Continental Automotive Systems announced a recall of 5 million airbags due to an alleged defect. The recalled airbags were installed over the last five years in Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Mazda vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the defect can cause the electrical systems in the airbags to corrode, making the airbags either deploy without warning or fail to deploy altogether.
BMW is facing a potential class action after a consumer’s finger was allegedly crushed in a car door due to the vehicles’ “soft close” door feature. The feature was designed to pull the door shut silently when it gets within a certain distance of the lock. The lawsuit claims that the system is defective because BMW didn’t install sensors that would tell the door something was in between it and the lock, allowing for objects (in this case, a finger) to get caught in the middle.
Wayfair has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that it knowingly deceived customers by fabricating its “original” and “regular” prices to make it seem like customers were finding great deals. According to the lawsuit, Wayfair never sells its products at their “regular” price, but instead invents a substantially higher value as a point of comparison for its “sale” prices. Plaintiffs state that the illusion of savings directly influenced their purchases at Wayfair and that they can no longer trust the company due to these advertising practices.
Sale Slash LLC has agreed to pay $43 million to settle false advertising claims from the Federal Trade Commission. Along with the monetary settlement, Sale Slash has been barred from advertising its products as weight loss supplements until it has scientific evidence to back up its claims. The products mentioned in the lawsuit include Pure Caralluma Fimbriata Extract, Pure Garcinia Cambogia, Premium White Kidney Bean Extract, Pure Forskolin Extract and Premium Green Coffee.
General Motors is facing a lawsuit that claims the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it forced its call center representatives to work off the clock and failed to pay them for that time. According to the lawsuit, call center reps are required to log in to specific programs before they can clock in for work – time they are never compensated for. This time adds up to almost 30 minutes per day since the process has to be repeated when the employees clock out as well.
According to a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Tuesday, Web.com failed to ensure the safety of its customers’ information when it was hit with a data breach in 2015. The plaintiff claims that Web.com violated the California Data Breach Act by failing to improve security measures that it knew to be inadequate and by failing to inform its users of the breach in a timely manner. The class, if certified, would include anyone who was affected by the 2015 data breach.
A second attempt to certify a class of e-cigarette users failed on Tuesday. The plaintiffs tried to claim that NJOY Inc. falsely marketed its e-cigarettes as a safe alternative to tobacco, but were shot down because they failed to show how damages could be calculated throughout the class. The first attempt was dismissed for the same reason.
Fiat Chrysler has decided to voluntarily recall of all tire chocks, which are meant to immobilize wheels during maintenance, in close to 441,000 Dodge sedans. The recall comes after Chrysler learned of three minor injuries in people who didn’t place the chocks according to the instruction manual while performing tire changes.
Mercedes has reached a settlement agreement that puts to rest accusations that it sold passenger and cargo vans with defective rear air conditioners. The lawsuit claimed that the AC units were prone to leaking and could cause water damage. As a part of the settlement, Mercedes is offering extended warranties to cover the cost of repairs done to the units up to seven years or 125,000 miles.
An Illinois federal court tossed a potential class action against Nissan that claimed it sold Altima vehicles that were susceptible to rusting floor panels. The court found that the allegations failed to state a claim explaining what information Nissan was required to disclose to them regarding the materials used in the floorboards. The court also found that, while it could support personal jurisdiction to a class of Illinois drivers, it didn’t have proper jurisdiction over the out-of-state plaintiffs.
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