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$40 Million Lawsuit Alleges Employer Covered-Up Asbestos in Apartments

Amy Barenboim1 month ago

 

Employees allege in a $40 million lawsuit that the managers of a Southwest Portland Apartment Complex endangered them by exposing them to asbestos even though constructions crews had warned about the presence of asbestos.

Details of the $40 Million Asbestos Lawsuit

According to reports, two former employees of Tandem Property Management filed a lawsuit Monday. They claim they were fired by the company in retaliation for knowing about the cover-up of the presence of asbestos at the Commons at Sylvan Highland Apartments.

Thomas Clarey, the President of the company, did not immediately return messages for comment.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs said he does not believe the residents of 1380 S.W. 66th Ave have been notified about the asbestos.

The lawsuit claims that while crews were remodeling five vacant apartment in May, they discovered what appeared to be asbestos. The lawsuit continues to allege that the company’s president was furious. He visited the site, “yelling that there was no asbestos and that they all needed to get back to work,” the suit says.

Three of the workers were removed from the job and within a few days were fired because management thought “they were ‘loose cannons’ that might call the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about the potential asbestos,” the suit says.

According to the suit, in June management directed a new crew to carry debris through the building’s halls and down its elevator. This crew also discovered an indication of asbestos. Someone on the crew tested a sample, which tested positive for the dangerous fibers.

The crew notified management, but the next day, management told two employees to remove the asbestos-laden sheetrock without proper protective gear or training, the suit claims.

Michael Fuller, a Portland attorney who filed the lawsuit, represents Khataun Thompson, an apartment groundskeeper who was asked to work on one of the renovation teams. The suit alleges that Thompson was removed from the project and subsequently fired in July because he knew about the asbestos, and because he is black.

The suits says that Thompson filed an OSHA complaint about the asbestos. An OSHA spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for more information.

Fuller also is representing Thompson’s fiancee, Alyssa DeWeese, a leasing agent who contends she was fired in July as retaliation after she found out about the asbestos.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos has known carcinogen for a long time, and is believed to be so dangerous that even brief exposures can develop into life-threatening diseases decades later. Public pressure has mounted in recent years to tighten controls, and government regulations outline specific procedures for properly removing asbestos, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

Government officials take the proper handling of asbestos so seriously that in recent years, at least two Oregon businessmen have been convicted of crimes for their mishandling of asbestos removal projects.

In 2012, developer Daniel Desler was convicted for negligently releasing asbestos into the air as he tried to redevelop an old sawmill in Sweet Home into a housing development.

In 2015, real estate agent Bill Gaffney was convicted of recklessly endangering others after hiring untrained day laborers to remove asbestos-laden materials from a Southeast house he was remodeling.

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If you or a loved one were injured on the job, contact Thomas J. Henry. Workplace accident victims deserve quality, dynamic representation from attorneys with the experience and legal resources to properly develop their case. Oftentimes, workplace injuries are severe and debilitating and put individuals out of work for an extended period of time.

Our work accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case and make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire legal process. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

Jacksonville Shooting Survivor Killed In South Texas Crash

Alyssa Norwillo1 month ago

A car crash that occurred in South Texas on Sunday killed a 25-year-old Robstown man, who was a survivor of a mass shooting that occurred during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida last month.

Details of the South Texas Accident

According to Sgt. Nathan Brandley, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ryen Aleman died in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday.

Aleman was driving west on Highway 44 and lost control of his 2008 Nissan Altima near the Violet Road exit, at about 3:45 a.m., roughly three miles west of Corpus Christi.

“For unknown reasons the driver veered off the right of side of the roadway and overturned multiple times, striking the railroad tracks,” Brandley said. “The driver was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected upon impact onto the railroad tracks.”

Aleman died at the scene. DPS Troopers will begin an investigation for the crash, said Brandley.

Grieving friends and family of Aleman have been posting heartfelt messages and condolences on Facebook. Some friends commented on a photo he posted the night before that read “RIP” and “I can’t believe (you’re) gone.”

Monica Rivera, Aleman’s mother, has started a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

She writes on the page, “He was a survivor of the Jacksonville shooting at the Madden tournament and we were beyond blessed that he was okay and still here with us, but not even a month later, our Lord decided to call him home. He was loved by his family and his friends, the happiest, funny, and most easy person to get along with … We are hoping to raise money to give him a proper burial that he deserves.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

KUSI Reporter David Davis Dies In Texas Crash

Alyssa Norwillo1 month ago

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

David Davis, a former KUSI anchor and reporter who had just recently retired from the television station, was killed in a car crash in Texas.

