Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toyota Executives Fail To Recall Faulty Vehicle

Police officials in Japan have filed papers accusing executives at Toyota Motor Corp. of deliberately failing to recall a faulty vehicle. The officials claim that the three executives - all responsible for quality control - knew the Toyota Hilux Surf, a recreational car sold in Japan, had a faulty relay system of rods in the steering column, when the problem first emerged around 1995. And police believe the fault may have led to an accident in August 2004 where five people were injured after a Hilux veered out of control and collided with another car. Despite numerous customer complaints about the Hilux during 1996, Toyota didn't actually issue a recall until October when they recalled 330,000 models made between 1988 and 1996. The allegation of deliberately failing to issue a recall on a vehicle known to be faulty is a serious one - fellow Japanese car corporation Mitsubishi was rocked with scandal when courts ruled that a Mitsubishi vehicle which caused the death of a pedestrian had faults the car makers were in full knowledge of. The controversy tainted the Mitsubishi brand image and led to a significant decline in sales.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Defective Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator

In new reports, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead wires have been found defective and susceptible to frequent fractures. Thousands of people have had these defective defibrillators implanted leaving them at risk for serous injury if a Sprint Fidelis Lead fractures. Medtronic suspended sales of units with the defective leads and recalled all unused Sprint Fidelis Leads on October 15, 2007 after receiving reports of at least 5 fatalities linked to lead fractures. The Sprint Fidelis Lead is a wire that is used to attach a Medtronic implantable defibrillator to the heart. This defect can cause the defibrillators to deliver a massive and painful electrical shock, or it can cause the device to fail to administer a lifesaving shock when necessary.