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Reyes Law Takata Airbags Center of Auto Industry’s Biggest Recall In the late 1990s, General Motors switched airbag suppliers from the Swedish-American company Autoliv to the much cheaper Japanese supplier, Takata.

Prior to the switch, GM asked Autoliv to match the cheaper design, according to Linda Rink, who was a senior scientist at Autoliv assigned to the G.M. account at the time.

But when Autoliv’s scientists studied the Takata airbag, they found that it relied on a dangerously volatile compound in its inflater, a critical part that causes the airbag to expand.

“We just said, ‘No, we can’t do it. We’re not going to use it,’” said Robert Taylor, Autoliv’s head chemist until 2010.

Today, that compound is at the heart of the largest automotive safety recall in history. At least 14 people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured by faulty inflaters made by Takata. More than 100 million of its airbags have been installed in cars in the United States by General Motors and 16 other automakers.

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Yesterday, a Philadelphia jury ruled Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay an injured woman $5.5 million in compensatory damages for its negligence over the defectively designed Prolift pelvic mesh. Today, the jury also awarded her $7 million in punitive damages – a sum intended to punish Johnson & Johnson for having marketed an unsafe product.

This was the second product liability trial involving Prolift mesh, one of the most widely used pelvic meshes produced. The first Prolift trial of Linda Gross in 2013 resulted in a $11.1 million ruling for Ms. Gross but did not find the mesh was defective in its design. That verdict is still under appeal.

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One of the largest consumer product safety recalls in US history is under way, larger even than the Tylenol scare in the 1980’s, and it could directly put the safety of you and your family at risk as soon as your next trip in your automobile.

Over 34 million automobiles are being recalled due to containing potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the Takata Company of Japan. It’s been shown that the inflation device that launches the airbag in the event of a collision, a combustible, metal cartridge that contains inflatable wafers, can explode without warning and has caused seven deaths and dozens of injuries to automobile drivers and passengers. When an airbag’s inflator cartridge explodes it can spray the cabin of an automobile with sharp metal and sharp hard plastic shards. This product malfunction has caused many needless deaths, 8 and counting, and dozens of serious injuries to the occupants of an automobile’s cabin to their neck, eyes, and faces.

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Business man with the text Product RecallManufacturers create and market hundreds of dangerous consumer products every year in the United States. In fact, each year manufacturers or the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls 400 and 450 products. Here are seven unlikely consumer products that may cause injury or death of which you should be aware.

  1. Drop Side Cribs

In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop side cribs, but many of them are still being sold at garage sales or through individual sellers. Because the moveable side is droppable, the drop may result in suffocation of a baby. In fact, the cribs were associated with approximately 32 deaths since the year 2000, according to a 2012 article on

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takata-faulty-airbag-national-recall-300x200On Tuesday November 18, federal safety regulators asked automakers to recall any and all vehicles equipped with faulty Takata manufactured airbags. Urged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this recall expands past states and territories with high humidity to include any and all car owners who own a vehicle believed to have one of the Takata airbags that have been tested as faulty. The administration has yet to determine exactly which makes and models are affected, but says multiple automakers need to uphold responsibility to keep drivers safe.

Takata manufacturing has recently come under fire for faulty airbags that they neglected to report for more than four years. The airbags have been the cause of hundreds of injuries and multiple deaths over the past few years, causing federal safety administrations to take actions. The airbags in question spew metal fragments from propellant canisters when triggered, causing severe harm to some.

More than 14 million vehicles from 11 automakers have been recalled worldwide since 2008 in regards to Takata manufactured airbags. At this point, five deaths have been linked to the faulty airbags. In October, the federal safety regulators had urged car owners to have their vehicles inspected or fixed, only for car owners to discover that the parts they needed replaced were not available.

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12082014-300x225After your child has made his or her holiday wish list, you might want to check it twice to make sure the toys are safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy-related child injuries have been on the rise over the past couple decades, and one particular toy may be largely to blame for these injuries.

Foot-powered scooters are believed to be largely responsible for a 40 percent increase in child injuries between 1990 and 2011. This is according to a study published in the medical journal Clinical Pediatrics. Other child health professionals agree: child injuries that resulted in emergency room visits increased by more than 70,000 during that period, which translates to an injury rate of 26.9 per 10,000 children in 2011.

The CPSC reported 52,500 injuries in 2013 and one death due to foot-powered scooters, such as the popular Razor line. Child health advocates agree that safety gear and adult supervision are the best solutions to decreasing these injuries, which most commonly include lacerations, contusions, and abrasions.

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takata-hid-airbag-defects-10-years-300x200Automotive airbag manufacturer Takata may have hidden knowledge of airbag defects for over a decade, becoming a fatal issue. In the past few months, 11 different automakers have more than 14 million vehicles in relation to airbag rupture risks. The risks mentioned are caused by the steel canisters in airbags cracking, which can lead to a rupture that throw metal fragments towards passengers and drivers when the device deploys. The recent recalls have been tied to 4 deaths. Takata stated in regulatory filings that it began testing airbags for this issue in November 2008, but former employees of Takata admit to being involved in tests on the same issue in 2004, which Takata never filed.

The steel canisters house a propellant compound commonly found in fertilizer that helps to inflate the airbag when it is triggered. Automakers have received complaints that total in 139 injuries regarding the airbag malfunction, 37 of which reported the airbags rupturing and spewing chemicals or metal fragments. Takata supplies approximately one fifth of all airbags on the global market, and automakers have come forward stating their concerns that Takata is at fault when it comes to their malfunctioning airbags.

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11052014A false-claims lawsuit is in progress after whistleblower claims state that the ET-Plus guardrail systems were modified before installation, causing an impalement hazard when vehicles strike the devices. Therefore, Arlington, along with other Texas municipalities, has suspended installation of the guardrail systems until a lawsuit is settled and further testing is conducted.

Trinity Industries, the Dallas-based manufacturers of the system, remain adamant that the system is approved for use by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA); although, it has ceased shipment of any new systems until new safety testing can be completed as per request of the FHA.

The ET-Plus guardrail system is found on the ends of at least 12 guardrails in locations along Arlington highways. According to Texas Department of Transportation, there are no plans to remove existing guardrail systems, as they’re still approved for use.

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08192014The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a class I recall of over 100 lot numbers of CareFusion 203 ventilators after a power connection failure was observed in over 250 incidents. Reports list EnVe and ReVel models losing power and shutting off caused by a misalignment of pins where the external power connector meets the input port of the ventilator.

According to the recall notice, the misalignment could cause damage to the pins on the connector and potentially cause a short circuit, which could then prevent the internal battery from recharging and result in an unexpected loss of power. In turn, serious injury or death could result.

Medical professionals, including hospitals and equipment suppliers, were sent a product recall notice earlier this year identifying the lot numbers affected by the recall, which were distributed between December 10, 2010 and August 6, 2014. Device owners should have received a replacement power adapter accessory kits to fix the problem.

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10282014The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released notice of a voluntary recall and consumer notice nationwide for 10 brands of baby wipes manufactured by Nutek Disposables, Inc.

The recall was initiated after Nutek received complaints of discoloration and unusual odor coming from certain lots of wipes. Microbial testing conducted by Nutek revealed Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) – a bacterial contamination in the abnormal wipes. After testing additional lots, Nutek made the announcement that they would voluntarily recall all of its baby wipe products.

The 10 brands of baby wipes affected by the recall are as follows:

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