On November 26, 2019, a couple from Galveston filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and one of its Dallas automotive dealerships. They allege that their Acura, idling in their driveway, started to spill smoke and burst into flames shortly after, also causing other damages.
Ford recently recalled nearly 550,000 Super Duty SuperCrew trucks across North America with a faulty seatbelt pretensioner design that generates excessive sparks that have caused quickly spreading fires along the cloth and carpet interior lining of the cab.
General Motors is recalling more than 650,000 trucks and SUVs because a software error can activate these vehicles' brake systems, leading to car accidents. This recall covers the 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015-2020 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500, and 2015-2020 GMC Yukon models. In total, the problem is estimated to affect approximately 638,000 GM vehicles.
AutoNation sells used vehicles with unrepaired defects, according to a new report from the US PIRG Education Fund and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation. AutoNation operates more than 300 dealerships nationwide and is the largest car retailer in the United States.
General Motors recently issued a recall for 3.5 million U.S. pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that makes braking more difficult and has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries. GM previously issued a recall in Canada for 300,000 vehicles.
In August of 2018, a Dallas County jury awarded more than $242 million to a family after finding manufacturing defects in the family's Lexus vehicle had caused their children to suffer skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries after an otherwise minor collision.
Women wearing seat belts are significantly more likely to suffer injury than their male counterparts. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics shows that belted female auto occupants have 73 % greater odds of being seriously injured in frontal car crashes compared to belted males. The difference in risk is greatest for injury to the lower extremities, but also occurs with several other types of injury.
Ford Motor Company knowingly launched sales of the Focus and Fiesta models with defective transmissions and continued to sell them despite thousands of complaints, according to a recent investigation by the Detroit Free Press. The cars were put on sale in 2010-11 and at least 1.5 million remain on the road. The defective transmissions can result in random loss of power on the freeway or unexpected bolting into intersections.
A jury in Dallas recently determined that the seatbelt system in the 2011 Honda Odyssey is defective. The lawsuit claimed that the design of the seatbelt for the third-row middle seat was defective. The seatbelt design was a two-part system that required the rider to anchor the detachable shoulder strap from the ceiling of the van to the seat and then pull the belt across the users hips before it can buckle. Independent testing performed by an expert found that less than 10% of participants successfully operated the Honda Odyssey's two-part seatbelt system.
A jury in Dallas returned a $37.6 million verdict against Honda in February 2019 after a nine-day trial. The trial surrounded 27-year-old Sarah Millburn, who was left quadriplegic with only minimal use of her arms and hands after an accident in 2015. The crash occurred when Sarah was riding as an Uber passenger in a 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan that was T-boned by a pickup truck.