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As Many As 67 Deaths Caused by Faulty GM Ignition Switches

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on April 8, 2015

The number of people killed by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles has risen to 67, according to a recent report from CBS News.

The families of the 67 individuals will likely receive compensation from the company, which recently updated the list to include three more people. Another 113 injured people will also receive compensation from the GM fund.

The deaths and injuries are linked to faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts and other vehicles produced by General Motors. The switch may slip out of the “on” position while the car is being driven. When this happens, the engine is cut off, the power steering stops working, and the air bags are turned off as well. Serious injuries or deaths have resulted in many cases in which the ignition switch failed while a GM vehicle was in motion. Read the rest »

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General Motors Pulls Some SUVs from Market Due to Pending Tire Recall

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 17, 2015

Defective Tire AttorneAmerican automaker General Motors recently ordered its dealerships to stop selling three 2015 model year vehicles: the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia, and the Buick Enclave. The order affects about 6,300 vehicles and was issued because the vehicles’ tires are included in a pending recall by tire manufacturer Goodyear, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press.

The recall proposed by Goodyear affects about 48,500 tires. Of these, 32,100 were made for GM sport utility vehicles, including the three that GM has told dealerships to stop selling. The rest were sold as replacement tires. The tires do not appear on vehicles made by other automakers. Read the rest »

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Is Talcum Powder Use Linked to Ovarian Cancer?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 11, 2015

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that contains elements like magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Talc is used in a wide variety of products, from packaging chewing gum to forming the base of baby powder and many cosmetics. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of talc in personal care products for many decades, many experienced Texas personal injury lawyers are concerned about reports that the use of talc may be linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer.

Studies of the use of talcum powder and the risk of ovarian cancer date back to the 1960s. However, since the sample sizes and methods used in these studies vary greatly, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether a link actually exists between talc use and ovarian cancer. Studies performed in the past decade, however, suggest that if talc is used in the genital area, it may travel into the fallopian tubes or the ovaries, where it can cause irritation that may contribute to cancer’s development or growth. Read the rest »

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2014 Was a Record Year for Vehicle Recalls, According to NHTSA

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 18, 2015

In 2014, automakers recalled nearly 64 million vehicles in the United States. That’s more than double the number recalled in 2004, which held the previous record, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This news is deeply troubling to experienced Dallas auto product liability lawyer, who knows how dangerous hidden vehicle defects can be. With no warning of a hidden defect, a vehicle’s driver or passengers may not know a problem exists until an accident, serious injury, or death occurs. Read the rest »

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NHTSA Provides Tips for Improving Car Seat Safety

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 28, 2015

Motor vehicle accidents remain the number-one cause of death for children in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With proper car seat use, however, the risk of death or injury for children decreases. Experienced Texas car accident lawyers urge all parents and caregivers to learn how to choose the right car seat for each child and how to install these seats correctly in their vehicles.

To help parents make more informed choices about car seat safety, the NHTSA recently launched several new tools, including a Car Seat Finder Tool available through SaferCar.gov. The agency also offers a number of tips for parents and caregivers for improving car seat safety. These include: Read the rest »

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TireWise Program Aims to Increase Tire Safety Awareness

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 26, 2015

Dallas Product DefectsEvery year, approximately 11,000 car accidents nationwide are caused by defective, worn, or improperly-maintained tires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 200 people die in these accidents every year, and dozens more are injured. Even when tires don’t cause accidents, under-inflated or worn tires reduce gas mileage, forcing consumers to waste money at the pump and put unnecessary wear and tear on their vehicles.

To help consumers make smarter decisions about their tires and prevent these accidents, the NHTSA recently launched its “TireWise” safety campaign. The agency has also updated its SaferCar mobile app with tire information, giving consumers an easy source of data when they are buying tires, examining their vehicle’s current tires, or performing maintenance. Read the rest »

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Honda Agrees to Pay Federal Fine After Failing to Report Injuries, Deaths

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on January 12, 2015

American Honda, the U.S. subsidiary of Honda Motor Co, recently agreed to pay a total of $70 million in fines for failing to report a number of injuries, deaths, and other problems in violation of federal early warning reporting requirements, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

The fines result from an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which began looking into Honda’s compliance with federal Early Warning Reporting System requirements. The Early Warning Reporting System requires automakers to promptly report certain incidents of injury, death, property damage, and warranty claims made by vehicle owners. The information is collected in order to help the agency identify potential defects and issue recalls quickly. Many experienced Dallas product liability lawyers use information generated by the system to help their communities avoid serious injuries. Read the rest »

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Study Finds Number of Toy-Related Injuries Is Climbing

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 12, 2014

Dallas Product LiabilityNo one who buys a new toy for a child they love wants to see that child harmed. But a recent study published in Clinical Pediatrics has raised concerns among experienced Texas personal injury lawyers for its findings that toy-related injuries among children are increasing.

The study examined dates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), which is operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The system gathers data on defective products, including children’s toys, and the injuries those products cause. Read the rest »

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Xarelto Recalls 13,500 Bottles, But Risks Remain

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 10, 2014

In October 2014, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit recalled 13,500 bottles of the blood thinner Xarelto over concerns that bacterial contamination had infected the affected bottles. Although the recall is underway, other concerns – linked to the drug’s actual blood-thinning effects rather than to a momentary contamination problem – remain.

Xarelto is a blood thinner used to reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes in patients. However, several patients have sought the help of experienced Texas Xarelto recall attorneys after cases of uncontrollable bleeding resulted in severe injury or death. Read the rest »

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Safe Toys Are Fun Toys: How to Choose Safer Toys for the Children You Love

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 27, 2014

Kids love toys, and with the holidays just around the corner, many Texas injury lawyers and other grownups are buying toys for the kids they love. But even the most popular toy of this year’s holiday season may leave your favorite little one in tears if it causes injury.

Here are some easy ways to choose toys that are safe and appropriate for the kids you love, so that you can keep the holidays happy and prevent injuries.

1. Read labels carefully. Most toys have labels that give important safety information, including age recommendations, warnings about small parts, and information about what the toy is made of and whether it is flame-retardant or flame-resistant. Choose toys that can withstand flames that are made of materials safe for the child and that are appropriate for the child’s age and skill level. Read the rest »

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