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What is an auto recall and why does it happen?

Auto recalls are quite common these days, even as technology continues to improve. There are simply some issues that cannot be fixed, or occur after manufacturing,. Auto defects can cause serious injury, or even death if not addressed by the owner as soon as a recall notice is received. So, what is an auto recall and why does it happen?

Minimum performance requirements are set forth by the federal motor vehicle safety standards for parts of a vehicle that affect its safe operation. These parts include brakes tires, air bags and seat belts. The standards set forth are applicable on every single vehicle manufactured or imported to the United States for sale and certified to be used on public roads and highways.

IVC filter stuck in vein leads to lawsuit

An IVC filter that got stuck in the vein of a patient back in 2015 has led to a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by a man from South Carolina. The plaintiff had the Option ELITE Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava filter on April 19, 2015. The procedure was performed at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

On April 12, 2016, the same doctor who inserted the filter in the plaintiff tried to remove it from his body. When the doctor went to remove the filter he found that it had tilted 45 degrees. The doctor also found that the retrieval hook had become imbedded in the wall of the patient's vein. Even though the doctor put the patient through a complex procedure, the filter could not be removed.

Fear of Flying? Consider These Statistics.

Fear of flying is more common than you might think. In fact, more than 20 million Americans will admit to having some degree of fear associated with stepping aboard an airplane. For some of them, the fear is so debilitating that they refuse to fly entirely. The question, though, is whether or not these fears are misplaced? While plane crashes are undoubtedly catastrophic, often leaving little chance of survival, the evidence actually suggests that flying is much safer than driving - an activity that millions of Americans do every single day without so much as a second thought.

How to Stay Safe and Have Fun on Spring Break

Ah, spring break, the magical time of year where the cold of winter finally departs and we enjoy some much needed time in the sun. While spring break is one of the most fun times of the year, it can also be the most dangerous. We suggest you plan ahead a few things to make your vacation the best it can possibly be.

The Potential Dangers of Self-Driving Cars

Would you trust a self driving or autonomous car in the lane next to yours? It might be a question that we face in the next few years. The technology is still being tested by companies like Google, BMW, Audi, and Hyundai, but self driving cars will be on our roads sooner than later.

How to Avoid the Dangers of Recalled Products

Products are recalled ALL the time. It's amazing how many products we use every day that are deemed potentially unsafe. Last year, it was salmonella in peanut butter or listeria in our ice cream. How do you know if the products you're using are truly safe?

Dangerous consumer products and your rights

Consumers have the right to be protected from the products they purchase. There are defective products out there that can cause consumers to suffer an illness or injury, sometimes severe enough that they cause hospitalization or even death. But, there are inherently dangerous products on the market. A product liability lawsuit will differ from a personal injury claim for various reasons.

In a product liability lawsuit, the focus will shift to the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or supplier of the product. These entities will be looked at regarding possible mishandling of the product, contamination of the product or improper warning on the product for the consumer regarding safe use.

How do I file a consumer complaint?

Consumers have rights in the United States that protect them from faulty, defective and dangerous products. Because of these rights, consumers can file complaints against products, retailers, manufacturers and designers of products that harm them or do not live up to their promised ability. So, how do I file a consumer complaint?

The first step in the process is to gather all of your paperwork related to the purchase. This includes any receipts, contracts, warranties and other confirmations provided by the retailer or manufacturer. You should also gather any communications you've had with the seller or manufacturer about the product related to your complaint.

You can be injured by your airbag

Airbags are life savers, to be sure. Thousands of lives are saved every year because of airbags. However, they have been known to malfunction, causing serious and even fatal injuries to drivers and others in a vehicle.

The Takata airbag recall received a lot of notoriety because there were instances of their airbags exploding -- sending pieces of metal into occupants.

Key points to consider when planning a funeral

After a loved one passes away, if he or she did not leave directions behind in a will, you may have to make some decisions about what type of service you're going to have and what it will all entail. Below are a few key things you want to consider:

-- Are there any family traditions that should be upheld? Looking at funerals already held for grandparents and parents can help.

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