About the Fatal Texas Crash

According to FOX 5 San Diego, David Davis was on a cross-country road trip when he was killed in a traffic accident near Dallas, according to a report released by KUSI on Wednesday night. The time of the occurrence is unclear.

Davis joined the KUSI team in January of 2003. He has anchored in four states and won several awards for his work, including coverage of the Jeffrey Dahmer capture and week long 9/11 reports from New York, said KUSI.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he earned his degree in communications. According to KUSI, he was married and had two children.

KUSI released a statement about Davis’s passing, saying the following: “We pass along our condolences to the Davis family and all those he touched here in San Diego.”

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

 

Doctors Call for Ban on Infant Walkers

Amy Barenboim1 month ago

More than five babies per day are injured in infant walkers, according to a new study. Although this number has dropped a significant amount over the past three decades, researchers still say the number is far too high.

About the Infant Walker Injury Study

According to estimates based on data from the national Electronic Injury Surveillance System, there were 230,676 infant walker-related injuries between 1990 and 2014 that impacted children younger than 15 months.

However, there may be more infant-walker related injuries than recorded because the study only included injuries that were treated in hospital, said study coauthor Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“Baby walkers give quick mobility – up to four feet per second – to young children before they are developmentally ready,” Smith said in an email. “Baby walkers remain a serious and preventable source of injury to young children and should not be used. There are safer alternatives, such as stationary activity centers that spin, rock and bounce, but do not have wheels, and good old-fashioned belly time, where a child is placed on their belly on the floor and allowed to learn to gradually push themselves up, then crawl and eventually walk.”

According to the study published in Pediatrics, most injuries occurred while a child in a walker fell down stairs, injuring their head or neck.

Are Infant Walkers Safe?

Probably due to voluntary safety standards by manufacturers, the amount of injuries declined by 84.5% between 1990 and 2014. During the same period, injuries related to falling down stairs decreased by 91 percent. The number of walker-related injuries decreased again by 22.7 percent in 2010 when a mandatory federal safety standard was established.

However, 2,000 children were still injured in 2014.

The question is, why do parents still buy infant walkers?

“Many parents believe baby walkers offer their children entertainment, promote walking and providing a baby with an activity while the parents are busy doing something else,” Smith said. “Baby walkers do not promote walking skills. In fact, other studies have demonstrated that baby walkers can transiently delay mental and motor development.”

Ultimately, Smith said, “baby walkers provide no substantial benefit to children and pose significant injury risk. Because of the lack of benefits and the serious injuries that can result from the use of baby walkers, we support the American Academy of Pediatrics’ call for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and importation of baby walkers.”

Dr. Leticia Manning Ryan would also like to see a ban infant walkers.

“Although there have been efforts to reduce injuries, which have been successful in reducing some, we’re still seeing them,” said Ryan, who directs research in pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University. “Given that the product offers no benefit and there are safer alternatives, I support the recommendation to ban the manufacture and sale of baby walkers.”

Children can zip around in these walkers, Ryan said. “Parents might not realize that until the moment they are trying to prevent a child from reaching the stairs or something else unsafe,” she said. “We actually still do see these injuries in pediatric emergency. The injuries can be quite serious. You sometimes see skull fractures.”

In fact, Smith said, “a previous study we conducted on baby walker-related injuries treated in the emergency department of Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that about one out of every ten injuries was a skull fracture. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there were eight child deaths associated with baby walkers from 2004 to 2008.”

Has Your Child Been Injured by an Infant Walker?

If your child was injured by a defective or unsafe toy, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys have represented children across the country who have been injured by toys that are dangerous and unfit to be around children. Parents should not have to fear for their child’s well-being and safety when playing with a toy. Manufacturers are tasked with providing safe toys and clear instructions.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today if your child was hurt by an unsafe toy — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.

5 Safety Tips For Driving On Wet Roads

Alyssa Norwillo1 month ago

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered some essential safety tips for the colder seasons, when weather conditions can make roads more dangerous for drivers.

Safety Tips for Hazardous Road Conditions

  • Reduce your speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, and thus may not be safe for winter road conditions.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance when snow or ice may be present.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and always make sure to stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas, as they tend to freeze first.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten your vehicle.

