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Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

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A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Lithium Batteries In Some Samsung Phones Recalled

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Lithium batteries installed in some refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones are being recalled because of counterfeit concerns and potential malfunction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. The recall involves about 10,200 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones locked to AT&T distributed by FedEx Supply Chain (formerly GENCO) as replacement phones through AT&T’s insurance program. FedEx and Samsung found that the phone batteries “show anomalies” that could cause them to overheat and potentially start a fire. The origin of the lithium batteries hasn’t been determined, but it is known that they were not installed in the phones originally. There ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

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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 Airbags Trigger Recall of Nearly 80,000 older Mazda Vehicles

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Defective Takata airbags have prompted another safety recall, this time affecting nearly 80,000 older Mazda cars and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall covers certain 2007 through 2009 and 2012 Mazda CX-7, CX-9, and Mazda 6 vehicles in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, Takata airbags in some of the vehicles are being recalled for the second time. A previous recall in January replaced some Takata airbag inflators with the same parts that were thought to be somewhat safer than the originals. The replacements, however, are still susceptible to degradation because they are powered ... Read More

Nissan Settles Takata Economic-Loss Dispute For $98 Million

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Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay nearly $98 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by car owners who claim defective Takata airbags diminished the value of their vehicles. The $97.7 million economic-loss complaint covers about 4.4 million Nissan vehicles in the U.S. It follows similar settlements between car owners and BMW AG, Mazda Motor Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, and Subaru Corp, which arrived at settlements totaling $553 million. A federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to those agreements in June and a final approval date has been set for Oct. 25. The agreements cover nearly 16 million ... Read More

Honda: Takata Airbag Suspected In Death of Florida Woman

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A Florida woman who died in a July 19 car crash may have been killed by a Takata airbag that exploded with deadly force. The crash occurred in Holiday, Florida, near St. Petersburg when a 34-year-old woman driving a 2002 Honda Accord collided head-on with a 1999 Pontiac Firebird. The Firebird was driven by a teen who turned into the Accord’s path, according to police reports. WFLA Channel 8 Tampa reports the woman driving the Honda was identified as Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday. Ms. Barker was rushed to a local hospital where she died. The Associated Press reported that ... Read More

Takata Airbag Likely Cause of Australian Driver’s Death

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Police in Australia say a man who was killed this month in a car crash near Sydney likely died from shrapnel injuries he suffered from an exploding Takata airbag. If confirmed, the 58-year-old man’s death would be the 18th death worldwide linked to defective Takata airbag inflators and the first such death in Australia. The victim in this latest Takata airbag incident was driving a 2007 Honda CR-V in Cabramatta, just west of Sydney. Police sources offered little on the details of the crash but reports said the man died after being struck in the neck by a fragment of ... Read More

Takata Airbag Blamed For Death of Individual Repairing a Honda

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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

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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

Lawsuit Alleges Defective Fireworks Caused Burn Injuries

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Three Oregon residents who suffered serious burn injuries from a handheld firework have jointly filed a lawsuit against the retailer and distributer, claiming the companies knew the fireworks to be defective when they malfunctioned on July 4, 2015. According to The (Lane County) Register-Guard, the lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court by Kori Ware, her 2-year-old daughter, and an unrelated 9-year-old boy, represented by his mother. The suit names Fundz 4 Kidz, a local retailer that sold them the fireworks, its owner Aaron Taylor, and the national distributor of the fireworks, North Central Industries, Inc. of Muncie, Indiana. ... Read More