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Exploding whipped cream cans and dangers of defective products

A sad ending to a defective product story hit the worldwide news media last week. A fashion blogger and model died when a defective whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting her in the chest with such force that her heart stopped.

Ford initiates two recalls affecting 441,000 vehicles

Georgia drivers who own Ford vehicles may be interested in learning that approximately 441,000 vehicles were recalled due to defects. The affected vehicle models included the Escape SUV and the Ford Fusion. The repair recalls are expected to cost the American car manufacturer about $295 million.

Audi recalls multiple vehicles for dangerous defects

Georgia owners of some Audi vehicles can expect to receive recall notices concerning A5 and Q5 models manufactured between 2013 and 2017. Defects have been identified within the 2.0-liter TFSI engines of the A5 coupe, A5 cabriolet and Q5 SUV. Specifically, the cooling pump could overheat and burst into flame if debris clogs the system.

Strict liability in product auto defect lawsuits

Tens of millions of cars have been recalled in recent years for problems ranging from faulty ignition switches to malfunctioning airbags. However, accidents caused by defective automobile parts are still a regular occurrence in Georgia and around the country. Car makers are held strictly liable when their products are used as intended and cause injury, loss or damage, meaning that plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits are not required to show that negligence or recklessness played a role.

NHTSA announces investigation into Ford F-150 brakes

Pickup truck buyers in Georgia and around the country have made the Ford F-150 America's best-selling vehicle, but a federal investigation into its braking systems has raised quality control and safety questions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Sept. 28 that it was launching an investigation after receiving reports of sudden and total braking loss from 25 F-150 pickup truck owners. The braking systems being investigated were fitted to F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5 liter V6 engines manufactured in 2015 and 2016.

Testing shows that 1 out of 371 Takata inflators rupture

Georgia residents may be aware of the massive recall of Takata airbags, which are installed in tens of millions of U.S. cars. The recall, which is the largest in American automotive history, was initiated because the inflators inside of the airbags can deploy with too much force in an accident and cause metal shards to fly into the vehicle's passenger compartment. So far, the airbags have caused 10 deaths in the U.S.

Safety advocates calling on NHTSA to address seatback failure

Consumers have become considerably more demanding when it comes to the seats in their cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. No longer are they satisfied with front seats just being comfortable, rather they demand that they have things like electronic positioning, lumbar support and even climate control.

How concerned should people be about the latest Fiat Chrysler recall?

Over the course of the last six months, much of the media coverage and discussions on auto safety have understandably been dedicated to the massive Takata airbag recall, which has grown to cover millions of vehicles across the U.S.

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