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Black & Decker Manufacturer Fined For Failure To Recall Dangerous Coffeemaker Carafes

A federal court has ordered the company that produces Black & Decker brand products to pay nearly $2 million in civil penalties for its failure to report dangerously defective SpaceMaker coffee carafes and for continuing to distribute the defective glass carafes after they were recalled. In addition to $1.9 million in civil penalties, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ordered a permanent injunction against Spectrum Brands Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, for its violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act related to its handling of the defective Black & Decker carafes. The injunction requires Spectrum to report to the court every ... 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

Takata Airbag Blamed For Death of Individual Repairing a Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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