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NHTSA launches investigation into defective ARC airbag inflators in older-model vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced an investigation into defective airbag inflators manufactured by ARC Automotive, which is unaffiliated with Takata’s defective airbags. According to NHTSA, nearly 420,000 older-model Fiat Chrysler Town and Country minivans, as well as about 70,000 Kia Optima sedans are equipped with the defective ARC airbag inflators under probe. Similar to the Takata airbag recall, the faulty ARC airbags may also explode upon impact, but not for the same reasons. During a preliminary analysis, experts learned that the path used by inflator gas to exit the airbag may be blocked by an unknown ... Read More

NHTSA to investigate Fiat Chrysler’s 2013 Dodge Dart recall

A federal investigation has been launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of Fiat Chrysler’s handling of the 121K 2013 Dodge Dart recall. A total of 18 complaints were received by NHTSA before it decided upon an investigation into the Dart’s braking problems. Recorded complaints state the vehicle’s brake pedal may suddenly become difficult to depress, increasing the expected braking distance significantly for Dodge Dart drivers. Some drivers even claim to hear a “pop noise or an air hissing noise when applying the brake pedal, followed by a hard pedal feel and reduced brake effectiveness.” In order to ... Read More

Nissan air bag sensor recalls now under probe following complaints

Almost one million Nissan vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 for air bag sensor issues are now under federal investigation following accusations that the problem was not fixed. According to Reuters, the approximately 990,000 Nissan vehicles previously recalled in 2013 and 2014 were experiencing troubles with the computer software not recognizing when an adult was in the passenger seat. As a result, the passenger’s side airbags would not be deployed, putting innocent lives at risk of injury or even death. At least 124 recall repair complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before ... Read More

OSHA fines Wireless Horizon for tower collapse that killed two workers

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. with two willful and four serious safety violations following an investigation of a March 25 cell tower collapse that killed two workers in Kansas. The deaths of the workers, two technicians ages 25 and 38, bring the number of U.S. communication tower deaths to 11 so far this year. There have been 24 deaths among cell tower workers since the beginning of 2013, according to OSHA records. The Wireless Horizon workers were dismantling a tower in Blaine, Kansas, using a gin pole, a special load-lifting device. The ... Read More

OSHA orders back pay, damages, and job reinstatement to railroad employee

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) LLC, the second-largest freight railroad network in North America, retaliated against a North Dakota worker in December 2013 for reporting a work-related injury and submitting a physician’s treatment plan to his employer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded in an investigation. OSHA ordered Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF to pay the worker more than $30,000 in back wages and damages and to take other corrective actions. The former employee submitted a whistleblower complaint to OSHA alleging BNSF violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, which prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who ... Read More

GM announces more safety recalls over weekend, 57,000 vehicles affected

General Motors (GM) announced two more safety recalls over the weekend affecting more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for problems involving overheating fuel pumps, loose electrical connections, and yet more potentially deadly ignition switch defects. The new recalls came just one day after the Detroit automaker recalled more than half a million cars and SUVs for loose joint and hood latch defects. On Saturday, GM said that it’s recalling about 47,000 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars and about 7,600 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice police cars because drivers may bump the ignition key with their knee, inadvertently switching the key ... Read More

GM launching two new safety recalls of more than half a million cars, SUVs

General Motors (GM) announced two new safety recalls on Friday for loose joints and a hood latch problem that together affect more than 524,000 cars and SUVs. The first recall encompasses 430,550 Cadillac SRX and Saab 9-4X SUVs for possible loose joints and worn threads in the rear toe link assembly, which could cause the toe adjuster link to separate and in turn cause the vehicle to veer off the intended course at highway speeds and potentially crash. GM said it knows of three crashes and two injuries linked to the rear toe link defect. The recall affects 2010-2015 model-year ... Read More

Parents of woman killed in Santa Monica plane crash file wrongful death lawsuit

The parents of a 28-year-old woman killed in a Santa Monica airplane crash last year have filed a lawsuit against the pilot’s estate and several others, alleging negligence in the design and handling of the airplane as well as the air strip on which the airplane attempted to land. Lauren Winkler died when the Cesna 525A Citation airplane piloted by her boyfriend’s father crashed on the evening of Sept. 29, 2013, at Santa Monica Airport. The other three occupants of the plane were also killed; they were identified as: Mark Benjamin, 63, the pilot; his girlfriend Kyla DuPoint, 53; and ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

Wyoming fracking site blast kills one worker, injures three others

One worker has died and three others were seriously injured after an explosion ripped through a storage tank Wednesday at a natural gas production facility operated by fracking giant EOG Resources Inc. in southwestern Wyoming. The worker who was killed was contracted to clean natural gas storage tanks at the EOG site south of LaBarge, Wyo., alongside another contract worker and two EOG employees. A company representative told Reuters that the site contained one natural gas well and two gas storage tanks. “The tank stores natural gas, and was undergoing cleaning when the explosion occurred,” the Lincoln County Homeland Security ... Read More