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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

NTSB Points To Faulty Axle In Report On Deadly Seattle Duck Bus Crash

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The collision of two buses, including a popular tourist Duck Bus, on a bridge in Washington State that killed five people and injured 62 others in September was likely caused by a defective left front axle assembly, according to a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). According to the report, the vehicle at fault was an amphibious military vehicle built in 1945 and modified to serve as a tour bus capable of operating on land and in water. The so-called “Duck Bus” had undergone an earlier modification to the left front axle but may not have been included in ... Read More

Investigations raise safety concerns for cryotherapy

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An attorney for the family of a woman who was found dead inside a cryotherapy chamber in Nevada is investigating whether a design defect with the machine may have contributed to the woman’s death. Meanwhile, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is launching its own probe into whether the machines are safe for the public. Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, 24, was found dead Oct. 20. The Clark County coroner’s office ruled that her death was the result of “asphyxia due to an oxygen-poor environment.” The young woman was found dead in the machine, which blows extremely cold (250-300 degrees below ... Read More

U.S. senators concerned Takata airbag recall repairs may be left unfinished

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The Takata airbag recall has impacted 19.2 million cars in the U.S. thus far. But now senators are concerned with the company’s ability to successfully repair the recalled vehicles within a reasonable time period, or at all, if the company’s U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt before the recalls are completed. “We have concerns about Takata’s financial solvency, which is now at risk … and that as a result, consumers could be left with defective airbags that no one will be forced to fix,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Edward Markey said in a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ... Read More

Severe hand injuries, thumb amputations reported from Barnett crossbows

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Barnett Outdoors LLC has come under fire from several hunters and target shooters claiming the company’s crossbows have caused them serious hand injuries, including gruesome thumb amputations. Due to the suspiciously high number of thumb injuries sustained from the Barnett crossbows, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced an “active compliance investigation” into the crossbows’ safety. The CPSC’s primary concern when researching the potentially dangerous crossbows was the lack of a common safety feature known as a “finger guard.” The finger guard allows shooters to use a crossbow while keeping their hands away from the crossbow’s drawstring. Some unfortunate hunters ... Read More

Faulty window switch prompts worldwide Toyota recall due to fire hazard

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A worldwide Toyota recall of 6.5 million vehicles has been prompted by a faulty window switch that could wear down, short circuit and cause a vehicle fire. The recall affects models Yaris, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Scion xB and Scion xD produced from Jan. 2005-Aug. 2006 and Aug. 2008-Dec. 2010. An estimated 2.7 million of the recalled Toyotas are in North America, with 1.2 million in Europe and 600,000 in Japan. Toyota officials say the problem stems from a window switch that was not properly lubricated during manufacturing. The automaker has received one report from a U.S. ... Read More

Feds Shut Down Two Toy Importers Over Children’s Safety Hazards


The U.S. government has filed two civil actions in federal court against a pair of California companies that import children’s products from Asian countries that are “illegal and dangerous” by U.S. standards. The U.S. Justice Department said it sued to stop Brightstar Group Inc. and Unik Toyz Trading Inc. (Unik) and their owners from importing toys and other products geared toward young children that violate the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). Federl prosecutors contend the products contained illegal amounts of lead paint, phthalates, small parts the pose a choking risk, and other hazards. ... Read More

California Woman Injured By Exploding E-Cigarette Awarded $1.9 Million

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A California jury awarded a woman who was badly burned by an exploding electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) nearly $2 million, one of the biggest awards in a product liability lawsuit against an e-cigarette manufacturer. Jennifer Ries, 31, of San Clemente, Calif., was traveling to the airport with her husband, Xavier, in March 2013 to catch a flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they were going to help build a community center for children living in the slums. On the road, Ms. Ries decided to charge her VapCigs-brand e-cigarette and used the manufacturer’s charger to plug the device into the car’s cigarette ... Read More

Two More Peanut Corporation of America Managers Get Prison Terms


A federal judge in Albany, Ga., sentenced two additional Peanut Corporation of America managers to prison Thursday for their roles in a nationwide 2009 outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to contaminated peanut products. Samuel Lightsey, 50, a former operations manager at PCA’s Blakely, Ga., plant was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Daniel Kilgore, 46, a former operations manager at the same plant, was sentenced to 72 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The sentences followed the Sept. 21 sentencing of PCA owner and chief Stewart Parnell, 61, ... Read More

Windshield note attempts to shame Portland Volkswagen driver over emissions

Rick Gencarelli found this note on his VW.

Volkswagen dropped a bomb on millions of its customers earlier this month when it confessed to adding an emissions cheat in millions of its vehicles. Now, in what seems like a skit straight out of Portlandia, some drivers of VW vehicles are being shamed for driving their cars. At least one Portland, Ore., resident reported finding a note attached to his vehicle. “Hello, VW TDI owner,” the note states. “While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emission standards.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California regulators publicly confirmed the existence of the cheat, ... Read More

NHTSA Discovers Fiat Chrysler Underreported Defects, Accident Deaths


Fiat Chrysler failed to properly report safety problems to federal authorities, a practice that resulted in a “significant” underreporting of fatal accidents involving its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday. The findings deepen Fiat Chrysler’s regulatory woes and will likely result in more major fines for the automaker. In July, the Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay fines of $105 million for mishandling 23 safety recalls affecting 11 million vehicles. On Tuesday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said the agency was prepared to “take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.” ... Read More