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Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars For Potential Steering Wheel Detachment

Ford Motor Co. announced a major safety recall involving about 1.4 million cars in North America over concerns that the steering wheel could come off the steering column, causing drivers to lose control. The Ford recall affects certain model-year 2014 through 2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars. Most of the recalled cars – about 1.3 million – are in the U.S. Another 62,000 vehicles in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico are included in the recall. Ford announced the recall after company officials found that the cars have “potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel ... Read More

Auto Safety Advocates Seek Release of Goodyear Tire Death Documents

Auto safety advocates are heaping pressure on federal authorities to divulge documents relating to Goodyear’s G159 tire, which has been linked to hundreds of tire-blowout crashes involving motorhomes, causing dozens of injuries and deaths. According to Arizona’s The Republic, the Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading auto safety advocacy group, has filed a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the Freedom of Information Act seeking death and injury claim information, tire-testing results, and other information concerning the Goodyear tires. Litigation involving Goodyear’s G159 tires has been ongoing for years, but the manufacturer’s lawyers successfully lobbied ... Read More

Soy-based Wiring Turns Subarus Into Rodent Attraction, Lawsuit Contends

A Maui woman is suing the Hawaii distributor for Subaru vehicles claiming that the car manufacturer’s use of soy-based wiring attracts mice, rats and other rodents, leaving owners with damaged, unsafe vehicles and costly repairs. The lawsuit, filed by Joy Diane Shuey in Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court in Maui, seeks class-action status to cover other owners of Subaru vehicles sold or distributed by Servco Subaru Hawaii between Nov. 22, 2013, and the present. Ms. Shuey alleges that Subaru uses wiring coated with a soy-based insulation not just because it is biodegradable and better for the environment, but because it is ... Read More

Tire Blowout Kills Florida Couple in Everglades

Authorities in South Florida say a tire blowout appears to have caused a Ford Expedition SUV to crash Sunday afternoon in Alligator Alley, killing a Tampa couple and their dogs. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the treads on the left rear tire of the Ford SUV separated, causing Kevin Livingston, 42, to lose control of the vehicle. The Ford veered off Interstate 75 near Mile Marker 32 and plummeted into a canal on the right side of the highway. I-75 runs through the Everglades, connecting Fort Lauderdale with Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. Mr. Livingston and his wife Michele Makiyama Livingston, ... Read More

Nutribullet Explosion Allegedly Burns Latina Superstar’s Mother

The mother of the legendary singer Jenni Rivera is suing the manufacturer of the Nutribullet blender, alleging her blender exploded while she was making chili and left her with severe, disfiguring burns. According to CBS News Los Angeles, Rosa Rivera and her attorney held a press conference Tuesday that offered some details of the alleged Nutribullet explosion. According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, infomercials touting the Nutribullet fail to warn consumers about the appliance’s hidden dangers, which include a build-up of pressure inside the canister that can cause it to explode. Ms. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, claims that her ... Read More

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