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The Most (and Fewest) Recalls

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The Most (and Fewest) RecallsNEW YORK – Automakers recalled a record 51.2 million vehicles over more than 800 separate recalls last year. The previous record was set in 2014 when 51 million cars and trucks were recalled back to the dealership.

Unfortunately, these production mistakes keep adding up… but every car company is different.

Porsche averages the fewest recalls.

Volkswagen has brought back the most.

As soon as Tesla finds a problem with its vehicles, drivers are notified immediately.

Mazda can take months or years to let its drivers know about a problem.

These are just some of the findings in a new report by the website iSeeCars.com. Using federal recall data gathered as far back as 1985, the ongoing study aims to find out how the auto industry stacks-up when it comes to critical production mistakes.

The study looked at the following measurements:

  • Recall rate. This measures the number of recalls per car sold. In some cases, this rate could be higher than the actual number of cars sold because some vehicles had multiple recalls. Volkswagen had the highest rate: 1,805 recalls per 1,000 cars sold.
  • Timeliness. How quickly does the auto maker notify its customers that their vehicle could have a potentially fatal flaw?
  • Initiative. Does the company proactively issue recalls to improve safety or does the government step in and order a recall?

A Long Island car accident lawyer said the study’s findings showed some interesting (and concerning) trends.

“More drivers are getting recall notices in the mail than ever before,” Long Island car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “In many cases, it can take years for consumers to receive one of these notices and even then, some recalls don’t happen unless someone is severely injured or killed.”

Out of every 1,000 cars sold, the auto industry averages 1,115 recalls. That’s more than 1 recall per vehicle. From GM ignition switches to Takata air bags, the recalls have grown larger and they’ve now impacted almost every American driver.

If you believe you’ve been injured due to a defective part or dangerous vehicle, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Long Island car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have fought against the major auto companies and they’ve helped victims get the best results possible.

Contact an experienced trial attorney today for a free case evaluation.

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At Least 80 Deaths Due to Delayed Auto Recall

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At Least 80 DeathsNEW YORK – A major U.S. carmaker is paying at least $1 million to victims of faulty ignition switches in several popular car models. General Motors Co. set up the $400 million compensation fund after dozens of people died because drivers would inadvertently shut off the engine and disable power steering and air bags.

Last year, the automaker recalled several models of Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other vehicles with ignition switch issues and paid a then record-setting $35 million fine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The administration claims GM knew about the faulty ignition switches but delayed issuing a recall for years.

“So far, over 4,000 claims have been submitted against the automaker,” auto recall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Hundreds of those are death claims.”

The compensation fund noted 80 death claims have been approved. Every claim was linked to the company’s delayed recall of 2.6 million cars.

“It’s important for all automakers to take responsibility for their mistakes and own up to it as quickly as possible,” Cellino said. “Many of those lives could have been saved; these are people who didn’t have to get hurt.”

For those who believe they’ve been hurt in a recalled vehicle, auto recall lawyers suggest going over your case with an attorney before filing a claim with the car company. According to the compensation fund, if a person or a victim’s family accepts an award, they cannot file a lawsuit against the automaker.

The Detroit News reports fund administrators have, so far, made 126 offers to victims found eligible.

Listeria Outbreak Expands Beyond Just Apples

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Listeria OutbreakNEW YORK – Thousands of consumers fell ill and a handful have died due to a listeria outbreak linked to apples, specifically those grown by Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, Calif. Now, in addition to the apples, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked listeria to several other products like cheese, spinach and kale.

In Washington state, the Department of Health said an outbreak of listeria originating from a Yakima cheese maker killed one person and made two others severely ill.

The deadly bacteria was reported to be found in Queseria Bendita cheeses and sour cream. The company has stopped producing the cheeses and has recalled the products including Queso Fresco, Panela and Requeson cheeses.

Inventure Foods, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz. also issued a recall due to listeria fears. Its RADER FARMS Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion have all been recalled due to health risks. The products are commonly sold at Costco.

Although the recalled blends themselves did not test positive for listeria, the FDA reports the deadly bacterium was detected on spinach and kale ingredients, which are supplied by an outside party but used in the smoothie blends.

According to the FDA, listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly adults or others with weakened immune systems while healthy adults may experience a temporary high fever, headache, nausea and abdominal pain.

Possible peanut contamination in brand-name veggie burgers

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Possible peanut contaminationNEW YORK – MorningStar Farms is recalling its Spicy Black Bean Burger and its Chipotle Black Bean Burger because the burgers may contain peanuts, an ingredient not listed on the label.

The food maker said on its website that one of the spice ingredients used in the burgers may contain peanut and consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to this ingredient run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions after eating these products.

MorningStar is calling back any Spicy Black Bean Burgers with a ‘better if used by date’ of April 14, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

The company is also recalling the Chipotle Black Bean Burger with best if used by dates between March 22, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

According to food allergy research, peanut allergies are some of the most common and dangerous allergies in America. A recent study found that peanut allergies among American children more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

Subaru recalls 200k vehicles in snowy states

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Subaru recalls 200k vehiclesLast year, Subaru recalled more than a half-million of its vehicles due to brake line corrosion. The automaker determined road salt had caused the lines to deteriorate, increasing the risk of brake failure.

Now, Subaru is recalling some of those vehicles again. Nearly 200,000 that were covered under the previous recall may still have the same problem. This latest recall is for the 2008-11 Impreza, the 2009-13 Forester and the 2008-14 WRX and STI, specifically for models registered in 20 U.S states which use salt to treat snowy and icy roads, including New York.

As with previous recalls, auto dealers will reapply a special anti-corrosion wax. Owners are asked to bring those models back again due to “incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers” during the last recall.

The following report is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

 

RECALL Subject : Brake Line Corrosion at Four-Way Connector
Report Receipt Date: DEC 31, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V830000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 198,900
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.

CONSEQUENCE:
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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