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In March of this year, Ford recalled over 200,000 Explorers after it was discovered that malfunctioning door latches could result in unanticipated opening during an accident. National reports indicate that after this recall the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the safety of other Ford vehicles. After the investigation, Ford ended up recalling an additional 600,000 vehicles, including Lincoln MKZs, Fusions, and Fiestas. Each of these models had various dangerous propensities.

motorway-1198014-mThe model years range from 2011-2014. Some of the issues surround faulty fuel pumps, which can cause the cars to unexpectedly stall; heating mechanisms not being installed on the parking light housing, which can result in a fire; and latch problems that can cause the doors to swing open during an accident.

Ford has conceded that these issues should be taken extremely seriously and that they can jeopardize the safety of individuals driving or traveling as a passenger in one of the listed vehicles. They have stated that owners can take their cars in to certified Ford dealerships to have the parts fixed at no cost to the owners.

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Despite a recent settlement, litigation against General Motors (GM) continues for accidents re-lated to the company’s faulty ignition switches. According to an article by the New York Times, the settlement involved the parents of a 29-year-old Georgia woman who was killed in an accident while driving a GM car equipped with one of the faulty switches. Terms of the settlement were not made public, but it is believed that the settlement is in excess of $5 million.

car-key-588147-mEven with the settlement, GM is still being sued for the faulty switches in what has been dubbed “multi-district litigation.” The multi-district litigation includes several cases against the car maker that have been consolidated into one case. It is estimated that nearly 70 people have died in cars equipped with the faulty switch, while another 115 or so have been seriously injured.

While the case involving the Georgia woman is now settled, information obtained during the discovery phase of the case will most certainly be used by plaintiffs in the multi-district litigation. Based on documents reviewed by lawyers in the settled case, it is argued that GM was aware of problems with the ignition switches for about 10 years. The litigation also revealed what the plaintiffs’ claim to be unexpectedly loose safety standards within the company.

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Earlier this month, several batches of contaminated produce were identified by various prepared food manufacturers, resulting in a number of widespread food recalls across the United States. One recent article by the New York Times indicates that a total of three people have lost their lives due to contracting Listeria from the contaminated produce and food products containing the contaminated produce.

spinach-933499-m 2Evidently, the outbreak has been linked to Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas manufacturing facilities. The following brands and items have been recalled since the beginning of the recall:

  • Blue Bell Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla pull-tab ice cream cups;
  • Amy’s Organic vegetable lasagna, tofu scramble, enchilada verde, and other products containing spinach;
  • Rising Moon Organics garlic and veggie spinach, Florentine and spinach, and cheese ravioli; and
  • Wegman’s organic packaged spinach.

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