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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

Nearly A Fifth of Avocados Test Positive for Listeria, FDA Finds

Avocados are one of nature’s superfoods, but if you don’t take a minute to wash your avocado before eating it, you could become seriously ill, results of federal food safety tests indicate. Nearly 18 percent of avocados tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2014 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes on the outer skin. While the outer skin is inedible, cutting into an unwashed avocado can transfer the germs to the inside of the fruit, potentially leading the consumer to develop listeriosis, a form of food poisoning that can be very serious, even deadly, to some. The ... Read More

Tesla Cars Will Self-Drive by The End of 2019, Musk Says

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says he’s 100 percent certain his company’s cars will be fully self-driving by the end of this year, but that safety regulators stand in the way of allowing driverless cars to operate. Many Tesla cars are already largely self-driving. Those vehicles equipped with the “autopilot” feature already allow drivers to let their guard down and let go of the wheel while the vehicle steers, brakes, and navigates itself. But in a recent interview, Mr. Musk said that advances in technology would allow “the car to find you in a parking lot, pick you up ... Read More

QVC Warns of Trivet Magnets After Child’s Brush With Death

The television shopping network QVC is warning customers who purchased a Copper Chef cookware set about a silicone trivet containing powerful magnets that could be deadly if swallowed. The QVC warning comes after 3-year-old Monty Trias of Watertown, South Dakota nearly died after ingesting the high-powered magnets. Monty’s mother Emily Trias told Sioux Falls’ KELOLAND TV that she and her husband couldn’t figure out at first where the magnets that their son swallowed came from. Eventually, however, they discovered that they attached to the bottom of a flexible silicone trivet that came as part of the QVC cookware set. The ... Read More

Barbie Dream Campers Recalled for Sudden Acceleration Defect

Barbie Dream Campers can become any child’s worst nightmare due to a defect that could potentially cause the kiddie car to drive out of control. The defect has sparked a recall of the affected vehicles. While consumers likely associate sudden unintended acceleration problems with Toyota vehicles, it turns out that toy manufacturer Fisher-Price is now grappling with a similar issue, though on a much smaller scale. Although the Barbie Dream Camper defect is a pee-wee one compared to Toyota’s SUA ordeal – affecting about 44,000 vehicles – it is serious enough that federal officials are urging the public to immediately ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

Fiat Chrysler Adds 1.6 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Fiat Chrysler has added another 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to its Takata airbag recall list, becoming the third major automaker to expand its recall of airbag inflators that can trigger deadly explosions. Most of the vehicles included in this latest recall – 1.4 million – are in the U.S., the automaker said.  They cover the front passenger-side airbags in the following models: 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota pickup 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger muscle car 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedan 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedan According to the Associated Press, U.S. ... Read More

Teething jewelry pose strangulation, choking hazards

Specially designed necklaces and bracelets for teething babies and those with special needs pose choking and strangulation risks and may contain substances that can cause mouth damage, infections and other reactions, and thus should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned parents and care givers in a Safety Communication. So-called teething jewelry is advertised for relieving teething pain for infants and to provide sensory stimulation or to redirect chewing on clothes or body parts for people with special needs like autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But the jewelry poses serious risks, the FDA said. For starters, the ... Read More

E. Coli Linked to Romaine Lettuce Traced to Santa Barbara Farm

Romaine lettuce is starting to appear in grocery stores and restaurants again after an E. coli outbreak that sickened people in several states forced a recall of nearly all the lettuce. But if you can’t identify where the romaine was grown, it’s probably a good idea to avoid it. That’s the gist of an update from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. According to the announcement, federal and state investigators using traceback methods have identified one source of the outbreak as Adams Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County, California. FDA investigators visited several potential outbreak sources to ... Read More

Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

U.S. and Canadian authorities are urging the public to check their thermostats after learning of a fire risk associated with Emerson-branded Sensi WiFi thermostats. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 135,000 Emerson thermostats are being recalled in the U.S. because of a defect that could potentially cause a house fire. The Canadian government says an additional 15,546 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The wires inside the thermostats covered by the safety recall can contact each other, creating an electrical short that could lead to overheating and fire. The thermostats also can be damaged ... Read More

Four Infant botulism cases in Texas linked to honey-flavored pacifiers

Texas health officials are warning parents not to give children honey pacifiers after four infants were hospitalized with botulism infections. The four children lived in different parts of Texas, but all had been sucking on pacifiers flavored with honey that originated from Mexico. The babies fell ill between mid-August and October and all were hospitalized. Health officials say the honey may contain a bacterium that can produce a botulism toxin in the intestines of small children and attack the nerves and eat away at the organs. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include difficulty breathing, paralysis and death, according to the Texas ... Read More