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Still no fix in sight for many Cadillacs recalled for defective ignition switches

General Motors (GM) recalled more than half a million Cadillacs spanning a decade of model years in June for problems related to the ignition switch, but engineers have not yet found a way to repair the potentially deadly flaw. The defect affects 554,328 Cadillacs from the 2003 to 2012 model years. Included in that recall are 2003 to 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles (excluding the new-design CTS four-door sedan) and 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX crossovers. The affected Cadillacs were among the 7.55 million vehicles GM recalled in the U.S. on June 30. GM has developed a fix for most of ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

GM resisting NHTSA pressure to recall vehicles for potential brake line failure

General Motors (GM) is resisting pressure from federal auto regulators to recall full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from 1999 to 2003 for potential brake failure, the New York Times reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating the potential for brake failure in the affected vehicles since 2010. To date the agency has received about 1,000 complaints from owners. The issue affects nearly 1.8 million vehicles. The latest publicly available figures show that NHTSA received reports of 26 crashes and three injuries related to brake line failure in the affected vehicles. Those numbers, from 2011, linked no ... Read More

Emergency slide inflates inside United Airlines flight, forces emergency landing

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Santa Ana, Calif., took to Twitter and other social media Sunday to express how terrifying it felt to have an emergency evacuation slide suddenly inflate inside the cabin at 38,000 feet. “Scariest flight of all time,” Taylor Martinez, a passenger on United flight 1463 tweeted after the slide inflated in the back of the cabin. Other passengers, noting the loud hissing sound the slide made, thought that maybe a door had opened in the aircraft. Nobody was injured by the slide, but it did force the pilot to make an emergency ... Read More

Deadly Mississippi ambulance crash underscores dangers for emergency workers

Police investigating a deadly collision between an ambulance and a tractor trailer June 24 in southeastern Mississippi say the crash occurred when the emergency vehicle attempted to pass two 18-wheelers. The crash killed the two-man ambulance crew at the scene. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol officials, an ASAP ambulance traveling north on Highway 63 in Greene County while responding to an emergency call came up behind two semi trucks. The ambulance crew had activated the vehicle’s red lights but had not initialized the siren when they attempted to pass the trucks on the left. The ambulance cleared the first truck ... Read More

Beasley Allen video takes a look inside GM’s defective ignition assembly

By now, nearly everyone in the U.S. has heard of the dangerous and potentially deadly ignition switch defect that has triggered General Motors (GM) to recall more than 11 million cars worldwide. But as familiar as that news is, the actual mechanics of what is happening inside the steering column may not be clear to many. Beasley Allen law firm has produced a new video in which attorney Mike Andrews shows viewers an actual ignition switch assembly taken from a Chevy Cobalt and demonstrates the flaw that GM has linked to 54 crashes and 13 deaths. “GM has hidden a ... Read More

GM recalling 8.2 million more vehicles for ignition switch error

On the same day it announced a compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch, General Motors (GM) announced more massive recalls Monday afternoon, collectively encompassing an additional 8.2 million U.S. vehicles to repair ignition switch defects and other safety problems. The six new recalls GM announced affect 17 model years stretching back to 1997 up until 2014. In addition to the 7.6 million U.S. vehicles recalled, GM recalled another 800,000 vehicles globally, bringing the total number of cars included in the latest recall to 8.4 million. The automaker said that it blames “inadvertent ignition key rotation” in the ... Read More

GM’s plan for ignition switch victim compensation fund flawed; Beasley Allen lawyers weigh in

General Motors (GM) announced on Monday details of its victims’ compensation fund for those harmed by the automaker’s ignition switch defect. The fund, which will be managed by former BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, will offer at least $1 million to family members of victims who died as a result of the defect, which has led to multiple recalls encompassing about 6 million GM vehicles, including 2.6 million small models and 3.4 million midsize and large cars. GM said the fund is accessible to drivers as well as passengers, pedestrians, and occupants of a second vehicle who were ... Read More

GM blames recall of additional 3 million U.S. vehicles on “made in China” ignition switch flaw

General Motors (GM) said the ignition switches that triggered another recall of millions of vehicles earlier this month were made by a company in China. GM recalled more than 3 million cars in the U.S. June 16 for problems related to the ignition switch, saying that it would replace or rework ignition keys to prevent them from inadvertently slipping out of position while the car is in motion. The GM vehicles affected by the latest recall include the 2005-09 Buick Lacrosse, 2006-11 Buick Lucerne, 2004-05 Buick Regal LS and GS, 2000-05 Cadillac DeVille, 2004-11 Cadillac DTS, 2006-14 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-08 ... Read More

Former Survivor star killed on the job at Birmingham railroad

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant and Alabama resident Caleb Bankston was killed June 24 in a work-related accident in Birmingham. Sources say the 26-year-old locomotive engineer and conductor for Alabama Warrior Railway was working on one of the train cars at a company rail yard in Birmingham when he was crushed to death. According to TMZ, Mr. Bankston “was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car … with Bankston caught helplessly between.” Mr. Bankston ... Read More