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Takata patents indicate long history of airbag problems

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Patents owned by Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. show that the company has known for more than a dozen years about the defects that can make its airbags deploy with excessive force, sometimes killing and maiming vehicles occupants with metal and plastic shrapnel. Bloomberg News reviewed patents obtained by a law firm involved in the Takata airbag litigation. The patents indicate the supplier sought ways to improve the sodium nitrate-based propellant system and strengthen the metal airbag housing as early as 2000. Ammonium nitrate is one of the various methods airbag manufacturers use as a propellant. Takata chose to use ... Read More

Stadium Seats Recalled Due to Injury Risk

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As football season draws to an end and bowl game season approaches, GCI Outdoor announced a recall of about 6,000 BleacherBack stadium seats that were sold from January 2013 to August 2014. The backrest of the seats can fail, posing a risk of injury. GCI Outdoor has received one report of backrest support failure, causing the consumer to fall from bleachers, injuring their neck and back. The stadium seats recalled are made of a powder-coated steel frame, stitched fabric backrest, and fabric-covered padded bottom. The backrest has a mesh pocket on the back side, and the seat bottom has a strap ... Read More

Injuries from Takata exploding airbags often resemble bullet and knife wounds

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Motorists injured by exploding airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata often look like they have been stabbed or shot, CNN reported, citing police who responded to emergencies involving the potentially deadly airbags. In September 2013, Police who first arrived at the scene of a minor car accident in Alhambra, Calif., thought that the driver, Hai Ming Xu, had sustained a gunshot to the face. But Mr. Hai wasn’t the victim of foul play. He was simply maneuvering his 2002 Acura TL in the parking lot of a restaurant where he worked when he accidentally struck the wall of an adjoining ... Read More

Dream On Me Incredible Play Yards Recalled Due To Strangulation Hazard

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Dream On Me is announcing yet another recall on its baby merchandise, only this time it is about 10,000 of its Dream On Me Incredible Play Yards. Strangulation may occur in the play yard if its rails collapse. In order to keep any children from sustaining injury or death, Dream On Me will be sending out repair kits to affected consumers. The Dream On Me Incredible two-level deluxe adjustable play yards recalled feature model numbers beginning with 436A, 436B, 436G, 436O, 436P and 436R. The recalled play yards, which are available in many different colors, feature a steel, powder-coated frame base ... Read More

Japanese automakers expand Takata airbag recalls, more than half a million vehicles affected

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Three Japanese auto manufacturers said on Thursday they are expanding recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly Takata-made airbags. The latest recalls encompass some 550,000 vehicles and bring the total number of vehicles recalled globally since 2008 to about 20 million. Honda Motor, which has been affected by the Takata airbag problem more than any other automaker, announced it would recall an additional 400,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the airbags, which contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. The latest Honda Takata airbag recalls expansion includes ... Read More

Chinese electronics manufacturer Lenovo recalls 500,000 AC power cords after reports of overheating

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Lenovo, a computer technology company founded in China, has announced an enormous recall of nearly 500,000 AC power cords that were produced in 2011. According to the company, the power cords may overheat, therefore posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers. In addition to the 500,000 units being recalled in the U.S., about 44,000 will be recalled from Canada. Lenovo’s black LS-15 AC power cord, which was manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011, was sold with IdeaPad brand B-,G-,S-,U-,V- and Z-series laptop computers. The recalled power cords were also sold with Lenova brand B-, G- and V-series laptop ... Read More

Fuel Leak Risk Causes Worldwide Recall of 470,000 Nissan Vehicles


Nissan recently issued a recall covering about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that may cause fuel leaks. 134,000 of these recalled vehicles are in the United States, specifically Nissan’s Juke SUV from the 2012 through 2014 model years, the Infiniti M56 and QX56 from 2012 and 2013, and the Infiniti QX70 and QX80 SUVs from 2014 and 2015. U.S. safety regulators report that a fuel pressure sensor may not have been tightened properly in production. This mistake could lead to a fuel leak over time due to heat and vibration, increasing the risk of a fire. ... Read More

Multiple reports of fires, property damage lead to large recall of HobbyZone Super Cub aircraft products

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Horizon Hobby, an international hobby item distributer, has announced a recall of more than 6,700 power supplies and chargers of HobbyZone Super Cub S Ready-To-Fly products and Super Cub S Bind-N-Fly products.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s recall announcement, the devices, sold exclusively by Horizon Hobby, may set fire and cause property damage. The recalled power supply and charger were sold exclusively with the HobbyZone Super Cub S Ready-To-Fly aircraft, model number HBZ8100 and the HobbyZone Super Cub S Bind-N-Fly model number HBZ8180. The model numbers for the aircrafts can be found on its original packaging. The ... Read More

Takata defies U.S. regulators’ demand for wider recall of exploding airbags

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Japan’s Takata Corp. is defying federal auto safety regulators who are demanding the supplier and automakers expand recalls of potentially deadly airbags over concerns the devices can explode with excessive force, blasting the driver and passengers with metal fragments. Takata responded to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Tuesday, saying the agency lacks the authority to order recalls from manufacturers that supply automakers with original parts. In November, NHTSA authorities contacted Takata and several automakers demanding a nationwide recall of vehicles fitted with the faulty airbags. The agency took the rare measure after evaluating a report of an exploding ... Read More

Nearly 10,000 rechargeable battery packs recalled by Goal Zero after reports of overheating, fire

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Goal Zero, a company specializing in solar power products, has announced a recall of approximately 10,000 of its rechargeable battery packs due to reports of overheating and melting. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the battery packs recalled include the Goal Zero Sherpa brand 50 and 120 rechargeable battery packs. They were manufactured to charge electronic devices, such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and so on. The battery packs can be charged in three ways:  by an A/C wall outlet, a 12 volt car charger or an attachable solar panel. The silver and black recalled battery packs, which ... Read More