VW Class Action Moves Closer to Resolution

On July 26, 2016, United States District Court Judge Charles Breyer issued a Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Settlement.  The Court found “the Settlement is sufficiently fair, adequate, and reasonable to the 2.0 liter diesel vehicle consumers to move forward with class notice.”

The history of this litigation is well chronicled in many sources, with others telling the story of VW installing “defeat devices that result in rendering inoperative certain elements of the vehicles emission control system thus evading United States’ EPA and California (CARB) emissions standards.  The result was VW obtained Certificates of Conformity from EPA and Executive Orders from CARB for its 2.0 and 3.0 liter diesel engines when in fact these engines release nitrogen oxide up to up 40 times  over the allowable limit.

Over a six-year period VW sold over 500,000 of these diesels with these devices thereby evading laws designed to protect the environment resulting in greater harm to the environment.

The Order of Judge Breyer contains an excellent review of the facts.

Who Is Covered?

The proposed Settlement Class consists of a nationwide class of all persons (including individuals and entities) who, on September 18, 2015, were registered owners or lessees of, or, in the case of Non-Volkswagen Dealers, held title to or held by bill of sale dated on or before September 18, 2015, a Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicle in the United States or its territories (an “Eligible Vehicle”), or who, between September 18, 2015, and the end of the Claim Period, become a registered owner of, or, in the case of Non-Volkswagen Dealers, hold title to or hold by bill of sale dated after September 18, 2015, but before the end of the Claims Period, an Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories.  (Dkt. No. 1685 ¶ 2.16.)

“Eligible Vehicles” consist of Model Year 2009 through 2015 Volkswagen and Audi light-duty vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter TDI engines that are (1) covered, or purported to be covered, by the EPA Test Groups in the table immediately below this paragraph; (2) registered with a state Department of Motor Vehicles or equivalent agency or held by bill of sale by a non-Volkswagen Dealer in the United States or its territories as of June 28, 2016; (3) for an Eligible Owner, currently Operable or cease to be Operable only after the Opt-Out Deadline; and (4) have not been modified pursuant to an Approved Emissions Modification.

What are the Consumer Remedies?

The Settlement gives Class Members choices as to remedies.  Eligible Owners have two options: Volkswagen will pay cash (“Owner Restitution”) and either (1) buy the Class Member’s Eligible Vehicle at its pre-defeat device disclosure value, (“the Buyback”) or (2) fix the Class Member’s vehicle when and if EPA and CARB approve an emissions modification (a “Fix”).

What is Your Car Worth Under the Proposed Settlement?

Base Value and Vehicle Value

The amount of cash a Class Member receives depends on an Eligible Vehicle’s Base Value or Vehicle Value.  Base Value refers to, where available, the Clean Trade value of the vehicle based on the National Automobile Dealers Association (“NADA”) Vehicle Identification Code (“VIC”) for each Eligible Vehicle in the September 2015 NADA Used Car Guide published in or around August 2015.  (Dkt. No. 1685 ¶ 2.5; Dkt. No. 1685-1 ¶ 11.)  In some instances, like with Model Year 2015 Eligible Vehicles, no value was published by NADA as of September 2015. For those Eligible Vehicles, the Base Value is calculated by multiplying the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”) for each individual vehicle by 0.717. (Id. (both).)  The 0.717 figure is the ratio of average September 2015 Clean Trade values to average MSRPs for Model Year 2015 Passats. (Dkt. No. 1685-1 ¶ 11.)

Restitution Calculation

Eligible Owners who purchased their Eligible Vehicles before September 18, 2015 are entitled to a minimum Restitution Payment of $5,100.  (Dkt. No. 1685-1 ¶ 5(a); Dkt. No. 1685-3 at 2.)  Restitution is calculated by adding (1) 20% of the Vehicle Value plus (2) the greater of $2,986.73 or the amount necessary to ensure that Owner Restitution is not less than $5,100.  (Dkt. No. 1685-1 ¶ 5(a).)  In some cases, Eligible Owners will receive more than the minimum $5,100 to as much as $10,000.  (See id.)  Eligible Owners who purchased their Eligible Vehicles after September 18, 2015 are entitled to 50% of Owner Restitution as calculated above, plus a share of an unused portion of the funds set aside to pay Seller Restitution as discussed below.

What is Claims Process?

The Settlement sets forth a five-step Claims Program, and Class Members have from the date of entry of this Order until September 1, 2018 to submit a claim.

