A California jury has handed down an award of more than $2 billion to a couple after a finding that Monsanto's weed killer contributed to their cancer. The couple will also receive $55 million to cover medical bills and for pain and suffering. The couple, a 76-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman, had used Monsanto's Roundup weed killer for roughly 30 years for landscaping.
California residents with Kia or Hyundai vehicles may be interested to know that several states are investigating the two automakers after a series of automobile fires in Connecticut. The Connecticut Attorney General has stated that there have been hundreds of reports of such fires. It is not yet known how many states are taking part in the investigation.
Teslas are supposed to be some of the most advanced vehicles in the world. However, a string of fiery crashes involving the luxury cars that are manufactured in California has some experts questioning their safety.
California motorists may have heard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation in July 2015 after reports emerged of people being injured by flying shrapnel from airbag inflators during traffic accidents. The investigation centered on ARC Automotive, which had developed the airbag inflators. In the course of the investigation, the NHTSA estimated that 8 million Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Kia vehicles in the United States had the airbag inflators in question.
In December 2018, Ford recalled more than 874,000 late-model pickup trucks across North America. Exactly 410,289 of those trucks were in the U.S., so truck owners in California should take notice. The recall covers Ford F-150 models from 2015 to 2019 as well as Super Duty and Chassis Cab models from 2017 to 2019.
California motor vehicle owners may be interested to learn that Ram Trucks is recalling 1.4 million pickup trucks across the U.S. and Canada due to a problem with their tailgates. Apparently, the tailgates could fly open while the vehicles are in motion, potentially allowing cargo to slide out into traffic.
More vehicles are being recalled due to defective Takata air bags. Mazda is recalling 270,000 vehicles over fears the air bag could explode during a crash, which could injure or kill the vehicle's occupants. Some California motorists may be affected by this action.
California drivers who drive some Lincoln MKZ or Ford Fusion cars from the years 2014 through 2018 may have had their vehicles recalled. The issue in some vehicles is loosening steering wheel bolts. Drivers could lose control of their vehicles if the steering wheel detaches from the column.
California consumers who own an Instant Pot Gem multi-cooker might want to check to see whether their product is one that has been recalled by the company. Instant Pot issued the recall on March 1. One week earlier, the company had said consumers should stop using the cookers while they worked out a solution to the fact that the units are a fire hazard because they can melt after overheating. The recall is for only one of the 14 pots the company makes.
Many California residents who have purchased a vehicle in recent years will be contacted at some point about a recall. Recalls are increasing with the addition of computerized features in newer vehicles.