The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that General Motors is recalling 15,575 cars this week. The recalls are based on safety issues that may increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a car accident, according to the NHTSA. The recalls include automobiles in the Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet lines.
After a crash in which the air bags deploy, vehicles that are still roadworthy require maintenance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a warning to consumers who have had replacement air bags installed after car crashes over the past three years. The NHTSA has discovered that counterfeit air bags have been installed in some vehicles repaired during that time frame. These air bags may fail to deploy in the event of another accident. In addition, some counterfeit bags have been found to discharge metal shrapnel when they do deploy. The counterfeit air bags have not yet been tied to any injuries or fatalities.
Tonight on HBO, an important topic affecting the rights of injured people will receive a different kind of publicity. The documentary drama, Hot Coffee, covers the highly misunderstood product liability case against McDonald's, as well as several other noteworthy cases demonstrating how Americans' access to the civil justice system has changed over recent years. Tort reform is examined with an eye towards the role of the media and corporate America in mischaracterizing how juries and the civil justice system handle situations of personal injury and damage awards.
When you go to the store you expect that what you buy - whether it's a new appliance, a new tool, a new toy for your children - is safe if used as intended. You may not give much thought to where the product was made or how many companies had a part in producing, packaging and moving the product from the factory to the store shelf. If you use the product and find out it's defective, or if the defective product causes injury to you or a family member, you expect the corporation that sold the product to pay for the harm it caused.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the family of a passenger that was killed in a car accident while wearing a lap-only seat belt could bring a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer. The plaintiffs argued that by manufacturing the vehicle without shoulder belts for all passengers, the manufacturer was negligent in its design of the vehicle. The manufacturer, Mazda, argued that the family was barred from bringing a lawsuit because the company had complied with federal seat belt regulations in place at the time the vehicle was made.
A recent study found that the same chemicals and heavy metals that have been banned in children's toys are still appearing in home improvement products such as floorings and wall coverings. The researchers focused on heavy metals such as lead and cadium as well as phthalates. These compounds can have negative medical consequences including learning disabilities, early onset of puberty, and birth defects.
New Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has introduced a proposal which would make it more difficult for parties injured by defective products to recover damages in court. It would require that a plaintiff be able to prove exactly which part of the supply chain, the manufacturer, distributor or retailer, was responsible for the defect which caused the injury.
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed a possible link between a chemical found in most popular sunscreens and the acceleration of the development of skin cancer, and United States Senator Charles Schumer wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release that information to the public.
People who became ill as a result of using heparin syringes contaminated with the bacteria Serratia marcescens may be running out of time to file their lawsuit against the manufacturer, AM2 PAT, Inc., (also known as Sierra Pre-Filled). For many people, the statute of limitations to file a claim will expire in November, 2009. As such, any person who believes he or she might have a claim against AM2 PAT, Inc., should contact Rapoport Law Office, P.C., which has been appointed by the Circuit Court of Cook County as Liaison Counsel for all litigation against AM2 PAT, Inc., filed in Cook County, Illinois.