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Nearly 300,000 minivans recalled due to airbag defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of Dodge, has announced the recall of 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in Kentucky and throughout North America. The affected minivans were part of the 2011-12 model year. They are impacted by a potential problem with the driver's side airbag that causes it to deploy inadvertently.

What to do when a car is on recall

Starting in 2013, millions of Takata air bags were recalled because of safety concerns. Kentucky car owners can check whether their vehicle is on the recall list by putting their VIN number into a tool offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If the number is found to be on the recall list, the car should be taken to a dealer as soon as possible.

Kia and Hyundai expected to recall up to 1.3 million vehicles

Hyundai and Kia owners in Kentucky and across the country could soon be receiving recall notices. The manufacturers are recalling 171,348 vehicles in South Korea to replace potentially defective engine parts, and they are expected to take similar action in the United States. Reports suggest that the two companies have told American regulators that they plan to recall a yet-to-be-determined number of vehicles. Media outlets in Asia have reported that 1.3 million cars could be involved.

Ford to recall more than 570,000 vehicles

Some Ford owners in Kentucky and around the country will be receiving recall notices in the coming weeks. The Michigan-based vehicle maker is recalling more than 570,000 cars, vans and SUVs in Europe and North America to replace defective door latches and remedy coolant issues that have been linked to a rash of engine fires. In a March 29 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford revealed that the recalls would reduce pretax earnings by $295 million.

Breast implants linked to rare form of cancer

Kentucky readers should be aware that breast implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer that has claimed the lives of nine women, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, attacks the immune system.

Toddlers are injured by nursery products every 8 minutes

Parents in Kentucky and across the country may be shocked to learn that a study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital has revealed that 66,000 infants and toddlers are treated in emergency rooms in the United States each year for injuries caused by nursery product-related accidents.

Volvo recall in Kentucky

As a result of a potential issue with certain airbags, Volvo is recalling approximately 5,500 vehicles. Vehicles included in the recall are 2017 S90, V90, and XC90 Cross Country cars and SUVs. Currently, Volvo is working with suppliers to determine if there are other vehicles that may be affected, so the recall may become larger after that investigation has been completed.

Maserati recalls 3 models over fire risks

Kentucky Maserati owners should be aware that the automaker is recalling 39,381 Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante cars and SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalls are over two potential fire risks.

Audi to issue 2 recalls in February

Two vehicle recalls may affect Kentucky residents who own Audi A5 and Q5 models. The recalls cover almost 600,000 vehicles. On Feb. 20, Audi will begin a recall of A5 Cabriolets, A5 Coupes and Q5 SUVs that were manufactured in the model years 2013 through 2017. The first vehicle recall concerns 342,867 cars that are all equipped with 2.0-liter TFSI engines.

Auto defects and product liability lawsuits

Kentucky residents may be aware that millions of vehicles have been recalled in recent years because of safety issues ranging from locking ignition switches to exploding airbags. The accidents and litigation that prompts these recalls can damage corporate reputations and erode hard-won market shares. In addition, product liability lawsuits can also be difficult for manufacturers to win. This is because of the doctrine of strict liability, which means that plaintiffs are not required to demonstrate that defendants acted negligently or recklessly.

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