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Takata Recall

Published on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm in Class Actions, Product Liability.

Nearly 17 million vehicles worldwide have been affected by a recall on airbags produced by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. This recall spreads across more than a dozen car manufacturers from model year 2002 to 2008. The defective airbags have been found to deploy improperly, injuring and even killing occupants. There have been at least 140 injuries and five deaths, some horribly gruesome, as a result of the faulty air bags.

In 2002, a Takata plant in Mexico was alleged to have allowed 6 to 8 times the acceptable limits of failure rates in airbag production. Then The New York Times wrote a story exposing the company for attempting to cover up the evidence of such failures, despite the fact that they discovered them back in 2004. It wasn’t until four years later that the company acknowledged any fault.

The United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended a nationwide recall in November to fix the issue. Takata later would become subject to daily fines for failure to cooperate with the developing federal investigation that was encouraged by two U.S. Senators. As part of the investigation, Takata vice president Hiroshi Shimizu listed the possible reasons for the ruptured inflators as: the age of the airbags, exposure to high temperatures and humidity, and issues with production.

Thomas Law Offices Files Class Action for Defective Airbags

Published on Feb 2, 2015 at 10:42 am in Auto Product Liability, Class Actions.

Today, Thomas Law Offices along with the law firm of Strauss Troy filed suit against Takata and Honda for consumers who have one of the many vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined Honda $70 million for its failure to report potential safety problems with its vehicles. This is the largest civil penalty ever levied against a car manufacturer.

Honda withheld data for over a decade, covering over 1700 incidents– including claims of death and injury. This information is supposed to be reported, in a timely manner, to federal authorities.

Not only is Honda in the hotseat, but this decade-long problem raises the question of where were the regulators. The response from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was to say the NHTSA is now taking “very aggressive steps to address” these problems.

The violations were discovered last year after the problem of defective airbags lead to investigations into carmakers withholding knowledge about potential defects. Last year the Department of Justice fined Toyota $1.2-billion for misleading regulators and the public about safety problems and potential defects. General Motors was also under investigation by regulators for its failure — also over a decade — to disclose data about the defective ignition switch incidents. Last May, GM consented to pay a $35 million fine to settle charges that it failed to alert regulators and the public about this deadly defect.

NFL Holds Tryouts For Helmet Sensors

Published on Jul 15, 2014 at 8:30 am in Class Actions.

Football Helmet Lawsuit SensorsThe National Football League (NFL) is moving forward with the development of helmet sensors. These devices might be able to measure the impact of a helmet hit, determine whether a player should be taken out of a game, and help coaches eliminate dangerous plays.

This is a joint project between the NFL and NFL Players Association. A pilot project was started in 2013 to test current technology and ascertain what works best for determining head impact. Two companies are building the sensors – entitled “Head Accelerometer Devices” — which are positioned at strike points around the helmet to assess the frequency, exact location and magnitude of a hit.

Beware Holiday Phishing Scams

Published on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:17 am in Class Actions.

Be on the lookout for clever cybercriminals this holiday season. USA Today reports that enterprising criminals follow the new trends, which this year means mobile devices and social media.

Faked email messages purporting to be from shipping companies rose 62% in third quarter 2013 over the second quarter, and can be expected to further increase this quarter. One in 10 people targeted by these phishing scams will open the link or fill out a fake form.

Security firm Proofpoint warns consumers to be on the lookout for emails with fake delivery confirmations or order notices. The company says bogus emails have already been seen that claim to be from legitimate companies. They can appear to be from shipping companies like FedEx and UPS, online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, or big stores like Wal-Mart and Target. If you click on the link, the scammers can access your computer.

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Kroger for Pet Food Recall

Published on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:46 am in Class Actions.

A Michigan law firm has filed a class action complaint against the Kroger Company for a prior recall issued for pet food, according to a Wane.com news report. The Cincinnati-based company recalled a total of 68,313 bags of pet food in December 2010 because of a potential Aflatoxin contamination, which is a toxic by-product of the growth of fungi and mold on corn. If this by-product is ingested by pets, it may cause serious side effects, such as anorexia, vomiting, liver disease, and lethargy.

The recall involved ten different brands of pet food in 19 states, including Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas.

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