At Least 124 People Died Because Of General Motors Ignition Defect

At Least 124 People Died Because Of General Motors Ignition Defect

One year after General Motors’ victim compensation fund began accepting death and injury claims related to its massive ignition switch issue and six months after the submission deadline, the carmaker announced it had completed its review. Now, instead of acknowledging just 13 deaths tied to the deadly defect, the car manufacture is admitting that 124 deaths – nearly 10 times the original tally – resulted from its failure to address the problematic switches in more than 2.59 millions of vehicles. [More]

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 88,000 Challengers For Takata Airbag Defect

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 88,000 Challengers For Takata Airbag Defect

Nearly a month after regulators announced they had identified all 33.8 million vehicles equipped with potential shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags, one auto maker says it’s not quite done, recalling about 88,000 more cars to the massive recall. [More]

Takata Nixes Idea Of Airbag Victim Compensation Fund, For Now

Takata Nixes Idea Of Airbag Victim Compensation Fund, For Now

Last month, in his first public address of the massive airbag defect linked to eight deaths and more than a hundred injuries, Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada announced the Japanese auto parts maker would consider the possibility of creating a victim compensation fund. Now, the company says such a fund is a no-go. [More]

Takata CEO Says Company Will Consider A Victim Compensation Fund

Takata CEO Says Company Will Consider A Victim Compensation Fund

Just days after Honda confirmed the eighth death linked to the ongoing recall of defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles from nearly a dozen manufactures, the Japanese parts maker says it is considering the possibility of creating a victim compensation fund. [More]

Takata Confirms It Will Replace About 400,000 Previously “Fixed” Airbags

Takata Confirms It Will Replace About 400,000 Previously “Fixed” Airbags

Earlier this week Japanese auto part maker Takata announced it may have to call back some of the millions of airbags already replaced because they may still have a tendency to shoot shrapnel upon deployment. Today, the company released an estimated number of re-recalled airbags, to the tune of 400,000. [More]

Ford Adds 500,000 More Vehicles To Its Takata Airbag Recall Lineup

Ford Adds 500,000 More Vehicles To Its Takata Airbag Recall Lineup

During the past week, automakers have scrambled to identify which of their models should be included in the recall of nearly 34 million vehicles equipped with Takata-produced airbags that can shoot pieces of shrapnel upon deployment. For Ford Motor Company the answer involves nearly 500,000 additional sports cars. [More]

Takata Plans To Stop Using Ammonium Nitrate, Phase Out Certain Airbag Inflators

Takata Plans To Stop Using Ammonium Nitrate, Phase Out Certain Airbag Inflators

A day before representatives from Japanese auto parts maker Takata are set to appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to discuss the more than 34 million defective airbags linked to six deaths and more than a hundred injuries, the company announced it would stop using an often volatile chemical in its safety devices moving forward and call back some airbags replaced during earlier recalls. [More]

(Paul Pica)

GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Reaches 100

Nearly four months after General Motors’ victim compensation fund stopped accepting death and injury claims related to its massive ignition switch issue, the number of people killed because of the long-ignored defect continues to climb, now officially reaching triple-digits.  [More]

(Louis Abate)

GM Says 70% Of Vehicles Recalled For Deadly Ignition Switch Defect Fixed

Six months after General Motors began coaxing consumers to fix their recalled vehicles with a social media campaign and the promise of $25 gift cards, the car manufacture says that about 70% of the 2.4 million vehicles recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect have been fixed. [More]

Samsung: Do Not Return Your Defective TV

This note was probably due to the fact that consumers often do not know how to properly hook up HDTVs, and return them thinking they are defective. In Shawn’s case, the TV really was defective. So did Samsung help him? Of course not.

Apple Powerbook Audio Flaw: One Month and Counting

Apple Powerbook Audio Flaw: One Month and Counting

Owners of the last generation of ‘high-resolution’ Apple Powerbooks are reporting major audio issues that cause an echo or looping effect to occur when playing sound. That’s a real problem for a platform used heavily by musicians and video artists, so one would expect Apple to fix the problem as soon as possible.