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1. Death and injuries force recall: In May, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys “R” Us Inc. recalled some 21,000 inflatable Banzai water slides for in-ground pools after one woman died from a fractured neck and two people reported neck fractures, including a man who was paralyzed. All three injuries resulted from victims hitting their heads on a hard surface at the bottom of the slide because it had partially deflated.

2. Ford lawsuit on product liability: In March the Ford Motor Co. was sued for allegedly selling trucks for 10 years that it knew had defective fuel-tank linings while concealing this issue from consumers.

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