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NHTSA Examines Rollaway Complaints in BMW 7 Series

By Lipton Law on April 26, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun investigating reports of rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles. The rollaway problem could result in a serious auto accident, especially if the rolling vehicle collides with a person, a building, or another vehicle.

The NHTSA has received a total of 50 complaints about rollaways in BMW 7-series vehicles, including 16 complaints since the agency began investigating the claims in August 2011 and 5 reports of injuries. The complaints cover vehicles in every model year from 2002 to 2008.

BMW reports that the design of the 7-series transmission controls could play a role in the rollaway accidents. The vehicle is started and stopped with a button, and the transmission is controlled with a lever that has a button on it that one presses to put the vehicle in park. If the “park” button is not pressed or the vehicle’s ignition button is pressed in certain ways during or after parking, the transmission may switch into neutral, even though the driver thinks it is parked. A vehicle in neutral will roll if placed on a slanted surface like a hill, or if it is hit or pushed.

The NHTSA and BMW recommend double-checking that the vehicle is in park before getting out, and parking on flat surfaces whenever possible. The NHTSA says a recall may be forthcoming, but one has not currently been issued.

Driver negligence isn’t the only cause of auto accidents. Defective vehicle parts, badly-done repairs, or ignored maintenance problems can all cause vehicle steering or braking issues that can cause an accident and serious injuries. At Lipton Law, our knowledgeable Southfield product liability lawyers can help you get to the bottom of your accident when it has been caused by a vehicle defect and seek compensation from any parties who may have caused your crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (248) 557-1688.

 

NHTSA Announces Child Seat, Tire Recalls

By Lipton Law on February 8, 2012 - No comments

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced two separate recalls that may affect millions of U.S. drivers. One recall focuses on defective child safety seats, while the other focuses on defective vehicle tires.

Car seat maker Britax has recalled several of its “Chaperone” child safety seats because the straps that keep the child securely in the seat can come loose, offering no protection from a crash or from an active child climbing or falling out of the seat. Owners of these child seats can contact the manufacturer at 1(888) 427-4829 or www.britaxusa.com to request a free repair kit that will reattach the straps securely.

Toyo Tire has also recalled several of its Extensa A/S tires. The bead of the tire can come loose or twist, resulting in air loss that can cause vehicle damage, auto accidents, or both. Owners who have these tires can contact Toyo for more information at 1(800) 442-8696, or return the tires to the store from which they purchased them.

More information on both these recalls is available at the NHTSA vehicle recall and safety website, www.safercar.gov.

Injuries from defective products, especially auto parts, can seriously and permanently change the course of a person’s and a family’s life. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the experienced Southfield product liability lawyers at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.