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Honda’s broken promises pile up as car owners line up to fix defective airbags

With Takata bankruptcy increasingly likely, bankruptcy rules favor early defective airbag lawsuit filers Faced with the largest product recall in U.S. history thanks to Takata’s dangerous and defective airbag inflators, Honda and other automakers are finding it hard to live up to earlier promises to car owners. The NBCNewYork.com article below confirms a phenomenon playing out

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Did Honda quietly request airbag design changes years before Takata airbag scandal was exposed?

As the Takata airbag scandal broadens to include more than 69 million U.S. vehicles linked to at least 10 fatalities, new reports confirm that Honda officials quietly requested a design change years before the defects were publicized but did not notify U.S. regulators about the safety dangers. According to Reuters, Honda’s actions show that the

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Crash of Google Self-Driving Car Underscores Need for Laws to Catch Up With Technology

The rapid advance of self-driving or autonomous cars reached an important milestone last month. For the first time, Google officials have publicly acknowledged that one of its autonomous vehicles was at least partly to blame for causing a wreck. The incident between a Google self-driving Lexus RX450h and a municipal bus illustrates how our state

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Houston Teen Driver’s Takata Airbag Death Exposes Public Safety Epidemic

The massive recall of 28 million defective Takata airbags has taken on new urgency with the tragic death of 17-year-old Huma Hanif last week. Hanif bled to death when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic deployed improperly sending shrapnel into her neck following a minor rear-end collision on a suburban Houston road. In an

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David Romagosa Named as 2017 Texas Rising Star

Farrar & Ball congratulates attorney David Romagosa for his repeat selection to the Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in Texas. This is the eighth consecutive year Mr. Romagosa has been named to the list, the first being 2010. Texas Rising Stars honors those attorneys under 40 years old, or who have been practicing

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Recent Improvements to Auto, Tire Defect Recall System Don’t Go Far Enough

The recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides incremental improvements in the way U.S. motorists are notified about vehicle and tire safety defects, but the legislation stops far short of the kind of fixes necessary to adequately inform consumers of the dangers they face on the road. Thanks to tire industry lobby, the

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Former NHTSA Safety Expert calls Takata airbag response “deplorable behavior”

Disturbing reports continue to surface regarding defective Takata airbags found in more than 20 million U.S. autos and blamed for at least 10 traffic deaths. Some of the latest developments include disclosures that Takata’s own engineers altered data discarded evidence of safety problems as much as 16 years before the safety concerns and injury reports

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Houston Attorney Named to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in 3M Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket Lawsuits

Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball helping lead more than 100 federal MDL cases nationwide MINNEAPOLIS – After leading the way in lawsuits against 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) over serious infections linked to the company’s Bair Hugger surgical blanket, Houston attorney Kyle Farrar of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP has been named to the Plaintiffs’

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Sanctions upheld against Goodyear Tire for hiding evidence, misleading courts about fatal G159 flaw

Thanks to the Arizona Republic for its recent article exposing for a wide audience Goodyear Tire’s shameful record in failing to alert the public regarding dangerous defects in its G159 tire. The piece by reporter Dennis Wagner details the lengths to which Goodyear went to block information about its defective tires from public view, actions

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GM to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges for flawed ignition switch deaths, injuries

As injuries and fatalities continue to rise in connection with defective ignition switches in millions of GM cars and trucks, General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its poor response and botched handling of the grave product safety issue. At least 124 people have died and many more

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