There is a lot more to this process than set out above. Claimants should read the Order thoroughly and go to the Claims portal or visit (www.VWCourtSettlement.com) and register at the Online Claims Portal.  There, Class Members provide their (1) name; (2) contact information, including email, mailing address, and phone number; (3) address of vehicle registration; (4) Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”); (5) vehicle mileage, if the Class Member is a current owner or lessee; and (6) information regarding vehicle financing, i.e., whether the Class Member is a current owner or lessee.  (Dkt. No. 1685-4 ¶ 1(a).)  The Claims Portal will display individualized preliminary offers for each Class Member.  (Id.)  Alternatively, Class Members can call 1-844-98-CLAIM and provide the same information to receive their individualized preliminary offers.

Can I Opt Out?

Yes the opt out provisions are set forth on page 11, “Class Members may request exclusion from the Settlement by mailing a signed, written request stating their desire in clear and unambiguous language, such as “I wish to exclude myself from the Class in In re Volkswagen ‘Clean Diesel’ Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, No. 15-md-2672,” to the Notice Administrator on or before the Opt-Out Deadline of September 16, 2016.  (Id. ¶ 6.1.)  The written request must also include (1) the Class Member’s printed name, address, and telephone number; (2) VIN of the Eligible Vehicle; (3) a statement as to whether the class member is an Eligible Owner, Eligible Lessee, or Eligible Seller; and (4) the dates of the Class Member’s ownership or lease of the Eligible Vehicle”

What if You Object to the Proposed Settlement?

You must submit your objection by September 16, 2016. See page

The final fairness hearing will be held on October 18, 2016 at 8 am in Courtroom 6, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California.  The deadline for Class Members to file a Notice of Intent to Appear at final fairness hearing is October 4, 2016.

There is a lot more to this process than set out above.  Claimants should read the Order thoroughly and go to the Claims portal or visit (www.VWCourtSettlement.com).

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Toyota Recalls 3.37 Million Vehicles Globally Due to Defective Side Airbags and Emission Control Units

2012 Toyota Prius 2

2012 Toyota Prius

Toyota has announced that it will recall 3.37 vehicles globally, because of two separate defects – one for defective side air bags and one for an emissions control unit issue.  Approximately 932,000 vehicles involved in the airbag recall are also effected by the emissions control unit recall.

The first recall affects 1.43 million Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins, and Lexus CT200h vehicles manufactured between October 2008 and April 2012.  The problem is with defective side curtain airbag inflators that were installed on both the driver and passenger sides of the affected vehicles.  Sweden-based auto safety maker Autoliv Inc created the airbag inflators involved in the recall; not Takada who has been under the microscope with massive recalls affecting tens of millions of vehicles.  A small crack in the inflators has been discovered that may expand, which causes the air bags to partially inflate.  Toyota is aware of seven incidents where a side curtain airbag has partially inflated in the affected vehicles.  This recall affects Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins, and Lexus CT200h vehicles manufactured between October 2008 and April 2012.  Approximately 495,000 of the affected vehicles are in North America.

Click here to read the full Reuters article:  Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over airbag, emissions control issues

The second recalls affects Prius models, Corolla, and Lexus HS250h and CT200h vehicles that were manufactured from April 2006 through August 2015.  None of the 2.87 million vehicles affected by this recall are in North America.  The recall stems from the evaporative fuel emission control units, which are more susceptible to cracks.  These cracks can lead to fuel leaks within the vehicle, increasing the risk of a fire.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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BMW Recalls 210,161 Vehicles in Two Separate Recalls

2016 BMW X3

2016 BMW X3

BMW will recall over 200,000 vehicles due to automobile defects in two separate recalls.

The first recall involves the front driveshaft universal joint.  The problem is that the joint fails to keep out water and debris from getting in.  When the driveshaft is exposed to water and debris, the joint becomes damaged and worn, which could eventually lead to the shaft failing and breaking.  If the front universal joint fails, the front wheels would stop working.  Additionally, a broken front universal joint may damage other vehicle components.

The affected models include the xDrive 35i, the xDrive 50i, the X5 M, X6 xDrive 35i, X6 xDrive50i, x6 M, X6 Active Hybrid all from their 2011 model year.  These vehicles were manufactured from April 7, 2010 to November 20, 2010.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will the front driveshaft, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin on July 1, 2016.  Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

The other recall affects 2011 to 2017 model year X3 models, and 2015 to 2017 model year X4 models.  The X3 models were manufactured between March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016.  The X4 vehicles were made March 3, 12014 to April 15, 2016/.

Click here to read the full recall description: BMW recall car restraint

The issue involves the lower anchor bars on the BMW which are used primarily for securing child restrain seats.  It was discovered that drivers who use the European-ISOFIX-type child restraint system, which use a rigid style connector, may become damaged when using the lower anchor bars when securing the car seat.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will wield a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin on July 12, 2016.  Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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8 Automobile Manufacturers Recall 12 Million Vehicles due to Takata Air Bag Defect

The largest recall in automobile safety history has become even bigger.

