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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

Honda underreported potential defects to federal regulators, audit finds

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Honda Motor Company said Monday that an independent third-party audit of company records found it failed to report injury and death notices and claims to federal regulators more than half the time in the last 11 years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regards written notices submitted to automakers as “Early Warning Reports” that could help regulators detect defects and other safety trends, which could lead to recalls and possibly save lives. In 2003, Congress passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to provide federal regulators with Early Warning Reports and warranty or ... Read More

Judge clears Texas woman of fiancé’s death in GM ignition switch crash

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A Texas woman’s criminal record has been cleared 10 years and nine days after being convicted of her boyfriend’s death in a 2004 crash that happened when she lost control of her General Motors-made Saturn Ion and crashed into a tree. Ms. Anderson was just 21 when the deadly GM ignition switch crash occurred. She was driving her 2004 Ion in Canton, Texas, with her fiancé, Gene Mikale Erickson, a 25-year-old father of two, in the passenger seat when she lost control of the vehicle as it entered a slight curve, striking a tree and throwing both her and Mr. Erickson through the ... Read More

Trinity guardrails to be independently tested after federal jury sides with whistleblower

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Federal highway regulators said they will re-test a certain guardrail system model manufactured by Trinity Highway Products LLC after the company lost a whistleblower lawsuit last month and was ordered to pay the U.S. $175 million. The new crash tests of Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails will be conducted at an independent lab in San Antonio, Texas, in mid-January. The results are expected by the end of February. The results of the tests will determine whether the government will reimburse states that continue to use the Trinity guardrails, although the manufacturer suspended sales of the ET-Plus shortly after the verdict against it in ... Read More

Exploding airbag in Ford Mustang prompts investigation, recall expansion

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Ford Motor Co. is cooperating with U.S. auto safety regulators investigating a report that the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in North Carolina last August by metal shrapnel from a Takata airbag that exploded with excessive force. “The air bag deployed with abrupt force and a metal fragment dislodged, causing injury to the driver’s leg, which required medical attention,” the complaint, filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Oct. 30, said. The airbag deployed when the Mustang, traveling about 35 mph “crashed into the rear end of another vehicle.” The Mustang at the center of ... Read More

Federal regulators push automakers to expand Takata airbag recall to all parts of the U.S.

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Responding to outcries from auto safety advocates and lawmakers, as well as mounting injury reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for a nationwide recall of all vehicles fitted with driver-side airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The Takata airbags, which have been installed in millions of vehicles worldwide in the last decade, contain a faulty propellant that can cause the airbag to explode on impact, blasting metal debris into the cabin of the vehicle. At least five deaths and several more injuries have been linked to the defective airbags. Moisture is thought to play a role in ... Read More

Honda expands exploding airbag recall again after deadly Malaysia accident

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Honda Motor Corp. has widened its recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 170,000 units. The announcement came after the company said that a driver died in Malaysia after being blasted with shrapnel from one of the defective airbags. The fatality in Malaysia was the fifth known record of a driver or passenger being killed by an exploding airbag in a Honda vehicle and the first such death to occur outside of the United States. The Takata airbags at the center of the Honda recall and recalls by 11 different other car ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children


Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

GM defective ignition switch victim compensation fund has extended deadline for claim submissions

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The deadline to submit wrongful-death and personal-injury claims to a fund set up for victims of the General Motors (GM) defective ignition switches has been extended for an additional month. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the special GM victim compensation fund, chose to extend the December 31 deadline to January 31 “out of an abundance of caution” to make sure everyone who may have been harmed by the ignition switch defect has a fair shot at filing a claim. The ignition switch fund began accepting claims on August 1, a few months after GM announced it was launching a ... Read More

Recalled Takata airbag inflator suspected in injury to Ford Mustang driver

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Takata airbag concerns continue to take the auto industry by storm after Ford confirmed Sunday evening that it is working with U.S. safety officials to learn more about an accident involving a driver injured by a metal fragment in the 2007 Ford Mustang’s air bag. The airbag controversy began when millions of cars from nine different auto manufacturers were recalled in June due to defective airbag inflators produced by the Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The recalls were due to reports that the airbags may burst, causing numerous metal fragments to blast into the vehicle cabin. Authorities believe areas experiencing higher humidity levels, ... Read More

Newly released emails contradict GM’s stance on ignition switch defect and recall

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More evidence that General Motors (GM) knew of its deadly ignition switch defect long before it informed federal auto safety regulators and initiated a recall of the affected vehicles has emerged in a chain of internal GM emails released by plaintiff’s attorney Monday. According to the Associated Press, the chain of emails occurred from December 2013 through February 2014 and shows a GM employee inquiring about replacement parts for the flawed ignition switches and then ordering them for up to 700,000 vehicles at a cost of about $3 million. By law, auto manufacturers must inform the National Highway Traffic Safety ... Read More