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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

Grand Central Camera Captures Exploding E-Cigarette Severely Injuring Man

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An employee of a wine shop in Grand Central Station suffered from severe burn injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket at work Nov. 23. Otis Gooding, 31, of Jamaica, Queens, is seen on a high-definition surveillance video talking with two other employees of the Central Cellar wine shop inside Grand Central Terminal  in New York City when flames and sparks begin to blast from his pants. The incident sent the employees and a customer who had been signing a receipt at the time running for safety. The same video shows firefighters and rescue workers removing Mr. Gooding from ... Read More

Toyota expands Takata airbag recall; adds another six million vehicles worldwide

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Nearly six million more Toyota vehicles are now under recall worldwide due to the infamous and ever-growing Takata airbag recall. The deadly defect within the Takata airbags has been linked to as many as 16 fatalities thus far, as well as several injuries. Toyota claims the latest Takata airbag recall spans across 1.4 million vehicles in Europe, 1.1 million in Japan and another 820,000 in China. All of the vehicles affected were manufactured from April 2006 through December 2014. Toyota is now responsible for recalling more than 23 million vehicles worldwide containing the defective airbags, including the following U.S. vehicles: ... Read More

Feds Warn Commercial Drivers About Samsung Note 7 Risks

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Samsung may have killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over their insurmountable safety defects, but concern over the potential disaster posed by the recalled phones remaining in use lives on. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a safety advisory warning drivers of tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles about the risks of driving with portable electronic devices containing damaged, defective, or recalled lithium-ion batteries, including Samsung Note 7 smartphones. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and burst into flames, posing a serious ... Read More

Honda Reports Another Takata Airbag-Related Death In California

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A defective Takata airbag caused the death of another person in the U.S., the 11th fatality linked to airbags that can explode with deadly force, U.S. regulators and Honda Motor Co. said Thursday. The victim, identified in the Riverside, Calif., coroner’s records as Delia Robles, 50, of Corona, Calif., was driving a 2001 Honda Civic in Riverside when the incident occurred on Sept. 20. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Robles collided with a Chevy pickup truck that was attempting to make a left turn, causing the Takata airbag in her Civic to deploy. She was traveling about 25 mph ... Read More

Feds Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Travel

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Samsung has recalled its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is offering customers a refund plus additional cash back if they turn in their old phones. But that doesn’t mean all Note 7 customers have stopped using the devices, which are prone to overheat and burst into flames. The prospect of people still using the incendiary Samsung phones has prompted federal regulators to issue an emergency order banning all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from aircraft in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly issued the emergency order ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung’s Biggest Fail, But Not Its Only One

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Samsung has officially killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a September recall of the devices and a costly production of their replacements failed to fix the flaw that caused the phones to burst into flames. The recall, extra production, and lost revenues directly related to the Galaxy Note 7 disaster cost the Korean electronics giant as much as $5 billion, but that figure is small compared to the $18-billion loss in the company’s valuation following the Note 7’s funeral. The Samsung name has been tarnished and faith in the brand has been eroded. Many industry analysts predict ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonderful pistachios

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Things are not so wonderful at The Wonderful Co. LLC. An inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turned up evidence that pistachios produced at the plant were linked to a salmonella outbreak in nine states that affected 11 people, according to an agency warning letter issued to the company. Ten of those individuals were interviewed and eight of those said they ate pistachios the week before they got sick. Five of them said they ate Wonderful brand pistachios. “By comparison, a review of data from the 2006-2007 FoodNet Population Survey, which provides information about food consumption among the general ... Read More

Carrier Involved In Deadly Takata Cargo Explosion Ordered Off The Road

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Federal authorities have ordered a Georgia-based trucking company to cease all operations after one of its trucks hauling highly volatile components used in Takata airbags rolled over in the Texas border town of Quemado and exploded, killing a woman and destroying her home. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the stop order to Industrial Transit Inc. of LaGrange, Ga., on Oct. 4 after an investigation found the commercial carrier to be at fault in the deadly accident. The agency said that the trucking company posed an imminent threat to public safety because of its shoddy safety record and ... Read More

Samsung Replacement Phone Burns In Minnesota Teen’s Hand

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A Minnesota teenager who recently exchanged her recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for a replacement says the new device melted in her hand, burning her thumb. Thirteen-year-old Abby Zuis of Farmington, Minn., had her replacement phone only a few days after exchanging her original phone under a safety recall amid reports that the Samsung devices could overheat, explode, and burst into flames. On Friday afternoon, Abby was holding her phone and waiting for her siblings to get out of school when she felt what she described as a “weird, burning sensation … like pins and needles, except a lot more ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Combust, Samsung Halts Production

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Samsung Electronics has suspended production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones amid new reports that some of the devices provided as replacements in a safety recall are overheating, catching fire, and exploding. The South Korean electronics corporation recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last month as reports of explosions and fires mounted. The company attributed the problem to a defect in the lithium-ion batteries and claimed the incidents were “isolated cases” stemming from mass production issues. Samsung took a similar stance when reports emerged that the new replacement phones were also overheating, saying that “the issue does not pose ... Read More