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Several snack bar companies recall products for listeria scare

The general assumption amongst most in Manhattan may be that when products are recalled, it is solely due to problems or errors committed by the manufacturer. In reality, oftentimes manufacturers are as blindsided by recalls as consumers may be. If and when there is problem with one of the components of their products, they are forced to issue recalls. Consumers might not distinguish between a manufacturer and a supplier, thus damaging the reputation of a manufacturer for a problem it may have not been responsible for. In this situation, the suppliers who provided the tainted components could not face liability claims from consumers, but from distribution partners, as well.

Understanding vehicle recalls

If you have ever owned a vehicle in New York, you may well have received a notice from the manufacturer about a recall of some sort. In many cases, these many well seem routine as they are not uncommon and they typically involve you taking your vehicle to a dealership for a repair at no cost to you. However, as routine as these recalls may be, they should be heeded. Also, understanding what may prompt a recall can be important for you as a consumer.

Understanding breach of express warranty

If you or someone that you love has been injured by a product in New York City, one question often arises: Was your misuse of the product to blame, or a problem with the product itself? Many come to us here at Rosenbaum and Rosenbaum, P.C. unsure of that answer. One way to know for certain is to consider the promises made by the seller and/or manufacturer of the product. If it failed to live up to the expectation set by its warranty, you may have a case for seeking compensation.

Regulators push tech companies to add warnings for rail crossings

Earlier this year, a truck was led astray by a defective navigation app which stranded his truck on a rail crossing. The driver left the truck to seek assistance, and a train crashed into the truck, derailing it. The accident caused several fatalities. The driver is now being indicted for vehicular manslaughter and other associated charges. The heart of this accident is the failure of the navigation app and the lack of safety warnings for rail crossings. This post will go over the dangers with navigation apps and what is being done to make them safer.

Safety standard: EVs need to be louder

Safety experts are calling for louder electric vehicles (EVs). Since their inception, cars have always been loud. People rely on noise to alert them to their environment all the time, just consider that all cars are equipped with horns. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), they are releasing new safety standards to make EVs louder.

Should carmakers be liable when an autonomous car crashes?

At first blush, it seems that defects in autonomous cars should be treated as any other defect, under products liability. In a products liability suit, the manufacturer, supplier, retailer or seller bears responsibility once the plaintiff establishes that the product was defective and that defect caused her injury.

Samsung is halting production of the Galaxy Note 7

You probably heard the recent news about the Galaxy Note 7, that they have a tendency to explode. One exploded on an airplane which necessitated an evacuation and a few caught fire while people were asleep. They caught fire before the recall and after. The original models and the "fixed" ones both explode. All of this news culminates in Samsung's recent decisions to halt the Galaxy Note 7 production line.

Ford door latch recall expands

Ford Motor Company continues to be dogged by recalls regarding a defective door latch to its Lincoln model vehicles. At the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, Ford agreed to expand the recall notice from its 2013-2015 Ford C-Max and Ford Escape, 2015 Ford Mustang, Lincoln MKC, 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect, and 2012-2015 Ford Focus. The recall now affects around 2,383,292 vehicles sold throughout North America.

Samsung Starts Galaxy Note 7 Exchange on Sept. 21

Much has been made in the news of late regarding the combusting batteries in Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. The world's largest cell phone manufacturer recalled 2.5 million units of its new top-of-the-line model on Sept. 2nd after it was reported that there were 92 instances in the U.S. where batteries overheated or caught fire while charging. This is the result of a battery manufacturer error.

Who is liable if a self-driving car gets into an accident?

The issue of liability for self-driving cars is not yet resolved. The government has not proposed new regulations nor has Congress passed any new laws. In the absence of new law, many companies that are developing self-driven cars are potentially exposing themselves to huge liability risks. A products liability case develops when a person is injured because a product they purchased did not perform in the manner expected.

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