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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

NHTSA’s failure to address GM ignition switch problem detailed in Congressional report

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Federal auto safety regulators fell under scathing criticism again this week following the release of a House committee report that underscored their failures in policing General Motors (GM) while consumer complaints about defects and accident reports piled up in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its report. The report blames NHTSA for failing to notice a ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

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LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

North Carolina church bus crash victims sue tire maker over alleged tire defect, blowout

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Survivors of a North Carolina church bus crash joined family members of those killed in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tire that is alleged to have caused the crash and the estate of the bus driver, who was also killed. The lawsuit, filed last week in Iredell County Superior Court, alleges that Hankook Tire Co., which made the front left tire that blew out and caused the driver to lose control, is to blame because it “knew or should have known … that the subject tire’s design and/or manufacture resulted in a defective product which exposed vehicle occupants ... Read More

FDA panel recommends safety testing on sunscreen ingredients

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New safety testing standards for sunscreen ingredients are being proposed by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee in an effort to ensure product safety. Sunscreens, designed to prevent sunburns and to reduce the risk of skin cancer and aging, are regulated by the FDA in the same fashion as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The active ingredients have been on the market for decades. Manufacturers of sunscreens are not required to submit new drug applications as long as they stick to one or more of the 16 drug ingredients identified in the OTC Drug Monograph. Many of these drugs date ... Read More

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving airport sign that killed Kansas boy

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A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of contractors involving a 10-year-old boy who was killed last March at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Seven members of the Bresette family were traveling from a trip to Destin, Fla., to their home in Kansas, switching flights at the Birmingham, Ala., airport, when a heavy flight-status board came loose from its moorings on the wall and fell on four members of the family while they walked past. The signs were added during a renovation of the airport, and weigh an estimated 300-400 pounds each. Of the four family ... Read More

GM lawyers under federal criminal investigation for allegedly concealing ignition switch evidence

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Federal prosecutors are investigating General Motors’ legal department for possible criminal liability in the way it handled the company’s deadly ignition switch problem, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. officials investigating the matter seek to determine whether lawyers working for GM, both internally and externally, concealed knowledge and evidence of the ignition switch defects from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators, which in turn could have effectively precluded a safety recall for several years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the investigation was triggered by an internal GM report in June that blamed its legal counsel for failing to ... Read More

Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

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Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, as well as lots of private label almond butter from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected by the recall. The nut butters were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Routine testing by the ... Read More

GM’s new ignition switch website offers recall info by model and year

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“There is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine,” GM’s newly refurbished ignition switch recall website informs drivers who need to look up information about GM ignition switch defects. The website allows consumers to find specific General Motors (GM) recall information online by clicking on a list of vehicle models and years. Users are then directed to safety information that describes the ignition switch problem. The website also warns drivers that the risk of an ignition-related problem “increases ... Read More

Colgate Total toothpaste ingredient linked to cancer, birth defects

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Colgate Total toothpaste contains a chemical that has been linked to cancer-cell growth and birth defects in laboratory animals, prompting an investigation by federal regulators and an all-out ban by Minnesota lawmakers. The chemical is known as triclosan, and it is used in Colgate Total to fight gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. It is also found various other  products such as soap, cutting boards, and toys. Many consumer companies are phasing it out, but Colgate-Palmolive Co. says it is a safe, antibacterial agent that helps ward off gum disease in its Colgate Total toothpaste. Colgate says its Total toothpaste went ... Read More

Peanut factory knowingly sold salmonella-contaminated peanuts to food suppliers

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The Peanut Corporation of America knowingly distributed salmonella contaminated peanuts to manufacturers and presented faked documents to back up those false claims, in what has become one of the largest salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history, according to court testimony. The trial has begun for three executives of the peanut producer over the 2009 outbreak that killed nine people and sickened at least 700 others. Peanut Corporation of America went bankrupt in 2009 after it was identified as the source of the outbreak. Then-plant manager Sammy Lightsey testified against plant owner Stewart Parnell, saying he discovered that the company was shipping peanuts on ... Read More