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car airbag, product recall, New Branufels injury attorney, Texas lawyer, car accidents, safetyNissan has announced a recall of approximately 1 million vehicles because of issues with front passenger side airbags not inflating in crashes. According to the company, both 2013 and 2014 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are affected by what appears to be a defect in the software that controls the airbags.

The models being recalled include:

  • 2013-2014 Nissan Altima;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Leaf;
  • 2013 Nissan NV200;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra;
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35;
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50; and
  • 2014 Infiniti QX60 .

Nissan reports that the issue may be the occupant classification system in the cars are not detecting a passenger in the seat. Therefore, when a crash occurs, the airbag doesn’t deploy. The manufacturer says the problem occurs when “a combination of factors such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied” and also says it can happen if someone sits in the seat with “unusual” posture.

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According to a report by ABC 17 News, at least 12 people are dead due to a flaw in the ignition switch of certain General Motors vehicles. More than 1.6 million vehicles are affected by the flaw. Even worse, the families of the victims are still in the dark because the identities of the 12 victims have not yet been revealed. The CEO of GM conceded that the families of the victims were not yet aware of the deaths when she was part of a media roundtable in Detroit on Tuesday.

This case is a vivid reminder of the stakes when manufacturers of consumer goods, including cars, allow defective products onto the marketplace.

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defective medication, recall, product recall, Texas lawyer, Texas attorney, personal injuryNew products are constantly released on the market, and sometimes they're recalled due to safety concerns. Many times, products are recalled before they cause injury or impairment to too many consumers, but that is not always the case. If you are somehow impaired from a defective medication, you can likely be compensated for the damages.

 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is constantly looking for food and drugs that may be dangerous to people and “when an FDA-regulated product is either defective or potentially harmful, recalling that product is the most effective means for protecting the public.” Companies that become aware of faults in their products frequently recall their products without any intervention of the FDA, or they are cooperative with the FDA after concerns are brought to their attention. Various ways that the FDA may hear about an issue with a product include:
  • The company that created or sold the product discovers the problem and alerts the FDA;
  • The FDA discovers potential for a recall after inspecting a manufacturing facility;
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovers a problem and alerts the FDA;
  • The FDA receives alerts of health problems due to a certain product from various reporting systems set up for this reason.
If there is an illness or injury being caused by a defective food or drug, the “CDC hears about such problems from state health departments that have received and submitted illness reports” and they alert the FDA, according to Director of FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations Dorothy Miller. If you are concerned about a product that you have bought and there has not been a recall, contact the Food and Drug Administration to spread the word to other consumers. If you have been harmed from a product, contact an defective medication attorney to help you get compensated for your injury or illness. New Braunfels attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm can fight with you in court against dangerous products today.

Back in June, Chrysler approved a recall of between two and three million older SUVs that were found to be defective products.  Their plan was to begin initiating the recall starting in July.  They agreed in part due to pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Regulators brought up concerns that the placement of the fuel tank could cause vehicles to catch fire in a rear end collision. The affected vehicles were Jeep Liberty SUVs from 2002 to 2007 as well as Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from 1993 to 2004.  For these models, the fuel tank is situated right behind the rear axle.  The NHTSA has data that shows that over 50 people died in fiery wrecks with gas tanks in that position. Chrysler has maintained throughout their battle with the government agency that the vehicles are not defective.  These Jeep SUVs “are among the safest in the peer group” according to a statement released by Chrysler.  But the plan to ensure the safety of their customers was to have every affected SUV inspected and fixed by installing trailer hitches to safeguard the gas tanks.  And now four months after agreeing to recall and repair the vehicles, Jeep customers still have not been notified. According to a e-mail sent by Eric Mayne, a spokesperson from Chrysler, says that "preparations continue to implement the announced actions.  Customers will be advised when to schedule inspections with their dealers."  There is also no telling whether Chrysler's plan is viable without following the request of the Center for Auto Safety to conduct testing to verify that it will protect the occupants.  Some safety consultants have said that the delay of the recall might be because the remedy is not viable. This is an example of a defectively designed product.  The product is potentially dangerous based on the placement of the fuel tank and the fire risk associated with it.  If you or your family has experienced pain and suffering due to this kind of product, then you should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney in  New Braunfels today.

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LauraToday's market for baby and toddler products has numerous options for new parents, but unfortunately many of these products are recalled on a daily basis. Parents are shocked to learn, sometimes too late, that the products they have used with their children are incredibly dangerous. The Nap Nanny is the latest in a line of baby products that's been determined unsafe for children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the product last week after 5 infant deaths were reported from using the product. The Nap Nanny was a soft surface for babies to sleep on, and many other parents reported that their child was falling off the product. This recall was a surprise to some parents, who alleged that the product wasn't dangerous at all. The product has already been through some recall challenges in 2010, when it was forced to get a new warning label and implement some design changes. The company making the Nap Nanny, Baby Matters, is out of business, but the products were still sold in many retail locations nationwide. Unintentional injuries and deaths from products is an unfortunate reality for many parents who use these products and initiate the first claims of concern. Sadly, many products are not recalled until the negative aspects have been recorded by at least several families. Even vigilant parents are likely to interact with a dangerous product at least once in the lifetime of their baby. Parents can report issues with questionable products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at any time, which helps the issue to be taken seriously as more parents chime in. That process can be started on www.cpsc.gov, and the recalls.gov website also has a list of recently recalled products that parents can check before purchasing a new product. Avoiding used safety products is another way to protect yourself against harmful items. If you or your child has been hurt by a recalled product, contact an attorney today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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