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North Carolina mystery: Defective car or negligent driver?

It is a nearly 200-mile drive west from Raleigh to get to Boone. The town in the Blue Ridge Mountains was named for Daniel Boone, but is also known as the home of bluegrass legend Doc Watson. The town of about 17,000 residents made news recently after a series of motor vehicle accidents revived memories of Toyota’s defective product scandal involving unintended acceleration several years ago.

Ford recalls for steering wheel, clutch issues

People in North Carolina who drive a Ford Fusion or Lincoln MKZ, model years 2014 to 2018, might want to find out if their vehicle is part of a recall. Ford says that some of these vehicles have steering wheel bolts that can come loose. This can cause the steering wheel to detach from the steering column and the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Takata recall expansion includes cars from 14 automakers

The largest vehicle recall in U.S. history just got bigger. On Jan. 18, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled vehicles from over a dozen automakers due to defective Takata air bag inflators. The recall is part of an ongoing effort to get the dangerous inflators off the road in North Carolina, throughout the U.S., and other parts of the world.

Dressers, TV, other furniture could tip and injure consumers

North Carolina parents who are buying a television or dresser might want to make sure it does not present a danger of tipping. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these are particularly dangerous to children who might climb the furniture and pull it over on themselves although they can injure adults as well. More than 500 people died between 2000 and 2016 because of tip-overs, and most of them were children. More than 30,000 people are treated in emergency rooms annually because of appliance, furniture and television falls.

Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after children's deaths

North Carolina residents, especially those with young children, will want to know about the recall campaign that Ikea has launched concerning some 29 million of its chests and dressers. In fact, this is a relaunch of the campaign that the furniture retailer began in June 2016.

BMW recalls 1 million vehicles over fire concerns

About 1 million BMW owners around the country can expect to receive recall notices in the coming weeks. Two recalls involving vehicles produced by German carmaker between 2006 and 2011 were announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Nov. 2. The cars and SUVs are being recalled to remedy issues that have been linked to a series of fires. BMW says that its dealers in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. will begin performing the needed repairs at no charge on Dec. 18.

Dealerships selling vehicles with active recalls

North Carolina residents who are looking to buy a used car from major dealerships should be aware of the large-scale Takata airbag and other vehicle safety recalls. Safety advocates reportedly found that 25 percent of vehicles at eight different CarMax locations had safety recalls that had not been taken care of.

The dangers posed by the kitchen stove

North Carolina parents may not understand why stoves are so tempting for small children. However, they may understand just how dangerous they can be. Stove manufacturers may be liable for any injuries that a child may experience if it is not constructed in accordance with the law. A Missouri 5-year-old was awarded $35 million after he was injured by a pot containing hot water that slid off of a stove and burned him.

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