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Woman Paralyzed By Takata Airbag Injuries In 2014 Dies

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — A Jacksonville, Fla., woman who sued Japanese auto supplier Takata after her airbag exploded with excessive force and left her paralyzed has died from her injuries. Patricia Mincey is now believed to be the 11th person in the U.S. to die from injuries caused by defective Takata-made airbags, which may have hypersensitive inflators that deploy the airbags too forcefully, often exploding and spraying car occupants with metal shrapnel. Ms. Mincey was driving her 2001 Honda Civic in Jacksonville in June 2014 when she ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. What should have been a ... Read More

Texas Teen Becomes Tenth Takata Airbag Victim; Family Says No Recall Notices Received

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The family of a Texas teenager whose death became the 10th in the U.S. linked to defective Takata airbags, said they never received a recall notice from Honda and did not know that the airbags in the victims’ 2002 Honda Civic could explode with deadly force. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died  on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the minor impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 ... Read More

Fruit and vegetable recall announced; impacts only H-E-B grocery stores in Texas

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H-E-B, a popular grocery store chain based in San Antonio, Texas, has announced a recall of various fresh-cut fruits and vegetables amid concerns that the food may be contaminated with Listeria monotcytogenes. Fresh From Texas, the company responsible for manufacturing the potentially contaminated foods, discovered the Listeria monocytogenes in two random testing samples of the same product, prompting the recall. The Listeria bacterium is notorious for not only its ability to sicken those with weakened immune systems, but also its ability to persist in food-manufacturing facilities attempting to get rid of it. While the bacteria might not be the leading cause of ... Read More

GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case Ahead of Trial

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General Motors (GM) has settled the third of six lawsuits picked to be tried as bellwether cases for deaths and injuries stemming from its defective ignition switches, which put millions of its vehicles at risk of suddenly losing power and crashing without airbag protection. GM’s lawyers filed a letter in federal court in Manhattan Thursday saying it had entered into a confidential settlement with plaintiff Nadia Yingling, who sued the automaker in 2013 after her husband James was killed when his 2006 Saturn Ion lost power and crashed on a Pennsylvania highway. Ms. Yingling’s case had been set to go ... Read More

Steering Shaft Defect Prompts Urgent Recall of 20,000 Volvo Trucks

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Federal safety regulators have issued an urgent bulletin warning of a critical defect in about 20,000 Class 8 Volvo trucks that could result in a complete loss of vehicle control. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that it has “has become aware of a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft.” The agency said that more than 17,000 of the defective Volvo trucks are in the United States. Volvo is recalling all of the affected vehicles and said that it is working to identify defective ... Read More

Nestlé recall: Certain DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer’s Products May Contain Broken Glass

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Nestlé USA announced a national recall Thursday of a variety of DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer’s-brand products due to the presence of glass pieces. The recall applies to the following products but is limited to certain specific production codes: DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Spinach and Garlic Pizza DiGiorno Rising Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza DiGiorno pizzeria Thin Crust Spinach and Mushroom Pizza DiGiorno pizzeria Tuscan-style Chicken Pizza Lean Cuisine Spinach and Mushroom Pizza Lean Cuisine Spinach Artichoke Ravioli Lean Cuisine Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli Lean Cuisine Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Panini Lean Cuisine Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna (10 ... Read More

GoGo squeeZ recalls applesauce products due to ‘food product residue’ on factory pumps

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GoGo squeeZ, a brand of applesauce manufactured by French company Materne, has announced a voluntary recall of its GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches due to concerns regarding the quality of its products. An inspection performed by the Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) discovered the company’s Traverse City, Mich., factory had “food product residue” left on two of its pumps. The GoGo squeeZ recall affects applesauce pouch products with“Best Before Dates” from Dec. 4, 2015, through March 4, 2017. If you check the back of the recalled packages, they should say “Product of USA” and a five-character production code starting ... Read More

Mercedes BlueTec under fire by lawsuit claiming emissions cheat device

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed by the owner of a Mercedes BlueTEC diesel car, claiming the vehicle secretly emits illegally high amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOx). The situation is similar to that faced by Volkswagen, which publicly admitted last September to have rigged its U.S. diesel emissions tests. The plaintiff suing Mercedes alleges that the BlueTec cars feature a device responsible for disabling a NOx-reducing instrument within its exhaust as needed. The device only activates when the temperatures go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius. “Mercedes never disclosed to consumers that Mercedes diesels with BlueTEC engines may ... Read More

South Carolina Man’s Death Prompted Expanded Takata Airbag Recall

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The most recent expansion of the Takata airbag recall, announced in January and covering an additional 5.1 million vehicles, was triggered by the death of a South Carolina man whose 2006 Ford Ranger pickup was not included in the original recalls. Joel Knight, a 53-year-old welder, was driving to work on SC 522 in Lancaster County, S.C., when he struck a cow that had strayed into the road. What should have been a relatively minor collision turned deadly when the hypersensitive Takata airbag inflated with excessive force, sending metal shrapnel through Mr. Knight’s neck and spine. Mr. Knight died at ... Read More

Nearly 4,000 Infant Elf Booties sold exclusively by Cracker Barrel are under recall due to choking hazard

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Nearly 4,000 potentially dangerous Infant Elf Booties are now under recall by Class Character, Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall announcement comes after it was discovered the pompoms at the tip of the booties may detach and pose a choking hazard to young children. The infant bootie recall encompasses all of the Classic Characters’ infant knit Elf Booties sold in size 6 through 12 months. The recalled booties were sold in green with red-and-white accents and a yellow pompom at the booties’ tip. The booties’ price tag should read style number 28046 and SKU number ... Read More