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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

Mounting Evidence Points To Health Threats Posed By Synthetic Turf

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A former top soccer player who helped persuade federal regulators to take a closer look at the potential health hazards posed by synthetic turf says more than 200 athletes who have spent hours a day on the rubber turf have reached out to her after being diagnosed with cancer. Amy Griffin, a goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team that won the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, has been keeping track of athletes with cancer since 2009. She told Huffington Post that of the 220 athletes diagnosed with cancer that she has heard from, 166 (more than 75 percent) ... Read More

China Rejects Another Effort To Serve Drywall Lawsuit

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China’s Ministry of Justice has again rejected a lawsuit filed by thousands of U.S. homeowners who say the government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission should pay for the damage to their homes caused by defective drywall that emits corrosive sulfuric fumes. According to the Associated Press, the Ministry of Justice “says it won’t serve the legal papers because the agency is immune to such lawsuits and the legal service would infringe on China’s sovereignty.” New Orleans Federal Judge Eldon Fallon has ruled that China’s state-owned Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. must pay damages to all the homes its toxic drywall ruined. ... Read More

Toyota Sued Over Deadly Yaris Sudden-Acceleration Crash

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A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Toyota, seeking damages for the young son of a man killed when a 2015 Toyota Yaris allegedly sped out of control on a California highway and struck the vehicle he was riding in on New Year’s Eve. The horrific crash occurred when a 51-year-old woman traveling east on I-10 in San Bernardino County in a rented 2015 Toyota Yaris accelerated to nearly 100 mph, exited at the Vineyard Avenue ramp, and crashed into a Toyota Solara, killing four people. The driver of the Yaris, which she had rented for a family road trip ... Read More

Children still ingesting laundry detergent pods despite warnings

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Despite warnings from consumer advocacy groups and attempts to make the packaging look less like candy, more children are eating laundry detergent pods and falling seriously ill or, in some cases dying, according to an analysis of national poison data published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Calls to poison control centers involving children ingesting the laundry detergent packages increased 17 percent from 2013 to 2014 – more than 22,000 children mostly younger than 3. About a third of the calls involved cases where children were already en route to a health care facility. The data involved two cases where children ... Read More

Trinity Guardrail Impales Car In Boston Area

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A recent car crash in the Boston area is once again stoking concerns about the safety of some guardrails made by Trinity Industries, a Texas company that is currently appealing a jury verdict that sided with a whistleblower who warns the roadside safety devices are defective and dangerous. Boston’s WCVB 5 shared its footage of a February crash that occurred in Randolph, Mass., with whistleblower Joshua Harman, who successfully sued Trinity on behalf of the federal government, alleging the manufacturer secretly changed the design of its already-approved guardrails without telling the government. Mr. Harman says those alterations, carried out as ... Read More

Writer likens effects of new Go Cubes chewable coffee to cocaine

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For people too “on the go” to sip their morning coffee, Nootrobox has launched Go Cubes, a line of chewable coffee that packs 50g of caffeine – almost as much a cup of coffee – in each cube. Go Cubes come in a set of individual packets, each containing four cubes containing three flavors – Latte, Pure Drip and Mocha – identified by different shades of caramel brown. Natt Garun, US Editor at The Next Web, gave the coffee cubes a taste test and said he had a hard time discerning between the flavors or the colors. “If you’ve ever ... Read More

Unconnected Hoverboard Suddenly Explodes Inside South Florida Home

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A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., family escaped injury Friday morning when a hoverboard that had been sitting idle, unconnected to a charger, suddenly exploded inside their home. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, which posted a picture of the charred device to social media, said the family was able to extinguish the flames before they arrived. “It was an explosion and I was like the roof is coming down or something,” Kaudrica Hunter told Fort Lauderdale’s Local 10 News. “I never once thought it was the hoverboard.” Ms. Hunt told the station her son heard a spark and then the hoverboard exploded where ... Read More

Takata airbag recall could rise another 85M units in U.S. by 2019, NHTSA reports

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The Takata airbag recall may be edging closer to 30 million defective airbag inflators each month, but U.S. auto safety regulators claim that nearly 85 million more unrecalled inflators may eventually be recalled if Takata can’t prove they’re safe. The defective airbag inflators installed in the recalled vehicles can cause even the most minor impacts to escalate into fatal events due to the sensitive nature of the inflators. When a defective inflator is triggered by a collision, it can cause the airbag itself to explode and blast metal shrapnel into those sitting in the cabin. The results of this defect ... Read More

Tire Industry Association Proposes New Rules To Improve Tire Safety Recalls

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How to efficiently identify and recall defective tires is a problem manufacturers and government regulators alike have struggled with for decades. The Tire Industry Association, however, recently gave federal safety regulators some feedback on the issue, calling for an electronic identification system. Endowed with new authorities to improve safety recall completion rates, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on tire recall regulations, seeking public comment on how to better notify the public and improve the effectiveness of recalling defective tires over safety concerns. In response to NHTSA’s call for input, the ... Read More

Texas Teen Becomes Tenth Takata Airbag Victim; Family Says No Recall Notices Received

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The family of a Texas teenager whose death became the 10th in the U.S. linked to defective Takata airbags, said they never received a recall notice from Honda and did not know that the airbags in the victims’ 2002 Honda Civic could explode with deadly force. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died  on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the minor impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 ... Read More