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Second Takata Airbag Death In Ford Ranger Prompts Urgent Recall

A Takata airbag that exploded inside a Ford Ranger pickup truck in West Virginia over the summer, killing its driver, has prompted an urgent recall by Ford Motor Co. Ford said the recall covers about 3,000 Ranger pickup trucks and urges owners not to drive the vehicles until the airbag units are repaired. This round of Takata airbag recalls is relatively small considering the recall affects about 42 million U.S. vehicles, but Ford believes the airbags in certain 2006 Rangers are particularly volatile and prone to explode with deadly force. Fifty-six-year-old Steve Mollohan, who lived in the Hedgesville, West Virginia ... Read More

Takata Airbag Recall Expanded By 3.3 Million U.S. Vehicles

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is adding 3.3 million airbag inflators to its already mammoth recall over concerns the devices are prone to explode and blast metal fragments at vehicle occupants. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not specify what vehicles are affected by the latest Takata airbag recall, owners can see if their vehicle is subject to the recall by entering the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) into the NHTSA’s recall portal. According to Consumer Reports, this latest Takata airbag recall actually encompasses three separate recalls affecting vehicles made in a specific model year by particular automakers and ... Read More

Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Honda has confirmed that a Takata airbag in a 2004 Honda Civic exploded and killed a person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, making it the 20th death worldwide linked to defective Takata airbag inflators. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials examined the Honda Civic on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and confirmed that the drivers-side Takata airbag blew apart and caused the person’s death. Neither Honda nor NHTSA released much specific information about the latest deadly Takata airbag explosion. The details they did provide are that the crash occurred on July 10, 2017 and that the airbag at fault had been salvaged ... Read More

CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Publix recalls ground turkey for ‘extraneous materials’

Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground ... Read More

Toyota Hopes To Speed Takata Airbag Repairs With New Ad Campaign

In an ongoing push to raise awareness about the Takata airbag inflator recall, Toyota is launching a new ad campaign in Los Angeles and two other markets it considers a priority. The campaign, dubbed “In about an hour,” urges drivers to take an hour out of their day to get their Takata airbag repaired. Takata’s immense airbag recall – the largest automotive recall in U.S. history – affects more than 40 million vehicles made by 19 manufacturers. These vehicles are scattered throughout the country, but Toyota is focusing its marketing in Los Angeles first because the area’s hot, humid climate poses ... Read More

Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Lithium Batteries In Some Samsung Phones Recalled

Lithium batteries installed in some refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones are being recalled because of counterfeit concerns and potential malfunction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. The recall involves about 10,200 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones locked to AT&T distributed by FedEx Supply Chain (formerly GENCO) as replacement phones through AT&T’s insurance program. FedEx and Samsung found that the phone batteries “show anomalies” that could cause them to overheat and potentially start a fire. The origin of the lithium batteries hasn’t been determined, but it is known that they were not installed in the phones originally. There ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More