one of our experienced lemon law attorneys today for your free case evaluation!

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