Commercial trucks and buses have been chronic dangers on our nation's roads. Commercial carriers and motor coach companies have often been found to cut corners on safety, sometimes leading to tragic results. They may delay required maintenance, cut back on training, employ dangerous drivers and even encourage certain rules violations -- all in the name of improving the bottom line.
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.
Daimler Chrysler has recalled 495,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs in the U.S. and more abroad. The problem is with the airbags, which can go off unexpectedly.
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.
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.
E coli poisoning is one of the most frightening kinds of poisoning. It has led to thousands of instances of people getting sick and numerous deaths.