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After a Decade of Guilt, a Woman is Cleared in the Death of her Boyfriend and General Motors Admits Guilt

On November 15, 2004, Candice Anderson lost her boyfriend in a car crash caused by a defective ignition switch in her General Motors- (GM-) made Saturn Ion, but it would be years until the 21-year-old would know the cause of the tragic accident.

For a decade, Anderson wrestled with guilt over the loss of her boyfriend, Gene Mikale Erickson, believing she had caused his death. She was behind the wheel when the vehicle suddenly lost control and crashed into a tree. Anderson suffered severe injuries, including a lacerated liver, but her physical injuries seemed the least of her problems. She was charged with criminally negligent homicide, which she pleaded guilty to in October 2007. Anderson’s parents liquidated their 401(k) to pay for a lawyer for their daughter. Though Anderson managed to avoid jail, she spent five years on probation, paid more than $10,000 in fines and restitution and struggled to find work, according to The New York Times (Times). More After a Decade of Guilt, a Woman is Cleared in the Death of her Boyfriend and General Motors Admits Guilt

Appeals Court Upholds Verdict After Allegations of Jury Confusion and Gossip Outside of the Jury Room

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the verdict of an Ocean City jury despite a possible jury misunderstanding and accusations that one juror called the plaintiff in the personal injury case a liar during discussions outside of the jury room.

The plaintiff in the case sued the driver of a vehicle who allegedly rear-ended her vehicle in 2010 causing the plaintiff to sustain whiplash injuries to her neck. After learning that the jury might not have understood what evidence it was allowed to consider, and that a juror purportedly called her a liar, the plaintiff requested either post-verdict questioning of the jurors or a new trial, but the judge in the case threw out her requests, according to the Law Journal. More Appeals Court Upholds Verdict After Allegations of Jury Confusion and Gossip Outside of the Jury Room

Death toll in Crashes Caused by Faulty Ignition Switches in some General Motors Vehicles Rises to 19

Nineteen deaths have been linked to a serious flaw with some models of General Motors (GM) vehicles, 13 more than originally believed.

GM has received 125 claims for deaths and 320 for injuries in the five weeks since the GM Ignition Compensation Fund has been up and running. Thirty-one of the claims have been found to be eligible for compensation, while most of the remaining claims are still under review. Fewer than a dozen have been rejected, according to CNN Money. More Death toll in Crashes Caused by Faulty Ignition Switches in some General Motors Vehicles Rises to 19

NHTSA Investigating Recall of Fire Truck Ladders

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into whether a 2013 recall of 156 fire trucks was enough to correct an issue with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.

The investigation covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by Ohio-based Sutphen Corp., The Associated Press reported. More NHTSA Investigating Recall of Fire Truck Ladders

Four Injured When Roller Coaster Strikes Tree Branch

Another incident involving a thrill ride has left a group of people injured.

The latest accident occurred at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park when a roller coaster hit a tree branch. The impact dislodged the front car, leaving four people slightly injured while leaving nearly two-dozen passengers hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for several hours, Abc13.com reported. More Four Injured When Roller Coaster Strikes Tree Branch

Key Ignition Problem Prompts GM to Issue 44th Vehicle Recall This Year

On Monday, General Motors (GM) announced that it would recall 3.16 million midsize and large cars to modify their ignition switches to avoid a replay of the problems that sparked a recall of 2.9 million small cars in February and March.

The faulty ignition switch has been linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries tied to the vehicles involved in the current recall, according to USAToday.com. More Key Ignition Problem Prompts GM to Issue 44th Vehicle Recall This Year

Remington Model 700 and Remington Model Seven Rifles Recalled Due to Risk of Unintentional Discharge

Gun manufacturer Remington has announced a safety recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles. The rifles affected by the recall have a X-Mark Pro, or XMP triggers and were manufactured between May 1, 2006 and April 9, 2014.

The recall was issued after Remington found out that rifles equipped with the XMP trigger can fire unintentionally, according to Gunds.com. The issue is very dangerous and could prove fatal if not addressed. Remington said the issue is specific to the XMP trigger only, and all other Model 700 and Model Seven rifles are unaffected by the recall. More Remington Model 700 and Remington Model Seven Rifles Recalled Due to Risk of Unintentional Discharge

G.M. Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles Due to Power Steering Loss

The recalls keep on coming for General Motors. The automotive giant recalled an additional 1.3 million vehicles on Monday, citing a defect that can cause the risk of losing power steering.

G.M. said the defect is unrelated to the massive ignition switch recall that has caused the company to take on a firestorm of criticism. The latest recall comes after an internal review launched by G.M. in response to its recall of 2.4 million vehicles because of the faulty ignition switches that cause vehicles to suddenly shut off, Law360 reported.  More G.M. Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles Due to Power Steering Loss

Federal Agency Knew About G.M. Defect But Failed to Act

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chose not to launch an investigation into the faulty ignition switches of Chevrolet Cobalts and other General Motors vehicles even after a 2007 report by their own investigators provided evidence of four fatal crashes, 29 complaints and more than a dozen other reports that showed the problem disabled air bags, according to a memo released by a House subcommittee on Sunday.

The memo also points out that the NHTSA came to the same decision in 2010 despite receiving more reports that air bags were not properly deploying. More Federal Agency Knew About G.M. Defect But Failed to Act

Nissan Issues Recall Due to Airbag Deployment Problems

In the wake of General Motors recalling 1.6 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that disables airbag deployment, another automaker has issued a recall amid similar concerns.

Nissan announced it is recalling more than 1 million vehicles to fix faulty airbag sensors that may not deploy the front passenger airbag in the event a crash, MSN reported. More Nissan Issues Recall Due to Airbag Deployment Problems