Japanese supplier Takata Corporation made the front passenger airbags. Due to the defect in inflator mechanism, the air bags are not routed with gas. This is a serious safety defect because the high pressure gas can explode plastic and metal parts from the airbag itself which can seriously injure occupants of the vehicle instead of protecting them. Because, Takata Corporation sold defective air bag products to General Motors and BMW, small number of vehicles made by BMW and General Motors Co. are also affected.
3.3 million Vehicles from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are on the process of a recall due to this air bag defect. The recall includes about 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 20,000 Mazdas worldwide, of which, almost 1.4 million vehicles are in the United States.
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As long as machines fail and human beings make mistakes, there will be vehicle accidents. This has been true since the very first automobile was built by Mercedes-Benz. But since there are always going to be accidents, why can’t vehicles be safer?
At the TRACY firm, trial lawyer E. Todd Tracy advocates for safer vehicles that result in fewer fatalities and less serious bodily injuries following an accident. To deliver this vision, his firm sues vehicle, component part, and child seat manufacturers when they fail to protect innocent victims of vehicle accidents by not making their products safer.
“Sometimes in accidents airbags don't fire, seats collapse, doors open, restrained occupants are ejected, roofs collapse, and fuel tanks are punctured,” Tracy says. “And those are just a few examples of safety systems that have failed to provide optimum safety in an accident.”
Battling the vehicle industry requires a law firm with a successful track record, unlimited resources, and the ability to see a case through to the finish. Over the past 20-plus years, The TRACY Firm has handled more than 2,300 cases against every major vehicle manufacturer; the firm has also tried 119 vehicle crashworthiness cases, where the ability of a vehicle to protect its occupants during an accident is called into question.
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“For too long, the vehicle industry has put profits before consumer safety. Vehicle defect lawyers like me force the vehicle manufacturers to put consumer safety first. You put you and your family’s safety first, why shouldn’t the vehicle industry?” asks Dallas trial lawyer E. Todd Tracy, whose focus on handling vehicle crashworthiness cases around the country has brought him national acclaim and recognition.
Vehicle crashworthiness is the science of preventing or minimizing serious injuries or death following an accident through the use of the vehicle’s safety systems. There are five vehicle crashworthiness safety principles that every production vehicle must accomplish in the event of an accident: (1) maintain survival space; (2) provide proper restraint throughout the entire accident; (3) prevent ejection; (4) distribute and channel energy away from the occupants; and (5) prevent fire following the accident. These safety principles were initially developed in the 1950s to protect American soldiers who had crashed in fixed-wing planes. These safety principles were then adopted by the aeronautics and racing industries and, in the late 1960s, were finally implemented into production vehicles.
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However, to date, the root of the problem has never really been understood or even explored. I believe the defect is latent and hidden and quite simply involves software coding issues and processor heat buildup. It has been suggested that the software programming in automotive systems is a mess of basic, over-coded if then statements. This results in hugely burdensome and inefficient line code programming that contains millions of lines. Quite simply, if you try to choke that much code through a processor, it will heat up or freeze up and cause failures. Anyone who has ever owned a PC knows how computer glitches just happen sometimes.
The latent, hidden runaway vehicle defect involves computer software code that is poorly written and antiquated, fed through chips that quite simply cannot handle it. Technically, the term is called large scale integration or LSI. Most modern vehicles have these circuits and they are fraught with problems. Some of the more common problems are thermorunaway caused when an ambient temperature has reached a higher level than it is capable of handling or degradation due to operation speed maximums on the processor itself.
The vehicle industry has steadfastly refused access to its computer code citing mainly proprietary reasons. Until unlimited access is granted to the software code so that it can be better understood, independently tested and analyzed, vehicles will continue to runaway out of control. The NHTSA needs to step up and govern before this epidemic kills or injures thousands and exposes millions of people to catastrophic harm. Vehicle computer code is a disease that needs to be cured.
If you have safety concerns about unintended vehicle acceleration, then contact us or visit our blog for more information.
|Wednesday September 5, 2012|: The TRACY firm filed 3 complaints with the NHTSA regarding vehicle defects with model year 2002 to 2009 GMC Envoy.
If you have had problems with the 2002-2009 GMC Envoy, complain to the NHTSAF or Contact Us. For more informaion and latest updates on this news, visit our Official Blog or View(PDF).
|Wednesday June 6, 2012|: Attorney Todd Tracy gave presentation to TTLA (Texas Trial Lawyer's Association). Topic: "Forgotton Child".
