According to lawsuits recently filed in connection with the ongoing case of exploding Takata airbags that have injured several people, some popular car manufacturers knew that the airbags they were putting in to their vehicles were potentially explosive and therefore dangerous since the early 2000s, well before the companies started recalling their vehicles a few short years ago in an effort to correct the problem.
Generally speaking, when a Los Angeles, California, resident gets hurt in a car wreck or another type of accident, the question he or she needs to ask is whether another person was negligent and thereby caused the accident. In other words, before getting compensation, an injured person is going to have to prove that, in some way, the responsible party fell short of its obligations to keep the victim safe.
A previous post on this blog talked about some recently marketed toys that at least one watchdog group dubbed as particularly dangerous for children.
Every year, a group dedicated to protecting children from dangerous toys dubs a few toys as worst toys of the year. For 2017, 10 toys received this dubious honor. These toys were of a wide variety of types, but there were a couple of common themes that ran through this year's list.
Many people in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County are probably loosely aware of what a product recall is just by watching the news. Some Cost Mesa residents may have even responded to a recall in the past by taking in a home product for replacement, a repair or a no-questions-asked refund.
Victims of dangerous and defective products are protected on the roadways and elsewhere. A settlement was recently reached between General Motors and Orange County related to auto defects. The automaker was accused of concealing safety defects including faulty ignition switches that have been tied to nearly 400 injuries and deaths. A settlement was recently reached for violations of unfair competition and false advertising for vehicles that were recalled in 2014, including for the ignition switch recall.
For families, keeping children safe is a serious concern, which is why it is important families are aware when their children may be exposed to hazards because of dangerous products. In this respect, Orange County parents should take note that a major manufacturer of children's products recently recalled 3.6 million units of children's plates and bowls due to a potential choking and safety hazard.
Many products liability lawsuits involve drugs and medicines because of the potential harm defective and dangerous drugs can cause to victims. Pharmaceutical drugs must be tested according to Food and Drug Administration standards prior to entry into the market. These rules are designed to protect the public, patients and users of the drugs.
After numerous attempts to cut back on or stop smoking cigarettes, many people have taken to alternative forms of relief, such as vape pens. While the decision to switch to an electronic cigarette could stem from a wish to improve your health, there may also be a certain level of risk involved, which might not appear on the warning label.
Products liability law is a resource designed to help victims of dangerous or defective products. A court in southern California recently ordered a major pharmaceutical company to pay $417 million to a hospitalized woman who asserts that her routine use of the company's baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. There have been a series of similar talcum powder lawsuits nationally but this jury award is a record. The award includes compensatory damages and punitive damages.