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Ford Recalls 117,000 Vehicles Because of Seat Belts

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 1, 2017

Imagine you are traveling down the highway in your trusty Ford when, unbeknownst to you, the bolt holding your seat belt together comes apart. Your risk of being injured in an accident has skyrocketed.

As of July 2017, Ford issued a recall for nearly 117,000 vehicles. These range from the 2014 F-Series pickup to the 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV. Vehicles from Mexico and Canada are also being recalled. Read the rest »

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Volkswagen Recalls 420,000 Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 2, 2015

Auto Product LiabilityToyota and Honda have been the center of recent controversies surrounding faulty air bags, with hundreds of thousands of vehicles recalled.  Now, German auto manufacturer Volkswagen AG has joined the list of automakers engaging in an air bag related recall.  The company recently announced that it is recalling 420,000 vehicles in the United States and another 41,300 in Canada because of potential air bag problems. Read the rest »

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Volkswagen Recalls 2015 Tiguan to Fix Faulty Tire Labeling

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 20, 2015

Defective Tire AttorneVolkswagen recently announced a recall affecting about 3,000 VW Tiguan vehicles released in model year 2015.  The purpose of the recall is to correct the labeling on the SUVs’ tires, which the company says contain the wrong information about tire loading weight and pressure.

The affected SUVs were built between January and March 2015, according to the company.  The recall began in June.  Owners of the affected vehicles will be able to take them to a dealership to have the labels fixed at no charge. Read the rest »

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Fiat Chrysler Faces $105 Million Fine for Botched Recalls

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 16, 2015

Texas liability attorneyAutomaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be expected to pay a $105 million fine for recall lapses that affected millions of vehicles, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.  The fine, to be imposed shortly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the largest monetary penalty for recall lapses ever imposed.  The NHTSA will also assign an independent third party to monitor Fiat Chrysler in order to keep a closer eye on the company’s recall procedures. Read the rest »

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Federal Agencies Consider Imposing Penalties on Fiat Chrysler for Recall Violations

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 7, 2015

Dallas Auto RecallThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a hearing on July 2 to scrutinize the recall and safety practices of Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA).  After the hearing, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said the agency would likely take action against the automaker no later than Labor Day 2015, according to a recent article in Automotive News. Read the rest »

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Honda Launches Ad Campaign to Encourage Air Bag Recall Fixes

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 19, 2015

Millions of Honda vehicles have defective air bag components manufactured by Takata – but their owners still have not brought them to a dealership to get the problems fixed. To remind owners of the need for a fix, Honda has begun an advertising campaign to raise awareness, according to a recent New York Times article.

According to the New York Times, the air bag recall affects about 6.2 million Honda vehicles in the United States. To date, however, only 14 percent of the vehicles have had the problem addressed by a Honda mechanic. Experienced Texas Takata air bag defect attorneys urge Honda owners to find out if their vehicle is covered by the recall and to get it fixed immediately if it is. The fix can be carried out at any local Honda dealership and is free of charge. Read the rest »

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Feds Recall Over 2 Million Vehicles to Fix Air Bag Defects

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 4, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a recall of over 2.1 million vehicles nationwide. The recall focuses on problems with the vehicles’ air bag systems.

The recall includes the following vehicles and model years:

  • 2002 through 2004 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee,
  • 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty,
  • 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper,
  • 2003 and 2004 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, and Avalon,
  • 2003 and 2004 Pontiac Vibe,
  • 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey,
  • 2003 Acura MDX. Read the rest »

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Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 17, 2014

Many homeowners have gas or electric powered lawn mowers. Because lawn mowers are easy to use, children and adolescents are often charged with the weekly chore of mowing the lawn.

Although this may seem like a harmless chore, in 2010, more than 235,000 adults and 17,000 children in the U.S. were injured by lawn mowers, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Boys sustain 80% of lawnmower injuries, which most often occur on the arms or the hands.

In addition to the hazards associated with push mowers, riding mowers cause even more injuries yearly due to loss of steering control which can lead to a greater risk of rollovers.  seroturn

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, an average of 90 deaths per year can be attributed to riding mowers. The common pattern amongst these fatalities is a loss of steering control which bucks the occupant off the machine and rollover.

A rollover can occur on any riding mower, however these kinds of accidents are more prevalent among “zero turn” riding mowers. Zero turn riding mowers are designed with large rear tires, and smaller front tires that serve little more function than acting as a pivoting castor. These mowers are very popular due to their efficiency, speed and the precision of their turns.

