Product Defects Lawyer
Houston Product Defects Lawyer
Consumers are at their most vulnerable when they trust in the safety of the products on store shelves. Yet, every single day people are injured and killed when product designers, manufacturers and sellers across many industries focus on profit and stock price at the expense of product safety. At the Ammons Law Firm in Houston, TX, our team of product defects lawyers and staff have succesfully pursued many cases against negligent companies to fairly compensate those who have suffered because of their defective products.
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Chrysler Announces Recall of 300,000 Minivans for Airbag Defect
Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 Dodge and Chrysler minivans over risks that airbags may unexpectedly deploy.
The “vehicles in this recall are the same ones involved in an earlier recall to replace a heating and cooling system drain grommet, the automaker, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, said in a document posted today on the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
” The minivans, which include the Voyager, are 2008 year models and “because of the earlier defect, moisture may have leaked into the air-bag controls,” Chrysler said.
The Chicago Tribune reported in its “Kicking Tires” blog that the leak “may cause the airbag warning light to illuminate and deploy the airbag inadvertently.” It added that “the recall is expected to begin this month.”
Reuters reported the recall is only in North America, and dealer will fix the defect at no charge. Chrysler is a division of Italy-based Fiat SpA.
Child Booster Seats Recalled From Target
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hotline, 800-638-2772.
Product Circo Child Booster Seats, sold at Target stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $13.
Problem The booster’s seat restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled booster seats
Ford Announces F-150 Recalls for Door Handles.
The AP reports, “Ford Motor Co. recalled nearly 365,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America on Thursday to fix a problem with the interior door handles that could lead to the doors opening in a crash.” The recall covers “about 280,000 F-150s in the US from the 2009 and 2010 model years built from Jan. 18, 2008, through Nov. 30, 2009.” NHTSA “said on its website that a spring in the interior door handle could break, causing the door to fail to latch properly. If the truck was struck by another vehicle on the side, the government said the door latch could open.”
The Wall Street Journal says that the repair will involve reinforcing the spring or replacing the entire handle module. Reuters reports no accidents or injuries involving the defect had been reported either to Ford or NHTSA.
Defective product cases in which people have been seriously injured and killed apply to industrial, medical, consumer, entertainment and recreational products. The product defect attorneys at the Ammons Law Firm Our attorneys can help your family find results that will being you relief for any of the following:
- Auto defects including tire failures and SUV rollover susceptibility, vehicle roofs that crush on impact, vehicle design flaws leading to post-collision fires, defective seat belts and seat backs, airbags, and defects causing sudden acceleration – including the “floor mats and stuck gas pedal” issue affecting millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles from 2002 and later
- ATV rollovers, with dangers associated most often with Yamaha Rhino models but also a concern with many other all terrain vehicle (ATV) models
- Unsafe drugs and medical devices including Paxil, Seroquel, Reglan, Levaquin, Yaz, Gadolinium, Fentanyl pain patches and dangerous diet drugs and supplements
- Toys and other child products – including toys containing lead or harmful chemicals, toys that pose a risk of choking and strangulation, combustible clothing, and defective strollers, child safety seats, cribs and bassinets
- Household and electronic products including water heaters, space heaters and laptop/notebook computers that pose risks of a fire, explosion or severe electrical burns, as well as electrocution
- Food for humans and pets including the recent pet food recal, and eColi tainted vegetables, meat and fruits
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall tens of thousands of products each year because of defects that make them unsafe.
Past Product Defects Case Results:
Important information about food recalls
In an recent LA Times article it was revealed that even after a food recall, the tainted product often remains in grocery store shelves. Store managers routinely fail to recover all of the product recalled and, according to experts, sometimes even leave tainted foods in stores, putting consumers at risk of becoming ill from potentially deadly food-borne pathogens.In 2009, for instance, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture was involved in 59 recalls in which the amount of food sought and recovered was known, 56 came up short of the amount they identified as potentially tainted or produced at a time when factory controls were lax.
Two of those efforts highlight how far short recalls can fall. Last July 2010, a Denver processor announced a recall of more than 460,000 pounds of ground beef tied to a salmonella outbreak but recovered only 119,000 pounds. In October a New York processor announced a recall of 545,000 pounds of ground beef tied to an outbreak of E. coli; it recovered 795 pounds, according to the USDA.
Because recalls are described as voluntary, some experts say the owners of supermarkets, especially smaller stores, can mistakenly believe it is acceptable to leave recalled products on the shelves.
And while the federal government publishes notices about recalls, it depends on the news media, manufacturers and retailers to spread the news. Many consumers are unaware a product has been recalled.
Some supermarkets and big-box stores, such as Costco, use the information they have compiled about customers to notify shoppers who have purchased recalled products, in some instances even telephoning them to warn them about potentially tainted food.
But others do not, which food safety and consumer advocates find frustrating.
“The companies take your information for marketing, but they won’t contact you in a recall,” said Donna Rosenbaum of the food safety group Safe Tables Our Priority, or STOP. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s just wrong to market to consumers – to use all that information for profit – but not to then protect their health.”
A spokesman for Jewel-Osco’s corporate parent said relying on the media, posting shelf notices and making sure store employees are prepared to answer customers’ questions all have worked with recalls in the past.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC’s web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.
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