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Consumer reports of exploding sunroofs are increasing

Complaints of automobile sunroofs shattering without warning have increased in recent years, leading to concerns about the roofs' safety. According to the watchdog group Consumer Reports, these once-rare incidents are occurring with greater frequency. There were 859 complaints of exploding sunroofs filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 1995, 71 percent of which occurred after 2011.

Takata has expanded airbag recall: Millions of vehicles affected

The recent recall of Takata airbags is one of the largest in consumer history. Since July of 2017, nearly 46 million defective, potentially dangerous airbags manufactured by the Japanese company have been recalled. Around 34 million cars, trucks and other vehicles have been affected worldwide.

The 10 most dangerous toys of 2017--and why they're so hazardous

Have you been preoccupied with holiday shopping lately? Picking out the perfect toys for your kids can be a blast--as long as the toys don't turn out to be dangerous. Many people don't think of toys as potential dangers. After all, what could possibly be harmful about cute, colorful playthings that give children so much entertainment? As it turns out, plenty.

BMW recalls over 1 million cars and SUVs due to engine fire risk

The German automaker BMW has announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars and SUVs, citing a risk of engine fire even when the vehicle is not in use. A spokesperson said the risk is low, but recommended parking the vehicles outside until repairs are made. Repairs are expected to be available beginning Dec. 18.

EpiPen makers accused of failing to investigate defective devices

EpiPens can be a lifeline in deadly situations. An EpiPen directly injects epinephrine, immediately alleviating life-threatening allergic reactions. With so much at stake, it is important that the device functions correctly. However, the makers of EpiPen have been accused by the FDA of neglecting to investigate malfunction complaints.

Jury awards $417 million to J&J talc plaintiff, upending theories

A jury in California recently awarded a 63-year-old woman $417 million in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson because its product caused her ovarian cancer.  She had used the company's baby powder for feminine hygiene since childhood. Plaintiffs in several states have brought suits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that talc-based products cause cancer when routinely used for feminine hygiene.

Software issue leads to truck recalls

General Motors issued a recall on about 700,000 2014 GMC Sierra trucks and Chevrolet Silverados.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the potentially dangerous vehicles could spontaneously lose electric power steering assistance due to a software problem. Those who own or lease recalled vehicles are encouraged to take their trucks to a dealer for inspection and repair. Free software updates are available to fix the problem.