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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

Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Severely Injured Tesla Model S Driver Sues Over Autopilot Crash

When Shawn Hudson bought a 2017 Tesla Model S for his long commutes to and from work, he invested $5,000 for the autopilot add-on, convinced that it would make his four-hour drives easier. He never thought the safety feature would send his car into the path of a disabled vehicle while going 80 mph. Mr. Hudson survived the crash, but he suffers from severe and permanent brain and spinal injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed against Tesla. The basis of his complaint is that Tesla often describes its autopilot as a driver assistance feature, indicating that drivers need to ... Read More

Judge Finds Amazon Not Liable For Hoverboard House Fire

A Georgia man who was severely burned and lost his home to a fire triggered by a Chinese-made hoverboard had his lawsuit against Amazon and several other companies dismissed by a federal judge, who said the plaintiff failed to provide sufficient evidence that Amazon knew the device it sold was unsafe. Chief Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. of the Northern District of Georgia responded favorably to Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit – a decision that lawyers for plaintiff Irvin Love Jr. said came before any factual discovery could be conducted into what and when Amazon knew about the defective hoverboard ... Read More

NHTSA Probing Ford F-Series Pickups For Tailgate Defect

Federal auto regulators are investigating Ford F-Series pickup trucks in response to driver complaints that the power tailgates on some 2017 models can openly unexpectedly while driving, posing a safety hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation says it has received five complaints about the tailgate problem. The reported defect potentially affects thousands of 2017 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty models. NHTSA authorities are looking into the “scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.” The agency says that a power tailgate that lowers unexpectedly could cause cargo to fall out of ... Read More

Safety Group Presses Hyundai, Kia To Recall Vehicles For Fire Hazard

A mounting number of complaints about fires breaking out in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles and SUVs has prompted the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to demand the Korean carmakers recall nearly 3 million vehicles. In an Oct. 12 announcement, CAS said it and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have received more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The CAS says that Hyundai and Kia to need to recall 2.9 million defective vehicles to fix the fire hazards, including the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak From Raw Chicken Sickens Dozens in 29 states

A multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people in more than two dozen states is linked to raw chicken products from a variety of sources, federal health officials say. The outbreak of Salmonella infections has affected people in 29 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Twenty-one of the 92 people sickened by the foodborne illness have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. “A single, common supplier ... Read More

FDA Bans Six Artificial Flavorings known to be Carcinogenic

Six artificial flavorings that are known to cause cancer in animals have been “delisted” by federal regulators and can no longer be used by food manufacturers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oct. 5 announcement may raise some eyebrows. How long have these carcinogenic artificial flavorings been used by food manufacturers? Why were the additives FDA-approved in the first place? How widespread was their use before the FDA banned them? The FDA’s announcement fails to answer these questions, but the agency has said its decision to delist the artificial flavorings was prompted by scientific data presented in one of ... Read More

FAA issues new inspection directive after fatal plane incident

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requiring General Electric CF-65 engines that power about 2,000 older Boeing 737s and some air buses to be inspected nearly twice as often – every 1,600 flights instead of every 3,000 flights – and for every blade on the engine to be checked for even microscopic damage. The new airworthiness directive is in response to the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan, who was killed aboard a Southwest plane during an April 17, 2018, flight from New York to Dallas. The accident occurred after one of the engine’s metal fan blades broke off in mid-flight. ... Read More

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Over Brake Seal Fire Risk

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction. The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz Sued Over Allegedly Dangerously Defective Transmissions

Certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles with 722.9 7G-Tronic transmissions are the basis of a class-action lawsuit alleging the transmissions have a dangerous defect that allows them to suddenly slip into low gear and fail prematurely. The class-action covers owners and lessees of Mercedes vehicles with the allegedly defective transmissions in California and Kansas. According to CarComplaints.com, the lawsuit alleges that technical service bulletins Mercedes sent to dealerships show that the automaker knew of the safety defect yet took no measures to warn its customers or recall the vehicles. The safety defect is so common that at one point Mercedes was unable to ... Read More