New research shows that “phantom” images such as similar road signs flashed in roadside billboards could confuse semi-automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot. According to a report in Tech Times, in some cases, hackers could even hijack billboards on main roads leading to accidents or total loss of vehicle control. Wired recently reported that researchers were able to trick the Tesla autopilot feature by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an internet-connected billboard. …Read the rest »
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.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating complaints from consumers that the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle can catch fire. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the probe by NHTSA covers nearly 78,000 Chevy Bolts made by General Motors from the 2017 through 2020 model years. The agency says it has received three reports of fires that began in the rear seat while the cars were parked and unattended. One person suffered smoke inhalation. …Read the rest »
U.S. automotive component maker, Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), has announced that it is looking into inaccuracies in the reporting of seatbelt webbing test data at a Japanese factory acquired from bankrupt airbag manufacturer, Takata Corporation, more than two years ago. According to a Reuters news report, JSS is investigating “available and relevant data” over a 20-year period on a test-by-test and product-by-product basis, a company spokesman said. …Read the rest »
After a handful of reported Hyundai Kona EV battery fires, the automaker has issued a recall for potential fire risk in South Korea, where Hyundai is based. A total of 25,564 of the electric crossover vehicles have been recalled. CNET’s Roadshow got confirmation from Hyundai that it will also conduct a recall for the electric cars in the United States. Hyundai has said it is in the final stages of filing a voluntary recall for the Kona EV with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). …Read the rest »
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released a study that found that Tesla drivers are more distracted when they use the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot that is in Tesla vehicles now. According to a CNN report, the findings support calls for Tesla to take more steps to keep drivers attentive for their own safety. …Read the rest »
Another person has been fatally injured by an exploding Takata airbag inflator bringing the worldwide death toll to at least 26 and the number of deaths in the United States to 17. According to a USA Today news report, the most recent death occurred Aug. 20 in Mesa, Arizona, in the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic, a statement released by Honda on Saturday, Oct. 3, said. …Read the rest »
Ford has issued a vehicle defect recall for more than 620,000 cars, SUVs, vans and trucks including the popular F-150 model because their backup cameras may occasionally go blank or show a distorted image while in use. According to Consumer Reports, if this happens, drivers may not be able to see people or obstacles behind them, which could lead to a crash. …Read the rest »
Ford is recalling about 38,000 Mustang cars due to concerns about the brake pedal bracket assembly, which could break and prevent the brakes from working properly. According to Consumer reports, this recall affects 2020 models that have an automatic transmission. The concern with these vehicles is that under hard braking, the brake pedal bracket may fracture and not work as it is supposed to, increasing the risk of a car accident. …Read the rest »
A GM seatbelt pretensioner recall is under an upgraded investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after vehicle owners continued to complain about flexible steel cables that separated. According to a report in Carcomplaints.com, about 2.8 million model year 2009-2016 General Motors vehicles are included in this expanded investigation even though the 2014 seat belt pretensioner recall included only 1.4 million of these model year 2009-2014 vehicles. …Read the rest »
Tesla is facing new claims of cars suddenly and inadvertently accelerating after several car accidents in China, particularly one recently that resulted in the deaths of two people and several injuries. According to Electrek, earlier this year, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is looking into claims that Tesla vehicles have a defect that leads to sudden and unintended acceleration. The agency had received a petition citing 127 incidents. …Read the rest »