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Q&A: Are Lithium-Ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles a Fire Hazard?

General Motors Co. has expanded the recall of its Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to a risk of fire from the pouch-type lithium-ion battery cells made by South Korea’s LG. The recall, the second major one involving batteries made by …

Peloton Installing Repairs to Touchscreens on Treadmills

Peloton Interactive Inc. has decided to install U.S. regulator-approved repairs to the touchscreen console on its treadmill starting this month after reports of injuries earlier in the year led to product recalls. Media reports had said the loosening of screws …

Court Revives Litigation Over 3M Surgical Device Citing Excluded Testimony

A federal appeals court on Monday revived nearly 6,000 lawsuits alleging that a widely used device produced by 3M Co. to keep surgical patients warm caused them to develop infections. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Minnesota …

U.S. Sues Amazon to Force Recall of Hazardous Products Sold on Its Site

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Wednesday it has sued Amazon.com Inc to force the retailer to recall hundreds of thousands of hazardous products that it had distributed on its platform. By a 3-1 vote, the CPSC …

Dow Chemical Faces Potential Class Action Over Pesticide Tied to Brain Damage

Lawsuits filed in California seek potential class-action damages from Dow Chemical and its successor company over a widely used bug killer linked to brain damage in children. Chlorpyrifos is approved for use on more than 80 crops, including oranges, berries, …

Safety Agency Debuts Auto Recall Search Tool

Searching for a vehicle recall just got a little more user-friendly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday unveiled a new online dashboard for vehicle owners, car shoppers, safety advocates, the media and anyone else to search its massive …

Biden to Nominate House Aide as Chair of Consumer Product Safety Commission

President Joe Biden plans to nominate a senior lawyer for a U.S. House of Representatives committee to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with a lawyer at the agency for another commissioner slot, the White House said. Biden …

Bayer to Pay Up to $10.9B to Settle Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share …

Australian Court Orders J&J to Pay $1.7 Million in Pelvic Implant Case

An Australian court on Tuesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay three women a total of A$2.6 million ($1.7 million) plus legal costs as compensation for misleading patients and surgeons about the risks of its pelvic mesh implants. The Federal …

Reuters Report: How Secrecy in Courts Stymies Product Safety Regulation

LEBANON, Ohio — Something wasn’t right with the Rhino. Reports started trickling in to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2005 of people being killed or injured in the Yamaha Motor Co. off-road vehicles when they tipped over. But …