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Product Liability Archives

Are electric cars more likely to catch fire?

Electric cars have become commonplace on the roads. But like the ubiquitous smart phone and the difficulty that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ran into in late 2016, a fiery crash involving a Tesla is still going to make news. The heart of the matter with cars and phones (as well as laptops) is that they use lithium ion batteries.

Essure faces tighter restrictions from FDA

When it was introduced in 2002, Essure seemed revolutionary: An implantable, permanent contraceptive device that would be available throughout the United States. It was an appealing long-term option that could replace hormonal birth control pills that had to be taken every day. But the hype around Essure might have been too good to be true.

Consumer reports of exploding sunroofs are increasing

Complaints of automobile sunroofs shattering without warning have increased in recent years, leading to concerns about the roofs' safety. According to the watchdog group Consumer Reports, these once-rare incidents are occurring with greater frequency. There were 859 complaints of exploding sunroofs filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 1995, 71 percent of which occurred after 2011.

Takata has expanded airbag recall: Millions of vehicles affected

The recent recall of Takata airbags is one of the largest in consumer history. Since July of 2017, nearly 46 million defective, potentially dangerous airbags manufactured by the Japanese company have been recalled. Around 34 million cars, trucks and other vehicles have been affected worldwide.

The 10 most dangerous toys of 2017--and why they're so hazardous

Have you been preoccupied with holiday shopping lately? Picking out the perfect toys for your kids can be a blast--as long as the toys don't turn out to be dangerous. Many people don't think of toys as potential dangers. After all, what could possibly be harmful about cute, colorful playthings that give children so much entertainment? As it turns out, plenty.

BMW recalls over 1 million cars and SUVs due to engine fire risk

The German automaker BMW has announced a recall of some 1.4 million cars and SUVs, citing a risk of engine fire even when the vehicle is not in use. A spokesperson said the risk is low, but recommended parking the vehicles outside until repairs are made. Repairs are expected to be available beginning Dec. 18.

EpiPen makers accused of failing to investigate defective devices

EpiPens can be a lifeline in deadly situations. An EpiPen directly injects epinephrine, immediately alleviating life-threatening allergic reactions. With so much at stake, it is important that the device functions correctly. However, the makers of EpiPen have been accused by the FDA of neglecting to investigate malfunction complaints.

Jury awards $417 million to J&J talc plaintiff, upending theories

A jury in California recently awarded a 63-year-old woman $417 million in a verdict against Johnson & Johnson because its product caused her ovarian cancer.  She had used the company's baby powder for feminine hygiene since childhood. Plaintiffs in several states have brought suits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that talc-based products cause cancer when routinely used for feminine hygiene.