Defective Products

  • Takata’s Latest Airbag Recall is Largest Auto Safety Defect

    … ignore it, it will go away.” They never do, and here we are. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal, members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued a statement on Wednesday, May 4, about Takata’s latest recall: This expanded recall of millions more Takata airbags reflects what we have long known about ammonium…

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  • NHTSA and FBI Offer Tips to Prevent Vehicle CyberHacking

    … of that report was delayed while the identified automakers released a recall for almost one and a half million vehicles—NHTSA Recall Campaign Number: 15V461000. But the fact remains that our cars and trucks are vulnerable. Following the release of that story, “Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Security…

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  • Takeaways from the DePuy Pinnacle Verdict in Texas

    … is still a long road ahead. Hopefully, with more bellwhether trial victories, there will be incentive for the parties to resolve the cases. Plaintiffs should stay in contact with their lawyers and continue to monitor any possible health issues related to their defective hip implants. Finally, as expected, DePuy is denying its product was defective…

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  • Remington Rifle Class Action: Example of Successful U.S. Tort System

    … By Greg Webb, Jan. 19, 2016 A class-action settlement involving roughly 7.5 million (allegedly) defective Remington rifles has been delayed to give both parties a chance to come up with a better way to inform the public of dangers. The Remington Model 700 rifle has a safety-related design defect which causes the rifle to fire without anyone…

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  • FDA Creates Office of Dietary Supplement Programs…Finally

    … of 2015 the FDA recalled six dietary supplement products and sent out at least seven warning letters. “ODSP will continue to work with FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to help remove from the market products falsely labeled as dietary supplements that contain potentially harmful pharmaceutical agents, enforce the dietary supplement good…

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  • The E-cigarette Movement – A Safe Alternative?

    …, who are inhaling a nicotine-laced, liquid that contains a product used in antifreeze? It’s too soon for long-term results to determine all the hazards and risks, but below is a list of health and safety-related takeaways for the past eight years: 2008: The World Health Organization call for the removal of claims that e-cigs are “safe and effective…

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  • AMA Tackles Ads and Prices of Prescription Drugs

    … By Greg Webb, 12-04-15 The American Medical Association, AMA, is calling for a ban on direct to consumer ads of prescription medications and medical devices. We all know the ads that pop up with increasing frequency, telling us which newest, best and most expensive drugs we need. The AMA and Democratic Presidential hopefuls are pushing…

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  • Fire Risk Leads GM to Recall 1.4 Million Cars

    … way. Why did GM not act sooner on this? Why did NHTSA not spot the safety issue and move quickly to have it addressed? And, more importantly why did a government agency charged with highway and automotive safety approve a fix that was, at best, a partial solution? Here is a big reason —the estimated cost to properly fix the 1.4 million defective…

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  • Teens Being Lured with Tobacco Flavored Products

    … Researchers at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products looked at data on 13,651 US teens surveyed on their use of tobacco products. The results confirm concerns about the growing use of e-cigarettes among teens and the way in which manufacturers are targeting teen smokers. The report, published recently in the Journal of the American Medical…

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  • Are Your Tires Safe? Finding a Safer Way to Track Vehicle Tire Recalls

    … or auto mechanic is going to tell you whether your tires have been recalled or not, they are not. They often don’t know the answer either. At its investigatory meeting, the NTSB unanimously recommended that Congress require tire registration. They also recommended drivers register their tires with manufacturers. (NBCNews.com, 10-17-15) We do need…

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  • Nissan Expands Safety Recall of Models with Fuel Leaks

    … By Greg Webb, November 8, 2015 Nissan has issued a recall on 2013 to 2016 Altima models and some 2016 Maxima cars for possible fuel leaks. To date the company has received no reports of fuel leaks, fires or injuries connected to the defect. The first recall began in July of this year for about 5,500 2016 Maxima sedans after crash tests revealed…

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  • New Revelations from the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Web of Deceit

    … After the EPA exposed Volkswagen for installing hidden software on its polluting diesel cars in order to sell them as “clean diesel,” Volkswagen is facing new findings from regulators. Up to 800,000 of its diesel vehicles are not just polluting with excessive nitrogen oxide, but with unsafe levels of carbon dioxide, too. VW expressed its deepest…

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  • Trinity Industries Continues to Maintain its ET-Plus Guardrails Are Safe

    … in Las Vegas where the Democratic Attorneys General Association was meeting. Many manufacturers seek out legislators and other power political figures. Buying access is unfortunately how politics works on Capitol Hill. The timing in this case is suspect as several states are filing lawsuits. Virginia, one of those filing, has taken it a step…

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  • Volkswagen Emissions Fraud Lawsuits

    … MichieHamlett vehicle defect attorneys have filed cases in federal court involving Volkswagen cars with emission systems designed to defraud regulators. The news broke on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, that German automaker Volkswagen has been programming more than 11 million vehicles worldwide, nearly 500,000 of those vehicles in the United States…

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  • Volkswagen Has Been Cheating (Hugely) on Emissions Tests For Years

    … forward quickly. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida is asking the FTC to begin an inquiry as well. His recent speech in Congress accuses the automotive industry of routine deception. “Has the corporate culture in what is an automobile society shrunk so low that we can’t be upfront when our products are defective or when we are trying to gain…

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