Defective Products

  • Takata’s Latest Airbag Recall is Largest Auto Safety Defect

    ….” Takata uses two different products in making air bags. The newest round of recalls will be for those vehicles with the “ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflators without a chemical drying agent, also known as a desiccant” according to the NHTSA. (CBSNews.com, 05-04-16) This recall is massive and it will take…

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  • NHTSA and FBI Offer Tips to Prevent Vehicle CyberHacking

    … We already know the dangers of leaving a smartphone unattended, or using a computer connected to the internet without having a firewall or virus protection—now the FBI and NHTSA are telling us that our new, technology-savvy vehicles are just as vulnerable. The technology that allows us to use our devices via Bluetooth and access online help…

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  • Takeaways from the DePuy Pinnacle Verdict in Texas

    … is still a long road ahead. Hopefully, with more bellwhether trial victories, there will be incentive for the parties to resolve the cases. Plaintiffs should stay in contact with their lawyers and continue to monitor any possible health issues related to their defective hip implants. Finally, as expected, DePuy is denying its product was defective…

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  • Remington Rifle Class Action: Example of Successful U.S. Tort System

    … simplify the pending settlement. The problem is that only 2,327 gun owners have submitted claims for the new trigger so far —leaving the bulk of the 7 million plus guns in owners’ hands who may, or may not, know about the defective trigger and the free ‘fix’. Remington, which legally withheld documents about the safety features and possible defects…

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  • FDA Creates Office of Dietary Supplement Programs…Finally

    … of 2015 the FDA recalled six dietary supplement products and sent out at least seven warning letters. “ODSP will continue to work with FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to help remove from the market products falsely labeled as dietary supplements that contain potentially harmful pharmaceutical agents, enforce the dietary supplement good…

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  • The E-cigarette Movement – A Safe Alternative?

    … of e-cigs to teens, as evidenced by flavors like chocolate, bubblegum and other child-like flavors. • Amazon and PayPal restrict sales of e-cigs on their websites. 2011: • Scientific research on e-cigarettes begins to be released to the public. Some surveys indicated that the majority of Americans think e-cigarettes are helping them quit…

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  • AMA Tackles Ads and Prices of Prescription Drugs

    … By Greg Webb, 12-04-15 The American Medical Association, AMA, is calling for a ban on direct to consumer ads of prescription medications and medical devices. We all know the ads that pop up with increasing frequency, telling us which newest, best and most expensive drugs we need. The AMA and Democratic Presidential hopefuls are pushing…

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  • Fire Risk Leads GM to Recall 1.4 Million Cars

    … way. Why did GM not act sooner on this? Why did NHTSA not spot the safety issue and move quickly to have it addressed? And, more importantly why did a government agency charged with highway and automotive safety approve a fix that was, at best, a partial solution? Here is a big reason —the estimated cost to properly fix the 1.4 million defective…

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  • Teens Being Lured with Tobacco Flavored Products

    … Researchers at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products looked at data on 13,651 US teens surveyed on their use of tobacco products. The results confirm concerns about the growing use of e-cigarettes among teens and the way in which manufacturers are targeting teen smokers. The report, published recently in the Journal of the American Medical…

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  • Are Your Tires Safe? Finding a Safer Way to Track Vehicle Tire Recalls

    … the 200 million or more tires sold annually in the United States would be a monumental task. We don’t have a system in place that allows tire manufacturers to reach tire owners in the same way that automotive manufacturers can connect with car owners. The NTSB report summarizes the problem clearly by noting that of the 3.2 million tires recalled…

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  • Nissan Expands Safety Recall of Models with Fuel Leaks

    … By Greg Webb, November 8, 2015 Nissan has issued a recall on 2013 to 2016 Altima models and some 2016 Maxima cars for possible fuel leaks. To date the company has received no reports of fuel leaks, fires or injuries connected to the defect. The first recall began in July of this year for about 5,500 2016 Maxima sedans after crash tests revealed…

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  • New Revelations from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Web of Deceit

    … After the EPA exposed Volkswagen for installing hidden software on its polluting diesel cars in order to sell them as “clean diesel,” Volkswagen is facing new findings from regulators. Up to 800,000 of its diesel vehicles are not just polluting with excessive nitrogen oxide, but with unsafe levels of carbon dioxide, too. VW expressed its deepest…

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  • Trinity Industries Continues to Maintain its ET-Plus Guardrails Are Safe

    ….” As of this writing, the state of Virginia has not released the findings of the Trinity ET-Plus guardrails safety testing. There has been nothing more from the federal government, though investigations by the FBI and the Department of Transportation Inspector General into the activities of Trinity and state and federal highway officials, continue. Trinity…

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  • Volkswagen Emissions Fraud Lawsuits

    … the anticipated cost of the scandal. Read the EPA’ statement on the Clean Air Act Violations. Related News: Washington Post – (Sept. 26, 2015) What we know: the Volkswagon emissions test fraud scandal NBC29.com (Sept. 25, 2015) – Charlottesville Woman Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagon New York Times (Sept. 22, 2015) – Volkswagen Debacle on Financial…

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  • Volkswagen Has Been Cheating (Hugely) on Emissions Tests For Years

    … forward quickly. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida is asking the FTC to begin an inquiry as well. His recent speech in Congress accuses the automotive industry of routine deception. “Has the corporate culture in what is an automobile society shrunk so low that we can’t be upfront when our products are defective or when we are trying to gain…

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