product defects

Home Use Generators: Dangerous and Behind the Curve

October 3, 2012

Home Use Generators: Dangerous and Behind the Curve During October 2011, an early-season snowstorm hit Connecticut that left over 860,000 businesses and homes in that state without power. This caused many state residents to resort to using portable generators in their homes. From the time of the blackout until November 9, the Department of Public…

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Nissan recalls vehicles over loose steering wheel

September 13, 2012

Nissan Motor Co. has recently issued a recall for 51,000 vehicles that need to be inspected after a steering wheel detached from a new SUV while driving. Nissan identified the defect that could affect over 600 vehicles on Thursday after a customer reported that the steering wheel of his new Qashqai seven-seater had come off in his…

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GM recalls Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoys for hazard

August 21, 2012

GM, in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the recall affected 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs, as well as certain 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender SUVs. A possible electrical short could affect power windows and door locks, and in some cases could cause a fire, GM…

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Ford Recalls 2013 Escapes Due to Fire Hazard

July 20, 2012

Ford has recently recalled some 2013 Escapes because the engines could catch fire. There will be 11,500 Escapes recalled in the U.S. and Canada. The engines of these cars could potentially catch fire because the fuel lines can crack and leak. The recall will only affect models with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines built from April through July 11 this year.…

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Honda to recall CR-Vs

July 19, 2012

Due to a door lock defect, Honda is recalling more than 170,000 CR-Vs and Acura ILXs because the front doors of the cars have been opening unexpectedly. The U.S. division of Honda Motor Co. says that this problem is caused by using the driver’s or passenger’s inner-door handle at the same time as the manual or power lock. As…

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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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Honda airbag recall

December 14, 2011

Honda Motor Co. has announced its largest recall ever. The Japanese automaker recalled 304,000 vehicles globally because they may contain defective air bags. (Approximately 273,000 of the cars recalled are in the U.S. and Canada.) This recall is Honda’s sixth recall since 2008 for the same problem, and brings the total number of cars recalled…

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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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