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Blog Posts in September, 2013

  • Toyota and Nissan Announce Auto Recalls

    Several large automakers announced recalls this week. Toyota and Nissan are two of the manufacturers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota is recalling approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans in the US over concerns that even without depressing the brake pedal, the automatic transmission could move out of “park,” which may up the chance of a rollaway accident. The ...
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  • Approximately 2.2 Million Dehumidifiers are Recalled Over Fire and Burn Injury Hazards After More than $2M in Property Damages

    Gree Electric Appliances is recalling about 2.2 million in dehumidifiers because they pose serious fire and burn injury hazards. The Chinese company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall, which includes 80 models and 12 brands. Already, the defective dehumidifiers have resulted in over $2 million in property damages involving 165 reported incidents that included 46 ...
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  • Car Seat Heaters May Cause Burn Injuries

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working on recommendations that would stop car-seat heaters from causing burn injuries. In March, at NHTSA’s request, a committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers began meeting to figure out what are the highest temperatures these seat heaters can safely reach. The committee also is looking at possible automatic shut-off features and ...
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  • $14M Air Bag Defect Lawsuit Awarded to Teen Who Sustained Traumatic Brain Injury

    A jury has awarded the family of Zachary Duncan $14 million in their air bag injury lawsuit against Hyundai. Duncan was just 16 when he sustained a traumatic brain injury in a 2010 car crash. According to the plaintiffs, the airbag didn’t activate when Duncan’s 2008 Tiburon went off a road and hit a tree. They believe the air bag sensors were not properly placed in the car and therefore could not ...
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  • Bridgestone is Sued Over Tire Blowout In Deadly Illinois Megabus Crash

    BATO, which is Bridgestone America’s Tire Operation, says it isn’t responsible for the Illinois bus crash last year that left one dead and dozens injured in Litchfield. The double-decker bus accident happened on August 2, 2012 when a tire blowout caused the Megabus vehicle to leave I-55 and crash into the support pillar of a concrete bridge. Killed in the deadly traffic crash was 24-year-old Aditi ...
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  • Toyota and Ford Issue Auto Recalls Over Transistor and Steering Issues, Respectively

    Two automakers have just announced car recalls. in the US. In the most recent one, Toyota Motor Sales USA said it would perform two voluntary recalls. The first one involves about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid (2006 to 2010 model years) and Lexus RX400h autos (2006 to 2008 model years). The second vehicle recall is over 102,000 Lexus IS 350 C, 350, and GS 350 autos (2006 to 2011 models). In the ...
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