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Vehicle Safety Recall: Volkswagen Recalls 80,000 Audi Vehicles From 2015-2017

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Vehicle Safety Recall: Volkswagen Recalls 80,000 Audi Models

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall on Monday of the Audi Q7 crossover due to a problem with the vehicle’s exterior lighting system. Volkswagen is recalling nearly 80,000 Audi vehicles from the 2015-2017 model years.

The software glitch in question affects the cars’ side marker lights; the lights may be rendered inoperative when a car’s parking light or headlights are illuminated. As such, vehicles may become harder to see, increasing the possibility of a crash.

The recall affects the following models:

  • 2016 Audi A3 cabriolet
  • 2016 Audi A3 e-tron
  • 2016 Audi A3 sedan
  • 2017 Audi A4 sedan
  • 2015-2017 Audi Q3
  • 2017 Audi Q7
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT coupe
  • 2016 Audi TT roadster

Audi owners will receive recall notices via USPS, advising them to take their cars to dealerships for service; the dealerships will update the affected software at no charge.

An additional recall was announced today for the 2017 Audi Q7s; an improperly manufactured lower transverse pipe may weaken the seat structure, increasing the risk of injury to passengers during collisions. This is the second recall of the 2017 Q7 in the past three months. The recalled part is manufactured by AMVIAN Automotive and affects more than 19,200 Q7 SUVs. The defect may cause the third-row seatbacks to move forward under any kind of load, especially in a frontal collision. Even a minor impact could cause an occupant to be jerked and thrown around, leading to possible injuries.

The repair involves the installation of a support bracket to secure the third-row seat. Audi will mail recall notices to owners in October, asking them to take their Q7s to dealerships for service, which will be carried out free of charge.

The recall includes 2017 Audi Q7 vehicles built between August 30, 2015 and July 10, 2016.

If you own any of the above mentioned vehicles and have further questions, you’re encouraged to contact Audi’s customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Information is also available via NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Products Liability Still Under Attack: The Latest Effort to Change Florida’s Jury Instructions

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Products Liability Still Under Attack: The Latest Effort to Change Florida’s Jury Instructions The Florida Supreme Court adopted the doctrine of strict products liability in its 1976 decision in West v. Caterpillar, declaring: “The cost of injuries or damages, either to persons or property, resulting from defective products, should be borne by the makers of […]

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Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts: Is There Change Afoot?

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The 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) was intended to govern disputes among businesses. Today, however, it is invoked more often in consumer/business disputes. Arbitration clauses, which require contractual disputes to be handled by private arbiters rather than courts and juries, are now buried in form contracts for consumer products and services as diverse as credit cards, nursing home care, employment contracts, and web site purchases.

Often, these contracts bar consumers from collective action or class action suits. Under a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the FAA applies to such consumer/business contracts; affected consumers must take their claims to the arbitration forum, not the courts. So, too, the FAA preempts state laws granting consumers private rights to act individually or as classes in the courts.

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New Takata Study Undermines Manufacturers’ Blame the Consumer Defense

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“The findings in this analysis conducted for The Safety Institute are disturbing, said Richard Newsome of Newsome Melton law firm. “For months now, all we have been hearing is how it’s the consumers responsibility to not drive cars that have been recalled, yet here we see evidence that car owners couldn’t get their recalled vehicles fixed […]

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Self-Driving Cars and the Danger of Federal Preemption

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There are many good reasons to be optimistic about the rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology.  Self-driving cars have the potential to reduce crashes and save lives by taking human error out of the driving equation.  And it appears as though the transition to self-driving vehicles may occur sooner rather than later.  As we wrote […]

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Autonomous Commercial Trucks Are Currently in Beta Testing: Update for Consumer Advocates & Attorneys

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Last week was the 2016 Autonomous Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco where a host of companies attended and gave presentations about their newly developing autonomous vehicle or self-driving technology. One of the companies that presented at the Symposium was a trucking company called Peloton. Peloton makes technology that connects semi-trucks together while driving on the […]

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Tire Season PSA Series: Tire Safety Danger

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Every summer, our law firm sees an increase in the number of consumers seriously hurt and killed as a result of tire failures.  There are a few basic reasons for this “summer” trend.  Significantly, the single largest component in modern steel-belted radial tires is natural rubber, which can degrade when exposed to heat, humidity and […]

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NEW PSA SERIES: Your Car May Be Unsafe- How to Protect Yourself & Family

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Silent Killers, a new public service announcement (PSA) series designed to inform and educate the public about a spike in recent car safety issues will launch Monday on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. The PSAs address topics ranging from defective airbags to exploding tire risks in high heat. Created by ConsumerWatch.com, the web series […]

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