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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

Study: Electronic cigarettes more carcinogenic than regular cigarettes


Electronic cigarettes may appear to be safer than regular cigarettes, but the vapors emitted from e-cigarettes may be even more carcinogenic than tobacco products, according to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers with Portland State University tested the vapors from e-cigarettes and found that the liquid aerosol released formaldehyde, a carcinogen used in embalming fluid, cigarettes and disinfectants. The amount of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapors, however, is even higher than most tobacco-containing cigarettes, researchers claim, giving long-term vaping enthusiasts a lifetime cancer risk 15 times greater than lifetime smokers of regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes have boomed ... Read More

Polaris Slingshot safety alert instructs dealers to implement immediate stop sale, stop ride

Polaris Slingshot

A Polaris Slingshot safety alert was sent to dealers of the three-wheeled sport vehicle Jan. 16 in the form of a letter. Manufacturer Polaris Industries informed dealers of an immediate stop sale and stop ride for all Slingshot vehicles (SAF-15-01), citing concerns about defective ball bearings in the steering rack that could cause loss of steering control. Additionally, Polaris says it must replace roll hoops on certain Slingshot vehicles, as they may not support the Polaris performance specifications. The letter was signed by “The Slingshot Team,” and noted Polaris will issue formal safety bulletins for both issues by Jan. 21. ... Read More

Honda fails to report deaths, injuries resulting in $70 million penalties

Honda Takata airbags

Federal auto safety regulators have hit Honda with two penalties totaling $70 million for failing to report 1,729 deaths and injuries connected to exploding Takata airbags installed in its vehicles and for failing to comply with U.S. laws requiring it report all warranty claims, which can help regulators hone in on larger safety problems and trends. The two $35-million fines are the maximum allowable penalties under current U.S. law and largest amount in fines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ever levied against an auto manufacturer. Honda also agreed to a consent order requiring the company to take ... Read More

Texas becomes latest state to ban Trinity ET-Plus guardrails

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Texas has become the latest state to ban the use of ET-Plus guardrail systems made by Dallas-based Trinity Industries from its highways over safety concerns, bringing the number of states to blacklist the guardrails to more than 30. The ET-Plus guardrails, made by the Trinity Highway Products division of Trinity Industries, came under fire nationwide after a whistleblower sued the company on behalf of the federal government and won. In his lawsuit, whistleblower Joshua Harman alleged that Trinity modified the design of the ET-Plus guardrails in 2005 to save money, but failed to notify the Federal Highway Administration about the ... Read More

GM starts New Year with new ignition switch recall

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General Motors (GM) said on New Year’s Day that it is recalling more than 92,000 full-size trucks and SUVS for a potentially deadly ignition lock system flaw that could allow the ignition to stick in the “start” position and suddenly snap back into the “accessory” position. The latest recall affects 92,221 trucks and SUVs in North America, including 83, 572 vehicles in the United States. GM said that the ignition lock actuators in the vehicles may be too wide, making the ignition key difficult to turn in hot conditions. If stuck in the “start” position, the ignition could suddenly release back ... Read More

Listeria illnesses, deaths linked to Happy Apples Company prepackaged caramel apples

Happy Apples caramel apples

Happy Apples Company of Washington, Mo., is recalling its prepackaged caramel apples after the products were found to be the source of a listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened 29 and killed five in 10 states. All 29 people who were sickened were hospitalized, and nine of the illnesses occurred in pregnant women. The recall comes about a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to consumers not to eat prepackaged caramel apples as it investigated which commercially made brands were responsible for the outbreak. Though the apples are most popular around Halloween, the CDC ... Read More

FDA considers legal action against people selling pure powdered caffeine

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into building a case against people who sell pure powdered caffeine to stop online sales of the potent substance that has been blamed for several illnesses and at least two deaths. The news comes just months after the FDA issued a safety alert to consumers about pure caffeine powder after the agency learned of the death of Logan James Stiner, a high school athlete who died after consuming a lethal dose of the substance last July. Pure powdered caffeine, which is sold in bulk as a dietary supplement, is essentially 100 percent caffeine. ... Read More

BMW, Fiat Chrysler join automakers expanding Takata airbag recalls

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BMW and Fiat Chrylser Automobiles announced this week they are expanding Takata airbag recalls to include more of their vehicles. The automakers join Ford, Nissan and Honda in widening the scope of the recall, which involves a potentially deadly airbag defect. The inflator in the Takata airbags may malfunction, causing the airbag to inflate with excessive force, literally exploding and sending bits of shrapnel into the automobile cabin. The defect has been linked to at least five deaths and multiple injuries. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. It manufactures airbags, safety belts, steering wheels and other ... Read More

Takata CEO says company has resources to deal with massive airbag recall

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Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said his company has adequate funds to deal with a growing global recall of its airbags, which have been installed in millions of vehicles across more than a dozen car brands and can potentially deploy with a bomb-like force. “Takata is prioritizing the supply of replacement parts. We have sufficient funds put aside, and we are not concerned that we are under-capitalized. We will take steps on the financing side if needed,” Mr. Takada, grandson of the company’s founder, told Japan’s Nikkei newspaper Wednesday. Mr. Takada also said that the company was analyzing the ammonium nitrate ... Read More

Keurig coffee brewers recalled after reports of burn-related injuries

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Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 6.6 million of its coffee brewing machines after receiving about 200 reports of the machines overheating and spewing hot water and 90 reports of burn-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall involves the Mini Plus Brewing System with model number K10. The machines can be identified by the a number printed on the bottom of the machines that begins with “31.” Affected Keurig brewers were sold online and in stores across the United States and Canada from 2009 to 2014. The brewers retail for about $100. The Mini ... Read More