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Trial Lawyer Seeks $20 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

According to NBC Los Angeles, plaintiff attorney Garo Mardirossian is pressing for $20 million as compensation for the wrongful death of a Southern California woman who was killed when her vehicle suddenly accelerated and spun out of control in 2009. Mardirossian went on to suggest that the installation of a brake override system in the 2006 Camry could have prevented the untimely death of 66-year-old Noriko Uno.

Toyota defense attorney Vincent Galvin expressed his deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Noriko Uno, but claimed that the vehicle €œcould have been stopped if someone wanted to stop it.’€ Despite the fact that Toyota Motor Corporation issued a recall for all 2007 Camrys to install the missing brake override system, Galvin assured jurors that the 2006 Camry was equipped with a top quality, state-of-the-art braking system.

According to the Associated Press, there are over 80 strikingly similar cases filed in state courts. This wrongful death lawsuit is considered a €œbellwether’€ case, which will be used to predict the outcome of similar claims.

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Toyota Recalls 1.29M Vehicles Due to Manufacturing Defects

Due to manufacturing defects, Toyota has recalled 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, for faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers, the AJC reports.

Two crashes in the U.S. related to the air bag problem were reported, but Toyota has not been able to confirm them. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from faulty air bags.

The Japanese automaker has received 46 reports of problems involving air bags from North America, one from Japan, and 25 reports of windshield-related defects.

Approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar models in Japan, Mexico, and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled due to air bags that may inflate improperly.

The air bags inadvertently inflate when the vehicle’€™s electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags, Toyota Spokesman Naoto Fuse said. Under the recall, Toyota will correct the part to be able to block such signals.

The defective wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three different Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 27,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Last month, Toyota agreed to pay more than $1 billion in the U.S. to settle lawsuits due to recalls.

Product Liability at Moraitakis & Kushel

At Moraitakis & Kushel, we take on product liability cases of all kinds including automobile defects. If you or someone you know was injured by a manufacturing defect of any kind, contact us at (404) 261-0016 or send us an email. Your first consultation is free, and we charge no attorney’€™s fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Takata Airbag Victims Suffer Extensive Injuries

The wounds found on Hien Thi Tran’s body after she was injured in a minor car accident in Orlando in 2014 seemed to point clearly to a stabbing. After the accident, Tran was transported to a nearby hospital and police produced a “person of interest” as they continued with their investigation. They soon shockingly discovered that the wounds were not caused by a stabbing, but by the airbag, the car’s intended safety device. Tran died three days later in the hospital with fragments of metal and plastic.

A year earlier in California, Hai Ming Xu, was believed to have been shot to death, because of the extreme facial wounds sustained in a minor traffic accident when his 2002 Acura TL hit the wall of a building in a parking lot. The airbags that allegedly killed both drivers were manufactured by Takata and are believed to have exploded with such force that they sent shrapnel flying into the car’s drivers. Two other fatalities tied to the airbags, also in Honda cars, were found in court records and police reports in 2009.

The Center for Auto Safety lists nine other people that sustained serious injuries. Two of the victims suffered from permanent damage to their sight due to flying shrapnel. One driver, Kristy Williams, had a piece of shrapnel tear her carotid artery. She was able to slow the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, but has since suffered several strokes and a traumatic brain injury.

Honda extended sympathies to the victims and their families and Takata executives apologized for the harmful defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 8 million of the airbags manufactured by 10 different automakers, and may expand the recall nationwide.

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If we determine that you have a viable personal injury claim, we will work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay us no money unless we can win your case and secure a judgment or settlement on your behalf.

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GM Recalls Reach 29 Million in 2014

General Motors Co., the nation’€™s largest auto maker, issued a recall on an additional 8.45 million vehicles last Monday. This announcement brings the number of recalled GM vehicles in North America up to 29 million for this year, updating their 2014 projected charge on earnings to $2.5 billion.

More than 8 million of the automobile recalls involved an ignition-switch defect, which can keep airbags from deploying in the case of an accident. In February, 2.6 million smaller vehicles were recalled for the faulty ignition-switch not only shutting off power to the airbags, but also to the vehicle’€™s power steering and power braking systems.

GM currently knows of seven automobile crashes that involved the recalled cars, causing three deaths and eight injuries.

Victims injured or killed in crashes involving certain vehicle models may be offered compensation payments from General Motors Co.

