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Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Plaintiffs File VW Class Action Lawsuit

On December 1, 2015, a Pennsylvania couple filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Representative plaintiffs Ed and Jody Hendricks, who are citizens of Chester County, filed on behalf of all other VW diesel vehicle owners […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Fiat Chrysler Announces New Recall Involving Air Bags

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently announced that they were recalling almost 900,000 vehicles worldwide because of potential air bag defects. This is a new recall and is not part of any previous recalls involving air bag problems. What may come as […]

Eric T. Chaffin

VW Offers GoodWill Package Senators Call “Insultingly Inadequate”

On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified automaker Volkswagen that it had violated the Clean Air Act, alleging that four-cylinder VWs and Audi diesel vehicles from model years 2009-2015 contained software that enabled the vehicle to “cheat” […]

Eric T. Chaffin

NHTSA Imposes Record-Breaking Fine on Takata & Requires Safety Improvements

In a press release issued on November 3, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that it had issued two orders imposing “the largest civil penalty in NHTSA’s history for Takata’s violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.” […]

Eric T. Chaffin

NHTSA May Order Other Air Bag Manufacturers to Help Supply Recall Repairs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been after Takata to expand its air bag recalls for over a year. The company resisted until this past June, when they agreed to increase its recalls to incorporate vehicles in every […]

Eric T. Chaffin

New Air Bag Explosion Spurs Renewed Concerns About Limited Recalls

In June 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that it was looking into another crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag. This time, the air bag that exploded was in a 2015 Volkswagen (VW) Tiguan—a newer model of […]

Eric T. Chaffin

U.S. Senators Urge Takata to Recall All Air Bags

Takata air bags have been linked with at least eight deaths and over 100 injuries, yet the company has been slow to recall vehicles to make repairs. They limited their recalls to regional areas that were associated with high temperatures […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Takata to Test Air Bags; Hopes to Put to Rest Concerns Over Ammonium Nitrate

In June 2015, Takata made an official apology for their defective air bags, and announced they were expanding their recalls to include all 50 states. These are air bags that have been linked to at least eight deaths and over […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Are Takata Replacement Air Bags Any Safer Than the Originals?

In a public statement at a news conference in June 2015, Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada finally apologized for the defective air bags that have caused at least 8 deaths and over 100 injuries. The company has also finally agreed to […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Takata Plans Advertising Campaign to Encourage Air Bag Repairs

After a year of criticism and pressure from government agencies and Congress, Takata finally apologized for its air bag defects in June 2015. For nearly a year, the company continued to assure customers that their air bags were safe, despite […]