NHTSA Investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs for Airbag Defects

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into certain models of Jeep Liberty SUVs due to concerns about possibly defective airbags. According to a news report in The Torque News, the airbags in these vehicles could suddenly or inadvertently deploy – a problem that could result in significant injury or death. Sudden deployment could also cause a car accident should the airbags deploy when the vehicle is being driven.
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Depuy Defective Hip Implant Recalls Continue

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In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s medical device division announced a DePuy ASR Hip recall of approximately 93,000 hip implant devices because of the fact that thousands of patients have needed a second, corrective surgery. The implants are defective, and Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the Depuy hip replacement, should not be able to get away with this.

Pharmaceutical companies have been releasing defective products for years, but in this day and age it’s amazing that a simple hip replacement can be defective. People that have been affected by these devices have been very successful in recovering just compensation with lawsuits.
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Death Toll and Illnesses Related to Tainted Cantaloupe on the Rise

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At least 16 food poisoning deaths and 72 illnesses across 18 states including California have been linked to cantaloupe contaminated with listeria. According to an Associated Press news report, the tainted cantaloupe comes from Jensen Farms in Colorado. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have declared this the deadliest food poisoning outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.
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Ford Explorer Crash Kills Two

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David Cravens, 22, and Shedel Lamando, 21, both San Diego County residents, were killed in a Bakersfield area car accident just after midnight on September 24, 2011. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 5 in Lost Hills northwest of Bakersfield. Cravens was driving a Ford Explorer SUV north on the freeway when for an unknown reason, he lost control. The SUV crashed through the center median and collided with a box truck in the southbound lanes. Both vehicle rolled over. Cravens and Lamando were pronounced dead at the scene. The 48-year-old truck driver was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries. Everyone involved was buckled up.
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John Deere Tractors Recalled for Product Defects

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John Deere is issuing a defective product recall for X300, X300R and X304 series tractors due to product defects that have the potential to cause serious injuries. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the recall involves a cooling fan installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor that can break. If the cooling fan stops functioning, the engine can overheat causing the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire and serious injury. So far, the company has received 163 reports of failures including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one report of a burn injury following a fan failure fire.
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Manufacturer of Defective Utility Vehicles Faces Government Fine

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Bad Boy Enterprises LLC has agreed to pay a civil settlement of $715,000 for failing to report its defective products — off-road utility vehicles. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the defective vehicles were sold as early as 2003. Some of these vehicles suddenly accelerated when in use or even idle, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports. Federal officials say Bad Boy Enterprises commenced a repair program for these defective buggies in 2008 without notifying the commission as required by the law. The company did not report the issue until August 2009.
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Bicycles Recalled for Defective Chains that Can Break

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Photo Bridgeway International is issuing a defective product recall for about 91,000 Next brand bicycles. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, the bicycle chain can break causing a rider to lose control and fall. So far, the company is aware of 11 incidents including nine reports of serious injuries, including cuts and contusions. The defective product recall includes “NEXT” branded men’s 26-inch hybrid bicycles. The bicycles, which were made in China, were sold in Walmart from February 2011 through July 2011 for about $100. Those who own these bicycles are asked to stop using them immediately and contact the company for a free repair.
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BMW Recalls Vehicles for Defective Parts

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BMW AG has issued an auto defect recall for certain vehicle models because of a problem with the front driveshaft bolts. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the recall involves all-wheel-drive 328i and 335i sport sedans from the 2011 model year. The affected vehicles have BMW’s xdrive all-wheel drive system and were manufactured from February 8 to July 29, 2011.
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Los Angeles Van Accident Injures 14

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About 14 people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a movie production van with 14 people in it overturned. According to a news report in The Signal, the injury crash occurred on Vasquez Canyon Road near Mystery Mesa Drive in Santa Clarita, the afternoon of September 20, 2011. Los Angeles County fire officials say the van rolled off a dirt road at a filming site. One person was airlifted to a regional hospital and has been listed in critical condition. Five others were treated for moderate injuries at area hospitals and eight were treated at the scene for relatively minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
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Cantaloupe Contaminated with Listeria Causes Four Deaths in 10 States

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A rash of food poisoning across 10 states including California has been attributed to Colorado-grown cantaloupe tainted with listeria bacteria. According to an Associated Press news report, the outbreak of these food-borne illnesses has so far killed four people and sickened 35 people in several states including California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.

The company that grew and distributed about 3000,000 cases of the fruit, Colorado-based Jensen Farms, states that the melons were contaminated with a strain of Listeria, dangerous but uncommon bacteria, that tend to thrive in cool temperatures. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed based on its own lab tests that Jensen Farms is the source of the tainted fruit.
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