A recent article I wrote about a case in which a major insurance company settled a lawsuit brought against it due to a Mazda lawsuit was in response to a story I did on Honda recalls. According to the article, this is only the third major insurance company to settle a lawsuit brought against it in regards to auto recalls. However, this particular company buckled down and paid the plaintiff’s claim in full, without admitting liability or defending itself against the charges. This case highlights the importance of automotive recall awareness for all car owners. Here are some other examples of recalls that have occurred recently:

Mazda Lawsuit

In July of last year, a Mazda lawsuit resulted in a $700,000 settlement between a former dealership and a customer who was injured when he drove his car into a dealership repair shop. The lawsuit claims that the dealership did not properly maintain navigation software, which meant that drivers frequently lost navigation information and had to input new information from scratch. The plaintiffs in the case are a Bay Area married couple who bought a used 2021 Mazda CX-5 for their families. The lawsuit claims that Mazda CX-5 fails to meet fundamental safety standards, which result in constant and recurring accidents that injure or kill innocent people. They further contend that they received numerous calls from friends and family regarding the problems with the vehicles, which they then used to drive to work, to the point where they were stopped and questioned by police.

In June of last year, a class action lawsuit was filed against Honda after it was discovered that certain Honda models had defective airbags.

According to the complaint, the airbags failed to deploy in an emergency situation, causing passengers to be injured and critically injured. The class-action lawsuit claims that drivers suffered serious injuries including broken bones and concussions, as well as permanent vision damage. Additionally, the suit claims that the Honda vehicles were sold with Defective Airbag Liability, which means that the manufacturer knew about the defects, but did not take steps to correct them prior to selling the vehicles. The class action lawsuit is seeking compensation for those who were injured, as well as their families.

Another type of Nissan vehicle involved in a lawsuit is the dashboard camera found in the newer Nissan Progen vehicle.

According to the complaint, a Nissan Progen dashboard camera failed to appropriately detect a car crash, which allowed the car’s visibility to be severely reduced during the accident. Furthermore, the glare from the dashboard camera was an unaccepted safety hazard, causing the plaintiff to suffer permanent eye damage, and resulting in a permanently damaged eye. The complaint further states that Nissan failed to warn drivers of the potential danger presented by using the dashboard camera without the appropriate safety warnings.

Additionally, the dashboards in both vehicles were found to be defective, causing the vehicles to pose a real danger to the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

This class-action lawsuit claims that Nissan violated federal regulations designed to protect consumers from dangerous dashboard conditions. Specifically, the regulations require manufacturers to “warn” consumers of “potentially significant visual impairment” if the dashboard has a dimpled or pitted surface, “a dimpled or pitted surface where a driver’s hand may become lodged,” or “a bulge in the dashboard where a driver’s hand may become trapped.” Failure to comply with these regulations can result in serious injury or even death.

The above-mentioned complaints are just two of the many complaints filed against Nissan and other automotive manufacturers in relation to the defective dashboards and interior panels in their vehicles.

While it can be challenging for someone who lacks knowledge of the automotive industry to understand how cars work, these lawsuits provide a clear example of how defective products can cause serious harm. In addition to having caused permanent injuries to plaintiffs and their family members, Nissan has been ordered to pay more than $6.5 million in judgments, settlements, and medical expenses. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a defective product, it is important that you contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.

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