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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

Hoverboard Fires Damage Homes in Alameda, Sonoma Counties

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A San Leandro, Calif., home was severely damaged by a house fire that investigators believe was likely caused by a charging hoverboard. The Jan. 30 fire is one of the latest disasters blamed on the two-wheeled, self-balancing boards, which spiked in popularity in the weeks before Christmas. Hoverboards have drawn a lot of criticism in recent months not just for their tendency to cause broken bones, sprains, cuts, bruises, and head injuries, but also for their electrical components, which can cause the boards to burst into flames and explode during charging and sometimes while in use. Firefighters responded to the ... Read More

Ford recalls almost 400K Rangers after Takata airbag rupture claims 10th victim

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According to the USA Today, nearly 400,000 Ford Rangers from model years 2004 through 2006 are now under recall in order to have their Takata airbags replaced. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently learned of a crash that occurred last month in a 2006 Ford Ranger. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle was killed when the Takata airbag in the truck exploded upon impact. This is the 10th death federal regulators have attributed to defective Takata airbags. The death was also the first to occur in a vehicle produced by an auto manufacturer other than Honda. The Takata airbag recall is ... Read More

Blue Bell Says Tests Show No Listeria In Factories, Products

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Blue Bell Creameries said that tests it has been running on its products and in its three manufacturing facilities have shown no signs of Listeria contamination – an indication that overhauling and sanitizing its production processes have been effective in preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness. Still, it’s bound to be a bittersweet New Year for the Texas-based ice cream maker, which had to recall all of its products and shut down its production last year after a deadly outbreak of listeriosis was traced to its ice cream. The outbreak sickened at least 10 people in four states and was blamed ... Read More

U.S. Justice Dept Opens Criminal Probe of Blue Bell In Wake Of Listeria Crisis

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Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell is facing a criminal investigation after federal authorities found evidence the company knew that at least one of its plants was contaminated with Listeria as early as 2013 but failed to act. Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all of its ice cream products in April after an outbreak of Listeria illnesses in four states that killed three people was linked to ice cream made in the contaminated facilities. The company subsequently shut down all three of its manufacturing plants in Brenham, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Sylacauga, Ala., to disinfect equipment, make repairs, and bring its ... Read More

Christmas Unleashes Torrent of Hoverboard Injuries

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There is currently no easy way to quantify hoverboard injuries in the U.S., but if all the post-Christmas YouTube videos capturing children and adults losing their balance and taking a hard spill are any indication, hoverboard-induced head injuries, broken bones, scrapes, cuts, and bruises are not uncommon. In fact, reports such as one from 12 News Now of Beaumont, Texas, indicate hoverboard injuries could be a new epidemic challenging the nation’s emergency rooms. On Tuesday, 12 News Now reported that one Beaumont clinic treated six patients for hoverboard injuries on Monday alone. Multiply just a fraction of that number by the ... Read More

Four more car models added to Takata airbag recall list potentially adding “a few hundred thousand vehicles”

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), four new models are being added to the Takata airbag recall. Compromised vehicles put occupants at risk from defective Takata airbag systems that are hypersensitive and may explode during a light collision, causing metal shrapnel to violently burst into the car’s interior. The following vehicles and model years are now added to the Takata recall list: 2005-2008 Mazda6 2002-2004 Honda CR-V 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy 2005-2008 Subaru Outback NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge believes the new additions to the recall list will increase the total by “a few hundred thousand;” however, “the math here is fairly ... Read More

Eighth U.S. Death Blamed on Exploding Takata Airbag

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A 13-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who was killed in a July crash near Pittsburgh, Penn., is the eighth U.S. fatality linked to defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which have been recalled in millions of vehicles worldwide for their potential to explode with deadly force. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the boy was killed in an early morning crash that occurred in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe, one of the vehicles that had been recalled for Takata airbags that contain a faulty inflator. A Pennsylvania State Police report of the crash indicates the minor was ... Read More

CPSC Urges Caution With Hoverboards Until Defects, Hazards Understood

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Thousands of children, teens, and adults across the U.S. will find hoverboards under the Christmas tree this year despite mounting reports of the devices self-combusting and starting fires. The sudden popularity of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters has left federal safety regulators scrambling to understand why so many of the Chinese-made devices are erupting in flames and what they can do about it. “The challenge is to move quickly but also thoroughly and carefully to find out why certain hoverboards caught fire,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. “Every consumer who is riding a ... Read More

New Food Safety Rule Targets Ground Beef

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Federal regulators announced a final record-keeping rule on Monday requiring all retail establishments that grind beef and their suppliers to keep records that can help investigators identify the sources of an outbreak of foodborne illness quicker and respond more efficiently. The new rule, which complements food tracing rules announced in August 2014, will also help prevent several illnesses from occurring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. The rule is part of an ongoing effort by federal regulators to drive down the number of outbreaks linked to foodborne bacteria, which sicken millions of ... Read More

UK Seizing Hoverboards On Entry Over Fire Concerns

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British border control authorities have seized more than 15,000 hoverboards in recent weeks as concerns over the safety of the self-balancing skateboard-like contraptions escalate. The Chinese-made hoverboards have been soaring in popularity in the last six months and have become the must-have Christmas gift in the several countries, including the U.K. and the U.S. But many U.K. residents may have their holiday hopes dashed as about 88 percent of the hoverboards flooding into the U.K. have been seized at seaports and airports since Oct. 15. As the hoverboards become increasingly popular around the world, numerous reports of hoverboard fires and ... Read More