Attorney E. Todd Tracy of the Tracy Firm in Dallas, TX gave a presentation on June 6, 2012 to the TTLA (Texas Trial Lawyer's Association). The topic of the presentation was the "Forgotton Child". The Forgotton Child is a group of children categorized by their height and weight allowing for a multitude of poorly fitting seat belts. Thousands of children each year are seriously injured or killed by this kind of defective seatbelts that are mis-fit to children.
More informaion to follow on it.
Attorney E. Todd Tracy at the Tracy Firm in Dallas, TX spoke at El Paso Trial Lawyers Association seminar on how to identify vehicle crashworthiness and automotive product liability cases in an accident that may cause serious injury or even a death of the automotive driver as well as the passenger.
Attorney E. Todd Tracy at the Tracy Firm in Dallas, TX spoke at the 2012 TAARS (Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists) seminar on how Accident Reconstructionist should identify vehicle crashworthiness or automotive product liability cases.
Attorney Todd Tracy is the primary sponsor for 2012 Relay For Life of Southlake TX May 11, 2012 7:00pm - May 12, 2012 from 7:00am to 07:00PM at Carroll High School.
Mr Tracy was a faculty advisor at TTLA (Texas Trial Lawyers Association) Trial Advocates College.
16 Year old Nance's seat belt defect caused her serious injury. Attorney Todd Tracy of the Tracy Law Firm said, "injury numbers on the female are substantially higher then they are on a male because of the slack on the belt and, because of the way the seat belt fits you". He furthermore applauded NHTSA for finally getting to female crash test dummies. Nance who was the victim of car crash due to seat belt defect was surprised to see the commercials on TV that labeled cars for the highest in safety.
Product Liability: Nationwide Vehicle Safety Defect Attorney
The TRACY Firm focuses its nationwide law practice on vehicle safety issues. With a vast amount of resources across the US, we protect the general public by insuring car accident safety. Todd Tracy has built his law practice by pursuing a strategy of steady, purposeful litigation to promote the safety and wellbeing of vehicle accident victims in this country, and, his firm continues to build upon a balanced platform of experts and strategies. The firm's attention to detail, and aggressive methodologies prove beneficial in encouraging safety improvements in vehicles, around the world.
Our firm's position within the legal industry and, the vehicle industry is unmatched. The TRACY firm serves as a check and balance to the vehicle industry, ensuring that vehicle safety is achieved equally on all vehicles. Due to Mr. Tracy's efforts, vehicles have become more crashworthy.
At the TRACY Firm, we protect people from dangerous and defective vehicle safety systems. We are available for referrals on cases that involve catastrophic injury or death. We only handle cases involving vehicle crashworthiness and vehicle safety defects.
Vehicle Defect Attorney
Our founding attorney E. Todd Tracy is a nationally recognized vehicle safety defect attorney. Focusing in the area of vehicle defect product liability lawsuit over two decades, he has recovered over 1 billion dollars for his clients nationwide. Today, our firm focuses solely on vehicle crashworthiness lawsuits, stemming from vehicle defects.
Vehicle crashworthiness can be a major factor in every car accident. We encourage any and all catastrophically injured parties, and, their lawyers to consider whether their degree of injury was directly or indirectly caused by a safety system defect, even if, their negligence claim is closed. From seat belt buckle failure to roof crush, safety system defects are often overlooked in vehicle negligence cases. However, if you are injured because a safety system has failed, the vehicle manufacturer may be responsible for injuries you sustained in the accident.
Vehicle Crashworthiness Resources
Dedicated solely to vehicle defect product liability cases, our firm has a vast array of resources at our disposal. We are dedicated to using these technical resources, including our own vehicle storage and testing facility, to educate the public, and protect the rights of our clients. We encourage all of our clients — individuals and referring attorneys alike — to utilize these resources to further the cause of vehicle safety:
- Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Information Center
- Technical Expertise
- Technical Resources
- Child Safety
- Racing Interests
- Crashworthiness Articles
- Public Safety Awareness Electronic Resources
If you believe that a vehicle safety defect contributed to injuries in your vehicle accident, we can help you take action today. At the TRACY Firm, our practice provides a safeguard against the vehicle industry by encouraging vehicle component part and child seat manufacturers to provide occupant protection well beyond the minimum safety standards. We accept referrals, and act as primary counsel for individuals nationwide. Contact Us today for more information.