Category: Defective Products
Tampa Bay 10 News reported on November 22, 2016 that if you call for a Lyft or Uber ride in the U.S., you have a 1-in-3 chance of getting into a vehicle that has not had its federally-mandated safety recall work completed.
If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may be able to assert a product liability claim. Product liability claims can be challenging, due to the fact that defendant-manufacturers often have significant resources to fight the case and are incentivized to promote legal conflict (so as to prevent future plaintiffs from asserting their claims).
On June 27,2016, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., PA) said he would press for the legislation that would force furniture producers to keep mandatory stability standards. This legislation was caused by the fact that every 24 minutes in the U.S. a child goes to the emergency room because of a tip-over accident involving furniture or a TV.
The Detroit Free Press reported in March 2016 that Ford F-150 pickup trucks, which are very popular in the U.S. and account for two/thirds of Ford’s truck sales, are being investigated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for brake failures following multiple complaints.
A California class action lawsuit (Brantley v. Nissan North America Inc. et al., case number BC609400, in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles.) was filed on February 8, 2016. This lawsuit alleges that the automaker concealed an air bag defect in certain Nissan Frontier trucks.
Amazon pulled all hoverboards from their listed items for sale on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. This action follows the CPSC’s (Consumer Product Safety Commission) saying “…they (hoverboards) pose an unreasonable risk of fire.” Toys R Us and Target have also pulled hoverboards from their websites, according to Ben Fox Rubin of CNet.
The Obama administration announced this month a federal study to look into the potential health risks of crumb-rubber synthetic turf used on athletic fields and elsewhere. Three agencies will carry out the study. They are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although more than 20 million vehicles have been recalled because of the risk of violent airbag explosions, recalls of Takata airbags are not over. The original recalls affected mostly older vehicles, model years from 2008 and earlier. The NHTSA reported that Takata is notifying the 12 affected automakers using its airbags, that more recent model vehicles using the Takata airbags are also at risk.
Every manufacturer is supposed to follow best practices with respect to ensuring designs are safe and that the manufacturing of products follows established protocols. Manufacturers of products should also test the items they sell to make sure any risks are identified so the danger can be reduced and consumers can be warned about potential problems.
The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) reported that toys sent kids to the ER (emergency room) every few minutes. Of these toy accidents, riding toys such as bikes, scooters, skateboards, and skates were responsible for 42 percent of the toy-related injuries.