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Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects 2018

(October 4, 2018) 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 are 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. 2016 Ford Explorer Engine & Engine Cooling Investigation & Recall

4. 2016 Honda Odyssey Seats No Investigation, But Recall

5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Steering No Investigation, But Recall

6. 2016 Toyota Tundra Structure No Investigation, But Recall

7. 2015 Honda Odyssey Seats No Investigation, But Recall

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

9. 2013 Toyota Sienna Structure No Investigation, But Recall

10. 2013 Honda Odyssey Seats No Investigation, But Recall

11. 2017 Audi A4 Structure No Investigation, But Recall

12. 2014 Ford Explorer Engine & Engine Cooling Investigation, No Recall

13. 2011 Toyota Sienna Structure No Investigation, But Recall

14. 2013 Ford Explorer Other Investigation, No Recall

15. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 Power Train Investigation & Recall

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

About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. 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, Jr. 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. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in 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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