Nissan has settled a class-action lawsuit regarding faulty brakes in certain 2004-2008 models. The settlement could reimburse Minnesota drivers of the vehicles mentioned in the suit with up to $800 apiece. Nissan filed the settlement on Dec. 5 with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Today's cars are often touted as being the safest ever built. For decades now, the federal government has passed laws requiring car manufacturers to include safety features such as seat belts, airbags, stabilizing gear and rear and side-impact safety components. These safety features are meant to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event a motor vehicle is involved in a car accident. What happens, however, if the very safety feature meant to protect a driver or passenger malfunctions?
Minneapolis residents might find it interesting to know that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating the safety of the Tesla electric car after the occurrence of a second fire. Both fires resulted from battery damage received after the car struck metal fragments in the road, but both drivers were warned of the damage by the cars and escaped injury. A third Model S post-collision fire happened in Mexico in October. Since the second fire, Tesla stock has dropped 37 percent.
Many Minnesotans have been discussing and debating the issues currently plaguing the U.S. government. But unless you have been furloughed from your job as a direct result of the current partial government shutdown, you may not realize just how much it can affect you.