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Category: Auto Defects

Auto Defects - Bisnar Chase Blog

Since 2010 there have been millions of recalls made in the US for cars having dangerous conditions. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to keep them safe, and many auto defects that are discovered have the potential to kill passengers within the car if not fixed immediately. You can read more about the different types of car defects on our Auto Defects Page.

At Bisnar Chase we consider ourselves auto defect specialists, having represented many clients against the auto manufacturer giants and have won our injured clients huge settlements. We provide news and information about auto recalls here to keep our viewers updated about dangerous conditions in their cars and to promote safety among the community.

Nissan recalls 394,000 Cars for Fluid Leaks and Risk of Fires

By Brian Chase on November 15, 2019 - No comments

Nissan recalls 394,000 Cars for Fluid Leaks and Risk of Fires

Nissan is recalling over 394,000 vehicles in the United States because a brake fluid leak could pose the risk of a fire. According to an Associated Press news report, because of this risk, the automaker is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from the structure if the antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds. This recall covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, the Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018 as well as the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019. …Read the rest »

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Uber’s Driverless Cars Were Not Programmed to Stop for Jaywalkers

By Brian Chase on November 11, 2019 - No comments

Uber's Driverless Cars Were Not Programmed to Stop for Jaywalkers

Uber’s driverless vehicles had one major flaw: They were not programmed to stop for jaywalkers. The Verge reports the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) finding that this defect may have played a significant role in a fatal March 2018 pedestrian accident in Tempe, Arizona, where a pedestrian was struck outside of a crosswalk by an Uber driverless SUV. In that case, the NTSB found that the SUV did not start to stop until about a second before impact simply because it wasn’t designed to recognize a pedestrian outside a crosswalk. …Read the rest »

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638,000 Chevrolet and GM Vehicles Recalled for Unintended Braking Issues

By Brian Chase on November 1, 2019 - No comments

638,000 Chevrolet and GM Vehicles Recalled for Unintended Braking Issues

About 638,000 2015-2020 Chevy Suburban, Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, and  2014-2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks have been recalled for potential unintended braking problems. According to a report on Cars.com, all of these recalled vehicles are equipped with a 5.3-liter engine, a 3.08-ratio rear axle and a four-wheel drive. …Read the rest »

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Feds Investigating Tesla Fires Demand Data on Battery Software Changes

By Brian Chase on November 1, 2019 - No comments

Feds Investigating Tesla Fires Demand Data on Battery Software Changes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent Tesla a letter demanding detailed information of any complaints the electric vehicle maker has received about vehicle fires connected to the battery management systems in some Model S and X vehicles, as well as information in updates the automaker has made to the battery management system over time. …Read the rest »

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Says Tesla Door Handles Caused Man’s Death in Fiery Crash

By Brian Chase on October 28, 2019 - No comments

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Says Tesla Door Handles Caused Man's Death in Fiery Crash

The failure of Tesla’s automatic door handles and an “unreasonably dangerous” fire risk caused the death of Dr. Omar Awan who was killed in a fiery crash in Davie, Florida, in February 2019. His widow has filed a lawsuit on his behalf. According to a news report in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Liliana Awan filed the lawsuit against Tesla in Broward Circuit Court earlier this month over the Feb. 24 death of her husband, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist. The couple has five children. …Read the rest »

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Subaru Vehicles Recalled for Engine Control and Valve Defects

By Brian Chase on October 25, 2019 - No comments

Subaru Vehicles Recalled for Engine Control and Valve Defects

Subaru is issuing auto defect recalls for hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the United States to fix two separate problems with engine computers and motor debris. According to an Associated Press news report, the first recall covers 466,000 Impreza compact cars from model years 2017 to 2019 as well as the 2018 to 2019 models of Crosstrek SUVs. …Read the rest »

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Consumer Reports Blasts Tesla’s New Smart Summon Feature Calling it a “Science Experiment”

By Brian Chase on October 25, 2019 - No comments

Consumer Reports Blasts Tesla's New Smart Summon Feature Calling it a 'Science Experiment'

Consumer Reports has finally been vocal about new Tesla’s automated parking system. In a new report,  the organization stated that the feature called Smart Summon operates less like a “tame pet” Tesla CEO Elon Musk described it, and more like a drunken or distracted driver. According to a news report, in tests conducted at the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, the vehicle reportedly drove in the middle of the traffic lane. The report said the vehicle would “wander left and right as it drove – erratically, like a drunken or distracted driver.” …Read the rest »

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AutoNation Has Sold Used, Recalled, Unrepaired Vehicles to Consumers

By Brian Chase on October 18, 2019 - No comments

AutoNation Has Sold Used, Recalled, Unrepaired Vehicles to Consumers

AutoNation, the country’s largest car retailer, has sold customers used vehicles with unrepaired safety defects. According to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation, researchers determined that one out of nine used AutoNation cars contained defects that ranged from defective ignition switches to malfunctioning airbags. They looked at 2,429 vehicles across 12 states at 28 different dealerships in July and August. AutoNation currently operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide. …Read the rest »

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Kia and Hyundai Agree to Pay $760 Million to Settle US Class Action Lawsuits Over Engine Fires

By Brian Chase on October 18, 2019 - 1 comment

Kia and Hyundai Agrees to Pay $760 Million to Settle US Class Action Lawsuits Over Engine Fires

Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai have agreed to settle U.S. class action lawsuits over engine fires for more than $760 million. According to a report on ABC News, this could provide more than $760 million in cash reimbursements for repairs and related expenses to Americans who own certain model vehicles. There have been several news reports about fires across the country and lawsuits have been filed against the automakers in Florida, New Jersey and California in federal court seeking damages for the vehicle fires. …Read the rest »

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Subaru Forester SUVs Recalled for Risk of Airbag Deactivation

By Brian Chase on October 14, 2019 - No comments

Subaru Vehicles Recalled for Engine Control and Valve Defects

Subaru is recalling certain 2015-2018 Forester SUVs because an electrical connection under the front seat cushion may come loose and deactivate the front airbag even if the seat is occupied. According to Consumer Reports, this recall only affects Foresters with heated seats. According to the automaker, over time, the connection in the electrical harness for the occupant detection system (ODS) sensor mat may become loose. …Read the rest »

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