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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

Michigan Motorcyclist Who Sustained Brain Injury May have Had Defective Helmet

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A Michigan man who sustained a traumatic brain injury July 2 after crashing his motorcycle into a Detroit-area car wash may have been wearing a defective helmet, authorities say. The 30-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed in a report, was riding his motorcycle in the right lane of Utica Road southbound when he veered into the parking lot of the Royal Touch Car Wash in Clinton Township and lost control of the vehicle. The man had reportedly been traveling home from a friend’s house when the crash occurred around 10:38 p.m. The bike toppled over and the ejected motorcyclist ... Read More

FMCSA Issues E-Cigarette Advisory Warning of Fire Risks Aboard Commercial Vehicles

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Federal transportation authorities have issued a safety advisory to the owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles warning them about a rising number of accidents linked to the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic vaping devices. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the advisory on August 3, explaining that the use of battery-powered electronic smoking devices has resulted in explosions, serious personal injuries, fires, and other failures. “The explosions regularly involved the ejection of a burning battery case or other components from the device which subsequently ignited nearby flammable or combustible materials,” the FMCSA explained. The U.S. ... Read More

Millions of Recalled Vehicles Going Unrepaired In the U.S.

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Four straight years of mounting auto safety recalls in the U.S., including two record recall years, have led to a high number of unrepaired recalled vehicles on the road, global marketing information services firm J.D. Power said Monday. Of the nearly 109 million cars, trucks, and SUVs recalled from 2013-2015, 40 percent of them remain on the road without the safety defects repaired. That means there are more than 45 million vehicles on U.S. roads and highways at risk of some kind of malfunction. Analysts attribute the steady surge of recalled vehicles to several factors. Standardization of parts has meant ... Read More

Many e-cigarette labels misrepresent nicotine content, researchers find

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More than half of e-liquids used in e-cigarettes and other vaping devices have labels that don’t accurately state the amount of nicotine they contain, North Dakota State University (NDSU) researchers found. In addition to nicotine levels being different than indicated on the label, the study, published in the July-August issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, also found that the majority of e-liquid containers were not child-resistant. The study examined 93 products purchased from 16 North Dakota retail stores selling e-cigarettes and accessories. NDSU’s Core Synthesis & Analytical Services facility measured the nicotine content of the samples and found that 51 ... Read More

FDA warns consumers not to use skin creams and beauty products containing mercury

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Consumers should avoid skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that contain mercury because the products may lead to serious health consequences not only for the person using it but for their family members, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Consumer Advisory. If a product contains mercury, it will be listed on the label ingredients, such as “mercurous chloride,” “calomel,” “mercuric,” “mercurio,” or “mercury.” The FDA advises consumers who see these words on their skin care products to stop using them immediately. Even if you do not see these words on the ingredients listing, that doesn’t mean the product may not contain ... Read More

FDA opens investigation into WEN by Chaz Dean cleansing products

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into reports of hair loss, hair breakage, blading, itching, and rash associated with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Condition products after receiving 127 adverse event reports directly from consumers as of July 7, 2016 – the largest number of complaints ever received by the agency associated with any cosmetic hair cleansing product. The agency is also looking into more than 21,000 complaints reported directly to Chaz Dean Inc. and Guthy Renker LLC that the FDA learned of during inspections of manufacturing and distribution facilities. As the FDA ... Read More

NY Man Files Lawsuit Over Exploding E-Cigarette Injuries

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An Albany, N.Y., man has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the maker of an e-cigarette that allegedly exploded while in his mouth. Kenneth Barbero was seriously injured May 16 when he hit the power button on his vaping device. He told the press that he saw a flash of bright light and experienced a blast that “was like an M-80 went off in my mouth.” The next thing he remembered was lying on the floor of his home, on fire, with paralyzed arms. Alone at the time, Me. Barbero said he was afraid he would burn alive. Mr. Barbero ... Read More

Rental Cars In Need Of Recall Repairs To Remain Grounded Under New Law

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A new federal law mandating rental car agencies to fix all vehicles under safety recall in their inventories before renting them to consumers has taken effect. U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Dr. Mark Rosekind have pushed for regulations requiring rental cars to be safe and free of any open recalls. The bill to require the recall repairs was part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which Congress recently passed. “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of ... Read More

Another Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Crash of Runaway Toyota Yaris

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The parents of a man killed in a horrific crash involving a Toyota Yaris that allegedly sped out of control are suing the automaker, claiming sudden unintended acceleration caused the crash, which killed five people in Ontario, Calif., New Year’s Eve. Donald and Maureen Pusateri filed the wrongful death / product liability complaint June 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their son, 29-year-old Matthew Pusateri of Mission Viejo. Mr. Pusateri was traveling in a Toyota Solara with three others when a Toyota Yaris sped down an I-10 exit ramp in San Bernardino County ... Read More

Lumber Liquidators Agrees To Not Resume Sales Of Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring

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Lumber Liquidators has agreed to not resume selling its stock of Chinese-made laminate flooring that can potentially sicken people with dangerous levels of formaldehyde and to continue a comprehensive testing program that enables consumers to determine whether their Lumber Liquidators flooring is safe. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that the agreement ends the federal investigation of Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring, which a 60 Minutes investigative report found to contain amounts of formaldehyde that exceeded limits set by the California Air Resources Board, despite product packaging that stated otherwise. The CPSC conducted extensive tests of Lumber Liquidators products ... Read More