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Investigators Still Puzzled over Precise Cause of Takata Air Bag Defects

By Williams & Brown LLP on May 5, 2015

Texas Auto Product DefectTen auto manufacturers are currently participating in an air bag related recall that covers 17 million vehicles. All of the vehicles were manufactured with air bags built by the Takata corporation, which have been linked to at least six deaths and over 100 injuries to date, according to USA Today.

Despite investigations by both the air bag manufacturer and a team of independent engineers, however, the question of what exactly has caused the air bags to explode in some vehicles remains a mystery. Read the rest »

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To Protect Kids From Injury, Start With Their Toys

By Williams & Brown LLP on October 27, 2014

Every experienced Texas product liability lawyer can remember a beloved childhood toy, and every Texas grownup who loves a child wants to give him, or her, the same wonderful experience.  As the holidays approach, keep safety in mind to ensure that the toys you give as gifts this year are safe enough to offer only happy memories – not the danger of injury.

Here are some ways to ensure that toys are safe for kids: Read the rest »

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Heads-Up Display for Smartphones in Cars Set to Launch Next Year

By Williams & Brown LLP on August 21, 2014

San Francisco-based tech company Navdy is currently accepting pre-orders for its heads-up display (HUD) for use in cars.  The display allows smartphone users to access navigation, music players, and communication features without looking at their phones, by projecting the necessary visual information on the vehicle’s windshield.

Navdy claims that the device will be safer than manipulating a smartphone with one’s hands or using in-car systems.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has judged that in-car systems increase the risk of a crash three times over while the driver is using them. Read the rest »

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Toy Manufacturer Ganz Recalls “Grumpy Cat” Stuffed Toys

By Williams & Brown LLP on April 3, 2014

Toy manufacturer Ganz USA LLC of Marietta, Georgia recently announced a recall of three different styles of its “Grumpy Cat” stuffed toys. According to the recall notice posted on the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the eyes on the stuffed animals may come off, creating a choking hazard for young children.

About 8,200 of the affected Grumpy Cat toys were sold nationwide and are currently in the hands of consumers. The stuffed toys were sold at gift shops and toy stores between December 2013 and January 2014. The recall affects the Grumpy Cat toys that come in a lying and sitting position, as well as the Grumpy Cat stuffed key clip. Read the rest »

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Honda Announces Odyssey Minivan Recall, Cites Fuel Leak

By Williams & Brown LLP on March 20, 2014

Honda recently announced a recall of more than 880,000 Odyssey minivans in the United States. The recall covers Odyssey minivans model years 2005 through 2010; these vans were manufactured between June 2004 and September 2010. Every year, experienced Texas car accident attorneys hear from those who are injured by vehicle defects.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cover on the fuel pump strainer may break down with exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals. If the cover deteriorates, a fuel leak may start, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire. So far, however, Honda has stated that no reports of fires or injuries have been made. Read the rest »

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Toyota Recalls New Prius Models, Citing Software Glitch

By Williams & Brown LLP on March 5, 2014

Toyota recently issued a recall for 1.9 million Prius vehicles, citing a software problem that could cause the vehicles’ gas-electric hybrid power systems to shut down.

The recall affects all of the Priuses produced in the most recent model year. About half of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States and about 713,000 were sold in Japan, with the remainder belonging to European owners. Read the rest »

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Bodum Recalls Coffee Presses with Burn, Laceration Risks

By Williams & Brown LLP on February 7, 2014

Bodum, makers of coffee presses and similar products, recently announced a recall of its rose gold Chambord locking lid eight-cup glass coffee presses. These were sold only at Starbucks stores and on starbucks.com from November through December 2013.

The presses are being recalled because the glass carafe can come loose from the frame. If the carafe becomes too loose, it can slide out altogether, causing burns if hot coffee is spilled and cuts if the glass breaks. The company has received reports of 14 different cases in which the glass broke. Four people suffered lacerations and burns. Read the rest »

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Kenmore Oscillating Fan Heaters Recalled for Fire Hazards

By Williams & Brown LLP on January 29, 2014

The retail giants Sears and Kmart have issued a recall of roughly 42,500 Kenmore oscillating fan heaters due to a defect that can cause the heaters to overheat and create a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have already been seven reports of the fan heaters smoking or catching fire and two reports of injuries related to smoke inhalation and contact with the overheated device.

The heaters affected by this recall are gray and white with the model number 127.90914310 printed on the bottom of the device. The word “Kenmore” is printed on front bottom of the heaters.

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Chrysler to Recall 5,600 Vehicles for Transmission Defects

By Williams & Brown LLP on January 6, 2014

Texas Defective AutoChrysler Group LLC recently announced the voluntary recall of roughly 5,600 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles from model year 2013. The recall is meant to fix a defect in which components of the 8-speed automatic transmission could fracture and cause a loss of power.

The vehicles affected by this recall are equipped with a V6 engine, a four-wheel or all-wheel drive, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to the auto company, there have been no known accidents related to the product defect, but there have been numerous warranty claims regarding the transmission output shaft. Read the rest »

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Angelcare Recalls 600,000 Baby Monitors for Strangulation Hazards

By Williams & Brown LLP on November 27, 2013

Waco Product LiabilityThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Angelcare Monitors Inc. have announced the voluntary recall of Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads due to strangulation risks. There have been two reported infant cord strangulation deaths linked to the defective product.

The baby monitors include a sensor pad that is placed under the crib mattress to alert parents if the child has stopped moving. However, an infant can pull the 11-foot electrical cord that links the monitor and sensor pads into the crib, creating the danger of the cord becoming wrapped around the child’s neck. Two infant deaths have been linked to the strangulation hazard, along with two other reports of infants who became entangled by the cords.

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