On June 25, 2020, a Maryland woman who suffered traumatic brain injuries in a 2019 accident sued Tesla Inc. in California alleging it manufactured an unsafe Model 3 vehicle with airbags that didn't properly deploy. The suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California where Tesla's headquarters is located.
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With an increase of self-driving vehicles on the road, drivers are more reliant on the technology those cars offer. But like any other technology that consumers buy, there can be complications that arise as time goes on. Prominent electric car company Tesla is now facing the consequences of not keeping the technology in their older vehicles up to date, specifically the touch screen. The touch screen in a Tesla controls almost all functions of the car, from climate control to navigation, to even the safety monitors for autopilot.
The widow and daughter of a 44-year-old Japanese man recently filed suit against Tesla, Inc. after one of the company's Model X cars operating on "Autopilot" crashed into a group of people and vehicles on the side of an expressway near Tokyo, Japan, killing the man. According to the Complaint, the driver of the Tesla, who as relying on the Autopilot system, had dozed off shortly before the crash. When a vehicle ahead changed lanes to avoid the people and vehicles on the side of the road, the Model X failed to detect the group on the side of the road, accelerated, and ran directly into them.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for over 180,000 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups to repair an issue related to the trucks' power steering system. The defect in the power steering makes the vehicle more difficult to steer and increases the risk of a crash.
Ford recently issued a safety recall for approximately 250,000 vehicles in the United States to address defective door latches. The affected vehicles are the 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta, 2014-2016 Ford Fusion, and 2014-2016 Lincoln MKZ. Ford says the vehicles have door latch designs that can crack and fail, especially in areas with high ambient temperatures, including Texas. Cars in the following states are affected by the door latch recall: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
Nissan recently issued a recall for around 346,000 vehicles to replace defective Takata airbags. Takata airbags were first recalled in 2014, yet Nissan did not announce these vehicles contained defective airbags until January 2020. Authorized Nissan Dealerships began replacing the airbags on February 10, 2020.
Toyota recently announced that it is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall due to possible fuel pump failures. In January, Toyota announced that they would recall nearly 700,000 U.S. vehicles due to defective fuel pumps. At that time, Toyota told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator that they were aware of 66 field reports and 2,571 warranty claims related to fuel pump failures in the vehicles that were initially called. The addition of more vehicles brings the total recall to 1.8 million U.S. vehicles. In total, Toyota has recalled 3.2 million vehicles worldwide to address the issue. The recall came after Toyota launched an investigation in June 2019 into potential fuel pump issues.
Toyota recently issued a safety recall for approximately 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. to address defective fuel pumps. The affected vehicles are the 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and Lexus NX 300, ES 350, and GS 200T vehicles.
Toyota and Lexus recently recalled about 696,000 of its 2018 and 2019 vehicles due to a defect with the fuel pump, which causes the vehicle to unexpectedly stall or hesitate while driving. Some of the vehicles subject to the recall are the 2018-2019 model year Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and RX 350; certain 2019 model year Lexus NX 300, RX 350L, and GS 300; certain 2018-2019 model year Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, and Tundra; and certain 2019 model year Toyota Avalon and Corolla.
Mercedes is recalling more than 750,000 vehicles due to detaching sunroofs, which have led to road hazards and accidents. The cars being recalled include the Mercedes-Benz's C-Class, E-Class, CLK-Class, and the CLS-Class, made between 2001 and 2011. Each of these vehicles came with an optional sunroof. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the bonding material used with the sunroofs deteriorates, causing them to detach.