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Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List (2019) Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

The Safety Institute recently published its Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch.  The Vehicle Safety Watch List Analytics and NHTSA Enforcement Monitoring Program is sponsored by Ken and Beth Melton, Cobb County, Georgia whose daughter died in a car crash in 2010. Their daughter, Brooke, died after the ignition module of her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt slipped into accessory position, and she skidded into another vehicle. Documentation showed that General Motors knew about the ignition problem as early as 2001.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recalls and enforcement activities help the public understand potential safety problems, and the Safety Institute’s Analytics and Monitoring Program provides evidence-based data for directing investigatory resources. The program also represents an important step toward identifying potential vehicle defects.

Based on death and injury claims in the Early Warning Reports System to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following vehicles have been named to the Quarterly Safety Watch List:

1. 2017 Ford Explorer \ Engine & Engine Cooling \ Investigation & Recall

2. 2015 Ford Explorer \ Engine & Engine Cooling \ Investigation, No Recall

3. 2015 Volkswagen Golf \ Structure \ No Investigation or Recall

4. 2015 Honda Odyssey \ Seats \ No Investigation, But Recall

5. 2017 Audi A4 \ Structure \ No Investigation, But Recall

6. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 \ Steering \ No Investigation, But Recall

7. 2016 Ford Explorer \ Engine & Engine Cooling \ Investigation & Recall

8. 2013 Ford Explorer \ Engine & Engine Cooling \ Investigation, No Recall

9. 2016 Honda Odyssey \ Seats \ No Investigation, But Recall

10. 2016 Volkswagen Golf \ Structure \ No Investigation or Recall

11. 2013 Toyota Sienna \ Structure \ No Investigation, But Recall

12. 2013 Honda Odyssey \ Seats \ No Investigation, But Recall

13. 2016 Subaru Outback \ Forward Collision \  No Investigation, But Recall

14. 2018 Subaru Outback \ Forward Collision \ No Investigation, But Recall

15. 2013 Toyota Avalon \ Other \ No Investigation or Recall

If your automobile is on this list, go to  for additional information and details on complaints, investigations, and next steps.

About HKQ Law

HKQ Law is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nine attorneys at HKQ Law were recently named to the 2019 Best Lawyers List and has been designated a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury, medical malpractice litigation labor law and corporate law in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history on behalf of injured clients. The firm was also recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A. Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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