Product News and Recalls

GM Knew of Ignition Defect Before 2004

Federal safety regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently made documents public that show automotive manufacturer General Motors (GM) knew about ignition defects before 2004. Documents in the report indicate that GM officials were alerted to the defect in 2003, and possibly knew about it as early as 1997.

GM has been in hot water with the NHTSA and the public due to its failure to issue a timely recall for a dangerous ...

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What is a Benicar Case Worth?

Many Americans who have suffered severe gastrointestinal problems after taking the drug Benicar wonder how much compensation they may receive if they file a legal claim against manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo. Since litigation regarding Benicar has only recently started, the average settlement amount is not yet known. Additionally, the amount each case could be worth depends on the specific circumstances of each individual claim. If you have suffered an unexpected and unnecessary medical condition due to Benicar, you should always ...

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New Study Shows Pregnant Women Increase Risk of Malformed Babies with Antidepressants

A recent study shows that one in five children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy have a brain defect known as Chiari type 1 malformation. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study showed that children of mothers being treated with antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy were more likely to develop malformations than children with mothers that did not have depression. Examples of SSRIs include Zoloft ...

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GM Recalls 3.36 Million More Vehicles with Switch Problem

General Motors announced in June that it will recall 3.36 million mid-size and large cars for defective ignition switches. The company already recalled 2.6 million vehicles this year for the same problem. GM also announced recalls for 165,770 vehicles for other reasons, including problems with automatic transmissions and power steering.

The ignition switch problem can lead to disabling off airbags and power steering. The ignition switch can move from the “run” position as a result of ...

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GM Allowed Woman to Take Blame for Fiancé’s Death

A Texas woman who blamed herself for the death of her fiancé in a car crash is suing General Motors (GM) alleging the company covered up a defective ignition switch in her car. The now 31 year old pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide in 2004. She was sentenced to five years of deferred punishment and 260 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay for her late fiancé’s funeral and $3,500 in court fees.

The ...

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Doctor Found Guilty of Manslaughter for Overprescribing Pills

A doctor in Queens, New York was been convicted of two counts of second-degree manslaughter and many lesser charges for overprescribing painkillers to two patients who later suffered fatal overdoses and other patients who were injured. The man faced 211 counts total and was found guilty on 200 of them.

The anesthesiologist ran a pain management clinic on weekends in Queens where he saw dozens of patients each day, earning roughly $500,000 after two and a half years ...

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