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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

Takata Airbag Blamed For Death of Individual Repairing a Honda

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Another death has been blamed on an exploding Takata airbag, and the victim in this case wasn’t even a driver or a passenger but someone who was performing repairs on an idling 2001 Honda Accord. On July 10, Honda said it notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a fatal incident that occurred in Hialeah, Florida, on June 8, 2016, involving a ruptured Takata airbag. An individual, who was not the car owner, was performing unknown repairs on the Accord with the ignition turned on. The car was parked in the driveway of a private home and the ... Read More

Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Additional Airbags in U.S.

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Federal auto regulators ordered auto supplier Takata on Wednesday to recall an additional 2.7 million airbags over fears the inflators in them could potentially rupture with deadly force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest order applies to Takata airbags in vehicles made by Ford, Mazda, and Nissan.The recalled vehicles are equipped with PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant. The airbags may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. According to NHTSA, the moisture-absorbing abilities of the airbag inflators containing this desiccant ... Read More

Nissan brakes blamed in collision deaths

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A Nissan’s alleged brake failure is being blamed for the death of a woman and her two young children after their vehicle was struck by an SUV. At a Hollywood intersection in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, a 74-year-old man named Solomon Mathenge crashed into the side of a minivan, killing the female driver and her two daughters, ages 4 and 6. One surviving daughter had been dropped off at school earlier that morning, CVN online reports. At first, Mathenge, who was also critically injured in the crash, was charged with manslaughter for the deaths of Hilario Cruz’s wife and children. Now, ... Read More

Hepatitis A In Frozen Tuna Prompts Another Recall

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Federal and state health officials are investigating the potential hepatitis A contamination of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed by Hilo Fish Company to restaurants and other customers in California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. The risk of contamination was discovered in mid-May after Hilo Fish tested samples of frozen tuna provided by the Sustainable Seafood Company of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of the Philippines. Earlier, in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that people who consumed raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, between April 27 and May 1 may ... Read More

Friend’s Takata Airbag Death Moves California Woman to Warn Others

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Shocked and saddened by her friend’s Takata airbag death, Southern California resident Araceli Cazales is on a personal mission to spread the word about the serious dangers that unrepaired Takata airbags pose to California motorists. According to KESQ Channel 2 Palm Springs, Ms. Cazales’ friend Delia Robles, a mother of three and grandmother of three, was killed when the Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic exploded with deadly force in a car accident last September. Her death, caused by a spray of metal shrapnel from the airbag unit, is one of 11 deaths in the U.S. the government blames ... Read More

Fidget spinners may pose a choking hazard

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Fidget spinners are just beginning to take a turn as the latest gadget to grab kids’ attentions, but a Texas mother says the whirligig can be a dangerous pastime. Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston, Texas,shared her story on Facebook to warn other parents that these spinners are no joke. Joniec’s 10-year-old daughter Britton was innocently playing with her spinner in the be back seat of her mother’s car when Joniec heard her daughter choke. She pulled over and discovered that her daughter had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner. She performed Heimlich in an attempt to dislodge ... Read More

Trinity Industries Settles Guardrail Amputation Lawsuit Hours Before Trial

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Guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc. has settled a product liability lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man who claims that the company’s unapproved guardrail alterations resulted in a defective product that malfunctioned in a crash and severed his legs. Plaintiff Jay Scott Traylor, who filed the suit in February 2014, reached a settlement with Trinity the day before his case was to go to trial. Trinity informed Dallas County, Texas, District Judge Eric Moye of the settlement after it was agreed upon Monday, May 15. According to the complaint, Mr. Traylor struck a Trinity ET-Plus guardrail on Interstate 40 in ... Read More

Red Bull makers face wrongful death lawsuit

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A Georgia federal judge has ruled that the makers of Red Bull cannot skirt a $60 million lawsuit from the family of a man who claims he died from a serious heart complication aggravated by drinking a large quantity of the energy drink, according to Law360. Red Bull North America Inc. had filed a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit involving William Jacob Wade, who died in August 2014 from an aortic dissection. But U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood denied the motion, saying Red Bull unpersuasively characterizes the complaint as an “improper shotgun pleading” and that the court ... Read More

CPSC: Stop Using LayZ Board Hoverboards Immediately

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A hoverboard fire that killed two young girls in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in March has prompted federal regulators to issue an urgent warning to Americans calling for them to immediately stop using LayZ Board hoverboards. On April 3, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said it has evidence that a LayZ Board hoverboard was the source of the Pennsylvania house fire, which fatally injured two young girls and left another one with severe burn injuries March 1. The fire also displaced about 21 people, local reports said. The LayZ Board hoverboards, which are a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards, were made ... Read More

All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

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Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More