Check For Safety Recalls With Your VIN

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Safety Recall Checkup

There’s a lot to consider when trying to stay safe on the roads. Traffic patterns, hazardous weather, and roadway conditions are a few of the more commonly discussed topics. But what if your own vehicle posed the biggest threat? By using your VIN, you can check if your car or motorcycle is qualified for a safety recall.

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GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch Case Reveals Troubling Behavior By Vehicle Manufacturer

Angel Reyes III Defects

GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch Case Reveals Troubling Behavior By Vehicle Manufacturer

As you may know from recent news reports, General Motors is currently involved in extensive litigation over 13 deaths that plaintiffs argue were caused by a faulty ignition switch on their GM manufactured vehicles. The allegedly defective switches were manufactured for GM by Delphi Automotive and have been used in an estimated 2.6 million cars which are now subject to recall to replace the defective switches. Of the defective vehicles, about 30,000 are currently being repaired, with the others scheduled for repairs down the line, as a judge recently declined to issue a “park it now” warning which would have taken all 2.6 million cars off the road immediately.

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Dangerous Toys: How to Keep Your Children Safe this Christmas

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Before you buy your children’s Christmas gifts this year, it is important that you do your research.

According to World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), one child is treated in U.S emergency rooms every three minutes for a toy-related injury. In 2017, thirteen of these cases resulted in death with the victims all being under the age of twelve.

To ensure you are keeping your children and family safe this Christmas, be sure to do the following:

Understanding Guidelines:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) monitors and regulates all toys on the market to ensure that products made-or imported into the United States before 1995- follow their standards.

Some of these guidelines include:

  • Painted toys must use lead-free paint.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Stuffed toys should be washable.

Avoid purchasing older toys as they may not meet current safety standards.

Monitoring Recalls

Between January 2017 and October 2018, an estimated 3.5 million units toys were recalled in the United States and Canada. While the CSPC provides up to date information regarding product recalls, many consumers are never notified of these updates so its imperative that you monitor these sites regularly.

W.A.T.C.H also releases a list of safety alerts and lists of the most dangerous children’s toys on the market.

Shopping Defensively

Remain cautious when purchasing new toys. Defects and poor design are red flags that there is a safety concern. Carefully read any and all warning labels and look out for the letters “ASTM“. This is to let you know that the toy meets the national safety standard created by the American Society for Testing Materials.

You should also ensure that the toy you are giving your child is age appropriate. For example, toys with small parts can present an increased chocking risk for toddlers and young children.

Being Proactive

If you believe that a toy you have purchased is unsafe or does not meet CPSC guidelines, you can call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC.

If injured by a dangerous consumer product, you may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Reyes, Browne & Reilley can help you get started today. Contact us now for legal help at 214-526-7900.

Defective Child Safety Seats

Angel Reyes III Defects, Safe Driving

Child safety seats can pose a great risk to the children when not tested thoroughly


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Defective Child Safety Seats

There’s nothing in the world more important to us than our children. We will go to great lengths to protect them as much as possible – particularly when on the road. Unfortunately, there are far too many defective child safety seats produced today and there are often devastating consequences as a result of these defects.

While a child safety seat may seem like a fairly simple device, thousands of hours must go into engineering the seat for proper safety in every circumstance. Safety seats that aren’t properly engineered, or aren’t tested thoroughly, pose a great risk to the children who use them. At times, even if a seat is engineered and tested properly, errors may occur during manufacturing – again, posing great risk to the user.

Enlisting Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm to handle a defective child safety seat claim is beneficial because:

  • We know the law, what victims legally deserve, and what insurance companies and manufacturers are required to provide.
  • We can help victims complete and file all appropriate paperwork, avoiding costly mistakes and explaining everything in plain English.
  • We will work with you throughout a trial, or until a settlement is reached.

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If your child or a child you care about has been in a child safety seat related accident, please call us at (214) 526-7900 or fill out our Case Review Contact Form to the right on this page to find out what your case is worth.

    7 Unlikely Consumer Products That Have Caused Injury or Death

    Angel Reyes III Defects, Personal Injury, Products

    Dishwasher-on-fire-300x200Manufacturers 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 ConsumerReports.org.

    2. Maytag Dishwashers

    While it sounds unlikely that a dishwasher could cause any significant harm, Maytag recalled 1.7 million of its dishwashers in 2010. The machines may contain faulty wiring, responsible for causing multiple fires.

    Other brands also fell under the recall.

