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Florida Drivers Beware of Faulty Airbags Manufactured by Takata

October 24th, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.

7.8 Million Affected U.S. Vehicles, by Manufacturer, Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL
Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider
Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia

If you own or lease an affected vehicle, contact our law firm today to discuss your rights and options.

New Study Shows Dangerous Actos Side Effects

August 13th, 2012

Actos is a drug usually prescribed to patients with diabetes to aid in their insulin uptake. However, many ill patients have filed lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, due to allegations of deadly side effects. A recent study adds legitimacy to the patients’ claims.

New Study

A study performed by Jeffrey A. Johnson found that people with diabetes who take Actos are 22 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who abstain from the drug. Of 2.6 million patients taking Actos, 3,643 of them developed bladder cancer.

Actos is intended to help diabetics by making the body’s cells more susceptible to insulin, a growth hormone. Unfortunately, malignant cancer cells also feed on insulin, so Actos can fuel the growth of cancer cells.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that using Actos for over a year can increase the risk of bladder cancer by 40 percent.


A federal Actos court date is scheduled for November 3, 2014. Due to the sheer number of people affected, the court has scheduled a second Actos liability court date for July 8, 2015.

The drug may have even more severe side effects according to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Helen Ge, a former employee. She claims her supervisors advised her to smooth over some of the drug’s more harmful side effects in various reports, which she says includes epilepsy, heart trouble, schizophrenia and suicide.

If you suffered a serious illness after taking Actos or if you lost a family member who was taking the drug, call us at (305) 379-0305. You can also submit a contact form or leave a comment below. There is no charge to discuss your potential case.

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Is Your Bank Cheating You?

August 3rd, 2012

Earlier this week we wrote about how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal watchdog agency responsible for protecting American consumers against illegal and unethical practices, took a stand against Capital One for misleading its customers. In the wake of the CFPB’s first major action, we want to help you determine if your bank is guilty of the same charges.


  • Has your bank coerced you into adding an extra service?
    • Did a representative say that it was mandatory?
    • Did a representative promise a better credit score if you added said feature?
    • Did a representative say it was free or cheap? Check your bill; it might cost more than he or she said.
  • Has your bank enrolled you in extra services without your consent?
  • Has your bank offered you services that you do not qualify for?
  • Is your bank giving you the run-around when you try to cancel services, especially those that you were automatically enrolled in or do not qualify for?
  • Do you feel that a bank representative pressured you into adding extra services?

If your bank or credit union has participated in any of the above activities, you may be able to recover the money you lost. After Capital One misled millions into paying more for extraneous services, the customers will get that money back. You could regain money lost in deceptive sales tactics by giving us a call: 305-379-0305. We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and assess your best options.

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