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In January of this year, Ford recalled more than 244,000 Escape SUVs made during the 2001 and 2002 model years because their brake master cylinder reservoir cap had the potential leak brake fluid, which, in turn, corroded electrical connectors in the vehicle’s braking system and possibly led to a fire under the hood of the car.

But that wasn’t the end of Ford’s problems with the Escape.

According to a recent report by MSNBC, Ford is now recalling the 2013 Escape to fix engine plugs that could leak coolant. This marks the third time that the new Escape has been recalled since it went on sale earlier this year.

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When parents send their children to school on big yellow school buses, they hope that the ride will be as safe as possible. Nevertheless, according to a recent report by CNN, school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation is recalling about 3,900 large school buses for a potential fire hazard.

The Blue Bird Corporation is an American-based producer of school buses, as well as transit buses, motorhomes, and large-scale specialty vehicles, such as mobile libraries and mobile police command centers. In fact, according to the American School Bus Council, approximately 480,000 Blue Bird-manufactured school buses are on the road today.

CNN reports that routine inspections by customers revealed that a starter cable in the buses’ ignition might rub against a power steering hose, which could, in turn create a short circuit resulting in a fire. Following these independent accounts, Blue Bird began its own investigation that uncovered the frightening statistic that approximately 5% of the buses in current circulation had chafing on the starter cable.

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Recalls of automobiles can be some of the scariest types of Chicago product liability lawsuits, partially because Illinoisans use their cars so often, and partially because the injuries caused when a car fails can be very serious.

Just this week, General Motors announced that they are recalling more than 6,000 large vans and SUVs because the steering in the vehicles can fail.

General Motors (GM) is an American car manufacturing corporation, and is the second-largest automobile production company in the world. GM’s business sells vehicles under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden, which are distributed across 157 countries. This particular recall affects 2012 Chevrolet Express vans, GMC Savana [sic] vans, Chevrolet Suburban SUVs, and GMC’s Yukon XL SUVs. The two types of affected cans can carry as many as 15 passengers each, and are often used in shuttle services by churches and airport shuttle services. According to a public statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the gear shaft in these automobiles can break while the car is in use, causing a loss of steering and potentially a loss of control of the vehicle.

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A recent article by MSNBC reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it’s investigating fire risks associated with Chevrolet’s Volt automobile after the model caught fire in a government safety crash test.

Investigations seem to point to the vehicles lithium-ion batteries; as a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting additional testing on Chevrolet Volts, and has asked the manufacturers of other electric vehicles to provide information on the protocols they have established for discharging and handling their lithium-ion batteries. Continued investigations are being done for the purpose of discovering any potential methods of mitigating fire risks in electric vehicles.

The Chevrolet Volt is manufactured under General Motors’ (GM’s) brand of Chevrolet automobiles. General Motors is an American automobile manufacturing corporation, and is the second-largest automobile production company in the world. GM’s business extends to 157 countries, and sells automobiles under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall, and Holden.

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While the initial accident report merely described that a hospital had administered radiation overdoses to three patients, a more complete and detailed report has since surfaced in the months following. Urgent nationwide warnings advised physicians to be extremely vigilant when treating with a device delivering high-intensity pinpoint radiation to vulnerable parts of the body. These nationwide warnings followed three incidents of Illinois medical malpractice.

One of the Illinois medical malpractice victims had gone to Evanston Hospital seeking treatment for pain from a nerve deep inside her head. Now, after being treated with stereotactic radiosurgery, she is in a nursing home, nearly comatose, unable to speak, eat, or walk and leaving her husband to provide the sole care for their three young daughters.
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A series of products manufactured by a medical device manufacturer named Sybaritic Inc. have come under scrutiny after reports alleging that they were not cleared for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sybaritic makes medical products for skin and spa treatments and has agreed to stop production of the product in the United States until they are in compliance with FDA quality standards. While the company did not agree with the FDA allegations, they stated that they are cooperating with the FDA to resolve the issues raised in its complaint. The stop production agreement came after a consent decree reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and three of the medical device manufacturer’s top executives. The U.S. Department of Justice filed for an injunction last year and has said that companies need to comply with laws that are in place to protect consumer health from dangerous products.

Click here to read more about the FDA issues with some medical devices.

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A recent study suggests that the overuse of computed tomography (CT) scans can lead to the development of new cancers. Product liability studies suggest that radiation exposure from CT scanners may cause cancer. The article suggests that CT scans are believed to contribute to 29,000 new cancers yearly, which contributes to 14,500 fatalities. The Los Angeles Times reported that widespread overuse of CT scans and variations in radiation doses caused by different machines operated by technicians following any array of procedures are subjecting patients to high radiation doses that will ultimately lead to tens of thousands of new cancer cases and deaths.
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A man has filed a product liability lawsuit and is alleging that a defective medical device recalled only two days after his cataract surgery caused him personal injuries. The man suffered unnecessary eye inflammation. The product liability lawsuit alleges that the device was defectively designed, manufactured, and marketed. As to the plaintiff’s surgery, the medical device was used to aid in iris retraction while the plaintiff underwent a cataract extraction with intraocular lens implant on the plaintiff’s right eye in October 2008.
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The FDA recently announced that it will ask the Institute of Medicine to examine the approval process for medical devices. The process is meant to streamline the approval of medical devices, but consumer groups have expressed concern that the process is being used for devices that are particularly high risk for product liability.

To read more about the FDA announcement.

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A popular store and fitness equipment manufacturer are seeking dismissal from a personal injury lawsuit. The personal injury victim and her husband filed the lawsuit after the woman fell and broke both of her arms while running on a treadmill.

To read more about the treadmill lawsuit.