Honda, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, General Motors, and Ford have added on to the continuing recall of the Takata air bag inflators’ defect by recalling an additional 12 million vehicles.  This time the new recall affects passenger-side air bag inflators.  Previously, prior recalls were for frontal inflators.

Takata Air Bag

The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents causing shards of sharp metal into the vehicle.  Takata reports that manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade.  This causes the propellant to burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, and ruptures the inflator.  In May 2015, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.

Click here to read the full article:  Automakers recall 12 million U.S. vehicles over Takata airbags

Since 2008, approximately 24 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled due to this Takata air bag defect.  Approximately 2.3 million vehicles in this recall were previously recalled for the driver side inflator recalls.

Interestingly, of these 24 million cars that have been recalled, only approximately 1/3 of the defective inflators have been replaced.

Finally, Takata will announce as many as 40 million additional air bag inflators defective by 2019, which will involve 17 automakers.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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San Mateo Jury Holds State Accountable for a Dangerous Condition on SR 1

The Brandi Law Firm is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Brandi and Jason Friedman obtained a verdict in San Mateo County on behalf of a young San Franciscan woman against the State of California on May 2, 2016 after three full days of deliberation and 25 days of trial.  The verdict allocated fault against the State and two drivers.  No fault was placed on Plaintiff. The total verdict is $12,344,723, consisting of $843,685 past economic loss, $4,001,038 future economic loss, $2.5 million past pain and suffering, and $5 million future pain and suffering.  Boris Efron and Gail Lamchick of the Law Offices of Boris Efron were co-counsel.

SR 1 near Pie Ranch is two lanes in each direction with a passing lane that transitions back to one lane.  Plaintiff contended the State failed to follow applicable design principles in 1990 when designing the taper from two lanes back to one so that speeding cars coming out of a passing lane were funneled into vehicles stopping or slowing to turn left at the Green Oaks Way entrance to Pie Ranch.  Plaintiff contended there should have been a left turn lane at the intersection.  The State contended there was no dangerous condition relying on no other accidents from 1990 to the date of this accident and only one other accident after at this location.

On June 21, 2008, a vehicle was stopped on SR 1 to turn left onto Green Oaks Way when the driver saw a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed coming out of the passing area.  Fearful of being struck, the driver started to move the vehicle to the right when the approaching vehicle hit its left rear and was sent across the double yellow lines into the car driven by Cindy, 29, and in which her boyfriend of nine years was a passenger.  He was killed and Cindy suffered serious orthopedic injuries resulting in multiple past surgeries, and future surgeries for a likely fused foot, knee replacements, and future surgery on her hips and shoulder and chronic pain.

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Thomas Brandi and Daniel Dell’Osso Nominated by SFTLA for Trial Lawyers of the Year

The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Annual Trial Lawyer of the Year awards dinner will be held on April 7, 2016.  Among this year’s four finalists are Dan Dell’Osso and Tom Brandi for their work in Clarke v. State of California, where a Santa Clara jury awarded $26 million to Talbot Clarke for the injuries she sustained as result of a dangerous condition at the signalized intersection at the entrance to the University of Santa Clara.

For Dan Dell’Osso, it is his second time being nominated for this prestigious award.  His first nomination was for his extraordinary verdict in Pierson v. Ford where he secured an $18 million award for Dax Pierson for a defective automobile design.  For Tom Brandi, this is the fifth time he has been nominated in the sixteen-year history of the award.

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Evenflo Recalls Over 56,000 Child Booster Car Seats Due to Design Defect

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Evenflo will recall approximately 56,247 Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats due to a design defect involving the central front adjuster button.  The central front adjuster (CFA) controls the seat’s internal harness to loosen the restrains on the child.  It was discovered recently that the position of the CFA is in reach for the child to activate the CFA and subsequently loosen the harness that is restraining the occupant.  If the internal harness is not tightened snugly around the child, this increases the risk of injury for the child in the event of a crash.

Click here to read the full Evenflo recall:  Transitions 3-in-1 Car Seat

The model numbers affected in this recall include 34411686, 34411695, and 34411029.  These car seats were manufactured from December 18, 2014 through January 29, 2016.

Evenflo will notify owners and provide a remedy kit that includes a replacement seat pad and CFA assembly, free of charge.  This will eliminate a child’s access to activate the CFA button.    The recall is expected to begin during February 2016.  Owners may contact Evenflo at www.transitions.evenflo.com  or 1-800-233-5921.  Note: This safety issue only affects the use of the seat in the forward-facing harnessed booster (22-65 lbs. and 28-50 in.) configuration.

