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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
Johnson & Johnson, manufacturers of a wide range of personal care products including baby powder, is facing a lawsuit in at least one U.S. court claiming that the talc in their baby powder caused ovarian cancer.
A patient with ovarian cancer filed suit in a Wisconsin court recently, claiming that she used the company’s baby powder for nearly fifty years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, and many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers have heard from clients who fear that their talcum powder use may be linked to later cases of ovarian cancer.
The complaint filed against Johnson & Johnson cites studies from as early as 1971 linking increased cancer risks to the use of talcum powder. Other industries, such as manufacturers of condoms, stopped using talcum powder on their products due to fears that introducing talc to the genital area might increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to the complaint. The complaint alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks, but did not warn consumers. Read the rest »
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