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Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Lithium Batteries In Some Samsung Phones Recalled

Lithium batteries installed in some refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones are being recalled because of counterfeit concerns and potential malfunction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. The recall involves about 10,200 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones locked to AT&T distributed by FedEx Supply Chain (formerly GENCO) as replacement phones through AT&T’s insurance program. FedEx and Samsung found that the phone batteries “show anomalies” that could cause them to overheat and potentially start a fire. The origin of the lithium batteries hasn’t been determined, but it is known that they were not installed in the phones originally. There ... Read More

FasciaBlaster faces severe bruising complaints when used to reduce cellulite

Cellulite is defined as the presence of subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin. Google the word and one of the first results is sure to be ways to try and get rid of it. Women are now alleging a popular device that claims to remove the tissue condition has left them injured, according to a Buzzfeed News report. The $89 FasciaBlaster, a plastic stick with massage claws, is based off claims fascia, a type of connective tissue that encloses muscles and organs, is the key to improving the appearance of cellulite. Its website states, “Having loose, healthy fascia is vital ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More

Amazon warns consumers of Unsafe Eclipse Glasses

With the big solar eclipse around the corner, thousands of hopeful viewers are learning that the eclipse-viewing glasses they bought from Amazon may not meet basic safety standards set by the NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Making problems worse, some brands of eclipse glasses are falsely displaying the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) logo when they haven’t been approved. According to Washington D.C.’s WUSA Channel 9, Dr. Ralph Chou, Associate Professor of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, contacted the station to tip them off that Amazon was conducting a “nuclear crackdown” on unapproved eclipse glasses it ... Read More

Takata Airbags Trigger Recall of Nearly 80,000 older Mazda Vehicles

Defective Takata airbags have prompted another safety recall, this time affecting nearly 80,000 older Mazda cars and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall covers certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda 6 vehicles in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, Takata airbags in some of the vehicles are being recalled for the second time. A previous recall in January replaced some Takata airbag inflators with the same parts that were thought to be somewhat safer than the originals. The replacements, however, are still susceptible to degradation because they are powered ... Read More

Talc is risk factor for ovarian cancer, found in plaintiff’s ovaries, experts testify

According to Law360, during the second week of the first California talc trial, plaintiff Eva Echeverria called Canadian epidemiology expert Jack Siemiatycki, who explained how epidemiology identifies possible risk factors for diseases by examining their rates within defined populations. He has specific experience studying causes of ovarian cancer and contributed to the 2006 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which found talc to be a “possible human carcinogen.” In his explanations about his opinions regarding the available scientific literature on perineal talc use and its association with ovarian cancer, Siemiatycki said that since 2006 more research has ... Read More

Lithium Battery Fire Breaks Out On SriLankan Airlines Flight

The crew of a SriLankan Airlines flight was able to extinguish a lithium battery that burst into flames inside an overhead bin mid-flight from India to Sri Lanka, averting what could have been a major air disaster. SriLankan Airlines said flight attendants aboard flight IL 166 from Kochi to Colombo noticed smoke coming from an overhead bin in the rear of the Airbus A330-200. After opening the bin, they found a passenger’s carry-on bag was on fire. The flight attendants sprayed the bag with a fire extinguisher and removed it from the bin. The battery then began to shoot smoke ... Read More

Honda: Takata Airbag Suspected In Death of Florida Woman

A Florida woman who died in a July 19 car crash may have been killed by a Takata airbag that exploded with deadly force. The crash occurred in Holiday, Florida, near St. Petersburg when a 34-year-old woman driving a 2002 Honda Accord collided head-on with a 1999 Pontiac Firebird. The Firebird was driven by a teen who turned into the Accord’s path, according to police reports. WFLA Channel 8 Tampa reports the woman driving the Honda was identified as Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday. Ms. Barker was rushed to a local hospital where she died. The Associated Press reported that ... Read More

Ford says Takata Airbag Safety Issue ‘Inconsequential’

Ford Motor Company is expected to file a petition with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to resist recalling approximately 2.5 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag safety recall, Reuters reports. John Cangany, a Ford spokesman, explained that it is filing the petition because it “believes the issue is inconsequential.” The safety recall is the largest in U.S. history and is now linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. As Beasley Allen has previously explained the recall stems from the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Takata admits to ... Read More