Earlier this month, there was a widespread recall of hoverboards in the U.S. According to a news report on Mashable.com, despite the recall, the hoverboard nightmare is not over just yet. Regulators say that even though nearly half a million hoverboards from popular brands such as Swagway and Razor were recalled, there are still many potentially dangerous hoverboards in homes across the U.S. Regulators are warning consumers to stop using these hoverboards right away and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website (cpsc.gov) for the hoverboard recall list. …Read the rest »
Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 1,000 lawsuits across the country over the link between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. However, the Ring of Fire reports that many people don’t know to what lengths the pharmaceutical giant went to cover up the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The progressive radio show’s website reports that several years ago, J & J offered a woman $1.3 million to keep the link between talc and cancer quiet from the public. …Read the rest »
A new NBC report has some alarming facts for the average driver. They say you can tune your engine, rotate your tires and make sure your brakes are working right – and you may still be riding in a ticking time bomb. This is not much of an exaggeration. At least 45 million vehicles, that’s one in six vehicles, suffered from an unrepaired safety problem that is subject to an outstanding recall, according to a recent study by J.D. Power. In fact, millions more vehicle could be involved. We may never know the real number because it can be challenging to track compliance rates on older recalls.
The J.D. Power study is in line with other recent research and reflects the fact that the U.S. has seen a significant increase in safety-related recalls – from faulty ignitions to defective airbags that can shoot shrapnel into the passenger compartments. The steady surge in recalls combined with the number of vehicles that still remain unrepaired are serious causes for concern. So far, barely a third of those vehicles covered by the Takata airbag recall have been repaired and it’s unclear how many more will eventually be recalled. …Read the rest »
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has awarded $70 million to the families of four people who were part of the late Latin music superstar Jenni Rivera’s entourage when they were all killed in a private plane crash in Mexico in 2012. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the judge entered the default judgment against Starwood Management, Inc. the owner of the Learjet carrying Rivera and her staffers when it smashed into the side of a mountain. Starwood abandoned its defense of the wrongful death lawsuit and stopped representing itself in court proceedings. Rivera’s family was not involved in the lawsuit. …Read the rest »
The Tesla car that was involved in a fatal crash in Florida in May was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators who are conducting the investigation. The Los Angeles Times reports said they also released a picture of the mangled vehicle that showed the impact of the horrific collision. Earlier reports had stated that the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling on a divided highway in central Florida, and had speculated that the Tesla Autopilot system had failed to intervene in time to prevent the collision. This is the first known fatality in a Tesla using the Autopilot feature. …Read the rest »
A Canoga Park-based nursing home is facing a $75,000 fine after staff at the facility failed to monitor a resident who kept removing his own breathing tube, which ultimately led to his death. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Topanga Terrace was fined because a patient who relied on his breathing tube died in 2013 after removing the apparatus. Investigators with the California Department of Public Health also found that the patient who died suffered from several illnesses including dementia, chronic respiratory failure and tuberculosis. …Read the rest »