    • Amana
    • Jenn-Air
    • Admiral
    • Magic Chef
    • Performa by Maytag
    • Crosley

    3. Dehumidifiers

    Another product linked to causing fires is dehumidifiers. LG dehumidifiers were subject to a recall in 2009 following 11 incidents; then LG received 16 additional reports of house fires related to the dehumidifiers. There were no injuries, but significant property damage exceeding $1 million.

    4. Bathrobes

    Most bathrobes aren’t dangerous, but in the fall of 2009, the company Blair LLC recalled an additional 138,000 robes after 162,000 were already subject to a recall from the spring. The recall was because of the robes’ risk of flammability; nine people wearing the robes died as a result of catching fire, according to the October 2009 recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    5. Freezer Gel Pack

    Anyone who frequently packs to-go lunches is probably familiar with the bright blue freezer gel pack. While the packs can be great at keeping items cold, they can also be dangerous. Some of the packs contain diethylene glycol, which can be poisonous if ingested. If the freezer pack tears and starts to leak, both children and adults may be at risk of poisoning.

    6. Minivans

    Many families chose a minivan as their vehicle of choice. In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave poor safety ratings in the small overlap front crash test to these models.

    • Nissan Quest
    • Chrysler Town & Country
    • Dodge Grand Caravan

    7. Easy Bake Ovens

    Most parents are familiar with the popular childhood toy, Easy Bake Ovens. The ovens allow little ones to test their skills in the kitchen, resulting in big smiles and yummy treats. However, at least 77 children have suffered burn injuries from certain models of the ovens, reports DailyFinance.com. There was a recall for the ovens in 2007.

    Contact a Product Liability Attorney Today

    If injured by a dangerous consumer product, you may be able to recover damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Reyes, Browne & Reilley can help you get started today. Contact us now for legal help at 214-526-7900.

    Exploding Vape Causes Death

    Angel Reyes III Aside, Defects

    bigstock-Vaping-Man-Holding-A-Mod-A-Cl-227600464-1024x683A former CNBC producer was killed when his vape exploded and lodged in his skull, according to an autopsy confirmed by the medical examiner of Pinellas County.

    Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, 38, who went by “Wake,” died on Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg, FL after his vape pen ignited a fire in his bedroom. The autopsy results  reportedly showed the vape not only exploded and sparked the blaze, but it made a “projectile wound” in D’Elia’s skull.

    Bill Pellan, Director of Investigations at the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the report.

    The vape pen was reportedly a device made in the Philippines that is unregulated and not recommended for beginners. It’s still unclear what caused the pen to explode.

    When firefighters discovered him, 45% of his body was covered in burns. The medical examiner says D’Elia’s cause of death is “accidental.”

    A recent FEMA/ US Fire Administration report found e-cigarette and vape explosions are not common but when they do occur, they can be extremely deadly as the shape of the devices make them behave like “flaming rockets.”

    FEMA, which keeps stats on e-cigarettes, says D’Elia’s death is the first in the U.S. caused by a vape pen.

    Has a loved one been killed in an accident due to a defective product and you have questions? We want to help in your case because we care about the outcome, hoping that we can achieve compensation you deserve. Call us as soon as possible to find out how we can assist with your case at Reyes Browne Reilley.

     

    Note: These posts have been created through the use of secondary sources – the information provided has not been confirmed on an independent level. If you see information that needs correcting, please bring it to our attention and we will honor the post by correcting, or removing.

    Disclaimer: At our firm, we wish to honor the victims of these tragedies and give general information to the public about accident news. We do not wish to disrespect parties and do not want this information to be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. Do not rely on this information exclusively, and instead seek the help of a trusted attorney moving forward.

    Ford Recalls Millions of Cars Because Steering Wheels Might Come Off!

    Angel Reyes III Defects, In The News

    S088038436-860x553One of the most important elements of your vehicle–the steering wheel–should at no time come loose and/or fall off.

    Ford Motors recently attracted national attention for exactly that problem.

    On March 14 Ford Motor Company issued a North American recall for almost 1.4 million Fusion and Lincoln MKZ model sedans after getting reports that loose bolts were causing some vehicles’ steering wheels to detach.

    The recall affects every variant of Fusion and Lincoln MKZ in the 2014-2018 year range.

