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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

Mercedes-Benz faces lawsuit over fuel leaks in E-Class vehicles


Mercedes-Benz USA, parent company Daimler AG, and 15 Meredes-Benz dealerships in New Jersey have been hit with a federal lawsuit claiming gasoline leaks in certain E-Class model vehicles exposed occupants to serious health risks. Defects in the fuel delivery system of 2003 to 2009 E-Class model vehicles cause gasoline and vapor to seep into the cars, the lawsuit alleges. Gasoline vapor is a suspected carcinogen that can cause liver damage, harm to developing fetuses and problems with female fertility. The fumes are also a fire hazard because the vehicles are sold with ashtrays and cigarette lighters. Since Mercedes-Benz reasonably expects ... Read More

E-cigarette vapor contains 10 times more toxins than tobacco smoke, Japanese study finds


A new study commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry has determined that, contrary to widely held beliefs among consumers, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, do not provide a safer alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes. In fact, researchers determined that e-cigarettes contain about 10 times more cancer-causing toxins than regular tobacco. The Japanese study, prompted by the soaring use of e-cigarettes in that country, revealed that the nicotine-laced vapor in several e-cigarette fluid brands contains significant levels of formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen and acetaldehyde, which is harmful to the lungs, heart, and blood vessels, among other toxins. The high levels of formaldehyde ... Read More

Ford expands Takata airbag recall nationwide

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Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding its Takata airbag recall to include drivers’ side airbags nationwide. Previously, the automaker limited its recall to vehicles in high-humidity states. The defective airbags contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Recalls so far have been limited to humid regions of the U.S. because it is thought that the airbags’ chemically driven inflator mechanisms can be corrupted by air moisture. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been pressing manufacturers to expand recall efforts to ... Read More

Takata patents indicate long history of airbag problems

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Patents owned by Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. show that the company has known for more than a dozen years about the defects that can make its airbags deploy with excessive force, sometimes killing and maiming vehicles occupants with metal and plastic shrapnel. Bloomberg News reviewed patents obtained by a law firm involved in the Takata airbag litigation. The patents indicate the supplier sought ways to improve the sodium nitrate-based propellant system and strengthen the metal airbag housing as early as 2000. Ammonium nitrate is one of the various methods airbag manufacturers use as a propellant. Takata chose to use ... Read More

Virginia sues Trinity over potentially deadly guardrails

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Virginia has become the first state to take legal action against Trinity industries over its ET-Plus guardrail systems, claiming the manufacturer sold it guardrails that were unapproved, untested, and potentially dangerous to motorists. The state’s complaint was prompted by a lawsuit filed against Trinity by whistleblower Joshua Harman under the federal False Claims Act. Mr. Harman accused Trinity of secretly altering its widely used ET-Plus guardrails in 2005 without the consent or approval of U.S. highway safety regulators. The redesign, Mr. Harman asserted, made the guardrails dangerous, turning them into giant spears that could impale vehicles and their occupants. A federal ... Read More

Infant dies after accidentally ingesting liquid nicotine

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An infant who accidentally ingested liquid nicotine commonly used in e-cigarettes has died, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers is sounding an alarm warning that just one teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and even small amounts could result in severe illness requiring emergency treatment. Authorities did not know if the liquid nicotine the baby ingested was from e-cigarettes, adding that the incident, which occurred in upstate New York, appeared to be an accident and no foul play was expected. As e-cigarettes have grown in popularity in the United States, however, so have the ... Read More

Japanese automakers expand Takata airbag recalls, more than half a million vehicles affected

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Three Japanese auto manufacturers said on Thursday they are expanding recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly Takata-made airbags. The latest recalls encompass some 550,000 vehicles and bring the total number of vehicles recalled globally since 2008 to about 20 million. Honda Motor, which has been affected by the Takata airbag problem more than any other automaker, announced it would recall an additional 400,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the airbags, which contain a moisture-sensitive inflator mechanism that can cause airbags to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. The latest Honda Takata airbag recalls expansion includes ... Read More

Defective Takata air bag inflators lead to second recall expansion by Chrysler amid safety worries

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There is more drama stirring in the defective Takata air bag inflators situation as Chrysler announces its second recall expansion, this time of 208,783 vehicles, in one week. The expansion comes likely as a reaction from regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which are following the issue closely. Since June, Chrysler has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles featuring the infamous Takata air bags due to reports that the defective Takata air bag inflators may explode, firing tiny metal fragments into drivers and passengers within the vehicle. Honda vehicles in areas of high humidity, such as Florida, have experienced ... Read More

The Year of Recalls: What To Expect and How To Handle Your Vehicle Recall

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If you were previously unaware of the world of car recalls, 2014 was likely your wake-up call. Dubbed the Year of Recalls, 2014 is on record as the worst year for recalls in U.S. automobile history. More than 53 million cars have been recalled due to both minor and major safety problems. Even more shocking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly a quarter of these vehicles will go unrepaired – the equivalent of more than 13 million potentially dangerous cars. This fact leaves unsuspecting used-car buyers at the mercy of their pre-owned vehicle’s past owner, hoping ... Read More

Guardrail, possibly made by Trinity, was a factor in deadly North Carolina crash

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Authorities investigating a car crash in Stokes County, N.C., that killed 17-year-old Taylor Thompson and her sister Megan Davis, 12, say that the guardrail involved in the crash was a factor in the deaths. The sisters were killed shortly before 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 when the 2001 Ford they were passengers in swerved off the road while traveling northbound on U.S. 52 between King and Pinnacle, N.C. The driver, 18-year-old Dokota Goss, apparently overcorrected the vehicle and hit the guardrail. But instead of crumpling and easing the vehicle to a stop, the guardrail impaled the vehicle on the front passenger ... Read More