Products Liability

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

500,000 Hoverboards recalled after fires

Hoverboards, among the biggest ticket items during last winter’s shopping season, are being recalled after some owners reported explosions and fires causing serious injuries. The deceptively named ‘hoverboard’ (after the technology seen in Back to the Future) are two-wheeled motorized scooters. They don’t actually hover, like the ones seen in the movies, instead they are… read more

Who is liable in an accident with a self-driven car?

You probably read about the unfortunate accident in Florida involving a self-driven car. This accident, while tragic, also raises issues of liability, fault, and legality. In an accident involving a self-driven car, who is at fault? Can you sue the car manufacturer for products liability if the onboard computer malfunctioned? What if the computer did… read more

Products Liability-Summer Toys Safety Concerns

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, we are reminded that summer is officially here! Although the summer months are usually filled with fun in the sun, it also leads to an increase in products liability concerns. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., (W.A.T.C.H.) reminds us today that there are many summer toy products on the… read more

An Overview: Strict Products Liability

You have probably heard of products liability in the context of broken toys, defective cars and medication side-effects. The basic gist is that if a company produces or sells a product that is defective, that company should be liable for any injuries they cause. Two broad theories regarding products liability cases are negligence and strict…. read more

Inspection of blood testing company’s labs reveals problems

Theranos Labs, a company specializing in blood testing services, has recently faced scrutiny from U.S. heath inspectors. Inspections of the company’s labs conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed the issues. While the final results of the inspections will be revealed to the public at a future date, the company has been… read more

The source of a product defect can be hard to trace

In the United States, product liability laws exist as a means to help protect consumers from injuries caused by defective products. A manufacturing defect, in the most basic sense, basically means that something went wrong when the particular product was being assembled. Some of the most publicized manufacturing defects involve foodborne illnesses, contaminants in prescription… read more

Company issues recall for dietary supplement

It is normal to assume that the stuff you buy at the grocery store is safe. After all, there is the FDA, the CDC and any number of state agencies and acronyms that exist to make sure that you can safely buy milk and medicine. Unfortunately with what may appear to be an uncomfortable frequency,… read more