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Faulty Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled

By Brian Chase on September 29, 2014 - No comments

Kidde Smoke Detector RecallMore than 1 million smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors were recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail.

According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) alert, the Kidde smoke alarms and combination smoke detector/CO alarms are hard-wired and can fail following a power outage.

About 1.2 million of these defective alarms were sold in Read the rest »

 

Chrysler Recalls Fiat Vehicles for Defective Airbags

By Brian Chase on September 25, 2014 - No comments

airbag defectChrysler has issued an auto defect safety recall for select 2014 and 2015 models of the Fiat 500L. According to a safety bulletin from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of those vehicles may contain defective airbags. The bulletin states that the company that manufactured the driver’s knee airbag folded the bag improperly. Airbags in vehicles must be folded and positioned in a precise manner to ensure that they deploy quickly and effectively protect vehicle occupants.

 Airbags May Not Deploy

These airbags were not folded and/or positioned properly. So, the automaker says they may not deploy in the event of the crash and occupants risk serious injury or death during a collision. The automaker has said that a problem will only arise with the airbags if a vehicle occupant is not wearing a seatbelt. So far, Fiat has not received complaints about the issue and no accidents, injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of these faulty airbags. Read the rest »

 

General Motors Recalls Vehicles for Braking Problem

By Brian Chase on September 25, 2014 - No comments

General Motors RecallGeneral Motors Co. is issuing an auto defect recall for 221,000 new Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala cars because of braking issues that could cause excessive heat and poor performance. According to a Detroit News report, the recall covers 2013-15 XTS vehicles and 2014-15 Impalas and was prompted by an investigation the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened in April. The recall includes 205,000 in the United States.

 Serious Safety Issue with Brakes

According to papers filed by GM, the electronic parking brake’s piston actuation arm may not fully retract, which may cause the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotor. The light may not be on even though the parking brake is engaged. This means that the vehicle does not comply with federal safety requirements.

The automaker has recalled cars that may experience issues including poor acceleration, undesired deceleration, excessive brake heat and premature wear to some brake components. If the brake drag is significant or if the vehicle is operated for a longer duration, the brakes could potentially generate heat, smoke and even sparks. When the recall begins, dealers will update the logic in the electronic parking brake software. GM says it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities as a result of these defective vehicles. Read the rest »

 

Dealing With A Dangerous Elderly Driver

By Brian Chase on September 22, 2014 - No comments

Elder Auto CrashesIf you are having trouble taking away the car keys from your mom, dad or elderly relative, you are probably not alone.

Older people often seem to be stubborn when it comes to protecting their independence and mobility.

Who can blame them? In many parts of the country, including Southern California, if you lack mobility, you don’t have a life.

Many people, as they grow older, find that their quality life depends on their ability to get to places: to buy groceries, meet up with friends and travel. Read the rest »

 

Deaths Linked To GM Ignition Defect Exceed Initial Estimate

By Brian Chase on September 22, 2014 - No comments

GM Ignition Switch RecallThe number of people who have died in accidents that have been linked with General Motors’ faulty ignition switch is higher than the automaker’s initial estimate and will likely go up, according independent administrators who have been tasked with handling the claims process.

According to an ABC news report, GM had previously estimated that 13 people died as a result of faulty ignition switches.

However, Ken Feinberg, the independent administrator of the automaker’s compensation program announced that Read the rest »

 

NFL Says 1 In 4 Players Will End Up With Brain Damage

By Brian Chase on September 18, 2014 - No comments

NFL Brain DamageNearly a quarter of National Football League players are likely to suffer brain damage and disorders during their lifetime such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s, according to a report filed in court by the league’s lawyers.

According to a news report in the Daily Mail, the NFL filed the findings in court as part of ongoing litigation between the league and former players suffering from a variety of brain injuries.

This is the most definitive statement the NFL has made with regard to the sport’s dangers.

In 2013, the league agreed to pay more than Read the rest »

 


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Faulty Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Recalled

Over a million Kidde smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors were recalled due to a product defect that could cause them to fail.

read article

Chrysler Recalls Fiat Vehicles for Defective Airbags

Chrysler has issued an auto defect safety recall for select 2014 and 2015 models of the Fiat 500L. According to a safety bulletin from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),

read article

General Motors Recalls Vehicles for Braking Problem

General Motors Co. is issuing an auto defect recall for 221,000 new Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala cars because of braking issues that could cause excessive heat and poor performance. According to a

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