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,, 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.

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


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

Honda recalling Odyssey minivans for possible fuel leak, fire risk

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Honda announced a recall of nearly 900,000 Honda Odyssey minivans in the United States, citing possible problems with fuel pump filters that could leak gasoline, causing a fire hazard. The recall was filed today with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year 2005-2010 Odysseys. Honda says the cover on the fuel pump strainer can crack and lead to leaking fuel. Consumers may also notice a strong fuel smell due to cracked covers. The auto maker has received 187 warranty claims for fuel pump replacement, and began investigating the problem in October 2012. Honda is in ... Read More

Graco recalls more child car seats for sticky harness latches, entrapment hazard

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Graco Children’s Products Inc. has announced the addition of more than 400,000 child car safety seats to its recall. The manufacturer recalled nearly 4 million seats in February, citing sticky harness latches that posed a risk of entrapment to children. The initial recall, and this newest one, includes car seats used for toddlers and harnessed booster seats. The new recall includes the following car seats from model years 2006-2014: Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety ... Read More

Toyota recalling 2.16 million vehicles worldwide, including Prius hybrid, Toyota and Lexis models

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Toyota has announced a recall of more than 2.16 million vehicles worldwide. The recall includes 711,000 Prius automobiles in the U.S. and a total of about 1.9 million Prius autos worldwide; as well as an additional 260,000 non-hybrid vehicles. The Prius recall includes 2010-2014 Prius models, whose transistors may overheat or become damaged due to errors with the powertrain software. The glitch may cause the vehicle to stall or shut off completely while driving. The recall does not affect the Prius V nor Pricus c models, or the Toyota or Lexus hybrid vehicles. According to MSN, the transistor is a ... Read More

Child safety car seats recalled by Graco for sticky harness latches

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Car seat manufacturer Graco Children’s Products Inc. has announced a recall of nearly 4 million child safety seats because the harness buckles may not unlatch, entrapping children. The recall includes 11 models of child safety seats made from 2009 through 2013 designed for toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats. The defective seat latches may make it difficult to remove a child from the seat, increasing the likelihood of injury in the event of a crash or other vehicle emergency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling for Graco to recall seven additional car seat models, which ... Read More