Vermont Collapsed Seat Back Case Renders $43.2M Auto Products Liability Verdict

Our auto defects lawyers at The Gilbert Law Group are proud and honored to announce that a jury in Burlington, Vermont awarded a $43.2 million collapsed seatback verdict to our client Dzmelia Heco against Johnsons Control Inc. on June 30, 2013. This is a record verdict. The previous record was $8 million. Johnsons Control manufactured [...]

NHTSA Recalled Over 17.8 Million Motor Vehicles, Auto Equipment, and Car Seats in ‘12

According to the NHTSA, in 2012 the government issued over 650 safety recalls involving more than 17.8 million motor vehicles, child safety seats, and auto equipment. The auto regulatory agency was instrumental in affecting the recall of over 9 million of the autos and 60,000 vehicle equipment products, including tires. Other recalls occurred because of [...]


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More than 19 Million Autos Recalled in 2010 in About 600 Campaigns

According to The Detroit News, manufacturers called back over 19 million vehicles in 600 recall campaigns in 2010—the busiest year for post-production fixes since 2004 when 600 campaigns recalled 30.8 million autos. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which will release its final numbers for the year next month, reported that as of October 25 [...]

Mazda, General Motors, and Honda Recall Vehicles Over Power Steering, Seat Belt, and Ignition Issues

More auto safety issues have prompted the recall of more vehicles by some of the largest manufacturers. Our auto products liability law firm wants to remind you that auto defects that cause serious injuries or wrongful death maybe grounds for a personal injury case or a wrongful death complaint against a negligent automaker. General Motors [...]

Hyundai Ordered to Pay $1.8 Million Auto Products Liability Verdict for Teenager’s Wrongful Death Caused by Poorly Designed Car Seat

A jury has awarded the family of Sarah Goodner a $1.8 million auto products liability verdict for her wrongful death. The 19-year-old sustained fatal injuries during a rollover car accident involving a Hyundai Tucson in July 2007. Sarah and her sister Rebekah, then 16, were taking turns driving from San Angelo to Dallas Texas when [...]

Toyota and Ford Top Are Automakers with Most Vehicles Recalled in 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that car manufacturers recalled 16.4 million vehicles last year. While there were less recall campaigns overall—492 recall campaigns in 2009 compared to 684 campaigns in 2008, automakers recalled 6 million more autos last year. Toyota led the car manufacturer list with most vehicles recalled. The car manufacturer’s reputation [...]

Ford Motor Co. and Woman Paralyzed in SUV Accident Involving Rear Seat Latch Failure Reach Auto Products Liability Settlement

Ford Motor Co. and a woman who was paralyzed in a 2005 SUV accident involving a defective rear seat latch have reached a confidential auto products liability settlement. The agreement came just after a civil jury awarded Lynn Wheeler $16,444,761 in compensatory damages against Ford and as jury members were getting ready to impose punitive [...]