Archive for April, 2013

Honda, Toyota, Mazda Issue Massive North American Recall

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Washington, DC: Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling 1.7 million cars globally, including some popular Corolla, Matrix and Camry models. In the US, Nissan has recalled approximately 480,000 cars and Mazda a further 45,000.

Honda, which is recalling more than 1.1 million autos, said the recall was necessary to replace passenger front airbag inflators. “It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury,” the company said in a statement.

Toyota said it had reports of five airbag malfunctions, but no injuries ( The majority of the recalled vehicles are model years 2001, 2002 and 2003.

In Canada, the three automakers are recalling more than 107,000 vehicles due to a problem with a Japanese supplier’s airbags in which the inflator may burst, scattering plastic pieces everywhere, and presenting a risk for injury. In Canada, the recall covers almost 81,000 Honda Civics and about 11,000 Acura 1.7 EL vehicles from the 2001-2003 model years, 6,140 CR-V vehicles from 2002-2003 and almost 10,000 Odysseys from the 2002 model year.

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Back and Neck Injuries Result in Lawsuits

Friday, April 12th, 2013

There are a variety of accidents and incidents that can result in a back and neck injury. Many of the incidents that result in back injury lawsuits are car accidents, often alleging a defect in the automobile. Two recent back and neck injury claims highlight how people’s lives are affected by car accidents.

Meanwhile, in one lawsuit, Ford Motor Co. was ordered to pay $2.9 million to a man who was injured in a car accident. According to ABC News (3/27/13), the man was driving his SUV when it was rear-ended. The accident caused his seat to drop into a fully reclined position, ejecting him headfirst into the backseat. The victim reportedly suffered upper neck and head injuries, and has cognitive and visual problems as a result. The Daily Camera (3/26/13) reports that a jury found the driver’s seat was defective and awarded the man $2.9 million for economic and non-economic losses, as well as permanent injuries.

Ford reportedly intends to appeal the award.

Meanwhile, in a different accident-related lawsuit, a man was awarded $4.2 million in his lawsuit against Nissan. The Star-Ledger (3/21/13) reports that the victim was driving his car when a runaway tire landed on the roof of his car. The roof caved in, fracturing the man’s neck. He alleged that the header panel on the Nissan Altima he was driving was defective, which allowed the roof to cave in. The plaintiff reportedly had to learn to walk again, suffers ongoing spasms and is unable to play sports.

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Nissan denied any defects associated with the vehicles and said it was reviewing its options. The company argued during the lawsuit that based on the speed of the tire and the car involved, any car would have experienced roof buckling.

Of course, not all back and neck injuries are caused by car accidents. Some are caused by seemingly innocent falls, in which the patient lands with enough force – or at an awkward angle – to cause injury. Such was the case with a man who filed a lawsuit against Fairmount Park, a horse race track. According to The Madison-St. Clair Record (3/27/13), the plaintiff alleges he fell on a wet floor, injuring his back, neck and knee. His lawsuit (Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 13-L-237) seeks more than $50,000 for medical bills and lost wages.

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