Samsung named in class action lawsuit over exploding batteries in other model cell phones



Samsung manufactures and sells smartphones which pose a threat to the safety of consumers. These dangers made international headlines when numerous Samsung Note7 devices exploded and burst into flames leading to a complete recall of the product.


Samsung has yet to determine the cause of the problems with the Note7, and continues to sell, market, and distribute other smartphones which are at risk of overheating, fire and explosion. Samsung recalled the Note7 while leaving other dangerous products in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the problem is not limited to the Note7. The Note7 recall was a Band-Aid to a pervasive problem for which major surgery was required.


According to the complaint, Samsung has been made repeatedly aware of the issues with its smartphones, yet has failed to warn consumers of the dangers posed by the lithium ion batteries in the devices.


While Samsung recalled the Note7, it has failed, and continues to fail, to recall other dangerous products, failed to warn consumers of the dangers they pose, and failed to adequately respond to consumers whose phones have suffered from overheating, fire and explosion.


The complaint seeks to certify the following class:

All persons residing in the State of California who purchased, in the State of California, at least one (1) of the Subject Phones at any time during the four (4) year period preceding the filing of this Class Action Complaint and continuing through the date of trial. The Subject Phones are the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, and Note5

Subaru recalls vehicles with turbo-charged engines over defect in secondary air injection pumps


Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat.

100,127 vehicles are affected by the recall

If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission declares hoverboards unsafe



In a letter to manufacturers of hoverboards the CPSC called on makers and sellers to voluntarily take hoverboards off the market until they can be certified as safe by UL, the independent testing firm widely used by U.S. electronics manufacturers and failure to do so could lead to prosecution.  CPSC Letter 2-18-16

This announcement came on the shortly after the CPSC opened an investigation in January 2016 to look into dozens of fires involving hoverboards, which are also called smart boards or self-balancing boards.  Many of these fires occurred indoors and could have resulted in serious injuries if not for the quick actions of consumers to extinguish the fire.

According to the CPSC its investigation included the safety of hoverboards made and/or sold by:


Smart Balance Wheel/One Stop Electronic Inc.

Smart Balance Wheel Scooter/Glide Boards

Hover-way Hands-Free Electric/Digital Gadgets LLC

Swagway Hands-Free Smart Board/Swagway LLC

Smart Balance Board/I Lean Hoverboards

E-Rover-Mini Smart Balance Scooter/LeCam Technology

Smart Balance Wheels/Kateeskitty

iMOTO/Keenford Limited


Smart Balance Wheel/Luxiyan and


DEYA LED/E-Rover Smart Balance Wheel /Shenzhen yuan jia jie Technology Co. Ltd

Electrolux named in class action lawsuit over defective dishwashers



Plaintiff represents a proposed class of thousands of consumers—who owned and used residential dishwashers designed and manufactured by Defendant Electrolux Home Products, Inc., and sold under the Frigidaire or Electrolux brand name. These dishwashers are dangerously defective in that the electrical system overheats and catches on fire, burning holes through the dishwasher, causing flooding, or engulfing the entire dishwasher and surrounding area in flames.

The seriousness of the health and safety hazard this defect poses is exemplified by this picture of a Frigidaire dishwasher, which caught fire and burned part of the house down:

Other consumers’ experiences are equally alarming and illustrate the degree to which these dishwashers pose an unreasonable safety hazard.

As alleged, Electrolux has known of this dangerous defect for years; however, to date, it has failed to recall or otherwise inform the public that its dishwashers are defective and are serious safety risk.

Electrolux’s conduct violates well-established contract, tort, and consumer protection laws of Illinois and various states. Plaintiff brings this suit on behalf of herself and similarly situated consumers. She seeks damages and appropriate equitable relief, including an order enjoining Electrolux from selling these dishwashers without disclosing the defect to its consumers.


Toyota recalls Avalon vehicles over shorts in the speaker system

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured February 9, 2010, to October 22, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the sub-woofer speaker located in the trunk may experience an intermittent electrical short which may cause damage to the integrated circuit (IC) in the audio amplifier. In some cases, the damaged IC may allow a constant electrical current flow to the sub-woofer.

A constant electrical current flow may cause the sub-woofer to overheat, increasing the risk of fire.

Approximately, 51,495 vehicles are affected by the recall

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will provide a remedy for the audio system, free of charge. Until the remedy is available, Toyota will mail an interim notice and dealers will disconnect the sub-woofer. Toyota issued an interim notification to owners on February 23, 2015


Kia Motors recalls 2014 Kia Forte vehicles over problems with the cooling fan resistor

Kia Motors America is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured December 5, 2012, to April 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt.

If the cooling fan resistor -over-heats and melts, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Approximately 86,880 vehicles are affected by the recall

 Kia will notify owners, and for vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. For vehicles produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8L engine will also have the engine control unit software updated. The recall is expected to begin February 24, 2015.


Nissan recalls Juke and Infinity vehicles over potential fuel leak

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Nissan Juke, 2012-2013 Infiniti M56, QX56, and 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 (V8 engine vehicles only), and QX80 vehicles. The fuel pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production. As a result, the fuel pressure sensor may loosen with vehicle usage and cause a fuel leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could cause a vehicle fire.

Approximately 133,592 vehicles are implicate din the recall.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will re-torque the fuel pressure sensors free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before January 26, 2015.


VW recalls 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles because of leaking O-ring seals that could cause fire

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.

The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen says approximately 26,000 vehicles are effected and has agreed to notify owners, and dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 16, 2014.

General Motors recalls 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles over defect in brake shaft

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4L turbo engine, and manufactured between November 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate.

If the half shaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

GM estimates this will affect 174,000 vehicles.  It will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28, 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available.

Nissan recalls model year 2012-2014 Frontier vehicles for fire risk

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.

As a result, the bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge.