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Parents of Asiana Flight 214 crash victim file wrongful-death lawsuit

The family of an Asiana flight 214 passenger who was killed after being run over by San Francisco Fire Department rescue vehicles as she lay on the tarmac filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, rescue crews, and airport officials. Sixteen-year-old Ye Meng Yuan of Zheijiang Province, China, was traveling to California with school friends for a summer camp that was to involve trips to Google, Stanford University, and a camp for teaching kids about American culture. She was one of three Chinese teenagers who lost their lives during or after the Boeing 777’s crash landing at San Francisco ... Read More

NHTSA chronically slow responding to auto safety petitions, AP analysis finds

Federal auto safety regulators routinely fail to address consumer safety concerns in a timely manner, an Associated Press (AP) analysis found, underscoring a problem that may contribute to dangerous vehicles remaining on the road and more people being injured and killed needlessly. The AP reported that since 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 15 petitions filed by consumers and safety advocates who wanted the federal regulators to investigate potential safety problems in some vehicles. Of those petitions, NHTSA missed the four-month deadline that the law requires it to meet in granting or denying the request 12 times. ... Read More

Lawsuits against Bayer alleging neurological side effects from Mirena IUD will not be centralized

Nine lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals alleging the company’s Mirena IUD caused neurological conditions will not be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation because there are just too few to justify the motion. Plaintiffs had asked that the lawsuits be centralized in Tennessee; Bayer opposed centralization or to have them consolidated in New York. Bayer already faces multidistrict litigation with its Mirena intrauterine device over uterine perforation, a different injury. These nine lawsuits claim that the Mirena IUD contraceptive device releases a synthetic hormone that can cause neurological problems, including a type of brain damage known as pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC) ... Read More

GM unable to locate nearly 140,000 owners of vehicles with ignition switch flaw

If you own a General Motors (GM) vehicle that is subject to the company’s ignition switch recall and haven’t yet received a recall notice in the mail, you could be one of several thousand the automaker has failed to reach. In its quarterly filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) July 25, GM said that about 6.4 percent of the 2.2 million recall notices it mailed to owners were returned as undeliverable. That’s about 140,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Saturn, and other model cars, trucks and SUVs. GM has said several times that it is aiming for a 100-percent ... Read More

GM recall website gave some consumers wrong info, NHTSA warns

Owners of General Motors (GM) cars and trucks who recently used the automaker’s VIN-entry website to check whether their vehicle is subject to a safety recall are urged to check again or call the company because the website was giving out wrong information to some users. Federal investigators probing GM’s response to a potentially deadly flaw in the ignition switches of nearly 3 million vehicles said Friday that GM’s website, designed to help consumers through the recall process, isn’t working properly. GM has recalled about 30 million vehicles in North America this year alone, with about 25.5 million of those ... Read More

Asiana flight attendants deal with trauma, depression after San Francisco crash

Four of the flight attendants aboard Asiana Flight 214, which crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013, have returned to their jobs in recent weeks, but eight others are still on leave for medical and psychological treatment, the Wall Street Journal reports. An Asiana spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that all 12 of Asiana 214’s flight attendants were offered new positions within the company, but all wished to be returned to their original jobs once they recovered. Airplane crash survivors normally face a lengthy psychological recovery and, for most, the trauma can endure to some ... Read More

Jury selection begins for trial of employees of peanut processing plant at center of deadly Salmonella outbreak

Jury selection is underway for the trial of three people, employees and associates with a peanut processing plant blamed for the deadliest Salmonella outbreak in U.S. history, which killed nine people and sickened more than 700 in 2009. Former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker Michael Parnell, and the peanut plant’s quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts that allege the three shipped peanuts contaminated with Salmonella to industrial food customers – including nursing homes, schools and food suppliers – and covered up lab tests that showed some batches ... Read More

Southwest Airlines faces $12 million in FAA fines for improper aircraft repairs

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks $12 million in penalties from Southwest Airlines for improperly repairing its fleet of Boeing 737 jets, the agency said Monday. The agency said that the Dallas-based airline contracted Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS) to perform the repairs and that in three separate cases the company failed to follow proper procedures. Failure to follow strict rules for the repair and maintenance of aircraft could threaten the integrity of the aircraft and safety of passengers and crew. Southwest returned the jetliners to service and operated them when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations, ... Read More

Swing ride malfunction injures two riders at Ohio amusement park after cable snaps

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Two people were injured when a large steel cable snapped on a giant swing ride at Cedar Point amusement park Saturday night. The Skyhawk ride, which consists of two opposing swings on 125-foot arms that rotate vertically at speeds of 60 miles per hour, was full of riders when the malfunction occurred around 10 p.m. According to WKYC, one of the swings had its carriage disconnect in mid-air. The snapped cable hit a nearby fence, taking out a 20-foot section and throwing a 2×6 plank into one rider’s face. Another person aboard the ride was also injured ... Read More

Attorneys in GM litigation seek access to all of automaker’s ignition-switch-recall disclosures

Lawyers appointed as temporary counsel in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against General Motors (GM) for lost value of its vehicles have told the federal judge overseeing the litigation that the automaker should submit all pre-discovery disclosures and other documents it has already released to federal officials investigating GM’s handling of recalls over ignition switch failures. GM has already released a substantial amount of discovery to government officials, including the House Energy & Commerce Committee, a Senate Commerce subcommittee, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the lawyers argued. Those disclosures have not been released to the public, and attorneys ... Read More