Recently, Britax recalled 49,000 B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats due to an arm bar defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings.  In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition.  We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Toyota Recalls 2.87 Million RAV4s and Vanguards Globally Due to Seat Belt Defect

2012 toyota rav4

2012 Toyota RAV4

Toyota has announced that it will recall 2.87 vehicles globally, including over 1.3 million vehicles in the United States due to defective seat belts.  The defect stems from Toyota’s 4×4 vehicles (the RAV4 and the Vanguard) where the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the vehicles’ second-row seat could come in contact with the metal seat cushion frame.  If this would occur during a frontal crash, the seat belts could be cut and would not restrain the passengers within the vehicle.

Click here to read the full LA Times article:  Toyota Recalls 2.9 Million SUVs for Possible Seat Belt Failure

This recall affects RAV4 4×4 models manufactured between July 2005 and August 2014, and the Vanguard 4×4 (which are only sold in Japan) models produced between October 2005 and January 2016.

To remedy this defect, Toyota plans to add plastic covers to the metal frames of the affected vehicles.

Recently, Volkswagen, Audi and BMW joined the continuing recall of Takata air bag inflators by recalling 1.7 vehicles affected with the air bag defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Britax Announces Second Recall in a Month Affecting Strollers and Replacement Top Seats Due to Arm Bar Defect

Britax arm bar

For the second time in the last month, Britax will recall 49,000 B-Ready strollers and replacement top seats due to an arm bar defect.  The defect involves the foam padding on the stroller’s arm bar which can come off in fragments and presents as a serious choking hazard to the child if the child bites the arm bar.  There have already been a reported 117 incidents related to this recall, including five reports of children choking on the foam fragments.  This recall also includes 11,000 units that were sold in Canada.

Click here to read the full recall: Britax B-Ready Stroller Arm Bar Recall

The following B-Ready Strollers and B-Ready replacement top seats recalled were manufactured from April 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.  Below is a list of the models included in the recall:

Britax strollers affected

If you have one of the defective products, it is highly recommended that consumers immediately remove the arm bar from the stroller/replacement top seat.  Consumers should then contact Britax for a free black, zippered arm bar cover and a warning label to apply to the strollers and replacement top seats.  Consumers can continue to use their strollers without the arm bar attached.  Britax can be contacted at 800-683-2045 or at Britax.Recall@britax.com.

Previously, Britax recalled approximately 71,000 Britax B-Safe 35 and B- Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems due to a carry handle defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition.  We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles due to Takata Air Bag Defect

Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW are joining the continuing recall of the Takata air bag inflators’ defect by recalling 1.7 million vehicles which involve 21 different model vehicles spanning from 2005 to 2015 model years.  The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents causing shards of sharp metal into the vehicle.  Takata reports that manufacturing problems, together with exposure to moisture in cars in humid regions, can cause the propellant to degrade.  This causes the propellant to burn too strongly when the airbag is deployed, and ruptures the inflator.  Last May, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.

Takata Air Bag

Click here to read the full article:  VW, Audi, BMW Recall Nearly 1.7M Vehicles Due to Air Bags

Since 2008, approximately 24 million U.S. vehicles have been recalled due to this defect.

VW and Audi will recall over 850,000 vehicles, while BMW will recall over 840,000 vehicles, which include the following models and years:

VW

  • 2006 to 2010 Passat sedans and wagons
  • 2012 to 2014 Passat sedans and wagons
  • 2010 to 2014 Golf
  • 2010 to 2014 Jetta SportWagen
  • 2009 to 2014 CC
  • 2012 to 2014 Eos

AUDI

  • 2005 to 2015 A3
  • 2006 to 2009 A4 Cabrios
  • 2009 to 2012 Q5 SUVs
  • 2010 to 2011 A5 Cabrios

BMW

  • 2008 to 2013 1 Series coupes and convertibles
  • 2006 to 2011 3 Series sedans
  • 2009 to 2011 335d sedan
  • 2006 to 2012 3 Series Sports Wagon
  • 2007 to 2013 3 Series Coupe and Convertible
  • 2-13 to 2015 X1 SUV
  • 2007 to 2010 X3 SUV
  • 2007 to 2013 X5 SUV
  • 2009 to 2013 X5 xDrive35d SUV
  • 2008 to 2014 X6 SUV
  • 2010 to 2010 X6 SUV

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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Volkswagen is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group.  The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes.  Volkswagen Group is not affiliated with this website, and Volkswagen Group has no affiliation with The Brandi Law Firm.  Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by Volkswagen Group.

Audi is a registered trademark of Audi AG.  The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes. Audi AG is not affiliated with this website, and Volkswagen Group has no affiliation with The Brandi Law Firm.  Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by Audi AG.

BMW is a registered trademark of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.  The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes.  Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is not affiliated with this website, and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG has no affiliation with the Brandi Law Firm.  Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.

Takata is a registered trademark of Takata Corporation.  The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes.  Takata Corporation is not affiliated with this website, and Takata Corporation has no affiliation with The Brandi Law Firm.  Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by Takata Corporation.

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