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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

BMW, Fiat Chrysler join automakers expanding Takata airbag recalls

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BMW and Fiat Chrylser Automobiles announced this week they are expanding Takata airbag recalls to include more of their vehicles. The automakers join Ford, Nissan and Honda in widening the scope of the recall, which involves a potentially deadly airbag defect. The inflator in the Takata airbags may malfunction, causing the airbag to inflate with excessive force, literally exploding and sending bits of shrapnel into the automobile cabin. The defect has been linked to at least five deaths and multiple injuries. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. It manufactures airbags, safety belts, steering wheels and other ... Read More

Takata CEO says company has resources to deal with massive airbag recall

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Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said his company has adequate funds to deal with a growing global recall of its airbags, which have been installed in millions of vehicles across more than a dozen car brands and can potentially deploy with a bomb-like force. “Takata is prioritizing the supply of replacement parts. We have sufficient funds put aside, and we are not concerned that we are under-capitalized. We will take steps on the financing side if needed,” Mr. Takada, grandson of the company’s founder, told Japan’s Nikkei newspaper Wednesday. Mr. Takada also said that the company was analyzing the ammonium nitrate ... Read More

Keurig coffee brewers recalled after reports of burn-related injuries

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Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 6.6 million of its coffee brewing machines after receiving about 200 reports of the machines overheating and spewing hot water and 90 reports of burn-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall involves the Mini Plus Brewing System with model number K10. The machines can be identified by the a number printed on the bottom of the machines that begins with “31.” Affected Keurig brewers were sold online and in stores across the United States and Canada from 2009 to 2014. The brewers retail for about $100. The Mini ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz faces lawsuit over fuel leaks in E-Class vehicles

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Mercedes-Benz USA, parent company Daimler AG, and 15 Meredes-Benz dealerships in New Jersey have been hit with a federal lawsuit claiming gasoline leaks in certain E-Class model vehicles exposed occupants to serious health risks. Defects in the fuel delivery system of 2003 to 2009 E-Class model vehicles cause gasoline and vapor to seep into the cars, the lawsuit alleges. Gasoline vapor is a suspected carcinogen that can cause liver damage, harm to developing fetuses and problems with female fertility. The fumes are also a fire hazard because the vehicles are sold with ashtrays and cigarette lighters. Since Mercedes-Benz reasonably expects ... Read More

E-cigarette vapor contains 10 times more toxins than tobacco smoke, Japanese study finds

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A new study commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry has determined that, contrary to widely held beliefs among consumers, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, do not provide a safer alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes. In fact, researchers determined that e-cigarettes contain about 10 times more cancer-causing toxins than regular tobacco. The Japanese study, prompted by the soaring use of e-cigarettes in that country, revealed that the nicotine-laced vapor in several e-cigarette fluid brands contains significant levels of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and acetaldehyde, which is harmful to the lungs, heart, and blood vessels, among other toxins. The high levels of formaldehyde ... Read More

Ford expands Takata airbag recall nationwide

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Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding its Takata airbag recall to include drivers’ side airbags nationwide. Previously, the automaker limited its recall to vehicles in high-humidity states. The defective airbags contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Recalls so far have been limited to humid regions of the U.S. because it is thought that the airbags’ chemically driven inflator mechanisms can be corrupted by air moisture. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been pressing manufacturers to expand recall efforts to ... Read More

Takata patents indicate long history of airbag problems

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Patents owned by Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. show that the company has known for more than a dozen years about the defects that can make its airbags deploy with excessive force, sometimes killing and maiming vehicles occupants with metal and plastic shrapnel. Bloomberg News reviewed patents obtained by a law firm involved in the Takata airbag litigation. The patents indicate the supplier sought ways to improve the sodium nitrate-based propellant system and strengthen the metal airbag housing as early as 2000. Ammonium nitrate is one of the various methods airbag manufacturers use as a propellant. Takata chose to use ... Read More

Virginia sues Trinity over potentially deadly guardrails

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Virginia has become the first state to take legal action against Trinity industries over its ET-Plus guardrail systems, claiming the manufacturer sold it guardrails that were unapproved, untested, and potentially dangerous to motorists. The state’s complaint was prompted by a lawsuit filed against Trinity by whistleblower Joshua Harman under the federal False Claims Act. Mr. Harman accused Trinity of secretly altering its widely used ET-Plus guardrails in 2005 without the consent or approval of U.S. highway safety regulators. The redesign, Mr. Harman asserted, made the guardrails dangerous, turning them into giant spears that could impale vehicles and their occupants. A federal ... Read More

Infant dies after accidentally ingesting liquid nicotine

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An infant who accidentally ingested liquid nicotine commonly used in e-cigarettes has died, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers is sounding an alarm warning that just one teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and even small amounts could result in severe illness requiring emergency treatment. Authorities did not know if the liquid nicotine the baby ingested was from e-cigarettes, adding that the incident, which occurred in upstate New York, appeared to be an accident and no foul play was expected. As e-cigarettes have grown in popularity in the United States, however, so have the ... Read More

Japanese automakers expand Takata airbag recalls, more than half a million vehicles affected

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Three Japanese auto manufacturers said on Thursday they are expanding recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly Takata-made airbags. The latest recalls encompass some 550,000 vehicles and bring the total number of vehicles recalled globally since 2008 to about 20 million. Honda Motor, which has been affected by the Takata airbag problem more than any other automaker, announced it would recall an additional 400,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the airbags, which contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. The latest Honda Takata airbag recalls expansion includes ... Read More