Category: Defective Products
In Florida, if you have been injured due to a product that was in a dangerous condition or otherwise presented a hazard as a result of it having been defectively manufactured, you may be entitled to recover damages to compensate for your injuries. In fact, Florida law provides injury claimants who are pursuing a lawsuit in this category — that of product liability — a number of advantages that help to ease the litigation burden.
In a research letter published February 2, 2017 in the medical journal JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers indicate that single-use detergent pods now account for more than a quarter of all child chemical eye burn injuries each year, increasing dramatically from just a few years ago.
Even the most common, everyday item can be potentially hazardous. Samsung has had two such product defects recently: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones and Samsung washing machines.
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.