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Takata Airbag Blamed For Death of Individual Repairing a Honda

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Another death has been blamed on an exploding Takata airbag, and the victim in this case wasn’t even a driver or a passenger but someone who was performing repairs on an idling 2001 Honda Accord. On July 10, Honda said it notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a fatal incident that occurred in Hialeah, Florida, on June 8, 2016, involving a ruptured Takata airbag. An individual, who was not the car owner, was performing unknown repairs on the Accord with the ignition turned on. The car was parked in the driveway of a private home and the ... Read More

GM Ignition Switch Bellwether Trial Begins

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A fourth bellwether trial that will help determine the course of litigation for hundreds of lawsuits seeking damages from General Motors (GM) allegedly caused by defective ignition switches opened Monday, July 10, in New York. In the newest trial, plaintiff Dennis Ward claims the ignition defect that GM concealed for years caused his Chevrolet HHR to crash in Tucson, Arizona. He alleges the March 2014 crash left him with a permanent leg injury. According to the New York Law Journal, Mr. Ward claims in court documents that he was traveling on South Kolb Rd. in Tucson when he noticed a ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Defective Fireworks Caused Burn Injuries

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Three Oregon residents who suffered serious burn injuries from a handheld firework have jointly filed a lawsuit against the retailer and distributer, claiming the companies knew the fireworks to be defective when they malfunctioned on July 4, 2015. According to The (Lane County) Register-Guard, the lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court by Kori Ware, her 2-year-old daughter, and an unrelated 9-year-old boy, represented by his mother. The suit names Fundz 4 Kidz, a local retailer that sold them the fireworks, its owner Aaron Taylor, and the national distributor of the fireworks, North Central Industries, Inc. of Muncie, Indiana. ... Read More

Ford Recalls 402,462 Transits

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Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports. The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that ... Read More

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2017 Motorcycles For Oil Line Repairs

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Harley-Davidson announced this week it is recalling more than 57,000 motorcycles from its Touring line for an oil line defect that has been linked to two crashes. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer said that the affected bikes may have an improperly installed engine cooler line clamp that could allow the line to come loose and spill oil onto the rear tire, “resulting in loss of vehicle control” and “increasing the risk of a crash.” The two crashes linked to the defect have resulted in one injury, USA Today reported. The manufacturer said that it knows of nine incidents in which the ... Read More

Friend’s Takata Airbag Death Moves California Woman to Warn Others

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Shocked and saddened by her friend’s Takata airbag death, Southern California resident Araceli Cazales is on a personal mission to spread the word about the serious dangers that unrepaired Takata airbags pose to California motorists. According to KESQ Channel 2 Palm Springs, Ms. Cazales’ friend Delia Robles, a mother of three and grandmother of three, was killed when the Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic exploded with deadly force in a car accident last September. Her death, caused by a spray of metal shrapnel from the airbag unit, is one of 11 deaths in the U.S. the government blames ... Read More

All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

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Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More

Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

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Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Picked To Administrate Takata Compensation Fund

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A federal judge in Michigan has tapped former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to administrate nearly $1 billion in compensation claims for automakers and U.S. victims harmed by defective Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force or exploded. U.S. District Judge George Steeh issued a notice of intent April 6 to select Mr. Mueller to oversee the Takata compensation fund, which allocates $850 million to the car manufacturers that face costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from the defective airbags and $125 million to the human victims, both past and future. Judge Steeh chose Mr. Mueller to administrate the compensation ... Read More