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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

Senator says Trinity guardrails failed crash test

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) earlier this month said the controversial Trinity guardrails that were at the center of a whistleblower lawsuit have passed all new safety tests, but a U.S. Senator is challenging the agency’s stance. Last year, the FHWA ordered Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail system to undergo a series of eight tests conducted by a laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. The agency ordered the tests after whistleblower Joshua Harman won the whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Trinity under the False Claims Act. Mr. Harman alleged that Trinity secretly altered the design of the guardrails’ end terminals to save money, ... Read More

Graco fined $10 million for child seat recall

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Baby products manufacturer Graco has been fined a total of $10 million by vehicle safety officials claiming the company failed to report complaints regarding its seat buckles opening properly in a timely manner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) penalty states Graco must pay a $3 million fine, but also spend at least another $7 million on improving its child seat recall safety by discovering new ways to speed up recalls and procedures related to its products. NHTSA began an investigation into Graco following the company’s recall of 6.1 million child seats. The recall, prompted by pressure from NHTSA and increasing ... Read More

Nissan air bag sensor recalls now under probe following complaints

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Almost one million Nissan vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 for air bag sensor issues are now under federal investigation following accusations that the problem was not fixed. According to Reuters, the approximately 990,000 Nissan vehicles previously recalled in 2013 and 2014 were experiencing troubles with the computer software not recognizing when an adult was in the passenger seat. As a result, the passenger’s side airbags would not be deployed, putting innocent lives at risk of injury or even death. At least 124 recall repair complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before ... Read More

Senator calls for probe into Lumber Liquidators flooring

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Following a 60 Minutes special reporting that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminates contained high levels of the dangerous carcinogen formaldehyde, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is now advocating for federal officials to step in and investigate the recent allegations. “The federal government must step in to investigate whether this product is dangerous and if a recall or other disciplinary action must be taken,” Schumer proclaimed, standing in front of a Lumber Liquidators showroom in New York City. According to NBC News, Schumer is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as other federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection ... Read More

Honda urges consumers to fix Takata airbags immediately

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Honda plans to launch a multi-million dollar ad campaign to urge owners of Honda and Acura automobiles with possibly defective Takata airbags to have them fixed as soon as possible. Honda and nine other automakers have recalled millions of affected vehicles. The airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese manufacturer, are at risk of tearing loose from their mountings and blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Five deaths have been tied to the faulty airbags, specifically within Honda vehicles. Honda’s ad campaign will urge “Honda and Acura owners to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns, and to take ... Read More

Second Nissan Altima recall prompted by hood latch issue

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More than 640,000 Nissan Altima cars are now under recall due to faulty hood latches that may cause car hoods to open while the vehicle is in motion. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue lies with the main hatch, which if not fastened correctly may cause the secondary latch to fail to keep the hood closed. The latest Nissan Altima recall will affect sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years, built between March 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. A previous Nissan Altima recall began in October of last year, which targeted roughly 238,000 Altimas ... Read More

Approved GM ignition switch death claims climb to 67

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The General Motors (GM) ignition switch compensation fund approved three new death claims and five new injury claims, fund administrators said Monday, raising the total number of deaths linked to the defective GM ignition switch to 67 and the personal injury toll to 113. A total of 4,342 claims were submitted to the compensation fund by the January 31 deadline, 478 of which were wrongful death claims. To date, 1,492 ignition switch fund claims remain under review, including 133 death claims. Fund administrator Kenneth Feinstein has said each eligible death claim will receive at least $1 million. Fund administrators have ... Read More

Feds approve powdered alcohol despite abuse concerns

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A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed into drinks was granted marketing approval by federal regulators despite concerns that the substance could be easily abused and misused. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved four versions of Palcohol, a powdery substance that comes in a pouch. When the powdered alcohol is mixed with water or another mixer like soda, the solution becomes the equivalent of an alcoholic beverage. The four versions are cosmopolitan, margarita, vodka and rum. A fifth version, Lemon Drop, is expected to be approved soon. The idea for powdered alcohol is that of Mark Phillips, ... Read More

GM recalls cars for power steering and software control updates

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General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls affecting more than 145,000 vehicles. On Saturday the carmaker it was recalling 81,123 additional cars over potential problems with the electric power steering system, expanding a previous recall of 1.3 million vehicles for steering problems. The cars recalled Saturday include 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, and Pontiac G6 cars. According to GM, drivers of these vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist. The carmaker said that if the vehicle loses power steering, the driver will be notified by a chime and a message on the dash. ... Read More

Lawsuit for Takata airbag death reveals horrific blast injuries

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A lawsuit filed by the family of a Texas man who was killed January 18 when a Takata-made airbag exploded in his Honda Accord describes the injuries that the defective safety devices are capable of inflicting, even when the accidents that cause them to deploy aren’t severe. Carlos Solis, 35, was driving his 2002 Honda Accord in Spring, Texas, when an oncoming car traveling about 30 mph clipped the font-left corner of his vehicle as it was stopped. Although mild, the impact triggered the airbag to deploy. Instead of properly inflating, however, the Takata airbag exploded like a bomb with ... Read More