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Man’s Death from Burns Sparks Second Space Heater Recall

An electric space heater manufacturer joined federal safety regulators in re-announcing the recall of thousands of electric space heater fans after a Minnesota man died of burn injuries he sustained in a December 2017 house fire. Vornado LLC of Andover, Kansas, originally recalled about 350,000 VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters in April over the risk of fire and burn injuries. On Aug. 22, the company re-announced the recall after the Minnesota death was linked to one of the space heaters. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled space heaters “can overheat when in use, posing ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

A San Antonio, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over injuries she allegedly sustained when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over her foot. Sonya Dawson, 49, filed her lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio. Like many similar suits filed against Fiat Chrysler, Ms. Dawson alleges the gear shifter the automaker installed in some of its vehicles is defectively designed and prone to cause rollaway accidents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Dawson pulled into her driveway and put her Grand Cherokee diesel in park. She then got out of the vehicle with the ... Read More

Three People Killed In Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Collisions In Tennessee In Less Than A Year

A lot of press has been focused on highway guardrails made by Trinity Industries of Texas since the company became the target of a massive whistleblower lawsuit alleging the safety devices malfunctioned after an unapproved redesign. But according to a Knoxville News Sentinel report, Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails are not the only rail systems malfunctioning, sometimes with deadly consequences. Since June 2016, at least four people in Tennessee were killed when their vehicles struck the end terminals of guardrails that failed to buckle and absorb the impact of the collision. Instead, the rails stayed rigid and impaled the vehicles like a ... Read More

Tennessee Bills Deceased Teen For Defective Guardrail That Killed Her

The State of Tennessee billed a deceased teen for “damage to state property” and the costs involved in replacing a section of guardrail that malfunctioned and killed her in a November crash. Hannah Eimers, 17, was killed instantly Nov. 1 when the 2000 Volvo S80 she was driving on I-75 near Niota, Tennessee, veered onto the median from the northbound lane and struck the end terminal of a guardrail. Instead of collapsing like a telescope as it was designed to do, however, the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail system impaled the vehicle and struck Hannah in the head and neck, pushing her ... Read More

Southern California Leaders Warn Locals of Grave Takata Airbag Risks

Civic and community leaders in the Los Angeles area have formed a coalition to urge motorists with vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls to have their airbag inflators repaired , saying hundreds of thousands of local residents continue to drive around with the potentially explosive airbags. The group is trying to convey to motorists what can happen if they fail to take the recall seriously. Speaking at a news conference at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles, the group warned that airbags in millions of vehicles can deploy with lethal force and blast shrapnel from the ... Read More

Nissan Seeks Repayment for Defective Airbag Costs from Takata

Nissan Motor Co. wants Takata Corporation to cover the amount the car manufacturer is ordered to pay in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the auto supplier’s defective airbags, which can explode with lethal force. The Japanese automaker asked a Southern District of Florida federal judge to order the troubled airbag manufacturer to reimburse it for any damages stemming from the airbag crisis that it is ordered to pay. “The cross-claim says that Nissan bought Takata’s air bag inflators under a contract that requires Takata to indemnify Nissan from any liability and expenses incurred due to product defects and that Nissan wouldn’t ... Read More

Family Settles Suit With Takata, Honda Over Texas Teen’s Airbag Death

The family of a Texas teenager who died in March from injuries she suffered when a defective Takata airbag exploded in her Honda Civic has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Japanese airbag maker, Honda, and a local car dealership. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the mild impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 Civic to explode, blasting metal shrapnel that punctured her throat ... Read More

Best Buy Fined Millions For Selling Recalled Products

Home electronics superstore Best Buy has agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $4 million for violating federal consumer protections laws by distributing and selling previously recalled consumer electronics. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the $3.8-million fine resolves charges that the Richfield, Minn.-based retailer knowingly distributed and sold 16 different recalled products during a five-year period from 2010 through 2015. CPSC regulators found that during that time, Best Buy had failed to take proper procedures to accurately identify, quarantine, and prevent the sale of products under a safety recall to all of its retail outlets. ... Read More

Hundreds of Takata’s Recalled Airbag Inflators Explode During Testing

Hundreds of airbag inflators made by Takata and taken out of recalled airbag units ruptured during laboratory testing, further demonstrating the threat to motorists posed by the faulty devices. According to Bloomberg, documents released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that during testing, 660 of the 245,000 recalled airbag inflators exploded during testing. A consent decree Takata signed last year with NHTSA officials required the Tokyo-based supplier to disclose test findings. The faulty airbag inflators have been blamed for at least 15 deaths worldwide, most of which were in the U.S., and more than 100 injuries. The ... Read More