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Energizer Batteries Pose Burn Threat; 130,810 XBOX ONE Chargers Recalled

Energizer Batteries Pose Burn Threat; 130,810 XBOX ONE Chargers Recalled

Overheating batteries continue to plague both manufacturers and the consumers who purchase wireless technologies. Defective batteries that power laptops, smartphones, hoverboards, and most recently XBOX ONE video game controllers, have led to millions of products deemed unsafe by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. After learning of 24 alleged incidents of their batteries “overheating and deforming the charger’s plastic cover,” Performance Designed Products LLC (PDP) has recalled more than 130,000 of their Energizer branded chargers. At the time of the recall no injuries had been reported.  (more…)

E-Cig Battery Fire Lawsuits on the Rise

E-Cig Battery Fire Lawsuits on the Rise

25 years ago litigation involving exploding BIC lighters was fought against BIC by consumer justice lawyers across the country. The BIC lighters, which were alleged to randomly explode, were the subject of numerous cases where children and consumers were horribly burned. The litigation was particularly ugly, with brutal discovery fights and allegations of discovery abuse. […]

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Button Batteries: Household Danger Hiding in Plain Sight

Button Batteries: Household Danger Hiding in Plain Sight

Every three hours, a child under the age of 18 visits an emergency room to be treated for button battery ingestion. In 2013 alone, 3,366 button battery ingestions were reported to the National Poison Data Center (NPDC), including 13 children who suffered severe injuries and 4 who died. The first description of a button battery […]

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General Motors Recalls Over 42,000 Vehicles Due To Battery Control Fire Hazard

General Motors Recalls Over 42,000 Vehicles Due To Battery Control Fire Hazard

Last year, General Motors issued a massive recall of every Chevrolet Cruze sedan that was sold in the United States because of a fire risk.  The defective engine shield could trap highly flammable liquids such as hydraulic fluids or engine fluids, potentially resulting in a fire.  Approximately 53,000 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years included in the recall may additionally have a loose fuel tank strap that could leak and pose another fire hazard.

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BMW Recalling 500,000 Luxury Sedans Due To Battery Cable Defects

BMW Recalling 500,000 Luxury Sedans Due To Battery Cable Defects

Last year marked a milestone for the United States in automobile sales, as 2012 saw the country’s best numbers since 2007, which is a remarkable feat in a struggling economy. While that isn’t necessarily great news for every automobile manufacturer – some companies still reported losses and slow sales – the big winner was BMW, as the German luxury car manufacturer sold more than 347,000 vehicles, including MINIs, in the U.S.

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