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NHTSA Safety Alert After 3rd and 4th Takata Exploding Airbag Fatalities

At Reiff & Bily, we have been following the, still unfolding, exploding & defective Takata airbag situation for several years now. We wrote about the issue last October while recapping what had transpired thus far. The focus of the article was that, as of October 2013, this was the sixth recent recall related to Takata airbag…

Jeffrey Reiff Analyzes the Hayride Tragedy for NBC 6

On the evening of Monday October 13th, 2014 auto defect and amusement park injury attorney Jeffrey Reiff was interviewed by NBC WCSH-6 regarding the tragic hayride accident at Harvest Hill Farms. On that evening a Jeep CJ5 that was pulling a heavily loaded hayride jackknifed. The trailer tumbled down the steep incline only coming to…

Assessing the factors in the Hayride tragedy that killed teen

On Saturday evening October 11th, 2014, a haunted Halloween-themed hayride accident caused the death of a teenage girl and serious injuries to at least 22 others when a 1979 Jeep CJ5 pulling a hay wagon was unable to stop on a hill and overturned. The overturned trailer tumbled down the steep hill, eventually crashing into…

Hayride Accidents in the United States Soar, But Where’s the Outcry?

A tragic fall hayride accident has taken the life of one 17-year-old child and critically injured a 16-year-old child. The accident occurred at Harvest Hill Farms which bills itself as New England’s premier agritainment destination featuring Pumpkin Land, a seasonal Halloween-themed venue with a corn maze and pick your own pumpkin. There were approximately 500…

When must a medical malpractice claim be brought by in Pennsylvania?

Many people are aware that most states, including Pennsylvania, set a time limit on when your medical malpractice action must be brought by. This is known as a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations encourages the timely settling of claims which increases certainty regarding liability for businesses and individuals. However, a statute of limitations…

NHTSA Identifying Reincarnated Motor Carriers to Improve Highway Safety

NHTSA is the federal agency that oversees and works to improve highway and motor vehicle safety. The NHTSA is also responsible for enforcing federal safety guidelines including addressing vehicle defects. Enforcement of federal motor carrier safety requirements can sometimes result in adverse action against a motor carrier like a suspension or revocation of their right…

Is Chrysler on the Verge of Becoming the next GM?

In late August the New York Times first about a Chrysler defect with the potential to eclipse the GM ignition switch recall. This issue has been traced to the Totally Integrated Power Module in SUVs, pickups and other Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles produced from 2007 to 2014. Unfortunately, this looming recall is not Chrysler’s…

Is Walmart Blaming Tracy Morgan for his own Injuries?

In its Answer to the  Complaint filed by Tracy Morgan and others, Walmart has adopted a strategy that many lay observes have characterized as victim blaming. In its Answer as an affirmative defense Walmart’s lawyers wrote: Upon information and belief, plaintiffs’ injuries, if any, were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to…

Allegedly defective guardrails poised to become largest safety recall in U.S. history?

First reported on on Friday September 19th and then in a follow-up report from September 24, ABC News identified a number of lawsuits that allege a dangerous safety defect in the metal guardrails used along many, if not most, highways and freeways throughout the United States. Citing the scope of deployment nationwide of these guardrails…

What Federal Safety Regulations Apply to Passenger-Carrying Motor Carriers?

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has opened an investigation into a recent bus crash in nearby Delaware. The private bus, operated by Am United Express, was carrying 49 tourists back to New York City when it overturned on a highway exit ramp and slid down a grass embankment. The accident produced 2 fatalities and…

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