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Takata airbag dangers trigger another recall of Ford Rangers

Illinois consumers who own or ride in Ford Ranger pickups from model year 2006 could be in immediate danger from faulty airbags. A recall notice from Ford Motor Co. directs people to contact their local dealerships to confirm whether their vehicles are on the newest recall list of about 3,000 Rangers in North America. Two deaths caused by malfunctioning airbags in 2006 Rangers prompted the automaker to announce the recall.

Glenn Frey's widow sues hospital for wrongful death

Illinois residents might recall the death of Eagles guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey in 2016. The Eagles stated that Frey died of complications of colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis, and now his widow is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital in New York.

Be skeptical of any initial settlement offer from insurers

Carrying insurance is a means of protecting yourself against financial losses related to automobile accidents, health issues or other unexpected problems you may experience. Most people assume that insurance companies will take care of them in a worst-case scenario, but that simply isn't always the case.

New bill may help prevent side underride crash fatalities

A side underride crash occurs when a car collides into the side of a truck and slides underneath it. Since a car's safety features are rendered useless in such crashes, the fatality rate for underrides is high. About 200 people are killed every year in these types of accidents. Illinois drivers should know, however, that members of Congress proposed a bill in December 2017, called the Stop Underrides Act of 2017.

Robotic system for breast biopsies is in development

Because of human error and the inadequacies of current surgical technology, breast biopsies can provide inaccurate results. Illinois women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer may be interested to know that a 3D-printed robotic system that is being developed can transform how biopsies are conducted and can increase the accuracy of the procedures and breast cancer diagnoses. The research that is producing this new technology could affect medical laboratories and surgical pathology around the world.