Takata, whose faulty airbag components led to the worldwide recall of tens of millions of vehicles, has reached a settlement with the US Justice Department. The settlement, announced in January, would see Takata plead guilty to providing falsified data to federal investigators and the company would pay out a total of $1 billion in direct…

More chapters are being written in the ongoing story of the largest automotive-related recall in history—the Takata airbag. The recall has now affected about 100 million vehicles. A separate defect was recently announced that affects a small number of vehicles. An additional death, the eleventh in the United States, was blamed on the problem. Separate,…

E-cigarettes have been adopted by millions of users across the world. They are designed to deliver fewer carcinogens to the body by releasing vapor instead of secondhand smoke. However, there have been many reports of injuries when e-cigarettes have exploded during use. One of the most recent victims was a thirteen-year-old girl in Utah. She was left burned and…

Technology professionals have long used the concept of a “killer app,” an application so useful or game changing that it can quickly move users onto a new platform or change the way they use their computing devices. Today we need to worry about the appearance of a new kind of killer app: One that—when used irresponsibly—can…

Fisher-Price recently recalled several models of infant cradle swings due to a defect that could lead to the seat falling unexpectedly from the swing base and causing personal injury. Although no injuries have been reported, the company—in coordination with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)—is not taking any chances and has issued a recall…

Subaru recently announced a recall with stronger language than most manufacturers use in similar situations: Owners of the affected vehicles were asked to “please not drive your car until it has been inspected and, if necessary, the recall repair has been performed.” The problem affects about 48,500 cars currently on American roads. Potentially Dangerous Steering…

An Indiana Supreme Court decision last month changed the Product Liability rule for asbestos products, clearing the way for more mesothelioma suits in the state. The April ruling overturned part of the state’s Product Liability law. The part of the law at issue placed gave individuals 10 years after the product reached consumers to file suit for…

There was good news and bad news when it comes to workplace safety last year: serious workplace injury and illness was down from the previous year, but fatal on-the-job accidents hit a 7-year high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the US Department of Labor, released preliminary workplace injury and illness data…

Firefighters from Indianapolis and Speedway recently responded to a call on Corwyn Road to find a single-family house in flames. Although smoke alarms alerted the residents and no one was injured, the residents were left homeless and the house suffered an estimated $50,000 in damage from the blaze. According to reports, the fire began when…

A Missouri state jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in actual and punitive damages to the family of a woman who alleged that she had contracted ovarian cancer as a result of her use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talcum powder products. She had used the products…

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