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Honda Reports Another Takata Airbag-Related Death In California

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A defective Takata airbag caused the death of another person in the U.S., the 11th fatality linked to airbags that can explode with deadly force, U.S. regulators and Honda Motor Co. said Thursday. The victim, identified in the Riverside, Calif., coroner’s records as Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, Calif., was driving a 2001 Honda Civic in Riverside when the incident occurred on Sept. 20. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Robles collided with a Chevy pickup truck that was attempting to make a left turn, causing the Takata airbag in her Civic to deploy. She was traveling about 25 mph ... Read More

Feds Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Travel

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Samsung has recalled its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is offering customers a refund plus additional cash back if they turn in their old phones. But that doesn’t mean all Note 7 customers have stopped using the devices, which are prone to overheat and burst into flames. The prospect of people still using the incendiary Samsung phones has prompted federal regulators to issue an emergency order banning all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from aircraft in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly issued the emergency order ... Read More

Honda Recalls 350,000 2016 Civics For Brake-Related Rollaway Risk

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American Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling about 350,000 Civic coupes and sedans in the United States to fix a defect affecting the vehicles’ electronic parking brake that could allow them to roll away. The recall affects two-door and four-door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L Civic vehicles from the 2016 model year. Honda said the electronic parking brake may not work when it is applied immediately after turning the ignition off. If the brake isn’t applied, the brake warning light in the instrument panel will blink for 15 seconds to alert the driver. According to Honda, the glitch lies ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung’s Biggest Fail, But Not Its Only One

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Samsung has officially killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a September recall of the devices and a costly production of their replacements failed to fix the flaw that caused the phones to burst into flames. The recall, extra production, and lost revenues directly related to the Galaxy Note 7 disaster cost the Korean electronics giant as much as $5 billion, but that figure is small compared to the $18-billion loss in the company’s valuation following the Note 7’s funeral. The Samsung name has been tarnished and faith in the brand has been eroded. Many industry analysts predict ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Samsung Replacement Phone Burns In Minnesota Teen’s Hand

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A Minnesota teenager who recently exchanged her recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for a replacement says the new device melted in her hand, burning her thumb. Thirteen-year-old Abby Zuis of Farmington, Minn., had her replacement phone only a few days after exchanging her original phone under a safety recall amid reports that the Samsung devices could overheat, explode, and burst into flames. On Friday afternoon, Abby was holding her phone and waiting for her siblings to get out of school when she felt what she described as a “weird, burning sensation … like pins and needles, except a lot more ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Combust, Samsung Halts Production

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Samsung Electronics has suspended production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones amid new reports that some of the devices provided as replacements in a safety recall are overheating, catching fire, and exploding. The South Korean electronics corporation recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last month as reports of explosions and fires mounted. The company attributed the problem to a defect in the lithium-ion batteries and claimed the incidents were “isolated cases” stemming from mass production issues. Samsung took a similar stance when reports emerged that the new replacement phones were also overheating, saying that “the issue does not pose ... Read More

Southwest Flight Evacuated After Samsung Replacement Phone Combusts

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A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated on the runway in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday morning after a passenger’s replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone burst into flames and reportedly burned a hole in the floor of the aircraft. Southwest flight 994 passenger Brian Green had just powered down his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone as the Baltimore-bound plane was preparing for takeoff when it burst into flames. A nearby passenger said Mr. Green immediately dropped the flaming device on the floor. Passengers remained calm as airline attendants consulted with pilots in the cockpit. Within seconds, the captain came out and told ... Read More

Samsung Washing Machines Can Explode During Spin Cycle, CPSC Warns

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Samsung relaunched its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones this week after recalling over the risk of explosion and fires. But while that problem is in the process of being resolved, another one has emerged to compound the Korean tech giant’s headache: exploding washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to consumers Thursday that certain top-loading washing machines can blow apart during the spin cycle, potentially causing property damage and/or serious bodily harm to anyone near the appliance. According to an ABC investigative report, the CPSC has received 21 reports of top-loading washing machines made by ... Read More

Honda Driver Dead After Another Takata Airbag Explosion In Malaysia

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Honda Motor Co. said a driver died last week after a Takata airbag exploded during a crash in Malaysia, potentially raising the number of deaths directly caused by the faulty airbags to 16 worldwide. The latest incident occurred Sept. 24 in the southern Malaysian state of Johor and involved a 2009 Honda City. That particular model was part of a Takata airbag recall Honda initiated in Malaysia last year, but the recall repairs had not been performed on the vehicle. The passenger-side airbag did not rupture, Honda said. The Tokyo-based airbag manufacturer has recalled about 100 million airbag units around ... Read More