    At the time of the recall the company had allegedly received word of two accidents (one with injuries) related to this problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was already on the case, having started its investigations last October. Between the company and the federal agency it was determined that the bolts attaching the wheel to the steering column have the potential to loosen over time from normal driving behavior, at which point the wheel could simply shake loose and fall off.

    While Ford says it only knew of a couple of genuine accidents, the NHTSA received dozens of complaints from unhappy Fusion owners who alleged everything from loose or wobbly steering wheels to outright separation from their anchor points. One owner noted that the wheel fell directly in her lap as she attempted to turn into a gas station lot in Georgia; another told the NHTSA that his steering wheel came loose while he was traveling on an interstate highway. Both survived their alarming ordeals, but neither should ever have been in that position.

    The recall affects every variant of Fusion and Lincoln MKZ in the 2014-2018 year range. Reports of steering decouplings have trickled into Ford for at least three years, but even after finding 137 related complaints internal auditors said in 2015 that they lacked evidence to “identify any trend” to warrant a defective-product recall. It seems like the ramp-up in reports toward the latter half of 2017 may have caused them to (eventually) change their tune.

    This isn’t Ford’s sole quality-control problem lately, either. The steering wheel recall is hot on the heels of a separate series of reported door-latch problems. Related recalls alleged that affected doors could fly open when affected cars simply made a turn. That chain of recalls affects several million vehicles and has cost Ford over $600 million and counting.

    I Have One of These Vehicles. What Should I Do?

    As it often does with vehicle recalls, the proposed remedy for this issue involves taking it to a Ford dealership. Dealers have instructions to install a longer securing bolt with “more robust thread engagement and a larger nylon patch placed for proper torque retention.” It’s often best to let a certified technician handle vehicular issues that could cause a wreck if unchecked, so if you’ve felt some wobble in your turns, I’d suggest taking your Fusion or MKZ to a local dealership to get that bolt checked out and replaced free of charge.

    If they’ve known for something like three years that the Fusions’ wobbly steering wheels are a problem and are just now getting around to issuing a recall, it’s likely that anyone else hurt on a Sunday drive could have grounds to seek damages. If you, or a loved one, has been injured because of a wreck caused by the other driver’s steering wheel coming lose, call the experienced attorneys at Reryes Browne Reilley for a free consultation today.

    Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?

    Angel Reyes III Defects, Medical Devices

    Hip-Death-1024x768When Dr. Stephen Tower’s right hip gave out in 2006, he asked his surgeon to implant an artificial one — specifically, a metal-on-metal hip called the ASR XL, made by Johnson & Johnson. He knew what he was asking for, but what he knew wasn’t enough to protect him from a defect in the device.

    Five years after his surgery, and in excruciating pain, Dr. Tower underwent more surgery, this time to have the device replaced. When the surgeon sliced into his hip, what he saw looked like a crankcase full of dirty oil. Tissue surrounding the hip was black. Cobalt leaking from the ASR hip had caused a condition called metallosis, destroying not only local muscle, tendons and ligaments, but harming Dr. Tower’s heart and brain as well.

    Johnson & Johnson withdrew the ASR XL model from the market in 2010, but continued to sell another similarly problematic model, the Pinnacle, until 2013.

    More than 9,000 patients filed suit against the company, and on Nov. 16, six New York patients won a $247 million trial verdict for serious harms caused by the Pinnacle hip implants and for failing to warn doctors and patients about its dangers. These suits and others are pulling back the curtain on what some doctors call the Wild West of medicine: the untested and largely unregulated medical device industry.

    About 32 million Americans, or about one in 10, have at least one medical device implanted – from artificial joints to cardiac stents, surgical mesh, pacemakers, defibrillators, nerve stimulators, replacement lenses in eyes, heart valves and birth control devices.

    Medical interventions are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and devices play an increasing role in that statistic.

    Many people assume that the Food and Drug Administration requires rigorous testing of medical devices before they are approved. In fact, most high-risk devices on the market, including implants, have undergone no clinical testing at all.

    Since medical devices didn’t come under regulatory control by the F.D.A. until 1976, the agency simply grandfathered in all devices that were already on the market under a provision known as 510(k), which allows manufacturers to sell most new devices without requiring any clinical testing as long as the manufacturer says its product is “substantially equivalent” to an existing device.

    With such shockingly lax regulations, it’s no surprise that device recalls have risen over the years; in 2003, there were eight Class 1 device recalls, which the F.D.A. defines as indicating “a reasonable probability” that a device will “cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” In 2016, that number rose to 117, affecting hundreds of thousands of patients.