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Amid Continuing Design Problems, Toyota Recalls Faulty Air Bags and Windshield Wipers

Toyota, the world's largest automaker, continues to suffer design problems with its vehicles. A few years ago, Toyota found itself embroiled in a public relations nightmare when its cars began experiencing unintended acceleration. As a result, Toyota issued a massive recall.

GM Recalls More than 145,000 Pickup Trucks for Safety Concerns

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, General Motors announced that the company is recalling more than 145,000 pickup trucks due to a defect in the truck hoods which could cause hoods to fly open unexpectedly. GM informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that if the hoods were to open unexpectedly, blocking a driver's forward vision, it would possibly lead to crashes or injuries.

Honda Recalls More than 800,000 Vans and SUV's

As reported by the LA Times last week, Honda is recalling more than 800,000 minivans and sport utility vehicles in the United States for a problem with the vehicles' ignition system, and this is not the first time for similar issues with Honda vehicles to be reported. The company, which has its North American headquarters in Torrance, California, is recalling 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Honda Pilot SUVs made in 2003 and 2004. Other vehicles also being recalled are the 230,000 Acura MDX SUVs made from 2003 to 2006.

Recent Ford Motor Company Recalls

In another safety related recall, Ford Motor Company is recalling over 73,000 Ford Escape compact sport-utility vehicles, as well as over 15,000 Ford Fusion midsize sedans. This recall involves the 2013 model year and it is reported that these vehicles can have overheating problems that causes engine fires. This recall closely follows Ford's recall of certain 2013 Escapes which reported having fuel leaks, coolant leaks, and carpet that interfered with the gas and brake pedals.

Toyota Recalls 2.77 Million Vehicles One Month After World's Largest Recall in Past 16 Years

Toyota has announced plans to conduct two safety recalls involving 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. This announcement comes just one month after Toyota announced its biggest recall ever. In that recall, a total of 7.43 million vehicles were involved, more than a third of those in the United States, making it the largest recall in the world for the past 16 years.

Ford Recalls Two Models of SUVs

In its latest recall, Ford Motor Co. found another serious safety issue in its newly launched 2013 Escape sport utility vehicle, as it may have contained an improperly installed part that could trigger a fire in the engine compartment. This recall, which is the third for this car, affects about 7,600 Escapes, mostly in the United States, equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recalled models were built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012. In a small number of these models, the cup plug on the engine cylinder head might come loose. This would lead to loss of engine coolant, causing the engine to overheat. In some cases, the ethylene glycol in the coolant may combust.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Issues Safety Advisory about Counterfeit Airbags

On Wednesday, the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory to alert consumers about the dangers of counterfeit airbags. According to the NHTSA, consumers who have been involved in an automobile accident and who have either had the airbags in their vehicle replaced by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership or who have purchased a replacement airbag online within the past three years may have had a counterfeit airbag installed in their vehicle. While these airbags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts, NHTSA testing showed consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the airbag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during airbag deployment.

Honda's Week of Recalls and Watches

Honda Motor Company has just completed a week in which it recalled hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles it manufactured. In no particular order, here are the highlights of the Honda vehicles:

Investigation into Honda Pilot SUV and Odyssey Vehicles As a Result of Park Failures

According to an article published in the New York Times, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated an investigation of about 577,000 Honda Pilot SUV's and Odyssey minivans after reports that their park interlocks failed, allowing them to roll away. NHTSA's investigation was announced just days after Honda added nearly 600,000 Accords to an ongoing recall relating to a fire hazard.

GM Car Defect Might Lead to Fuel Leaks and Fire Hazards

General Motors is recalling vehicles again. This time, GM is recalling over 40,000 vehicles for a fuel leak defect which can lead to a fire hazard. The recall stems from defective plastic parts that may crack and lead to a fuel leak in warm-weather states. Specifically, the plastic parts connected to the fuel pump may wear and crack in these warmer climates. The obvious concern is that a large crack near the fuel pump can result in fuel leakage and a possible fire.

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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