PRESS-NEWS.org - Press Release Distribution
PRESS RELEASES DISTRIBUTION

Spikes in Auto Recalls: Is the Auto Industry Growing More Cautious?

Automakers have recalled nearly 20 million vehicles in the past year. Industry observers wonder if the spike in recalls is due to increased safety concerns or an eagerness to avoid more bad publicity.

2010-09-18
September 18, 2010 (Press-News.org) Automakers have recalled nearly 20 million vehicles in the past year, including some recalls involving marginal safety risks. The spike in recalls prompts industry observers to wonder if manufacturers have become more concerned with safety, whether they're under pressure from an energized federal watchdog or whether they're simply doing all they can to avoid the damaging publicity Toyota endured during its massive recalls late in 2009 and early this year.

In the first half of 2010, carmakers recalled 10.2 million vehicles, according to the Detroit News. That's about twice as many as were recalled in the first six months of last year. In the second half of 2009, recalls, led by Toyota and Ford, soared to 8.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs.

Toyota, especially, has felt the bite of the federal watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Since November of 2009, the Japanese auto giant has recalled 8.5 million vehicles over unintended acceleration and braking problems. The world's largest automaker was later fined a record $16.4 million for not recalling vehicles promptly enough.

Recent recalls show the auto industry still struggling with safety issues:
- General Motors has recalled 2.9 million vehicles this year, including 1.3 million for defective windshield wipers.
- Honda has recalled 1.1 million vehicles, including 383,000 to fix potential problems with ignition systems in Accords and Civics from the 2003 model year and Elements from the years 2003 and 2004. The locks can become so worn that they can lead to potentially dangerous vehicle roll-aways.
- Chrysler has recalled 960,000 vehicles, including 33,700 of its 2010 Transit Connect trucks because of roof supports that don't do enough to prevent head injuries.
- Nissan has recalled 780,000 vehicles, including a small number of Armadas because of concerns with a rear seat that might lock and increase risks of injury in the event of a crash.
- Ford had recalled 34,000 vehicles through the end of June after last year's massive recall of 4.5 million vehicles.
- Kia Motors recalled about 35,000 Sorento and Soul vehicles to fix interior lighting wiring that could cause fires.
- Mazda recalled 215,000 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 cars because of steering problems that might lead to greater risks of crashes.

Making Safety a Higher Priority

A recent article in the Journal of Public Health Policy argues that the United States has fallen behind other countries in auto safety innovation because the federal government has not been aggressive enough in its pursuit of consumer safety. Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and Italy are all imposing stricter safety standards to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.

Some members of Congress, apparently motivated by the intense public outcry in the wake of Toyota's massive recalls, have suggested giving the NHTSA more authority to move quicker on recalls, even when automakers are reluctant to cooperate. Congress may also give NHTSA power to impose significantly higher fines on vehicle manufacturers.

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, collision or accident due to a defective part or design, contact a Texas personal injury lawyer to evaluate the facts of the case. A personal injury attorney can help injury victims and families in wrongful death cases pursue full compensation for their losses.

Article provided by Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend
Visit us at www.abrahamwatkins.com


ELSE PRESS RELEASES FROM THIS DATE:

FDA Warns Use of Reglan Can Lead to Uncontrollable Facial Movements

2010-09-18
Of all the various rules, regulations and warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most serious is a black box warning. The name refers to text that must appear in a black box on the drug package insert, warning users of very serious side effects. In February 2009 the FDA released a black box warning for metoclopramide, better known in the U.S. by its trade name of Reglan. Prolonged use of Reglan has been associated with tardive dyskinesia, a muscular disorder in which the patient has frequent uncontrollable movements of the face and mouth, ...

Toyota Issues Yet Another Recall

2010-09-18
In the wake more than 1,000 complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles, model years 2005-2008. The recall centers on a faulty electronic control module (ECM), which is a circuit board that helps control the engine's operation. A faulty ECM can lead to vehicle stalling without warning and at any speed, and then not restarting. One NHTSA complaint states: "I was driving 60 mph on the freeway and was almost hit from behind [when the engine stalled]. Another time I was ...

Michigan's Specialty Drug Teams Target College Students

2010-09-18
A 2009 incident involving a Grand Valley State University student who was shot by a specialty-drug-team officer highlights the fact that Michigan State Police target college students through drug busts in dorms and campus apartments. Accordingly, it is important for students to know their rights and options regarding police interaction and drug charges. The Specialty-Drug-Team Shooting Derek Copp, a GVSU student, said he was studying with his roommate at their Campus View apartment when he heard a knock at their sliding glass door in March 2009. Deputy Ryan Huizenga ...

Texas Cities Cracking Down on Overdue Child Support

2010-09-18
In 2009, the top 10 child support evaders in Texas owed more than $500,000 in collective back payments and interest to their children. One parent alone owed over $130,000 in support for his two children. In March of this year, an ABC report noted that the most wanted list of child support evaders, published by the Office of the Attorney General, owed over $1 million in delinquent payments, with the top offender owing more than $160,000. According to the Office of the Attorney General's Child Support Division, Texas law requires the Office of the Attorney General to develop ...

