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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

Self-driving Shuttle Grazed by Tractor-Trailer in Las Vegas

A self-driving shuttle was involved in a minor traffic collision with a tractor-trailer less than an hour after its launch on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. None of the passengers aboard the 12-seater driverless Navya Arma shuttle were injured in the incident, which was caused by a tractor-trailer that backed into and lightly grazed the shuttle. Note: Fox News and others incorrectly report the shuttle manufacturer as Navaya. Critics of self-driving cars noted that the self-driving shuttle failed to avoid the collision, citing one passenger who told KSNV News3LV Las Vegas that the shuttle “just stayed there” as the tractor-trailer ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Study finds many baby foods contain arsenic

Many brands of baby formula and baby food sold in the U.S. are contaminated with arsenic, lead and other dangerous chemicals that can affect fine motor skills and cognition in developing infants according to a study conducted by the nonprofit advocacy group Clear Label Project. The organization tested about 530 different baby foods, infant formulas, toddler drinks and snacks focusing on top-selling and emerging brands using Nielsen data, and found that 65 percent of products tested positive for arsenic, 36 percent for lead, 58 percent for cadmium and 10 percent for acrylamide – chemicals that pose risks to young children, ... Read More

Infant bath tubs must meet new federal safety standards

New federal safety standards for infant bath tubs went into effect Oct. 2. The regulations require manufacturers to improve warning statements printed on infant bath tubs to protect babies. The safety label will provide caregivers with information about drowning and fall hazards, and how to avoid them, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The new safety standard additionally requires infant bath tubs to meet improved performance requirements to protect against breakage and broken locking mechanisms. According to the CPSC, there were 31 infant deaths associated with infant bath tubs between 2004 and 2015. That number only includes ... Read More

Officials investigate loose steering wheels on Ford Fusions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after receiving reports that Ford Fusion steering wheels have come loose or fallen off the midsized sedan. In one case, a Georgia resident said that the steering wheel of their 2015 Fusion fell into their lap in September while turning into a gas station. (Individuals who file complaints with the NHTSA’s public database are not identified.) NHTSA opened the probe after receiving three complaints about the steering wheels on Ford Fusion vehicles. Two other people said that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while ... Read More

Black & Decker Manufacturer Fined For Failure To Recall Dangerous Coffeemaker Carafes

A federal court has ordered the company that produces Black & Decker brand products to pay nearly $2 million in civil penalties for its failure to report dangerously defective SpaceMaker coffee carafes and for continuing to distribute the defective glass carafes after they were recalled. In addition to $1.9 million in civil penalties, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ordered a permanent injunction against Spectrum Brands Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin, for its violation of the Consumer Product Safety Act related to its handling of the defective Black & Decker carafes. The injunction requires Spectrum to report to the court every ... Read More

Ford trucks recalled for seat belt defect

More than 100,000 Ford 2015-2017 F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks equipped with a crew cab are under recall for a potentially defective seat belts. Certain trucks are equipped with a left rear inflatable seat belt buckle that may separate from its mounting bracket, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The defect fails to adhere to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards ensuring seat belts are correctly anchored to prevent occupants from being injured in an accident, including being thrown from a car. This recall comes as almost a million Hyundai Sonatas were recalled earlier this year for a ... Read More

Dressers recalled at start of Baby Safety Month

This month the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association along with safety organizations across the country are stressing the importance of childproofing your home as part of Baby Safety Month 2017. This year’s theme is properly using straps on children’s products, according to Baby Safety Zone. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children, and each day 8,000 American children are treated for fall-related injuries. Experts stress the importance of always using the straps on baby gear to secure your precious cargo as the best way to reduce the risk of a fall. Other potential injuries to address when babyproofing ... Read More

Rule Clearing Way For Self-Driving Cars Passed By House

The U.S. House passed a bold proposal Wednesday that would help get self-driving cars without human control on the roads faster and preemptively bar states from taking any actions to ban the automated cars. The proposed bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would allow automakers exemptions to deploy as many as 25,000 autonomous vehicles on the road without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year and as many as 100,000 annually over the next three years, Reuters reported. Waymo and other automakers developing self-driving technologies have been pushing federal legislators for measures that would ... Read More

Honda Reaches $605 Million Takata Airbag Settlement

Honda Motor Co. agreed Friday to pay $605 million to settle its part of multidistrict litigation (MDL) over defective Takata airbags, opening the door to compensation for customers who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses and speeding up replacement of the faulty airbags in remaining vehicles. The preliminary deal includes an outreach program that is designed to help owners of about 16.5 million of Honda and Acura vehicles get their Takata airbags repaired more quickly, including payments up to $500 per owner, free rental cars, and providing reimbursements for lost wages, childcare, and other expenses vehicle owners rack up to get their ... Read More