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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

New federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety

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Sling carriers, used by caregivers to hold infants and young children close to the body hands-free, have their own federal safety standards as of last week, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the change. Previously baby slings were regulated under ASTM International voluntary standards, and the new regulations, approved Jan. 11, incorporate those standards while also requiring warning labels to be attached to the slings along more than one side, making them more permanent, according to a CPSC press release. The new federal regulations for sling carriers aim to improve child safety. “Between January 2003 and September 2016, 159 ... Read More

Ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted

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After years of debate, the ban on tiny, high-powered magnets has been lifted. A December 2016 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the original import ban on the magnet sets, used as adult stress relievers, and they are now back on the market, according to Fox News. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  cited safety concerns when it asked about a dozen manufacturers of the magnet sets to remove the products from the market in 2012. The CPSC received reports of nearly 3,000 children ending up in the emergency room from 2009 to ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Injures Honda Fit Driver in Japan

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A driver in Japan was injured by a Takata airbag that exploded in a Honda Fit, Honda Motor Co said Tuesday. Few details about the incident were given, but Honda said the explosion occurred late last month in the passenger-side airbag in one of its Fit compact multi-purpose vehicles. As with so many other Takata airbag malfunctions, the airbag in this incident reportedly behaved more like a bomb than a life-saving safety device, blasting metal shrapnel into the vehicle and causing slight burns to the driver’s leg. Fortunately the driver in this case was able to escape serious injury. Had ... Read More

Honda and Ford add 1.5 million U.S. vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

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Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co. announced they are recalling more the 1.5 million additional vehicles in the U.S. for repairs to airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which can degrade over time and inflate with deadly force. Honda, which has already recalled more than 10.7 million vehicles under the Takata recall, added 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles to the recall list on Tuesday. Ford said that it recalling more than 816,000 vehicles. Honda’s latest round of airbag recalls covers the model year 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2000-2012 Honda Fit, 2010 to 2012 Honda Insight, 2005 ... Read More

Nutella maker squashes claims that palm oil is carcinogenic

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Italian confectionery firm Ferrero, maker of Nutella, has launched an advertising campaign to assure consumers that its products are safe following a warning by the European Food Standards Agencies (EFSA) that an ingredient in its popular chocolate-and-hazelnut spread may be carcinogenic. The ingredient in question is palm oil. The EFSA cited a study that when heated to temperatures above 200°C, more potentially cancer-causing contaminants are generated than with other vegetable oils. High temperatures are often used to remove palm oil’s natural red color and to neutralize its aroma. The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization have ... Read More

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 100,000 Vehicles For Takata Airbag Replacement

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Takata’s airbag recall expanded once again over the weekend with a recall announcement by Fiat Chrysler encompassing more than 100,000 older trucks and SUVs. This latest recall includes mostly passenger-side airbags in certain 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs, 2010 Ram 3500 chassis cabs, and 2005-2009 Ram 2500 pickup trucks. Some of the driver’s-side airbags in these vehicles must also be replaced. Tokyo-based Takata uses ammonium nitrate in its airbag inflators. The chemical creates a small explosion inside the inflator mechanism on impact, causing the airbag to inflate. The ammonium nitrate can degrade over time, however, becoming exceedingly volatile ... Read More

Toppling hazards in the home remain a threat to child safety

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Despite parents’ best efforts, children manage to make jungle gyms out of household furniture and appliances every day, and though it may seem innocent enough, a dresser turned jungle gym can prove a deadly play toy. Even with growing awareness, toppling hazards in the home remain a threat to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates one child every two weeks dies after a TV, a piece of furniture or a household appliance falls on him or her. Ikea recently paid $50 million to three families after each lost a child as a result of dressers toppling while being ... Read More

Olympus Execs Mum During Depositions Over duodenoscope Contamination

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Olympus Corp. executives refused to answer questions about their e-mail correspondence discussing how to handle the deadly U.S. superbug outbreaks linked to Olympus duodenoscopes during two days of recent depositions. Lawyers for plaintiffs suing Olympus for wrongful death, negligence, or fraud interviewed three top-ranking Olympus officials in Tokyo on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, seeking answers as to why the company warned European customers about the risks of infection posed by their medical camera devices but failed to alert U.S. customers. At least 35 patients have died in U.S. hospitals after undergoing procedures performed with an Olympus duodenoscope – a ... Read More

FDA proposes limiting lead in cosmetics including lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to limit the lead in cosmetics sold in the United States to a maximum of 10 parts per million (ppm). The rule would apply to lipsticks and lip liners, eye shadows, body lotions and shampoos. It would not apply to hair dyes that contain lead acetate or to topically applied products classified as drugs. The new guidance represents the agency’s “current thinking” on lead in cosmetics. “Although most cosmetics on the market in the United States generally already contain less than 10 ppm of lead, a small number contained higher amounts, and ... Read More