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Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

What areas of expertise do automotive engineering expert witnesses consult on? These experts may opine on the design, manufacture and operation of ground-based vehicles. Attempting to make cars as fast as possible while keeping them fuel efficient is a challenge. This week Volkswagen executives admitted to installing software on nearly 500,000 U.S. vehicles to manipulate emissions tests in its diesel vehicles. The EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that “circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants.”

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Automotive Engineering Expert Witness Testimony In GM Case

Defense attorney Bob Hilliard presented expert witness opinion in the Pennsylvania manslaughter case against Lakisha Ward-Green. Ward-Green was charged in the death of Robert Chambers IV. She was driving 75 mph in a 35-mph zone when she crashed into a utility pole. The defense said the victim was not wearing a seat belt and air bags did not open upon impact. Judge Phillip Ignelzi, Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, set aside Ward-Green’s conviction.

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Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Automotive Safety Expert Witness On Fiat Chrysler Engineering

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a record $105M fine and buy back defective vehicles in an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fiat Chrysler has admitted to violating the Safety Act in three areas: effective and timely recall remedies, notification to vehicle owners and dealers and notifications to NHTSA.

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Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

Engineering Expert Witness On Takata Recall

In the news, Mark Rosekind, administer of the NHTSA, said that a faulty Takata airbag inflator was involved in the fatal crash of a rental car in California last September. This brings the death toll to eight with more than 100 injuries in the US. Takata announced that 33.8 million air bags are defective after they were found to explode and send shrapnel into the face and body of motorists. The recall is complicated by the news that some cars that had already undergone service would need a second airbag replacement. Retired Takata engineer Mark Lillie has said he will be testifying as an expert witness or “someone with knowledge of Takata in particular” regarding the chemicals used in the air bag inflators.

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Automotive Expert Witnesses

Automotive Expert Witnesses

What topics may automotive expert witnesses consult on? They are experts in automotive engineering, automotive safety, automotive systems and more. In a win for Toyota, the U.S. Department of Transportation released results from a ten month study of potential electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Rhode Island resident Bob Ruginis requested an investigation into low speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars but the NHTSA test lab could not find any problems with the throttle or transmission systems.

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses

What areas may automotive engineering experts consult on? These experts may advise on automotive safety features, faulty design, manufacturing issues, safety problems in vehicle operations, and related matters. In the news, U.S. regulators said they’re fining Takata Corp. $14K a day for failing to investigate and fix millions of air bags in passenger cars. US statutes put a ceiling of $70M on the fines.

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Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses & GM Recalls

Automotive Engineering Expert Witnesses & GM Recalls

What areas of automotive engineering may expert witnesses consult and testify on? These experts may opine on vehicle dynamics, design defect analysis, engine and component failure analysis, and related matters. This week the General Motors Co. compensation fund has approved 23 death claims for people killed as the result of defective ignition switches. Attorney Ken Feinberg is overseeing the fund and has received 867 claims which included 153 for deaths.

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Automotive Engineering Experts & Report On Toyota

Automotive Engineering Experts & Report On Toyota

The U.S. Transportation Department has said in a final report that the sudden, unintentional acceleration of vehicles manufactured by Toyota Motor Corp. while driving was not caused by the company’s electronic throttle control system as initially suspected. This means the U.S. government has completely accepted Toyota’s contention that electronic flaws did not cause the problems.

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Automotive Engineering Experts On Acceleration Deaths

On March 15, Bloomberg.com reported that U.S. regulators have tracked more deaths in vehicles made by Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and other companies combined than by Toyota Motor Corp. during three decades of unintended acceleration reviews that often blamed human error.

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