Weather-Related Crash Statistics

According to the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

  • 1,258,978 crashes occurred due to adverse weather and/or slick pavement conditions over a 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, resulting in 445,303 injured people and 5,897 fatalities.
  • These annual averages account for approximately 22% of vehicle crashes over the same 10-year period.
  • The vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall, with
    • 73% on wet pavement
    • 46% during rainfall

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

 

New Mexico Bus Crash Death Toll Reaches 9

Alyssa Norwillo1 month ago

The ninth person to die in a western New Mexico bus crash was identified as an infant, who was receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit, says a hospital spokeswoman.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The spokeswoman for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Alex Sanchez, was not able to provide any additional details on Monday, and the patient’s name has not yet been released.

According to reports, who reportedly spoke to the child’s parents, Christy Westerdale and Joseph Chandler, the infant has been identified as Jordyn Rose. They said that Westerdale went into labor after the bus crash, which happened on August 30th.

UNMHSC posted recently on their Twitter page, saying that three more patients still remain hospitalized following the collision of a tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 near Thoreau.

According to the police, an eastbound tractor-trailer owned by JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, crossed into oncoming lanes after a tire failure on August 30th. The greyhound bus was traveling from Albuquerque to Phoenix, with intentions to continue on to Los Angeles, while the truck was carrying produce from Marina, California to Memphis, Tennessee. It took place 100 miles west of Albuquerque.

Police have reported that the driver of the truck was 35-year-old man. The man hasn’t been identified because he is not facing charges, says the New Mexico State Police.

A spokesman for the State Police didn’t respond to an email regarding potential updates to the investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.

Chronic Pain Could Be a Risk Factor for Suicide

Amy Barenboim1 month ago

Nearly one in 10 people who commit suicide in the U.S. lived with chronic pain, says a new study.

Link Established Between Chronic Pain and Suicide

According to Reuters, the study cannot prove that chronic pain contributed to people’s decision to commit suicide, although it suggests that chronic pain is a risk factor suicide.

The lead author, Dr. Emiko Petrosky, a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said “we did see that mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety were more common among those with chronic pain.”

“Health care providers caring for patients with chronic pain should be aware of the risk for suicide,” Petrosky told Reuters Health. “Chronic pain is a huge public health problem. It’s essential that we improve chronic pain management through integrated patient centered management that includes mental health care in addition to medications for these patients.”

Estimations show that about 25 million adults in the U.S. experience some level of pain every day, while about 10.5 million experience severe pain every day.

Methodology for the Chronic Pain Study

The study collected data from the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System from 18 states between 2003 and 2014. The study included 123,181 suicides, out of which 10,789 showed some indication of chronic pain.

However, the proportion of suicides committed by people with chronic pain increased from 7.4 percent in 2003, to 10.2 percent in 2014. This being said, the research team pointed out that the number of people with chronic pain also increased during that time.

A large portion of those who experience chronic pain, and committed suicide had back pain, cancer pain, and arthritis.

Those who suffered from chronic pain were three times as likely to have tested positive for opioids when they died. However, only 16.2 percent of those with chronic pain who committed suicide overdosed, while more than half used a firearm.

Medication May Contribute to Chronic Pain and Suicide Link

Dr. Paul Nestadt of the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore says that this is an important statistic. “Opioids are depressants and they increase the risk of depression,” said Nestadt, who is not affiliated with the new research. “Depression is one of the highest risk factors for completing suicide.”

The study does not indicate, says Dr. Michael L. Barnett, a health policy and management researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a primary care physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, anything about chronic pain management in this country.

Though “there aren’t any medications that seem to be effective for treating chronic pain. Both opioids and NSAIDs are pretty effective in treating acute pain, but not chronic pain. While people often want a pill that will fix things, comprehensive pain management is proven to be pretty effective.”

Dr. Ajay D. Wasan, vice president for scientific affairs at the American Academy of Pain Medicine and a professor of anesthesia and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said the problem with this type of study is you don’t know what other risk factors people had.

“Chronic pain is certainly an important risk factor, but we don’t know how important it is compared to other risk factors,” said Wasan, who was not affiliated with the new research. “Also, since chronic pain is not really coded well at the time of a suicide, this is probably an underestimate of the proportion of people who had chronic pain. We do know that chronic pain can be a deadly disease.”

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Texas Teenager Dead After Crash In New Mexico

Alyssa Norwillo1 month ago

A black car and white car damaged in a crash

A Texas teenager had died after a head-on collision in New Mexico, authorities say.

About the New Mexico Crash

New Mexico State Police identified the victim’s body on Monday as 19-year-old Fabian Mendoza of Denver City.

