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Toyota settles first wrongful death lawsuit regarding Sudden Acceleration

Toyota Motor Corp. has settled the first in a group of hundreds of pending wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits stemming from the sudden, unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles. Agreement was reached in a case brought by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd. They died when their Toyota Camry slammed into […]

BMW Recalling 30,000 X5 Sport Utilities

BMW is recalling almost 30,000 of its diesel-powered 2009-12 X5 sport utilities because the power-assist for the steering may fail, according to a report from the automaker posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. BMW says it is possible that a bolt could loosen “due to a number of unfavorable […]

Salmonella-linked Peanut Butter Plant forced to shut down

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shut down Sunland Inc. peanut butter plant in New Mexico whose products, under many brand names, were subject to a wide recall in recent months because of salmonella contamination.  The items were sold by Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway and others. The company’s peanut butter products have been […]

Air-Bag safety probe expanded….Hyundai Elantra

U.S. safety regulators have added two model years to an investigation of an air bag problem with Hyundai Elantras that cut a car owner’s ear in half.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will look into 2011 and 2013 Elantras in addition to those from 2012.  The agency also upgraded the probe to […]

What Is the Link between Drugs and Autism?

In the first study of its kind, researchers have discovered a link between SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants and autism. If a pregnant mother uses an antidepressant drug such as Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, or Prozac, especially during the first trimester, the child is more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder. SSRI antidepressants […]