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Reyes Law Takata Airbags Center of Auto Industry’s Biggest Recall In the late 1990s, General Motors switched airbag suppliers from the Swedish-American company Autoliv to the much cheaper Japanese supplier, Takata.

Prior to the switch, GM asked Autoliv to match the cheaper design, according to Linda Rink, who was a senior scientist at Autoliv assigned to the G.M. account at the time.

But when Autoliv’s scientists studied the Takata airbag, they found that it relied on a dangerously volatile compound in its inflater, a critical part that causes the airbag to expand.

“We just said, ‘No, we can’t do it. We’re not going to use it,’” said Robert Taylor, Autoliv’s head chemist until 2010.

Today, that compound is at the heart of the largest automotive safety recall in history. At least 14 people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured by faulty inflaters made by Takata. More than 100 million of its airbags have been installed in cars in the United States by General Motors and 16 other automakers.

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Jury Awards $72 million in Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Verdict

In what is certain to be a landmark decision, a Missouri jury has awarded the son of an African-American woman, and the woman’s estate, a total of $72 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson. Of the $72 million in damages, $10 million are compensatory damages going to the son and $62 million in punitive damages to the estate. The successful plaintiff’s lead attorney, Jim Onder said after the verdict that $31 million of the compensation will go to the Missouri Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.

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Yesterday, a Philadelphia jury ruled Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay an injured woman $5.5 million in compensatory damages for its negligence over the defectively designed Prolift pelvic mesh. Today, the jury also awarded her $7 million in punitive damages – a sum intended to punish Johnson & Johnson for having marketed an unsafe product.

This was the second product liability trial involving Prolift mesh, one of the most widely used pelvic meshes produced. The first Prolift trial of Linda Gross in 2013 resulted in a $11.1 million ruling for Ms. Gross but did not find the mesh was defective in its design. That verdict is still under appeal.

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Buying a pickup truck with an extended cab might seem like a good idea for safety-conscious drivers concerned about transporting their families on our dangerous highways. An extended cab makes more room for passengers or other cargo in the back seat of a pickup truck and is a popular option for families that use their pickup truck as their primary vehicle. Like SUV’s people choose pickup trucks for their assumed safety as they are larger and their occupants ride higher than in most passenger vehicles. Pickups are thought to be a safer option in the event of a frontal collision than a passenger vehicle and ideal for young families. That may have been true until just recently when the Ford Motor Company decided to replace the steel body structure of their popular 2015 F-Series of pickup trucks with lighter, less expensive aluminum, but then failed to add safety steel reinforcements to their extended cab models as they had done to other models.

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nodrugs-300x225Prescription drugs aren’t always safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a number of prescription drugs and many drugs are under review because research has linked the drugs to dangerous side effects. Here’s a list of 10 potentially dangerous prescription drugs on the U.S. market today.

Low Testosterone Drugs

Research has linked low testosterone drugs to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers published their results in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in PLOS One in 2014.

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Business man with the text Product RecallManufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

  1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on ConsumerReports.org.

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12082014-300x225After your child has made his or her holiday wish list, you might want to check it twice to make sure the toys are safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy-related child injuries have been on the rise over the past couple decades, and one particular toy may be largely to blame for these injuries.

Foot-powered scooters are believed to be largely responsible for a 40 percent increase in child injuries between 1990 and 2011. This is according to a study published in the medical journal Clinical Pediatrics. Other child health professionals agree: child injuries that resulted in emergency room visits increased by more than 70,000 during that period, which translates to an injury rate of 26.9 per 10,000 children in 2011.

The CPSC reported 52,500 injuries in 2013 and one death due to foot-powered scooters, such as the popular Razor line. Child health advocates agree that safety gear and adult supervision are the best solutions to decreasing these injuries, which most commonly include lacerations, contusions, and abrasions.

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11052014A false-claims lawsuit is in progress after whistleblower claims state that the ET-Plus guardrail systems were modified before installation, causing an impalement hazard when vehicles strike the devices. Therefore, Arlington, along with other Texas municipalities, has suspended installation of the guardrail systems until a lawsuit is settled and further testing is conducted.

Trinity Industries, the Dallas-based manufacturers of the system, remain adamant that the system is approved for use by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA); although, it has ceased shipment of any new systems until new safety testing can be completed as per request of the FHA.

The ET-Plus guardrail system is found on the ends of at least 12 guardrails in locations along Arlington highways. According to Texas Department of Transportation, there are no plans to remove existing guardrail systems, as they’re still approved for use.

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10282014The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released notice of a voluntary recall and consumer notice nationwide for 10 brands of baby wipes manufactured by Nutek Disposables, Inc.

The recall was initiated after Nutek received complaints of discoloration and unusual odor coming from certain lots of wipes. Microbial testing conducted by Nutek revealed Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) – a bacterial contamination in the abnormal wipes. After testing additional lots, Nutek made the announcement that they would voluntarily recall all of its baby wipe products.

The 10 brands of baby wipes affected by the recall are as follows:

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airbag-300x199A national recall has been issued for 7.8 million vehicles containing defective models of Takata airbag inflators. The defective inflators cause the airbag to explode and in several instances send shrapnel into the passenger cabin. At least four deaths and dozens of injuries have been attributed to the faulty airbags, which have been in use in vehicle model years from 2000 to 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging the following vehicle manufacturers to issue recall notices to owners whose vehicles are potentially affected by the defective airbags.

  • BMW
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