Product Defects

8-year-old girl gets tongue stuck in metal water bottle

September 19, 2012

An 8-year-old girl in Georgia, Jayla Small, was left traumatized after she got her tongue stuck in her water bottle last week. After paramedics and doctors were unable to remove the bottle, the young girl was taken into emergency surgery. The girl’s mother, Shantay Small, is now warning other parents to be careful so that…

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NHTSA issues eighth consumer advisory about dangers of 15 passenger vans

April 17, 2012

Last month a 15-passenger van was involved in a rollover crash when the left rear tire failed, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. There were 17-passengers in the van and the crash left many injured and one dead. Two weeks after the accident the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its eighth…

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Breaking News: CNN discovered confidential document confirming Toyota never knew sudden unintended acceleration was caused by electronic software

March 7, 2012

CNN has discovered a confidential memo revealing Toyota engineers were aware of an electronic software problem that caused sudden unintended acceleration in test vehicles during the pre-production phase. Engineers raised concerns of problems with the adaptive cruise-control software in a test model designated the 250L (later sold as the Lexus 460) and called for a “fail-safe…

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Goodyear Recalling 40915 Wrangler Silent Armor Flagship Tires

March 6, 2012

Goodyear is recalling 40,915 Wrangler Silent Armor flagship tires. The recall comes after the unfortunate deaths of two Texas college students on August 11, 2011. Matthew Smith and Kerrybeth Hall were traveling in Smith’s 2008 Ford F-150 pickup south on U.S. Highway 67 in Pecos County, Texas when the left rear tire de-treaded, causing the pickup to skid…

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Occupant Detection Sensors (Passenger Airbag Sensors)- Deadly Consequences for Hyundai and Kia

January 11, 2012

Many of our cars have occupant detection sensors. The so-called “smart” airbag systems are enclosed in the seat cushion of the front passenger seat and are used to detect whether or not the front passenger seat is occupied by an adult. Recent reports show that the Hyundai Accent and its model twins, including the Kia…

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Jury verdict set aside as Ford caught in lie

July 24, 2011

On October 28, 2003, Peggy Stimpson and her husband, Ralph, had gotten into their 1991 Ford Aerostar van which was backed into their carport. When Ralph put the car into gear, it suddenly accelerated (burning rubber) and drove forward down their driveway, across the street, and into a utility pole almost 100 feet away. Peggy…

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Killer Keyless Ignition

March 29, 2011

There have recently been deaths and injuries associated with keyless ignition in certain Lexus model vehicles. Mary Rivera parked her Lexus in the ground floor garage attached to her home. She left the engine running. The next day family members went to her home and found Mary unconcious and her partner, Ernest Cordelia in bed, dead. Ms.…

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