Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for an estimated 2,900 Ranger pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada after hearing reports that a defective Takata airbag inflator killed a Ranger driver in West Virginia. New Jersey motorists may remember that Takata was previously the subject of the largest auto recall in U.S. history.
Anyone in New Jersey who is in the market for a used car might want to keep alert for product recalls associated with some that are for sale. It is not illegal to sell cars with unaddressed safety recalls, and a r study turned up many such cars at a popular used car dealership's locations in three states. Meanwhile, some lawmakers say that the new car sales ban on unrepaired safety recalls should extend to used cars as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the removal of unsafe vehicles from New Jersey roadways is key to keeping all drivers safe. Part of the purpose of the NHTSA is to ensure that carmakers issue recalls for vehicles that fail to meet federal safety standards or have safety defects. More than 390 million motor vehicles have been recalled since 1966, according to data kept by the NHTSA.
New Jersey motorists rely on commercial truck operators to keep their large vehicles in good working order to promote safety. Owners of some 2017 Peterbilt and 2018 Kenworth trucks need to be aware of a recall issued by Paccar concerning the trucks' fuel pumps.
When New Jersey residents buy a car, they expect that vehicle to be safe, especially if it is new or has been well-maintained. However, there has already been a recall on more than 42 million Takata airbags due to a potential defect that could be dangerous if not deadly.
Some New Jersey residents may be among those affected by issues with the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller. After reports of 26 deaths and 19 injuries, the Thoratec Corporation and Abbott Laboratories are recalling the device. Almost 29,000 devices have been removed from the market in what the Food and Drug Administration has classified as the most serious kind of recall.
When manufacturers bring products to the market that are potentially dangerous, consumers in New Jersey and elsewhere across the country may find themselves at risk. However, there are those who question whether the exposure of theoretical or speculative hazards to the public is beneficial. Case results suggest that in spite of opposing sentiment, failure to warn consumers of a possible safety hazard could leave companies and their insurers open to significant legal risk, even if the danger has not yet been scientifically confirmed.
Many New Jersey residents utilize local gyms to stay in shape. When they do so, gym members expect the equipment to be properly maintained and safe to use. However, a defective or improperly maintained piece of gym equipment can cause serious injuries. While gyms do have a duty to keep patrons and visitors safe, lawsuits involving gym equipment can be complicated.
New Jersey parents should be aware that there was an increase in the number of recalled children's products in 2016. According to a recent report by nonprofit group Kids in Danger, the number was the highest since 2001, with the exception of 2004 when there was a recall of 150 million vending machine toys.
New Jersey car owners should be aware that Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 441,000 North American vehicles over two separate defect issues. The recalls will cost Ford nearly $295 million.