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General Motors says it is recalling “more than 50,000 Cadillac CTS vehicles worldwide to fix a loose joint that could cause a rear wheel to become unstable, making it hard for drivers to steer.” (Washington AP, 2/17). Of those vehicles recalled, the majority are located in the United States. The recall targets Cadillac CTS vehicles from the 2009 and 2010 model ears.

GM maintains that the recall is precautionary and no injuries have been reported. The danger of the defect is the potential for a sudden change in the steering and handling of the Cadillac CTS, which could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

As a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I always encourage all Cadillac CTS owners to act promptly and address these issues, especially since steering issues are especially serious. GM says owners may call 866-982-2339 for additional information. Similarly, the NHTSA website is always a good source of information.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 800,000 child seats are “being recalled because their harnesses may not hold the child securely.” (C. Jensen, NY Times Wheels, 2/14). As a Chicago personal injury attorney, I encourage parents to act swiftly to ensure their children’s safety.

The recall covers a “wide range of booster, convertible and infant seats, including some sold as part of a stroller travel system, made by the Dorel Juvenile Group of Columbus, Ind.” The recall was triggered by the NHTSA, after an investigation resulting from nearly 150 consumer complaints that the restraining straps had loosened over time.

The restraints were sold “under the brand names Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco and Eddie Bauer.” They were manufactured from May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

Toyota is recalling “nearly 1.7 million vehicles around the world for various defects that may cause fuel leakage - the latest in quality control woes for the Japanese automaker.” (Y Kageyama, AP Business, 1/25). Unfortunately for Toyota, this is yet another problem that the manufacturer must face.

The recall affects several models including “the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe.” According to Toyota, no accidents directly related to the defects have been reported but they have received nearly 300 complaints world wide.

As a car and truck accident lawyer in Chicago, I always encourage consumers to act quickly and monitor any vehicles recalls that may affect their vehicles.

New cars and trucks will “have larger and stronger side air bags to prevent motorists from being tossed out of their vehicles in rollover crashes.” (K Thomas, AP, 1/31).

The Transportation Department says the new requirements aim to protect motorists in rollovers as more than 8,000 people were killed in rollovers in 2009.

As a car and truck accident attorney, I am excited about the Transportation Department’s prediction that “the changes to the air bags are expected to prevent nearly 400 deaths and nearly 500 serious injuries every year.”

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According to recently updated advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1.” (C. Johnson, AP Medical, Chicago AP, 3/20).

Both organizations additionally advise that “older children who've outgrown front-facing car seats should ride in booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits them.” Seat belts won’t work properly on Children that are too small for them. Generally, children should not use adult seat belts until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches.

The advice “may seem extreme to some parents, who may imagine trouble convincing older elementary school kids up to age 12 to use booster seats, but it's based on evidence from crashes. For older children, poorly fitting seat belts can cause abdominal and spine injuries in a crash.”

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