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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

One Girl Dead, Two Severely Burned in House Fire Cause by Exploding Hoverboard

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, authorities say a hoverboard that exploded while it was charging is to blame for a house fire that killed a 3-year-old girl and critically injured two others. Firefighters reached the three-story house shortly after the blaze was reported around 8 p.m. Friday, March 10. Strong winds in the area at the time fueled the inferno and the first floor was reportedly engulfed in flames. The Lehigh County coroner’s office identified the child who died as Ashanti Hughes. Rescuers retrieved two other girls who were trapped on the second and third floors, and two other family members escaped onto ... Read More

Record 53.2 Million Auto Safety Recalls in U.S. Last Year

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Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles in the U.S. last year after Takata Corporation expanded its recalls of airbags at risk of exploding with deadly force. The Japanese auto supplier’s massive airbag recall has affected just about every automaker producing vehicles for the U.S. market and millions of consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), aggressive enforcement under the Obama Administration prompted automakers to issue a record 927 safety recall campaigns – a 7-percent rise over 2015, which was also a record-setting recall year with 51.1 million vehicles recalled.. In fact, 2016 was the third year in ... Read More

Family Blames Michigan Woman’s Death on Takata Airbag Injuries

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The family of a Michigan woman who died Feb. 2 said they believe her death is the latest in a number of fatalities connected to faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which can rupture in low-impact collisions with lethal force. Brad Moulton told the Detroit Free Press that his mother Dianna Moulton never completely recovered from the extensive injuries she suffered when a Takata airbag exploded in her 2002 Honda CR-V in 2002. Ms. Moulton, a former middle school social studies teacher, was 71 when she died. In 2015 she told Bloomberg that she was making a U-turn in ... Read More

Takata To Pay $1 Billion in Fines, Restitution For Airbag Scandal

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Japanese auto supplier Takata will plead guilty to one criminal charge in Detroit Monday and pay a $1 billion in penalties and restitution to resolve allegations that it covered up a deadly airbag defect. The settlement requires that Takata allocate $125 million to a victims’ compensation fund, $850 million to automakers whose vehicles have been affected by the airbag defect, and a $25 million criminal fine. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted three Takata executives for their roles in the alleged cover-up. Federal prosecutors claim that the executives falsified test reports to conceal a flaw that can cause the ... Read More

FDA speeds up medical device recall notification in 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vowed that it will deliver warnings regarding recalled medical devices to the public in a more timely manner in 2017. The FDA defines a medical device recall as a correction or removal action to address a problem with a device that violates FDA law. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health. When the FDA learns of a company’s recall or removal action regarding a medical device, the agency reviews the strategy the company poses ... Read More

Sargento cheese recall targets certain products potentially exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

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Sargento Foods Inc., an American food producer popular for its wide selection of cheese products, has announced a recall of specialty Longhorn Colby cheese due to potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the cheese supplier Deutsche Kase Haus LLC notified the Sargento earlier this year, prompting the company to recall not only the aforementioned cheese, but also any cheese packaged on the same production line. The ... Read More

Audi Recalls About 580,000 Vehicles For Engine Fire Hazard and Exploding Airbag Risk

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 580,000 of its luxury brand Audi vehicles in the U.S. to repair problems that could lead to engine fires and exploding airbags. One recall involves 342,867 model year 2013-2017 Audi A5 and Audi A5 Cabriolet cars with turbocharged engines and a coolant pump that can become clogged with debris and catch fire. The company is also recalling 234,054 2011-2017 Q5 SUVs because water from the sunroof drainage system can soak into the foam surrounding the side air bag inflators, potentially causing the inflator to explode. According to Tech Times, “the moisture from the foam could corrode ... Read More

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

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The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More