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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

Feds Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Travel

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung has recalled its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is offering customers a refund plus additional cash back if they turn in their old phones. But that doesn’t mean all Note 7 customers have stopped using the devices, which are prone to overheat and burst into flames. The prospect of people still using the incendiary Samsung phones has prompted federal regulators to issue an emergency order banning all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from aircraft in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly issued the emergency order ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung’s Biggest Fail, But Not Its Only One

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Samsung has officially killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a September recall of the devices and a costly production of their replacements failed to fix the flaw that caused the phones to burst into flames. The recall, extra production, and lost revenues directly related to the Galaxy Note 7 disaster cost the Korean electronics giant as much as $5 billion, but that figure is small compared to the $18-billion loss in the company’s valuation following the Note 7’s funeral. The Samsung name has been tarnished and faith in the brand has been eroded. Many industry analysts predict ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonderful pistachios

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Things are not so wonderful at The Wonderful Co. LLC. An inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turned up evidence that pistachios produced at the plant were linked to a salmonella outbreak in nine states that affected 11 people, according to an agency warning letter issued to the company. Ten of those individuals were interviewed and eight of those said they ate pistachios the week before they got sick. Five of them said they ate Wonderful brand pistachios. “By comparison, a review of data from the 2006-2007 FoodNet Population Survey, which provides information about food consumption among the general ... Read More

Carrier Involved In Deadly Takata Cargo Explosion Ordered Off The Road

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Federal authorities have ordered a Georgia-based trucking company to cease all operations after one of its trucks hauling highly volatile components used in Takata airbags rolled over in the Texas border town of Quemado and exploded, killing a woman and destroying her home. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the stop order to Industrial Transit Inc. of LaGrange, Ga., on Oct. 4 after an investigation found the commercial carrier to be at fault in the deadly accident. The agency said that the trucking company posed an imminent threat to public safety because of its shoddy safety record and ... Read More

Samsung Replacement Phone Burns In Minnesota Teen’s Hand

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A Minnesota teenager who recently exchanged her recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for a replacement says the new device melted in her hand, burning her thumb. Thirteen-year-old Abby Zuis of Farmington, Minn., had her replacement phone only a few days after exchanging her original phone under a safety recall amid reports that the Samsung devices could overheat, explode, and burst into flames. On Friday afternoon, Abby was holding her phone and waiting for her siblings to get out of school when she felt what she described as a “weird, burning sensation … like pins and needles, except a lot more ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Combust, Samsung Halts Production

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Electronics has suspended production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones amid new reports that some of the devices provided as replacements in a safety recall are overheating, catching fire, and exploding. The South Korean electronics corporation recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last month as reports of explosions and fires mounted. The company attributed the problem to a defect in the lithium-ion batteries and claimed the incidents were “isolated cases” stemming from mass production issues. Samsung took a similar stance when reports emerged that the new replacement phones were also overheating, saying that “the issue does not pose ... Read More

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Extends To Dozens of Hawaiian Airlines Flights

Hawaii by Julius Silver, WIKI

Hawaiian health authorities continue to monitor the state’s largest-ever outbreak of hepatitis A that originated from a chain of sushi restaurants serving contaminated frozen scallops and continues to spread to other possible points of infection. Documents filed in Hawaii Circuit Court by a woman who was potentially exposed to the virus indicate the hepatitis A outbreak currently extends to at least 51 places where food was served, including several Hawaiian Airlines flights. According to a statement on Hawaiian Airlines’ website, infected crewmembers worked on 37 flights between July 10 and August 12. Most of the flights were inter-island flights, but ... Read More

Samsung Washing Machines Can Explode During Spin Cycle, CPSC Warns

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Samsung relaunched its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones this week after recalling over the risk of explosion and fires. But while that problem is in the process of being resolved, another one has emerged to compound the Korean tech giant’s headache: exploding washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to consumers Thursday that certain top-loading washing machines can blow apart during the spin cycle, potentially causing property damage and/or serious bodily harm to anyone near the appliance. According to an ABC investigative report, the CPSC has received 21 reports of top-loading washing machines made by ... Read More

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