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Iowa Judicial Branch Warns of a Collection Notice Scam

The Iowa Judicial Branch issued a warning in response to recent phone calls they have received about threatening collection notices.   On December 14, 2020, clerks from the Iowa Judicial Branch stated that these collection notices, which claim to be issued by an Iowa clerk or the Iowa Judicial Branch,…

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NHTSA Orders Takata to Recall 2.7 Million Additional Airbags

The Takata airbag recall has expanded to include 2.7 million more vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The increase in the number of recalled vehicles comes after Honda confirmed a 12th U.S. fatality caused by an exploding Takata airbag in June…

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11th Death Linked to Defective Takata Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed another death linked to defective Takata airbags, bringing the U.S. total to 11. The latest victim was driving a 2001 Honda Civic when she was involved in an accident in Riverside County, California, in September. According to reports, the woman’s vehicle…

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Certain Takata Airbags Present Increased Safety Risk

A new test reveals that a group of faulty Takata airbag inflators in certain Honda and Acura vehicles have an increased risk of violently rupturing when airbags are deployed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging automakers to find unrepaired vehicles and fix them before additional injuries or…

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Two New Deaths Linked to Defective Takata Airbags

Two additional deaths have been attributed to injuries caused by defective Takata airbags. These new deaths bring the total number of U.S. fatalities caused by the now-recalled faulty airbags up to 11. On March 31st, a Texas teenager driving a 2002 Honda Civic crashed into the rear of a Honda…

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Nissan Altimas Recalled a Third Time

Following record U.S. automobile recalls in 2015, Nissan has announced the recall of approximately 930,000 Altimas across the globe. This latest Nissan recall marks the third instance where Altima model vehicles have been recalled by the manufacturer to correct defects. Nissan has recalled the midsize Altima cars due to a…

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Faulty Takata Airbags Responsible for Eighth U.S. Death

In December, a teen boy was identified as the eighth death resulting from faulty Takata airbags that use ammonium nitrate. This marks the ninth death world-wide associated with the airbags. A Honda vehicle was involved in every death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was notified about the death…

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GM Compensating Some Pre-Bankruptcy Accident Victims

In response to its decade-long failure to disclose information about a defective ignition switch, General Motors (GM) created a compensation fund for injury victims and those who lost a loved one because of the defective vehicles. The fund served as a way for the automaker to offer compensation to victims…

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Takata Airbag Recall May Expand

Responsible for eight deaths and 98 injuries so far, the Takata airbag recall, already the nations most extensive vehicle recall in history, may be expanding to include General Motors and Volkswagen vehicle models in addition to previously recalled vehicles. Faulty inflators in Takata airbags have caused violent ruptures, firing shrapnel…

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GM Settles Criminal Ignition Switch Case for $900 Million

General Motors Co. (GM) has agreed to a deferred prosecution deal and a fine of $900 million to settle a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the companys poor handling of an ignition switch defect linked to at least 124 deaths and 275 injuries. Although no individuals…

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