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Salvaged Takata Airbags Threaten Lives, Latest Airbag Injury Shows

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Honda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that an 18-year-old female was seriously injured in Las Vegas March 3 when the Takata airbag in her 2002 Accord exploded in a minor rear-end collision. The airbag rupture nearly killed Karina Dorado, a customer service call center worker, by puncturing her trachea. Trauma surgeons removed metal pieces of the Takata airbag and its housing from her neck and vocal cords, which were also damaged. She is still being treated for neck injuries. While automakers, federal regulators, and civic and municipal leaders are pushing car owners affected by the massive Takata airbag recall to have ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

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Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More

Teavana Flip Tumblers Recalled Over Breakage, Burn Risks

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Starbucks unit Teavana is recalling more than 23,000 of 14-ounce “flip tumblers” sold in the U.S. after receiving a dozen reports that the item leaks and poses a burn risk. The tumblers, which are designed to hold hot liquid and steep hot tea, come with a clear plastic cap and a welded black base that screws onto a stainless steel tumbler. The tumblers were sold in black and silver models with the name “Teavana” printed on the side. They were sold in Teavana stores nationwide and online at Tevan.com from October 2016 through February 2017 for about $40. According to ... Read More

Texas Woman Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Jeep Rollaway Injuries

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A San Antonio, Texas, woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over injuries she allegedly sustained when her 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled over her foot. Sonya Dawson, 49, filed her lawsuit in federal court in San Antonio. Like many similar suits filed against Fiat Chrysler, Ms. Dawson alleges the gear shifter the automaker installed in some of its vehicles is defectively designed and prone to cause rollaway accidents. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Dawson pulled into her driveway and put her Grand Cherokee diesel in park. She then got out of the vehicle with the ... Read More

Target Recalls Easter Egg Toys Over Life-Threatening Ingestion Risks

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Target issued an urgent recall of water-absorbing Hatch & Grow Easter egg toys Thursday over fears the objects could expand inside a child’s body if swallowed and potentially cause life-threatening injuries. The national retailer is recalling about 560,000 units of the toy, which are individually packaged and resemble small colorful Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and butterflies. The Chinese-made products were sold in Target stores nationwide between February 2017 and March 2017 for about $1 each. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recall also covers similar toys with multiple product names, such as “Easter Grow Toys” and “Hatch Your ... Read More

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Picked To Administrate Takata Compensation Fund

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A federal judge in Michigan has tapped former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to administrate nearly $1 billion in compensation claims for automakers and U.S. victims harmed by defective Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force or exploded. U.S. District Judge George Steeh issued a notice of intent April 6 to select Mr. Mueller to oversee the Takata compensation fund, which allocates $850 million to the car manufacturers that face costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from the defective airbags and $125 million to the human victims, both past and future. Judge Steeh chose Mr. Mueller to administrate the compensation ... Read More

Southern California Leaders Warn Locals of Grave Takata Airbag Risks

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Civic and community leaders in the Los Angeles area have formed a coalition to urge motorists with vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls to have their airbag inflators repaired , saying hundreds of thousands of local residents continue to drive around with the potentially explosive airbags. The group is trying to convey to motorists what can happen if they fail to take the recall seriously. Speaking at a news conference at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in downtown Los Angeles, the group warned that airbags in millions of vehicles can deploy with lethal force and blast shrapnel from the ... Read More

Texas Woman Suffers Eye Injury When Takata Airbag Deploys In Honda Fender Bender

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A South Texas woman says she suffered eye damage when a minor low-speed fender bender caused the Takata airbag inside her 2012 Honda Civic to deploy with violent force. Mary Lou Rodriguez, a resident of the Rio Grande Valley city of Harlingen, Texas, told LawyersAndSettlements.com that she was driving her Honda in her neighborhood no more than 15 mph when she clipped a parked truck. Although the impact was slight, it triggered the airbags in her Honda. Ms. Rodriguez said there was a loud bang and she was forcefully thrust backward into her seat when the airbag deployed. “I was ... Read More

Nissan Seeks Repayment for Defective Airbag Costs from Takata

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Nissan Motor Co. wants Takata Corporation to cover the amount the car manufacturer is ordered to pay in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the auto supplier’s defective airbags, which can explode with lethal force. The Japanese automaker asked a Southern District of Florida federal judge to order the troubled airbag manufacturer to reimburse it for any damages stemming from the airbag crisis that it is ordered to pay. “The cross-claim says that Nissan bought Takata’s air bag inflators under a contract that requires Takata to indemnify Nissan from any liability and expenses incurred due to product defects and that Nissan wouldn’t ... Read More

XBOX ONE Controller Charger recall announced; 24 reports of overheating

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More than 120,000 Energizer® XBOX ONE 2X Smart Chargers are under recall by Performance Designed Products and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled chargers are believed to overheat and cause damage to the game controller, thus posing a burn hazard to unsuspecting consumers. The controller charger recall specifies the Energizer® XBOX ONE 2X Smart Chargers that are used to charge XBOX ONE video game controllers. The recalled chargers, which are made of a black plastic, measure around 3.5 inches long by 5 inches wide by 11 inches. The “Energizer®” logo can be found on the charger’s label ... Read More