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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

Takata Declares Bankruptcy Amid Exploding Airbag Crisis

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Takata, the Japanese auto supplier that’s drowning in airbag recalls and lawsuits, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Japan, clearing the way for a Chinese-American manufacturer to buy its surviving operations for $1.6 billion. The deal was announced June 26 in Japan and effectively brings the 85-year old family-owned company to an end. Key Safety Systems, a Michigan auto supplier owned by Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation of China, said it is buying Takata’s manufacturing facilities. The buyout should position Key Safety Systems, which already manufactures airbags and other auto parts, as a frontrunner in the global airbag ... Read More

Hepatitis A In Frozen Tuna Prompts Another Recall

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Federal and state health officials are investigating the potential hepatitis A contamination of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed by Hilo Fish Company to restaurants and other customers in California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. The risk of contamination was discovered in mid-May after Hilo Fish tested samples of frozen tuna provided by the Sustainable Seafood Company of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of the Philippines. Earlier, in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that people who consumed raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, between April 27 and May 1 may ... Read More

Frozen Burritos Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

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A New Mexico company that makes frozen burritos announced a recall May 13 of about 253,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and chicken burritos out of concerns that the products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness. Green Chile Concepts LLC of Las Cruces, New Mexico, said the burritos included in the recall are sold under the brand name Green Chile Food Company and are available frozen, refrigerated, and hot in certain convenience stores, vending machines, and other retail locations nationwide. All of the burritos are ready-to-eat and packaged ... Read More

Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 1.25 Million Ram Pickups For Software Flaw

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Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will recall more than 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks to correct a software error that could cause the vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts to malfunction in a rollover crash. The software glitch could disable the side airbags and seatbelt tension devices that protect motorists in a rollover caused by a significant underbody impact, such as running over debris on the road or driving off-road. The company says the chances of such a malfunction occurring are small because a sequence of events was needed to cause such an accident, but the faulty code has been linked to ... Read More

Another Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii Linked to Raw Tuna

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People who ate raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between April 27 and May 1 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in a recall notice for raw frozen tuna. The FDA’s announcement of the recall and potential hepatitis A exposure come less than a year after Hawaii struggled to identify the source of and contain the state’s largest-ever hepatitis A outbreak, which was eventually linked to contaminated frozen scallops from the Philippines used in sushi. The current recall includes frozen tuna ... Read More

Aunt Jemima Products Recalled For Potential Listeria Contamination

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The parent company of Aunt Jemima breakfast foods is recalling more than a dozen pancake, waffle, French toast, and other products over concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pinnacle Foods discovered the presence of Listeria germs in its manufacturing facility during routine testing and chose to recall all potentially affected products as a precautionary measure, regardless of the “best by” date on the packaging. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled products, which include Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, frozen waffles, and frozen French toast slices. Aunt ... Read More

Malaysian Man Sues Takata, Honda in U.S. Over Wife’s Airbag Death

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Takata Corp. and Honda are facing a new wrongful-death lawsuit filed in the United States by a Malaysian man whose wife was killed by shrapnel blasting from a defective Takata airbag. In his lawsuit, Dr. Abdullah Shamshir Abdul Mokti, a Malaysian national, says he wants the airbag manufacturer and Japanese automaker to disclose more about the dangers of the airbags, which are prone to deploy with deadly force in fender benders, parking lot bumps, and other minor collisions. Dr. Shamshir’s 29-year-old wife, Nida Fatin Mat Asis, who was also a doctor, died April 16, 2016, when her 2006 Honda City ... Read More