In 2014, approximately 62 million vehicles were recalled in the United States, making it a record-breaking year for recalls. That number is equivalent to four years’ worth of cars sold, or about one out of every four cars on the road today.
Malfunctions that led to a recall in 2014 ranged from minor issues to faulty parts that made cars unsafe to drive, and led to injuries or worse. Defective ignition switches in General Motors cars were linked to 50 deaths, and faulty Takata airbags were linked to five deaths and 64 injuries. Read the rest »
Occasionally, we all find ourselves in challenging situations. When that situation is “out in the wilds of the world without a safety net,” we only have ourselves to rely on. This is called a “self-rescue” situation.
Of course, the best rescue is the one that no one ever needs. But, bearing in mind that help is sometimes required because of unanticipated accidents, there are some things you can do to protect yourself out-of-doors. Read the rest »
Recently, a wave of child seat manufacturers have announced recalls of their popular child seats due to defects that render the seats dangerous for young children. For instance, BMW recalled 622,000 X3 and X4 SUVs manufactured between 2011 and 2017 due to a defect in the anchor used to secure the child seat to the back seat of the SUV. According to BMW, some child seats have thick, inflexible connectors that damage the BMW anchor. While a parent may believe their child is safely secured, the seat may become detached from the anchor, which may then result in disastrous injuries to the child. To remedy the issue, BMW has offered to reinforce the anchor even if it has not yet been damaged. Read the rest »
Typically when a company issues a recall, it’s done very quietly and often, without severe consequence. Unfortunately for Samsung, that has not been the case with their Galaxy Note 7, their latest smartphone that was released in the middle of August. Since then, reports have been coming out that the smartphone heats up and can even explode, causing damage to the person carrying it, or their personal belongings.
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Medical devices, from tongue depressors to computerized brain implants, are used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. When a device is defective, however, serious injuries or even death may result. Here are some common injuries that Texas defective medical device lawyers see in clients who have been harmed by a medical device: Read the rest »
Many defective products cases involve medical devices that malfunction, do not work as intended, or can cause serious or even deadly side effects. Often, the device being scrutinized did not pass through the Food and Drug Administration’s formal approval process, but was permitted to be sold on the grounds that it was “substantially similar” to an approved device that was already on the market.
Experienced Texas medical device injury lawyers frequently talk to clients who were injured by devices like the following: Read the rest »
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 400 people suffer electrocution in U.S. households each year. Nearly half of these accidents occur when a common household item either has an electrical defect or is used improperly because its owners did not have the information they needed to protect themselves against electrocution. In the workplace, about 4,000 people are electrocuted annually, often for the same reasons: because tools contain a hidden defect or did not come with adequate warnings or instructions.
Defective electrical products also cause as many as 140,000 household and workplace fires each year, which can cause serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Read the rest »
Drivers with vehicles containing defective Takata air bags are wondering why the air bags are causing harm, after several cases in which the air bags were triggered in a non-accident scenario. But even after months of testing and investigation by an independent group of engineers, no one has a clear answer, according to a recent article in USA Today
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently stated that there may not be “one root cause,” but instead a number of factors that combine to turn the air bags from a life-saving tool to an injury risk. Read the rest »
Currently, about 140 class-action lawsuits have been filed against General Motors for damages resulting from the company’s sales of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Although the defect has caused over 200 deaths, dozens of serious injuries, and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles, a U.S. bankruptcy court ruled in mid-April that the company will not have to face any lawsuits filed before its 2009 bankruptcy.Instead, the bankruptcy court explained, claims based on GM’s behavior before its 2009 bankruptcy will have to be filed against the “Old GM,” or the company as it existed before the bankruptcy. This company held assets worth about $9.25 billion and had debts of about $32 billion as of last fall, according to Reuters. Any plaintiff who succeeds in a claim against “Old GM” will have to join the company’s other creditors in line as these remaining assets are distributed. Read the rest »
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently planned a meeting to discuss what agency experts say is a growing problem: an increasing number of old and defective tires are still on the road. What’s more, the agency is concerned that recent tire recalls haven’t done their job in ensuring that tires with dangerous defects are repaired or replaced, according to a recent CBS News
As every experienced Texas defective tire accident lawyer knows, not all car wrecks are caused by driver error. A hidden defect in a tire or other vehicle part can cause serious injury or death. Often, the car’s owner won’t even know the defect exists until it is too late. Read the rest »
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