While the ignition-switch issue provided the largest number of recalls across North America, GM also issued recalls on Monday for vehicle models with electrical problems, a joint issue, and an engine block issue.

Although the first set of recalls were issued in February, GM has been aware of some of the issues for almost 11 years. General Motors Co. Chief Executive Mary Barra has issued an internal safety review in response to the latest recall, meaning that there may be more to come.

Legal Action for Product Liability at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

If you or a loved one was injured due to a manufacturing defect or design flaw, Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP can help. With 70 years of legal experience, the expert attorneys at Morataikis & Kushel, LLP are equipped with the knowledge and resources to help you and your loved one’€™s gain the compensation you deserve.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP if you or a loved one sustained injury as a result of a manufacturing defect or design flaw. Our experienced lawyers specialize in product liability, and can help you fight your case to get the results you deserve.

Faulty Airbags Incite Massive Automotive Recall

One of the world’€™s leading producers of automotive safety products and systems, Takata Corporation, is behind a massive vehicle recall involving faulty airbags. According to preliminary reports, the affected airbag inflators may explode and send bits of metal shrapnel into front seat passengers.

After an initial recall was issued, Takata Corporation later informed automotive manufacturers more cars and airbags could be affected.

These incomplete safety reports from Takata Corporation lead to Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota recalling more than five million vehicles worldwide:

  • Mazda is recalling close to 160,000 vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2004.
  • Nissan is recalling 755,000 vehicles produced between 2001 and 2003.
  • Toyota is re-recalling 2.2 million vehicles built between 2002 and 2004
  • Honda is recalling over 2 million vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2004

Honda, Mazda, and Nissan have all previously recalled vehicles due to faulty Takata airbags. Poor recordkeeping and incomplete safety reports by Takata Corporation have led to confusion about which vehicles are equipped with faulty airbags.

Honda and Toyota continue to investigate Takata’€™s information in an attempt to identify all affected vehicles.

In a recent statement, Takata Corporation informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that other manufacturers, such as GM and BMW, also may have received the faulty airbags.

Faulty airbags have caused auto manufacturers to recall almost 10 million vehicles worldwide, and are responsible for several catastrophic accidents.

Product Liability Cases at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

The experienced product liability lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP work to find compensation for people injured by manufacturing defects and design flaws. We use our 70 years of legal experience to guide product liability cases for our clients.

Contact the product liability attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP if you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective product. Schedule your free consultation at (404) 261-0016 or 1-800-688-2357.

Elements of a Successful Products Liability Case

The laws of products liability vary by state, but there are common requirements and factors in products liability cases that allow plaintiffs to be successful. The three types of liability include manufacturing defects, design defects, and a failure to warn (marketing defects); shoddy materials, inherently hazardous design, and inadequate warnings of nonobvious threats are often what cause product liability cases.

When these defects arise in a product, individuals may be injured or even killed. It is your right as a consumer in the market to receive safe products. Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP represents clients who have been harmed due to products they have used.

Establishing a Products Liability Case

In order to have a valid products liability claim, consumers must establish negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, and sometimes tortious misrepresentation.

Negligence occurs when a producing or selling entity breaches its duty of care to the consumer, and the breach of care causes harm or injury that results in damages. Strict liability occurs when a company is held accountable for a defective product, regardless of negligence; these laws vary by state. Breach of warranty refers to both express warranties and implied warranties. Express warranties are written or stated, while implied warranties are applied to products by law even if they are not included upon purchase.

Tortious misrepresentation is another basis on which consumers may file suit. Tortious misrepresentation occurs when a seller gives false or misleading information about a product. Defectiveness is not an issue in these cases, but rather false communication.

Who is Liable in Products Liability Cases?

Manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers have a duty to consumers to sell and make products that are safe. Injured consumers can bring claims against anyone involved in the design, manufacturing and marketing of the product that has harmed them. This may include parties such as:

  • Product manufacturers
  • Components parts manufacturers
  • Product assemblers
  • Installers
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers

Identifying these parties with the help of our attorneys will help clients receive the maximum compensation. The statute of limitations limits the amount of time a plaintiff may bring a case against a defendant. In the state of Georgia, product liability cases must be filed within two years from the date of injury—or in cases of fatality, surviving family members must file within one year of the date of death.

The legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP will help you receive the compensation you deserve from any responsible parties. You have a right to recompense for any damages, including medical bills.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

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