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Many times after our skilled team of professional investigators thoroughly examines a personal injury claim, a Beasley Allen lawyer will determine that the injury was caused by a defective product. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

A great number of the product liability claims we investigate are single vehicle accidents. In investigating automobile accidents and product liability cases over the past 30 years, we have seen many single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Single vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident can often be traced back to a defect

Honda Driver Dead After Another Takata Airbag Explosion In Malaysia

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Honda Motor Co. said a driver died last week after a Takata airbag exploded during a crash in Malaysia, potentially raising the number of deaths directly caused by the faulty airbags to 16 worldwide. The latest incident occurred Sept. 24 in the southern Malaysian state of Johor and involved a 2009 Honda City. That particular model was part of a Takata airbag recall Honda initiated in Malaysia last year, but the recall repairs had not been performed on the vehicle. The passenger-side airbag did not rupture, Honda said. The Tokyo-based airbag manufacturer has recalled about 100 million airbag units around ... Read More

Hundreds of Takata’s Recalled Airbag Inflators Explode During Testing

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Hundreds of airbag inflators made by Takata and taken out of recalled airbag units ruptured during laboratory testing, further demonstrating the threat to motorists posed by the faulty devices. According to Bloomberg, documents released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that during testing, 660 of the 245,000 recalled airbag inflators exploded during testing. A consent decree Takata signed last year with NHTSA officials required the Tokyo-based supplier to disclose test findings. The faulty airbag inflators have been blamed for at least 15 deaths worldwide, most of which were in the U.S., and more than 100 injuries. The ... Read More

Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef From Massachusetts Company

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Ground beef, veal, and bison products from a Massachusetts company are being recalled after a multi-state outbreak of E. coli illnesses, federal officials announced Saturday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that seven confirmed E. coli illnesses, including five that required hospitalization, were linked to ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Mass. Three illnesses stemming from the Adams Farm beef were reported in Mass., two cases were reported in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, and one in West Virginia. The contaminated products were sold to farmer’s markets, retail locations and restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and ... Read More

Georgia Man Sues E-Cigarette Maker Over Severe Burns, Lack of Warnings

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A Bremen, Ga., man has filed a lawsuit against the maker of an e-cigarette that exploded in his pants pocket at work, leaving him with third-degree burns and months of painful recovery. Like many e-cigarette users who have been injured by exploding batteries inside the devices, Jeremy McDow said the incident started with a sudden suspicion something was wrong when he felt an itching on his leg that quickly turned into an “extreme burning.” Mr. McDow told Fox 5 Atlanta that by the time he leapt up, his “entire leg was engulfed in flames.” The fire was so intense that ... Read More

CPSC Announces Official Recall of All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

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U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Thursday amid a mounting number of reports of the devices exploding and starting fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all Samsung Note 7 users to stop using the devices immediately and make sure they are powered off. The recall affects about one million of the Samsung smartphones in the U.S. sold through wireless carriers and electronics stores nationwide for about $850. Customers who have purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone since they were first made available to the public on Aug. 19 ... Read More

Florida Family Blames Samsung Note 7 Phone For Incinerating Jeep

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A St. Petersburg, Fla., family whose Jeep became engulfed in flames on Labor Day believes a newly purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is to blame. Nathan Dornacher told WTSP Tampa Bay that he and his family were dropping some things off at the house on Labor day and left the Samsung smartphone on the center console of the Jeep Grand Cherokee charging. When Mr. Dornacher went back outside he discovered the inside of the vehicle was on fire. Within minutes, the fire had spread from the dash to the entire vehicle, leaving it a skeleton full of ash and melted ... Read More

NTSB May Deepen Probe of Deadly Takata Truck Explosion

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Federal investigators trying to determine what caused a truckload of Takata airbag components to explode in Texas last month said that documentation they’ve reviewed indicates the parts were shipped properly. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials continue to probe the deadly blast, which completely leveled a house in the border town of Quemado, Texas, August 22, killing one woman and injuring four others. So far, shipping documents reviewed by the NTSB reveal no problems in the way the airbag inflators containing the highly unstable chemical compound ammonium nitrate were shipped. “Initial indicators are that the materials were packaged properly. If ... Read More

NYT Report: Automakers Helped Takata Create Airbag Crisis

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Automakers facing costly recalls and lawsuits stemming from Takata airbags are not victims of the Japanese auto supplier’s engineering blunders as much as they are co-conspirators in a push to boost profits at the expense of safety, according to a New York Times report. On Friday, the New York Times published a story investigating how the road to Takata’s deadly airbag crisis was forged nearly 20 years ago, and it’s a story that would not have been possible if it weren’t for auto industry executives who chose to ignore safety risks associated with the new, cheaper airbags being made by ... Read More

Michigan Motorcyclist Who Sustained Brain Injury May have Had Defective Helmet

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A Michigan man who sustained a traumatic brain injury July 2 after crashing his motorcycle into a Detroit-area car wash may have been wearing a defective helmet, authorities say. The 30-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed in a report, was riding his motorcycle in the right lane of Utica Road southbound when he veered into the parking lot of the Royal Touch Car Wash in Clinton Township and lost control of the vehicle. The man had reportedly been traveling home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred around 10:38 p.m. The bike toppled over and the ejected motorcyclist ... Read More

FMCSA Issues E-Cigarette Advisory Warning of Fire Risks Aboard Commercial Vehicles

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Federal transportation authorities have issued a safety advisory to the owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles warning them about a rising number of accidents linked to the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic vaping devices. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the advisory on August 3, explaining that the use of battery-powered electronic smoking devices has resulted in explosions, serious personal injuries, fires, and other failures. “The explosions regularly involved the ejection of a burning battery case or other components from the device which subsequently ignited nearby flammable or combustible materials,” the FMCSA explained. The U.S. ... Read More