According to the KWTX, Mendoza was driving on U.S. 62/180 on Saturday, when he crossed into another lane of traffic, crashing head-on with a pickup truck southeast of Hobbs.

Mendoza was rushed to a Lea County hospital, and he later died of his injuries from the crash.

State Police have also released that there was a passenger in Mendoza’s car at the time of the crash, who suffered serious injuries, and the driver of the pickup truck was also brought in for medical treatment.

Authorities have said that the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

Highway Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 37,150 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017 (down about 0.8 percent from 2016)
  • This decrease is the first decline in traffic fatalities since significant increases were recorded in 2015 and 2016
  • Vehicle miles travelled is projected to have increased about 1.2 percent
  • The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles travelled is projected to be 1.17 (down from 1.18 in 2016)

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

Three Dead in Crash on Florida Turnpike

Amy Barenboim1 month ago

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

Early Tuesday, three people were killed in a crash involving three vehicles on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County.

Details of the Fatal Florida Turnpike Accident

The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike near Kenansville, about 30 miles south of Kissimmee, and was reported at 12:40 am. The Southbound lanes were shut down at U.S. Highway 192, where drivers were forced to exit, and were reopened at 11:30 am.

The driver, 57 year-old Lori McMillan, was driving at 5 mph in a 2003 Mitsubishi due to a flat tire. 30 year-old Sergio Caceres Bacas, was driving a Ford Explorer at around the same speed directly behind the Mitsubishi, according to State Troopers.

31 year-old Alexander Molina of Nebraska, driving a FedEx big rig with double trailer at normal speed, approached the SUVs. Not realizing the vehicles were driving so slowly, the semi struck the rear of the Ford Explorer and then the back of Mitsubishi before jackknifing.

A 55 year-old man and woman, and a 53 year-old woman in the Ford Explorer were not wearing seatbelts, and were ejected from the vehicle and died.

Troopers said a 55-year-old woman and a man who were not wearing seat belts were ejected from the Ford Explorer and died. A 53-year-old woman in the Ford Explorer who was also not wearing a seat belt died in the crash, a report said.

Caceres Bacas was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. He had a seat belt on at the time of the crash.

McMillian and Molina suffered minor injuries.

Traffic was backed up on U.S. 192, where another crash happened while traffic was being rerouted, officials said.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,485 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2016, marking a 5.6-percent increase from 2015.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2016:
    • 22,639 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,495 were pedestrians
    • 5,029 were motorcyclists
    • 829 were pedalcyclists
    • 665 were occupants of large trucks
    • 235 were listed as other or unknown
  • Injury estimates for the year have not yet been made available.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

 

 

5 Biggest Car Recalls from August

Amy Barenboim1 month ago

August was a busy month for auto recalls with more than 250,000 individual vehicles being called back for defects. Below are the five largest auto recalls from August.

Top Five Auto Recalls Issued in August

  1. 154,000 Dodge and Jeep Vehicles

August saw only 11 new car recalls, and only 6 included a number of vehicles over 4 figures. Fiat Chrysler had the largest recall of August, involving more vehicles than any of the other recalls combined. Dodge Grand Caravans and Journeys, Jeep Compasses and Cherokees had insufficient coating on the rear brake caliper pistons. This could lead to air pockets and less effective rear brakes.

  1. 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Fusion Energi, C-Maz Energi

Ford recalled about 49,000 Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi electric cars. Each vehicle was equipped with 120-volt convenience charge cords that, unfortunately, catch fire when used with an AC outlet that is not a dedicated circuit, or is corroded, or damaged. You should bring in your Ford for new charge cords, which includes a thermistor that identifies overheating.

  1. 12,800 Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram Vehicles

An issue concerning the powertrain control module affected almost 167,000 FCA vehicles. A chip in the module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall, or not start. You can bring your vehicle in to a dealer and they will replace the powertrain for free.

  1. 2018 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, GLS-Class

About GLE and GLS-Class SUVs from Mercedes were recalled in August. These Mercedes vehicles are affected by a very similar to the FCA vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons weren’t correctly coated, which again causes gas to be released temporarily into the rear brake hydraulic circuit, reducing braking abilities. And as with FCA, Mercedes dealers will bleed the rear brakes for free.

  1. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2017-18 Passat

About 84,000 Volkswagen vehicles also had brakes issues with the brake caliper mounting bolts. The work for dealers, however, is a lot more complicated here for this issue.  The fix includes everything from inspecting the brake-caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torqueing the bolts to checking calipers, fasteners and bleeder valve components to inspecting the parking brake cable for Passats specifically.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

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