Regrettably, all of these pluses come with a pretty big minus. The design, lends to a lack of steering on inclines, which can cause the mower to slide uncontrollably. It doesn’t take a steep incline to cause this loss of control either. Slopes as slight as 10 to 15 degrees have been shown to cause operators to lose control.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to burns, or loss of control or rollover of a riding mower, why don’t you give us a call at (800) 738-4046 and tell us about it. If an initial consultation is needed it is always free of charge.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Flushmate Settles Lawsuit

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 4, 2014

Personal Injury AttorneyFlushmate settled a lawsuit for $18 million dollars after months of negotiations. Flushmate is a pressurized toilet flushing system that was available at most home improvement stores. They flushed fine; however, the pressure would build up in the water tank of the toilet causing many of them to explode. Consumers have been injured when the ceramic water tanks explode, sending shards flying. They have also caused property damage.

The Flushmate lll Pressure-Assisted flushing system, by Sloan Valve, was initially recalled in June 2012. The recall affected 2,330,600 units sold in the US and almost 10,000 sold in Canada. An additional 351,000 US units were added to the recall January 2014.

The Settlement

Flushmate agreed to the $18 million dollar settlement last week with the stipulation that the amount could increase as explosions with injuries and property damage continue to happen. Victims have two years to file claims with Flushmate for compensation.

Flushmate toilet flushing system worked very well in low water toilets too, but the system was improperly designed which caused too much pressure to build in the water tanks causing leaks, ruptures and explosions.

Initially, Flushmate offered a free repair kit to fix the pressure problems. The second recall was issued in part because the repair kit failed to solve the problem, allowing pressure to continue to build. Also, the repair kit did not fit on many toilet models.

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been more than 300 reports of exploding water tanks that have caused property damage and severe lacerations, requiring emergency room visits and stitches. Sloan Valve knew there were reports of Flushmate failures as early as 2000, but did nothing to remedy the problem. The Flushmate is made of a two-piece plastic mold.

The Flushmate was sold alone and it was sold by other toilet manufacturers such as:

  • American Standard
  • Crane
  • Eljer
  • Gerber
  • Kohler
  • Mansfield
  • St. Thomas
  • Mancesa
  • Orion
  • Universal Rundle
  • Vitr
  • Vitromex
  • Western Pottery

The following lists the Flushmates that are covered under the recall:

“This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate® III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection-molded plastic. The date code/serial number is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).”

If you have a Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted flushing system, the CPSC is requesting you stop using the toilet. Turn off the water supply to the toilet and contact a professional plumber who can remove the flushing system from the toilet.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a defective product, contact The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today for a free consultation.

3.7 Million Car Seats Recalled Over Defective Buckle

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 3, 2014

Dallas car accident attorney, Dallas personal injury attorneyOver reports of what could possibly be a hazard to children’s safety, Graco recalls around 3.7 million car seats with defective latches. These car seats were manufactured and sold from 2009 to 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking the company to recall an additional 1.8 million seats that use the same buckle. These numbers make the recall one of the largest in the last five years.
Graco Children’s Products, a leading manufacturer of products for young children, is part of the Newell Rubbermaid group based in Atlanta and retails their products at stores such as Walmart, Target and Toys “R” Us. Graco also manufactures baby monitors, high chairs, strollers, and swings, among others.

Why Are The Seats Being Recalled?

According to the NHTSA, at least 80 complaints were received regarding the car seats. There have been reports wherein parents needed to use excessive force only to unlatch the said buckle. There have even been instances where the straps of the car seats had to be cut to get the children out.
One of the parent’s concerns, was taking a lot of time to free her child, and how inconvenient it is, especially for emergency situations. She says, “It is extremely unnerving to have this happen to your child. What if we had a car fire or car accident?”.
The NHTSA reports that Graco volunteered to recall 11 of the 18 car seat models in question. The agency’s investigation is still open and pending, given that there are seven more models to be reviewed.

Which Products Are Put In Question?

Taken from the Graco website, the following models are being recalled:

Number of Units Affected: 3.7 million
Dates Produced: 2009 through July 2013
MSRP: $99.00-$399.99
Models Affected: Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.
According to the reports, the item in question is the red release button at the center of the harness. Per the NHTSA, these are rather difficult to unlatch and can become stuck. This makes releasing the child more challenging, especially during emergency situations.

What Did Graco Say About The Defects?

According to the company’s website, they claim that dried liquids and food can make such harmless buckles tougher to open over time. Furthermore, the company offers new and improved replacement buckles to those who are affected, for free.
According to Graco, until the replacements are obtained, it is still safe to use the car seats for the children. The company says that the defective harness buckles do not, in any way, affect the overall performance of the car seat itself, or the ability of the buckle to restrain the child.
The NHTSA however, opts for the opposite. The agency encourages parents to consider alternative car seats for transporting their children until the Graco car seats are fixed.

Do you have any concerns or questions regarding product liability? Contact The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson, to ensure you are well-informed and protected.

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