Defective Products Increase Car Accident Risk
Dangerous and defective products cause thousands of injuries every year. When a vehicle is manufactured with defective parts or design, it may put drivers, passengers, and others on the road at risk because the vehicle behaves in a way that causes safety concerns. In some cases, the vehicle’s defect becomes obvious right away and in other cases, the problem(s) develop over time.
There are generally two ways that a vehicle component can be deemed defective:
- Design defects. Design defects make a vehicle unsafe to drive even when it is manufactured and driven the way it was meant to be. It means that the part’s design was defective and therefore unsafe no matter how smoothly it is installed into the vehicle.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects are caused by mistakes made during the manufacturing process. Generally, in manufacturing defect cases, a properly designed part is installed incorrectly or becomes damaged during installation.
Ford announced a product recall of 3.3 million vehicles that might not shift into the correct gear, causing them to move in an unintended direction or roll away when placed in park. The National Highway Safety Administration has received six reports of property damage and four reports of injuries that might have been caused by the problem. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported due to this recall.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a defective product, contact an experienced car accident lawyer for help. The injury lawyer can discuss your legal rights and assist you in recovering a full and fair settlement for your injuries.Read More
Thomas Built Buses announced in October that it is recalling 53,528 buses nationwide to fix a problem with seats that don’t meet federal regulations for leg protection if a crash occurs. Specifically, the seats may have been manufactured with styrene blocks that may not provide acceptable impact absorption in some areas around the steel seat frame of the back support. The recall was filed Oct. 4, 2019 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigations. According to the recall notice, there have not been any reports of injuries related to the defective seats. Official notifications are scheduled to be sent out Dec. 2, 2019.Read More
On October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the U.S. after health regulators discovered trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle bought online. According to a statement by Johnson & Johnson, the company has reviewed prior tests and found that they came back negative for asbestos. In addition, J&J “…is working with the FDA to determine the integrity of the test, and the validity of the test results.” They suggested that the product involved in the test might have been counterfeit or compromised. The company says its internal investigation could take 30 days or more.Read More
In July, 2017, Fiat Chrysler issued two recalls affecting more than 1.3 million of their vehicles worldwide. The first recall was for defective air bags and the second was for an issue with anti-lock brakes.Read More
After months of dragging their feet, Samsung issued a product recall of about 2.8 million of their top-load washing machines on November 4, 2016. The issue prompting the recall is that the top of the washing machine can detach from the chassis during a wash cycle, creating a risk of personal injury and property damage from impact. At the time of recall, Samsung had documented 733 incidents of washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis. There were nine resulting personal injuries including a broken jaw and an injured shoulder. The company had also received hundreds of reports of damage to the machine resulting from excessive vibration.Read More