GM Escapes Liability

The New York bankruptcy court that oversaw the massive GM bailout in 2009 has dealt what may be a death knell to all claims for ignition-switch related deaths and injuries in crashes that happened before the bankruptcy. After GM’s massive coverup was exposed, some thought the court would surely feel outraged at being tricked into leaving millions of vehicle owners without recourse, but apparently GM waited long enough to make it too cumbersome and costly to undo the damage.

NHTSA to Tire Consumers: Google It

On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amended the Tire Identification Number, the alpha-numeric code used to identify specific tires in a recall. This time, the agency expanded the first portion of the TIN, known as the manufacturer identifier, from two symbols to three for manufacturers of new tires, because the agency is quickly running out of unique two-digit combinations.

NHTSA Opens EQ Investigation into Hercules Tire Recall at Lawyer’s Request

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an Equipment Query investigation into a defective Chinese tire sold in the U.S. under different brand names that was recalled by one importer, but not another – even though they share the same distributor.

In March, the agency sent an information request to Hercules Tire and Rubber Company, a subsidiary of American Tire Distributors Inc., to determine if it should have recalled its Hercules Radial A/T in eight different sizes manufactured by the Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Co., Ltd.

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