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What Are These Cases About?

Personal injury cases for products liability can differ substantially in size and scope, based upon how widespread the use of the product may be and the resulting number of people who are injured by the product’s defects. One situation representing the largest current products liability problem in terms of the number of individual claims involves defective earplugs from the 3M company and its predecessor, Aearo LLC.

Recall of Ford and Lincoln Vehicles Over Faulty Back-Up Cameras

Ford Motor Company has issued a product defect recall for more than 700,000 trucks, SUVs, vans, and cars.  This includes popular models of the ubiquitous F-150 pick-up.  The recall is due to backup cameras that may occasionally show a distorted image or go blank while the vehicle is in reverse and the camera is in use. This defect could lead to the drivers not being able to see obstacles or persons behind the vehicle, which could result in a crash.

Faulty Jack Stands Recalled

Walmart has issued a nationwide recall due to a product defect associated with faulty jack stands it sold.  Close to 14,000 Hyper Tough 2-Ton Jack Stands have been recalled because they present a significant safety risk.  The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently posted an alert referencing a Walmart report that the subject jack stands failed during safety tests conducted by an objective third-party lab. The jack stand failure apparently involves the ratcheting bar.

Baby Powder Lawsuits Revived by N.J. Appellate Court

An appeals court decision in New Jersey has revived two lawsuits against the iconic Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.  The cases allege that the product caused the plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer. The revival of the two New Jersey lawsuits may result in the reinstatement of approximately 1,000 other lawsuits involving the talcum-powder based product.

IKEA Loses Product Liability Lawsuit Over Defective Furniture

In January 2020, the parents of a toddler who died after he was killed by an IKEA dresser that fell on him were awarded $46 million in damages. This is believed to be the largest awarded settlement in the death of a child. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 after the dresser fell on top of their son, crushing his neck and resulting in his death from suffocation. An earlier recall of IKEA furniture that did not meet U.S. standards had resulted in other fatalities and injuries. Consumer advocates said that company actions to warn consumers and to prevent further injuries and deaths were not enough. 

Firefighting Foam Presents Numerous Health and Safety Hazards

Industry experts from all over the world have recently joined the firefighter trade unions in pushing for sweeping changes to be made to firefighting foam. This call echoes massive concerns that PFOA and PFAS used in firefighting foam can cause serious health and safety hazards. These chemicals have been implicated in multiple studies as causing a variety of health conditions.

Pool Filters Can Cause Explosions 

If you asked a normal homeowner whether or not they would consider keeping a bomb in their backyard, the answer would almost always be a resounding “of course not.” However, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals estimates that there are well over ten million residential pools in the United States, and a large majority of these pools use a high-pressure pool filter. Because these filters are designed to operate under very high pressure, they can explode with a massive amount of force when something goes wrong.

Why Your Pool Filter May Be Dangerous

Most homeowners do everything they can to make sure that the place they live in is safe for them and their families. However, many homeowners aren’t aware of a hazard in their own backyard. It may surprise you to learn that exploding pool filters are a real issue and are responsible for a high number of accidents that have caused serious and even fatal injuries. If you or somebody that you know owns a pool with a filter, you may want to read on and learn more about the hazards involved with these products.

Nissan Recalls Vehicles Due To Fire Risk

Recently, the car giant Nissan announced a significant recall due to concerns that their vehicles might spontaneously catch fire. Nissan is one of the largest car companies in the world, and this recall is estimated to affect close to 400,000 vehicles in the United States. When a recall is issued, it is typically because something is wrong with the vehicle that places the safety of its occupants at risk. This is exactly what has happened in this situation.

Asbestos Contamination Cited in Makeup Recall 

Twice in the past three months, asbestos contamination has been the cause of a recall by Claire’s, the makeup company. The company markets beauty products for young girls. Asbestos exposure is a proven cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that can attack the lungs, heart, or abdomen. The Food and Drug Administration confirmed in March that the independent testing of product samples from Claire’s showed that the products were contaminated. Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally near talc, which is an ingredient commonly used in makeup. Talc itself has been implicated in ovarian and uterine cancer.

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