Abbott Trailways tour bus crash leaves 34 college students injured

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Driver charged with reckless driving Dozens of college students returning home from Thanksgiving ended up in Richmond area hospitals Sunday night after their charter bus overturned on on exit ramp in Chesterfield, Virginia. The driver and 34 passengers were injured, one with life threatening injuries. The passengers, mostly college students from Virginia universities, were returning… Read more »

Feds hit Takata with $70 million fine

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Honda cuts ties with defective airbag maker The National Highway Transportation Board (NTSB) recently slapped Japanese airbag maker Takata with a $70 million fine for failing to alert regulators to defects in its airbags. To date, defective Takata airbags have killed at least eight and severely wounded over 100 people. The defective Takata airbags inflate… Read more »

Seattle jury awards cruise ship passenger $21.5 million

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Cruise line operator hit with over $16 million in punitive damages A federal jury in Seattle, Washington awarded $21.5 million to a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck in the temple by an automatic sliding door while on a cruise. The Springfield, Ohio man was passing through a heavy automatic door… Read more »

Federal judge rules plaintiffs may seek punitive damages in faulty GM ignition switch lawsuits

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Automaker could face millions in additional damages Plaintiffs alleging they were hurt by faulty GM ignition switches may seek punitive damages in their lawsuits, according to a ruling handed down by a New York federal bankruptcy judge. General Motors Company LLC (“new GM”) sought to release itself from the liabilities of the admittedly faulty ignition… Read more »

Volkswagen giving gift cards to diesel car owners

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Diesel vehicle owners could receive up to $1,000 in gift cards Volkswagen recently announced it will disperse up to $1,000 in gift cards to each of the 480,000 vehicle owners affected by the VW emissions cheating scandal. Qualifying car owners will receive a $500 prepaid Visa gift card to spend any way they choose as… Read more »