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Lithium-Ion Battery Erupts Inside China Southern Airplane

A lithium-ion battery fire that broke out inside the overhead bin of a China Southern Airlines plane demonstrates the threat that faulty or damaged batteries pose to aviation safety. Fortunately, China Southern Airlines flight CZ3539 was still on the ground at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, when passengers boarding the plane noticed the overhead bin was billowing with smoke at first, then flames. Someone onboard the plane recorded a video of the Feb. 25 incident, which shows an airline attendant attempting to douse the flames with water. A passenger assists and uses a bottle of juice to smother ... Read More

CSPC sues Britax over allegedly defective jogging strollers

Britax Child Safety Inc., was hit with a lawsuit by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) over claims that some of its jogging strollers are defective and have injured both young children and adults, and that the company is being negligent for not recalling the strollers. The lawsuit claims that the front wheel of some models of Britax jogging strollers can suddenly pop off while in use when the quick-release feature fails to keep the wheel in place. When the wheel comes off, the front fort that holds the wheel in place digs into the ground and tips the stroller, ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Batteries Caused 191 Aviation Emergencies Since 1991

Lithium-ion batteries are blamed for at least 191 incidents of explosion, fire, and smoke in airports and aircraft since March 20, 1991, according to a new report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the FAA report, the incidents involved lithium-ion batteries carried in passenger bags or transported as cargo and used to power a multitude of devices including e-cigarettes, laptop computers, cameras, flashlights, and cell phones, among others. Incidents of lithium-ion batteries overheating, exploding, bursting into flames, and smoking have prompted emergency landings and airport evacuations on multiple occasions, the FAA report shows. The incidents, which can snowball ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Widow Alleges Helicopter Had Deadly Defects

The widow of country singer Troy Gentry has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the helicopter her husband was in when it plunged to the ground in September, killing him and the pilot. Angela Gentry, 52, filed the lawsuit Feb. 14 in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. She accuses Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and Keystone Helicopter Corporation for making, selling and maintaining a helicopter that was “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” Ms. Gentry, who resides in Tennessee, claims in the lawsuit that the defendants manufactured the helicopter without any crashworthiness and safety features ... Read More

Hankook Tire Settles Church Bus Crash Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the victims of a deadly church bus crash and their families against Hankook Tire has been settled for an “undisclosed confidential amount” after years of litigation. The case centered on the Oct. 2, 2013, crash of a Front Street Baptist Church bus in Statesville, North Carolina, that killed six church members, the driver of a tractor-trailer, and a passenger in an SUV. The bus was returning to North Carolina from a yearly Fall Jubilee at the Gatlinburg Convention Center when the left front tire blew out, causing driver Randolph “Randy” Morrison to lose control of the ... Read More

Energy drinks cited as the cause of man’s brain bleed, strokes

Nick M. wants energy drinks to be banned after suffering a brain hemorrhage and three mini-strokes after consuming 25 cans of Monster and Red Bull in six hours. The U.K. man downed the energy drinks to keep him alert during a karaoke evening in a night club. But hours after the event, the 56-year-old man developed a severe headache so painful that he was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a brain bleed caused by caffeine overdose. During the week that followed his hospitalization, Nick suffered three mini-strokes. He now has difficulty speaking and pronouncing words. “It ... Read More

Salmonella Concerns with Dog Food, Treat Recalls may affect humans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced three separate recalls of dog food and dog treats, saying the items may cause Salmonella infections among humans who handle the food or come in close contact with pets that ingest it. Raws for Paws, a Minneapolis-based raw pet food manufacturer, is recalling about 4,000 pounds of pet food made with raw ground turkey and sold in 1 lb. and 5 lb.  packages. According to the FDA, the pet food was mainly distributed to retail locations throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as online. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and ... Read More

Honda Confirms Takata Airbag Kills Sixth Person in Malaysia

A defective Takata airbag has been blamed for the death of another driver in Malaysia, Honda Malaysia said in a statement Jan. 30. The latest fatality brings the Takata airbag death toll in the Southeast Asian nation to six and the global toll to 22. Honda said the driver-side Takata airbag inflator ruptured inside a 2004 Honda City vehicle. The passenger-side airbag also deployed in the collision and functioned properly. The crash occurred on New Year’s Day in the central part of Sengalor state, the Japanese automaker said. All of the Takata deaths in Malaysia have occurred in 2003-2009 Honda ... Read More

Mazda Expands Takata Airbag Recall For B-Series Pickups

Mazda is re-recalling certain B-series pickup trucks to fix Takata airbags after identical Takata airbags in Ford Rangers killed two U.S. men in separate incidents. The Hiroshima-based Japanese automaker says the latest recall affects about 160 B-Series pickup trucks. All of the vehicles were previously recalled to repair the driver-side Takata airbags; now the company says it’s urgent to replace the passenger-side front airbags in certain vehicles as well. Takata airbag inflators are made with a highly volatile ammonium nitrate propellant that can cause the devices to deploy with deadly force in a collision. The airbag inflator is especially prone ... Read More

Florida Woman Killed By Takata Airbag Should Have Survived Crash

A Takata airbag that deployed with lethal force killed a Florida woman in a July 19 collision that she should have survived, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report released Jan. 17 and obtained by the Associated Press. Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida, died July 19 when her 2002 Honda Accord collided with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am driven by a 19-year-old male who had made a left turn in front of Ms. Barker’s vehicle. Ms. Barker was driving about 30 mph when her Honda Accord struck the Trans Am. Her 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter, and mother were ... Read More