After reports of sporadically stalling engines in many of its trucks and sport utility vehicles, Nissan North America has issued a recall of over 700,000 vehicles in the United States. The company cites the risk of failure to the vehicles' electrical systems and the potential for injuries due to the defective product as the motivation for the voluntary recall.
Another day, another recall of a children's product.
Authorities are crediting tougher laws and improved vehicle technology for a significant decrease in fatal car accidents involving teenage drivers. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of teenage deaths related to car accidents has declined by over 30 percent over the last five years.
In the second infant-product recall in as many months, Graco Children's Products Inc. has announced a defective product recall of two million baby strollers after causing the deaths of four young children. Prior to the recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports of five additional infants becoming entrapped in the strollers, with resulting cuts, bruises, and difficulty breathing.
After a jury concluded that two New Jersey agencies took too long to respond to a multi-car pileup, a woman who lost her leg in the car accident was awarded almost $9 million.
After several reports of malfunctions, accidents and injuries, Fisher-Price has recalled over 11 million defective products. The toys recalled include tricycles, high chairs, inflatable balls, and toy cars for babies and small children.
With the increasing availability of vehicle safety features and a government push to reduce car accident injuries and fatalities on U.S. roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revamped its 5-Star Safety Ratings, just in time for the automakers' newest crop of vehicles.
Although this shocking story did not take place in New Jersey, it is a worst-case scenario of the kind of nursing home negligence that can occur if residents and their families do not remain vigilant about the home's facilities and level of care.