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Takata airbag recall expands to nearly 34 million in the U.S.

We've discussed the problems with Takata-made airbags here on more than one occasion. As many of our readers know, they have been found to explode when they are deployed, spraying shards of metal on those in the vehicles. Six fatalities around the world have been blamed on the defective airbags. Some 28 million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have already been recalled globally since 2013. Of those, 16 million were in the U.S.

However, despite the widespread problems, Takata has been reluctant to cooperate with the U.S. government's investigation of the defective airbags. That government scrutiny has included Congressional hearings.

What can truckers do to reduce rollover accidents?

Any accident involving commercial tractor-trailers are dangerous for other motorists, but those risks increase significantly when trucks haul hazardous materials. Few of us give much thought as to how the gasoline and other petroleum products we use in our vehicles arrives at our local gas stations. The reality is that large commercial trucks, driven by drivers with hazardous materials licenses, transport a large percentage of flammable, toxic and dangers materials along our roadways every day.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are two federal agencies tasked with improving the transport of hazardous materials nationwide. Both agencies recently collaborated in producing training materials for hazardous materials drivers as part of a joint effort to promote safe transport. The project is called "Keep the Load on the Road".

Why incentives are important for class-action lawsuits

Many people often wonder what they should do next after discovering that an individual or a company has caused them some harm. Although your injury may seem unique, depending on the circumstances, it's possible that the same party that caused your physical or economic harm may have also injured others in similar ways. This is true whether you are the victim of a faulty vehicle airbag or the unwitting victim of a mortgage fraud scheme.

Fortunately, class-action lawsuits exist to level the playing field in scenarios precisely such as those. Generally, class-action lawsuits seek to combine the claims of an entire group of individuals who have suffered similar harm by the same person or company. That way, by joining with other victims, you can collectively seek justice against anyone who took advantage of everyone in that group. A good example of this can be found in a previous article we wrote regarding a class-action lawsuit that stemmed from defective tires. In that case, the tire manufacturer recalled nearly 850,000 tires after several of them spontaneously deflated or lost their tread.

Many factors can cause dangerous tire failures on Georgia roads

As our cars and other vehicles become increasingly more technologically sophisticated, they are able to diagnose and report problems to drivers. Some, like the Cadillac XTS , even have safety features that warn drivers if they are wandering, getting too close to another vehicle or doing other things that may cause a crash.

With our vehicles taking on these responsibilities, it's only natural that many drivers are becoming less diligent about spotting problems with our vehicles if we don't get a warning light or message. Among these are problems with our tires. While cars made since 2008 are equipped with tire pressure monitoring sensors, these tell us nothing about what condition the tire is in.

Is lead paint still a risk for some Georgia residents?

Many Georgia residents believe that the dangers of lead paint are a thing of the past. However, in the onslaught of media attention to the poorest areas of Baltimore recently, lead paint came back into the public consciousness. In particular, how does it contribute to the problems of those living in poverty, not just in Baltimore, but around the country? One of those people was Freddie Gray, who was severely injured in police custody and later died.

Gray and his siblings filed a lawsuit in 2008 against the owner of a property where they lived from 1992 to 1996 when Gray was a child. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount, but was the damage already done?

What is the burden of proof in my federal whistleblower appeal?

The United States government has hundreds of agencies that employ workers in every state throughout the country, including Georgia. One of the ways that a massive bureaucracy like the federal government attempts to minimize fraud waste and abuse throughout its many components is by encouraging employees to report instances where they believe wrongdoing has occurred. Typically, this would be some violation of law, an abuse of authority or just plain fraud.

People who step forward with such information are known as whistleblowers. Due to their jobs, these individuals often have access to evidence of wrongdoing that may not be otherwise available to the public. This is true whether these employees work as airport baggage inspectors for the Traffic Safety Administration, or as healthcare workers for the Veterans Administration. The fact is that sometimes only insiders can provide information that may shine a light on potential unlawful or wasteful actions.

Graduated driver’s licenses reduce fatal teen car accidents

Most of us can remember how challenging it was to learn how to drive. Perhaps you had an uncle who let you drive an old truck on his farm. Maybe your mom and dad took you out to an empty parking lot where you learned the difference between the brake and gas pedals. As memorable as those learning experiences are, few of us can remember exactly when we became safe drivers.

That's because like most skills, safe driving techniques are acquired through practice over time. Two reports that studied the link between graduated driver licensing programs and fatal teenage accidents have confirmed that theory. According to research conducted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the University of North Carolina, overall fatality rates for teen drivers ages 16 to 17 years old might be reduced by requiring those drivers to spend more time becoming proficient at driving before receiving their full driving privileges.

Automakers step up efforts to reach customers with recalled cars

As we've discussed here before, many people are not able to get recall repairs made to their vehicles in a timely manner because there are delays in getting the required parts to dealers to make the necessary fixes. However, automakers are telling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration another issue is that consumers are not aware of recalls.

At a forum late last month, automakers said that they are stepping up efforts to notify customers of potential safety issues. They are using methods such as ads on social media, robocalls and personal calls, smartphone apps and letters from the chief executive officer.

Popular pet product recalled for Salmonella contamination

Many Georgia pet parents give their dogs Nylabone dog chews because they provide hours of chewing pleasure. Now Nylabone Products has recalled some of the chews over the possibility that some of the tempting treats may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers have been advised to return the products to their retailer for a full refund.

The company says that Salmonella was found during routine testing in one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit chews. Both dogs and humans can contract the disease. In animals, it can lead to fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Humans, who could contract Salmonella from the bone-shaped chews by not cleaning surfaces or washing their hands after the product has touched them, can develop similar symptoms. According to the Food and Drug Administration, pets infected with Salmonella can spread it to humans and other animals. In some cases, the illness can be severe in humans.

How tires can play a role in your Georgia truck accident lawsuit

Most of us have heard the phrase, "where the rubber meets the road." Generally, this phrase is used in instances where someone is discussing some of the most crucial elements of some endeavor. That phrase has special significance when it is used in reference to the commercial trucking industry. In fact, tires are such an important component of the trucking industry that many people refer to trucks as 18-wheelers.

The reason why commercial vehicles have so many tires is because having multiple tires helps disperse the heavy weight of cargo and passenger loads along the roadway. Frequent readers of our online blog may recall an article we previously wrote about the dangers of what can happen when excessive weight on commercial vehicles causes tire blowouts. That case involved double-decker types of motor coaches -- a few of which may have exceeded acceptable weight limits and caused critical tire blowouts. At least one of those blowouts negatively affected a motorcoach by causing it to crash into a bridge support pillar, killing one and injuring other passengers.

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