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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

Ford trucks recalled for seat belt defect

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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

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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

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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

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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

Dr. Martens boots recalled for possible chemical exposure

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Dr. Martens Vegan boots are under a voluntary recall for possible chemical exposure. The boots’ tongue lining may cause exposure to benzidine, a cancer causing substance that has not been sold in the U.S. since the 1970s, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The unisex 1460 boots in cherry red, made in Vietnam and imported by Airwair of Portland, Oregon, are the “original Dr. Martens boot,” according to the iconic company’s website. “Its boot’s recognizable DNA looks like this: 8 eyes, classic Dr. Martens Smooth leather, grooved sides, a heel-loop, yellow stitching, and a comfortable, air-cushioned sole.” According to ... Read More

Las Vegas Teen Sues Over Takata Airbag Injuries

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A Las Vegas teen who nearly died when the Takata airbag installed in her refurbished 2002 Honda Accord exploded is suing the salvage yard that sold the recalled airbag and the auto dealers who bought it for re-use. Eighteen-year-old Karina Dorado was driving home from work March 3 when her Honda Accord was rear-ended by another vehicle. What should have been a relatively minor rear-end collision, however, turned into a fight for life when the Takata airbag inside Ms. Dorado’s car exploded, puncturing her trachea with metal shrapnel. Now 19, Ms. Dorado had to spend several days in a trauma ... Read More

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished phone batteries recalled

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Samsung phones are once again taking heat for a battery defect that could lead to fire and burn hazards. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall last week on batteries placed in approximately 10,000 refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cellphones by FedEX Supply Chain. “FedEx and Samsung have determined that some of the recalled batteries are counterfeit and show anomalies that can lead the batteries to overheat. The batteries are non-OEM, which means they were not supplied as original equipment by the phone’s manufacturer, Samsung,” according to a CPSC release. The refurbished cellphones were distributed by FedEx ... Read More

Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

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A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Lithium Batteries In Some Samsung Phones Recalled

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Lithium batteries installed in some refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones are being recalled because of counterfeit concerns and potential malfunction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. The recall involves about 10,200 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones locked to AT&T distributed by FedEx Supply Chain (formerly GENCO) as replacement phones through AT&T’s insurance program. FedEx and Samsung found that the phone batteries “show anomalies” that could cause them to overheat and potentially start a fire. The origin of the lithium batteries hasn’t been determined, but it is known that they were not installed in the phones originally. There ... Read More

FasciaBlaster faces severe bruising complaints when used to reduce cellulite

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Cellulite is defined as the presence of subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin. Google the word and one of the first results is sure to be ways to try and get rid of it. Women are now alleging a popular device that claims to remove the tissue condition has left them injured, according to a Buzzfeed News report. The $89 FasciaBlaster, a plastic stick with massage claws, is based off claims fascia, a type of connective tissue that encloses muscles and organs, is the key to improving the appearance of cellulite. Its website states, “Having loose, healthy fascia is vital ... Read More