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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

Federal regulators push automakers to expand Takata airbag recall to all parts of the U.S.

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Responding to outcries from auto safety advocates and lawmakers, as well as mounting injury reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for a nationwide recall of all vehicles fitted with driver-side airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The Takata airbags, which have been installed in millions of vehicles worldwide in the last decade, contain a faulty propellant that can cause the airbag to explode on impact, blasting metal debris into the cabin of the vehicle. At least five deaths and several more injuries have been linked to the defective airbags. Moisture is thought to play a role in ... Read More

Honda expands exploding airbag recall again after deadly Malaysia accident

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Honda Motor Corp. has widened its recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 170,000 units. The announcement came after the company said that a driver died in Malaysia after being blasted with shrapnel from one of the defective airbags. The fatality in Malaysia was the fifth known record of a driver or passenger being killed by an exploding airbag in a Honda vehicle and the first such death to occur outside of the United States. The Takata airbags at the center of the Honda recall and recalls by 11 different other car ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children

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Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

GM defective ignition switch victim compensation fund has extended deadline for claim submissions

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The deadline to submit wrongful-death and personal-injury claims to a fund set up for victims of the General Motors (GM) defective ignition switches has been extended for an additional month. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the special GM victim compensation fund, chose to extend the December 31 deadline to January 31 “out of an abundance of caution” to make sure everyone who may have been harmed by the ignition switch defect has a fair shot at filing a claim. The ignition switch fund began accepting claims on August 1, a few months after GM announced it was launching a ... Read More

Recalled Takata airbag inflator suspected in injury to Ford Mustang driver

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Takata airbag concerns continue to take the auto industry by storm after Ford confirmed Sunday evening that it is working with U.S. safety officials to learn more about an accident involving a driver injured by a metal fragment in the 2007 Ford Mustang’s air bag. The airbag controversy began when millions of cars from nine different auto manufacturers were recalled in June due to defective airbag inflators produced by the Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The recalls were due to reports that the airbags may burst, causing numerous metal fragments to blast into the vehicle cabin. Authorities believe areas experiencing higher humidity levels, ... Read More

Newly released emails contradict GM’s stance on ignition switch defect and recall

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More evidence that General Motors (GM) knew of its deadly ignition switch defect long before it informed federal auto safety regulators and initiated a recall of the affected vehicles has emerged in a chain of internal GM emails released by plaintiff’s attorney Monday. According to the Associated Press, the chain of emails occurred from December 2013 through February 2014 and shows a GM employee inquiring about replacement parts for the flawed ignition switches and then ordering them for up to 700,000 vehicles at a cost of about $3 million. By law, auto manufacturers must inform the National Highway Traffic Safety ... Read More

New GM argues it shouldn’t pay for old GM’s liabilities as economic loss claims mount

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General Motors (GM) could face paying more than $2 billion in additional damages stemming from its defective ignition switches if a bankruptcy judge rules that economic loss claims against the company can move forward. Many analysts say U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gerber could easily allow economic loss claims against GM to move ahead. Those claims, which could amount to hundreds of thousands given the scope of the ignition switch problem, argue that the potentially deadly ignition switch flaw has caused values to plummet in the vehicles affected by the recall. GM has recalled more than 2.2 million vehicles in the ... Read More

U.S. safety probe leads to Honda recall expansion over dangerous Takata air bags

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Following reports of a U.S. safety probe being placed on the automaker, Honda has announced an expansion to its previous recall of vehicles containing potentially dangerous Takata Corp air bags. The air bags in question, which have been responsible for multiple deaths and injuries, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The amount of cars Honda has added to its recall is undisclosed; however, all the vehicles are from model years 2001-2006 and were sold/registered in areas with high humidity. According to Takata, humid areas are where the affected vehicles are the most ... Read More

GM Ignition Switch Compensation Fund reports 12 percent increase in claims

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The latest report on the GM ignition switch compensation fund has shown a 12 percent increase, resulting in a total of 1,772 claims of injuries and deaths caused by the auto manufacturer’s faulty ignition switch. It has been a rocky year for General Motors (GM) as more and more details of the 11-year delayed ignition switch recall come to light. The defective ignition switch continues to be linked to numerous deaths and serious injuries. The recalled switch at the center of the GM controversy has the potential to slip out of the “run” position while the car is in motion, therefore cutting ... Read More

Feds order Takata to hand over exploding airbag communications, documents

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The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) ordered Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. to hand over internal documents by December 1 and answer questions under oath about the defective airbags it made for installation in millions of vehicles. Takata’s airbags, which 10 auto manufacturers have installed in more than 17 million vehicles worldwide, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The defective devices have been linked to at least four deaths and several injuries. NHTSA regulators have been investigating Takata’s defective airbags since June, focusing on the inflator mechanisms in airbags made from 2000 to ... Read More