Subaru Recalls Cars Whose Engine Can Cut Out While Driving

Car manufacturer Sabaru is recalling a combined 250,000 vehicles across their Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and Impreza lines, says Consumer Reports. Many car recalls are for things like a latch not hooking correctly or a headlight that fogs up. This recall, however, was triggered by a faulty engine part shared by Sabaru’s various car lines that can let oil into the wrong paces which could cause the engine to lose power or stall.

Consumer Reports was unable to find out how often this problem has occurred or whether it injured anyone. While this recall is nowhere near the scope of Takata’s multimillion unit airbag recalls, it still seems like a fairly big deal that an issue that causes a loss of engine power has been identified.

Wondering if your vehicle is involved in a recall? The National Highway Safety Administration has an easy to use Recalls section on their website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls


The Bad News And Good News About Contributory Negligence

How much responsibility you bear for an accident can determine the damages you are awarded. If you are partially at fault, can you still make a claim against someone? Well, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that under the rules of Proportionate Responsibility, the damages paid to someone injured in a negligence case will be reduced the more you are at fault. That means if a jury determines you were 30% at fault in a car accident, any damages awarded to you will be reduced by 30%. This rule is capped at 50%, however. If you are suing someone for an injury and it is determined that you were more than 50% responsible, then your injury is considered your own fault and you will receive no payout.

The good news is, things used to be a lot worse. Historically speaking, the law has become more friendly to plaintiffs over time. In the past, a principle called “contributory negligence” said that if you were even 1% at fault for an injury then you were not owed any compensation. Ever since the early 1900s, this very strict standard has been getting more and more reasonable. Major reforms in 1995 and 2003 helped this process along to the modern day rules.

Filing a lawsuit after an injury can be a complicated process. It can be helpful to have a team of established lawyers on your side. If you need help, contact us today.