Football’s Concussion Frenzy: High Schools and NCAA Targeted in Lawsuits

Football Concussions A Huge Lawsuit

In the wake of the Antonio Brown helmet saga, it entices the conversation of safety amongst athletes of all levels of play. The NFL standout, refusing to wear any other helmet than his outdated Schutt Air Advantage lid, displays a lack of concern for safety. Most individuals would disagree with him. Including parents of high school and college athletes.

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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

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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

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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

Manufacturers 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.

Faulty Airbags: Don’t Risk Injury or Death

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Faulty Airbags: Don’t Risk Injury or Death

 

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Airbags in the 2001-2003 Honda and Acura models shown here are the most dangerous. If you drive one of these vehicles, you face as high as a 50% chance of serious injury or death if your airbags are activated. Photo from: AirbagRecall.com

 

Tens of millions of airbags are defective. Even a minor fender-bender can cause these airbags to rupture, spraying metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

In response, vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history. Authorized dealerships are replacing defective airbags for free.

Under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger airbag inflators.

These inflators are at risk of rupturing in the event of even a minor accident. Airbag ruptures have sprayed shrapnel into drivers and passengers–resulting in at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries.

While the recalls are national in scope, NHTSA has ordered automakers to prioritize replacing airbag inflators in older vehicles that have spent time in geographic areas of the U.S. with persistent heat and high absolute humidity. Research performed by NHTSA has shown that if your vehicle has spent time in a place with high heat and high humidity, you may be at greater risk.

How can I tell if my vehicle has been involved in this recall?

To determine if your vehicle is impacted by this recall enter your VIN on the Airbag Recall website.

What is a VIN number and where do I find it?

Your VIN is the unique identification for your vehicle and contains 17 alphanumeric characters. It may be found on your state vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, or on the vehicle itself – on the driver’s side dashboard at the bottom of the windshield or on the driver’s side doorjamb. Your VIN will not include the letter “i” or the letter “o”, but may include the number “1” or the number “0.”

What do I do if my vehicle has been recalled?

Please contact your local dealer, which will be equipped to fix the recalled part or portion of your vehicle.

What do I do if the results page says parts are unavailable for my vehicle?

NHTSA has ordered automakers to accelerate the development and production of remedy parts, and to prioritize repairs for vehicles according to risk factors identified through testing. If parts are not yet available for your vehicle you can still take action by ensuring that the manufacturer of your vehicle has their most up-to-date contact information.