BMW was recently forced to recall over 1 million cars and SUVs due to faulty crankcase heaters. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the heater, which is used to prevent the positive crankcase ventilation valve from freezing, was found to have manufacturing irregularities. BMW stated that valve wiring and connectors can corrode, resulting in fires.
A jury awarded a woman over $110 million in Missouri state court on Thursday after finding that Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder-based caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The woman had been using the company's talcum powder-based products on her genitals for decades. According to the Courtroom View Network, the verdict is the biggest one yet after five similar previous trials in the state.
On Sunday, June 19th, actor, Anton Yelchin, was found by friends, crushed between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and his home mailbox, after not arriving for rehearsal earlier that day. Yelchin, best known for his most recent role in the Star Trek movies, is said to have died within a minute of his car rolling down his Los Angeles driveway, pinning him between the car and the mailbox of his home.
Despite building a stellar reputation as a favorite fast food option for many, Chipotle restaurants are struggling with a serious health crisis due to an outbreak of E. coli. The recent outbreak has resulted in serious skepticism about the company's practices and, more importantly, closings of Chipotle locations across the nation.
The summer of 2015 marked the lowest three month period of pedestrians injured or killed in traffic accidents in New York City on record. Between July and September of this year, 2186 pedestrians were injured while 21 died as a result of motor vehicle accidents, compared to 2270 injured and 38 killed in 2014, and 2710 injured and 39 killed during the summer of 2013.
Blood clots which develop inside the pelvis and legs are referred to as deep vein thrombosis ("DVT"). DVTs, while usually not life threatening, have the potential to travel to the lungs and cause death as a result of cutting off blood flow to the lungs. Inferior Vena Cava ("IVC") filters are designed to "catch" blood clots before they reach the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism. The IVC is implanted into a patient's inferior cava vein through a catheter inserted in the patient's neck or groin. The small metal device is designed to catch and trap blood clots with its metal wires. The most common complications associated with IVCs include punctured organs and blood vessels and migration of the filter to different parts of the body.
Earlier this week, almost two years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compelled Chrysler to recall more than 1.5 million vehicles due to a gas tank issue, a jury in Georgia awarded $150 million dollars to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed when his aunt's 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee burst into flames after being struck from behind by another vehicle.