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Wendi Lewis

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Wendi Lewis is the Communications Director for Beasley Allen Law Firm. She writes and manages content for Righting Injustice, BeasleyAllen.com, myMeso.org and other firm websites and publications. Her background includes journalism, with a focus on feature writing and community news reporting and editing; book publishing and project management; public relations communications; advertising copy writing and corporate profile writing. She is the author of Montgomery: At the Forefront of a New Century, a coffee-table book about Montgomery, Ala., published by Community Communications Inc. in 1996. She and her husband, Eric, live in Montgomery.

Animated monkey toy recalled due to burn hazard

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An animated monkey toy recalled by Giggles International was sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The manufacturer, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled the toy because the battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn risk. The manufacturer has received two reports of toys overheating and melting the battery compartment, but no injuries to date. The recall involves the Giggles International Animated Sing-Along Monkey toy. The monkey is made of brown plush material and stands about 9 inches tall. The stuffed monkey holds a songbook called “5 Little Monkeys.” ... Read More

Ford expands Takata airbag recall nationwide

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Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding its Takata airbag recall to include drivers’ side airbags nationwide. Previously, the automaker limited its recall to vehicles in high-humidity states. The defective airbags contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Recalls so far have been limited to humid regions of the U.S. because it is thought that the airbags’ chemically driven inflator mechanisms can be corrupted by air moisture. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been pressing manufacturers to expand recall efforts to ... Read More

USB charger recall issued due to possible fire hazard

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Tectron International, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a USB charger recall. The USB charger may overheat while in use, posing the risk of a fire. There have been two incidents reported in which the affected USB chargers overheated and melted, but no fires, injuries or property damage have been reported at this time. The USB charger recall affects about 55,000 units distributed as part of school fund-raising events from July 2014 to August 2014. The USB chargers were sold for about $3.50 each through distributors AGI Fundraising, The Chip Shoppe, CPK Inc. Evergreen ... Read More

Korean automaker Hyundai, Kia agrees to record U.S. settlement for mileage fraud

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Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. has agreed to a $350 million settlement with the U.S. government related to charges the Korean automaker overstated the fuel efficiency of its vehicles. The settlement is being touted by government officials as the largest of its kind. The settlement comes after an investigation determined Hyundai-Kia had overstated the mileage figures on an estimated 1.2 million of its 2012 model vehicles. This latest settlement compensates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, and the California Air Resources Board. The penalties were levied under the Clean Air Act. In ... Read More

NHTSA warns consumers about exploding airbags, urges vehicle owners to have cars inspected

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Following an investigation into possible exploding airbags it began in June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an urgent warning to motorists. The agency notes more than 4.7 million vehicles may contain defective airbags manufactured by Takeda, which can explode in even a minor collision, sending shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers. Automakers worldwide already have recalled 12 million vehicles for the problem. Takata airbags are used in a variety of automobiles produced by different manufacturers. The NHTSA alert includes cars made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors (GM), and Ford. The problem appears to be ... Read More

Ford recalls cars and SUVs for rollaway, crash risk

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Ford has announced a recall of nearly 85,000 cars and SUVs for a problem with the axle that increases the risk or a crash or for vehicles to roll out of the “park” position. The recall encompasses the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, and the 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS. Ford says there have been no reports of accidents or injuries associated with the defect. The problem is linked to the improper installation of a clip in the axle, according to information released by the automaker. This may allow the halfshaft ... Read More

GM recalls more vehicles, this time for problems unrelated to defective ignition switch

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Today General Motors (GM) announced the recall of more than 700,000 vehicles. The vehicles were recalled for a variety of problems, but none related to its defective ignition switch that threw the automaker into the spotlight and placed it at the center of a congressional investigation earlier this year. Most of the vehicles included in today’s recall are from current model years. The largest group of automobiles in the latest recall is affected by a potentially loose bolt used to adjust the height of power-adjustable front seats. That recall affects 414,333 vehicles including the 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain ... Read More

GM tells dealers to stop sales of Chevy Cruze for potential airbag defect

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General Motors (GM) has already recalled nearly 6 million vehicles since February for defective ignition switches. Today, the automaker asked dealers in the U.S. and Canada to stop sales of the 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze because of a possible problem with the airbag. A GM spokesman stated a driver’s side airbag inflator module may have been assembled with an incorrect part. GM did not specify what type of problem drivers may experience as a result of the incorrectly assembled airbag. GM said it is halting sales of all 2013-2014 year model Chevy Cruze vehicles until the automaker determines which ... Read More

GM recalls another 3.16 million vehicles for ignition switch defect

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After repeatedly promising it had identified and notified customers about all the vehicles affected by its ignition switch defect, today General Motors (GM) announced it is recalling an additional 3.16 million cars. Today’s recall includes midsize and large cars from 2000 to 2014 year models. Like earlier recalls, the ignition switch in these vehicles may move from the “run” position to the “off” or “accessory” position, disabling power steering and brakes during operation, also possibly deactivating the airbags, posing a serious risk of injury in the event of a crash. GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six ... Read More

Astellas Pharma settles whistleblower lawsuit for $7.3 million

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Astellas Pharma US Inc., which manufactures and sells pharmaceutical drugs, agreed to pay $7.3 million to the federal government to resolve claims it violated the False Claims Act. The drugmaker was charged with marketing and promoting the drug Mycamine for pediatric use, for which it did not have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The drug was therefore not eligible for reimbursement through federal health care programs. The federal government will receive $4.2 million of the settlement, and state Medicaid programs will receive $3.1 million. Mycamine is used to treat fungal infections of the esophagus in adults. The FDA ... Read More