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February 2014 Archives

Moldy washing machine class action allowed to proceed

A case involving a potentially defective design of washing machines has been allowed to proceed as a class action by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court refused to hear an appeal by the manufacturer, who was attempting to prevent class certification, which would effectively prevent lawsuits based on the alleged design defect of some front-loading washing machines that become moldy and emit odors.

Consumer suffers allergic reaction, company recalls candy

If you’ve never had a food allergy, it’s likely that the specific ingredients of food products you buy aren’t of high importance. But for someone who has suffered the consequences of ingesting a food they are allergic to, it can be extremely important, sometimes even a matter of life or death.

GM recalling 778,000 cars with dangerous faulty ignitions

The failure of airbags to deploy during fatal car accidents was one factor behind a recall General Motors announced this week, which involves a dangerous problem with the ignition switch on three-quarters of a million cars manufactured over a three-year period. The ignition switch on 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles is defective and when bumped or jarred can effectively turn the engine off, causing the car to stall.

Feds look to enforce product safety standards for baby formula

Parents do everything they can to ensure that their children are safe and healthy. Because development in infants is incredibly important, seeking the best nutritional options is often a top priority. As such, when parents buy baby formula, they might take the time to find what food product will work best for their child.

Deadly Listeria outbreak farmers receive probation

Two brothers who ran a cantaloupe farm and were convicted of being the source of one of the deadliest outbreaks of Listeria in the U.S., avoided prison time as part of their sentence by a federal judge. The 2011 Listeria outbreak killed 35 people and sickened 146 others throughout the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).