A Spate of Motorcycle Accidents Highlights the Risks of Hitting the Road

2010-09-18
The winding roads of western North Carolina are a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts around the south. With the increase in bike traffic, however, comes a higher risk of accidental injury or death. The recent death of former police officer Gerald Droze proves that even the most experienced riders are vulnerable when sharing the road with larger vehicles. The freedom and sense of liberation associated with motorcycling -- the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, the speed and joy of passing cars by -- can prove to be a distraction. Many people, particularly novice operators, ...

Proposed Motor Vehicle Safety Act Holds Automakers Accountable

2010-09-18
For the most part, motor vehicles hitting the roads in the United States are some of the safest in the world due to diligent efforts of government oversight agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As this year's massive recall of millions of Toyota-brand cars, trucks and SUVs reminds us, however, there is always room for improvement. In addition to ensuring the safety of millions of drivers operating potentially dangerous vehicles, the recall served another very important purpose - it brought to light gaps in the regulatory system that, ...

New Credit Card Rules Designed to Protect Consumers

2010-09-18
In May of 2009, President Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009 into law. The goal of this legislation was to provide consumers with protection against unfair practices by credit card companies and to put an end to unreasonable interest rate hikes and hidden fees. According to White House statistics, nearly 80 percent of American families have a credit card and nearly half of those cards carry a balance from month to month. With the current economic conditions, more and more families are having trouble paying their ...

South Carolina Legislature Takes on Teacher-Student Relationships

2010-09-18
According to the State Department of Education, there are over 50,000 public school teachers in South Carolina. Most are inspiring professionals who do their best to educate their students and help them develop. However, the state has experienced several incidents over the past few years in which teachers have sexually abused or had inappropriate relationships with students. In May, a South Aiken teacher was required to give up his teaching license as punishment for having an inappropriate relationship with a 15 year-old student. In June, a seventh grade teacher was ...

Motorcycle Safety Tips

2010-09-18
The Governor's Highway Safety Administration reports that there were over 4,700 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2009, noting the first time in 12 years that the number of fatalities has declined. In Colorado, the number of deaths decreased as well, down over 10 percent from the 2008 high of 98. A recent report by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) states that there are nearly 175,000 registered motorcycles in the state. With more and more motorcyclist on the road, it is important for riders and drivers of other vehicles alike to take notice and help the ...

Cruise Amour Announces UK's Biggest Cruise Giveaway

Cruise Amour Announces UKs Biggest Cruise Giveaway
2010-09-18
Cruise Amour, which brands itself as the Apple Mac of the cruise industry, is running a competition to win one of 50 free cruise holidays and over 200 cruise experiences, a prize fund believed to be the biggest ever offered by a cruise travel agency in the UK. The competition has been announced to coincide with the launch of company's brand new website. Managing Director Tim Hurrell said: "We've invested heavily in building a website that puts the customer first, offering usability and feature enhancements never before seen in the cruise industry. We felt it fitting ...

LAST 30 PRESS RELEASES:

Department of Energy announces up to $500 million for basic research to advance the frontiers of science

Neural activity associated with motor commands changes depending on context

Argonne joins Illinois manufacturers for ​“Makers on the Move” tour

High cure rate, low toxicity maintained with shortened radiation treatment for intermediate risk prostate cancer, study finds

True progression or pseudoprogression in glioblastoma patients?

ASTRO 2023 Session shines spotlight on physician burnout

Embargoed Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center ASTRO 2023 Tip Sheet

University of Cincinnati radiation oncology experts present at national conference

MD Anderson Research Highlights: ASTRO 2023 Special Edition

University of Virginia team’s research offers hope for pulmonary fibrosis patients

Department of Energy funds new center for decarbonization of steelmaking

New criteria to assess progression in glioma aims to speed discovery of new medicines

NPS team makes key breakthrough on path to electric aircraft propulsion

Berkeley Lab awarded two new centers to counter climate change

Stanford researchers unveil new material infused with gold in an exotic chemical state

Research Highlights for September 2023

JMIR Publications places No, 348 on The Globe and Mail's annual ranking of Canada's Top Growing Companies

Argonne National Laboratory launches South Side STEM Opportunity Landscape Project at DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

Allergy study on 'wild' mice challenges the hygiene hypothesis

Ancient plant wax reveals how global warming affects methane in Arctic lakes

Atopic dermatitis: Viruses discovered as new therapy option

Larger lymph node threshold optimizes nasopharyngeal carcinoma outcomes

BPS celebrates Max Planck-Humboldt medal awardee Kandice Tanner

Cleveland Clinic researchers develop new model for prioritizing lung transplant candidates

American Academy of Arts and Sciences to induct UVA's Garcia-Blanco

Illinois-led team puts cows and microbes to work to reduce greenhouse gases

DOE announces $264 million for basic research in support of Energy Earthshots™

New drug a breakthrough for brain tumor that strikes young people: NEJM editorial

Genome study reveals 30 years of Darwin’s finch evolution

Ghent University’s research team envisions a bright future with active machine learning in chemical engineering

[Press-News.org] Spikes in Auto Recalls: Is the Auto Industry Growing More Cautious?
Automakers have recalled nearly 20 million vehicles in the past year. Industry observers wonder if the spike in recalls is due to increased safety concerns or an eagerness to avoid more bad publicity.