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  • Toyota Recalls Nearly 80,000 Pickups Due to Breaking Bumper Steps

    Toyota has announced plans to recall about 79,000 Tundra pickup trucks sold in the United States, Canada, and Central America due to a defect that can cause the steps in the vehicles’ rear bumpers to break. The recall affects 2016 and 2017 model year Tundra trucks which were manufactured with steps and reinforcement brackets in the bumpers made of resin. According to Toyota, if the trucks are ...
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  • Jim Gilbert Delivers Auto Product Liability Seminar in Indiana

    Over the past two days, a group of some of the top trial lawyers in the country convened at the ISTA Conference Center in Indianapolis for “ Thinking Outside the Box for Your Practice ,” a seminar sponsored by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Our own Jim Gilbert was on hand as one of the presenters, with a talk about a subject in which he is one of the leading experts nationwide, auto ...
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  • GM Issues Massive Vehicle Recall Due to Brake Issue

    Blog: GM has recalled approximately 473,000 trucks and SUVs sold in North America due to a faulty nut installed in the vehicles’ brakes, leading to loosening over time and potentially rendering the brakes inoperative. The recall affects certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and reapply adhesive on the nut ...
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  • Registering Your Kids Products Can Help You Find Out About Dangerous Defects

    Under federal law, the manufacturers of toddler and infant products that are durable are supposed to include a pre-stamped postcard with each item. This gives parents the option to register the product via mail or online, which gives the product maker the ability to provide immediate notification in the event of a recall over a dangerous defect. Considering that millions of children’s products are ...
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  • Retailers Can Be Held Strictly Liable for Sale of Defective Products, Reaffirms Federal Court

    A federal court in New Jersey says that retailers can indeed be held strictly liable for selling defective products. The case is DeGennaro v. Rally Manufacturing . In this New Jersey products liability case, the plaintiff sued the manufacturer and seller of a lead-acid battery that he said exploded while in his hand. The judge found that Pep Boys’ management either should have or already knew that ...
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  • Delta Enterprise, LaJobi, Evenflo, and Jardine Enterprises Among the More than 2 Million Cribs Recalled Over Drop-Side Issues and Other Hazards

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 2 million cribs because of the hazards they may pose to children. Included in the recall are cribs made by Evenflo, LaJobi, Child Craft, Million Dollar Baby, Jardine Enterprises, Delta Enterprises Corp, and Simmons Juvenile Products Inc. The cribs were made between 2000 and 2009. To date, no fatalities have been linked to the ...
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  • PSC Urges Consumers to Stop Using Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS Drop-Side Cribs Immediately

    The deaths of three infants has prompted the CPSC to recall all “ChildESIGNS” and Generation 2 Worldwide drop-side cribs. About 500,000 cribs are affected. Unlike other drop-side crib recalls, no repair kit will be issued. It is imperative that kids are immediately removed from these cribs. Trying to fix the furniture defectwill not make the cribs safer. The three babies that died suffocated when ...
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  • Toyota Prius is at Center of More than 100 Brake Complaints

    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received over 100 complaints involving brake problems related to the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. Brake-related complaints have also been filed in Japan. The Prius is the world’s bestselling gas-electric hybrid, with about 1.6 million sold around the world. According to Japan’s Kyodo new agency, the brakes may temporarily stop working ...
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  • Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Autos Over Floor Mat - Gas Pedal Defect

    Expanding upon its auto recall from last November of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the automaker announced that it is including another 1.1 million vehicles to the recall list. The recall was issued because of the possibility that the gas pedal could get caught on the removable floor mat, causing the vehicle to accelerate to the highest speeds and making it impossible to stop the car even ...
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  • Gas Pedal Defect Prompts Toyota Recall of Another 2.3 Million Vehicles in US

    A faulty gas pedal that can get stuck has prompted another large auto recall by Toyota in the US. Last Thursday, the car manufacturer announced it was recalling about 2.3 million autos in the US. Toyota will likely recall another 2 million autos in Europe over the same auto defect. The massive recalls come at a bad time for the automaker, whose reputation for making safe, reliable cars has taken a ...
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  • Recall of 1.5 Million Graco Strollers Following Fingertip Lacerations and Amputations

    Graco and the Consumer Products Safety Commission are recalling 1.5 million strollers because their canopy hinge mechanisms pose a fingertip laceration and amputation hazard. Already, five children’s fingertips were amputated and two kids suffered fingertip lacerations because they put their fingers in the hinge mechanism while the stroller was being opened or closed. The Graco strollers affected ...
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  • Toyota and Ford Top Are Automakers with Most Vehicles Recalled in 2009

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that car manufacturers recalled 16.4 million vehicles last year. While there were less recall campaigns overall—492 recall campaigns in 2009 compared to 684 campaigns in 2008, automakers recalled 6 million more autos last year. Toyota led the car manufacturer list with most vehicles recalled. The car manufacturer’s reputation for passenger ...
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  • IIHSs New Booster Seat Ratings Offers 9 Best Bets; Doesnt Recommend 11 Child Safety Seats Because of Poor Fit with Seat Belts

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published its newest booster seat ratings to help consumers choose the child safety seat that most safely fits their vehicle. Out of 60 booster seats, the IIHS is offering 9 BEST BETS and 6 GOOD BETS based on their ability to fit with vehicle seat belts so that a child is kept secure and protected during a car crash. The IIHS is not recommending 11 of ...
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  • 213,000 Dorel Juvenile Play Yards and 600 IKEA LEOPARD Highchairs are Among Latest Childrens Furniture Product Recalls by CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it is recalling approximately 213,000 play yards with bassinets because of concern that the infant product posses a suffocation risk. The recall includes Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards and Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yard. There are no reports of any related injuries to date. Hover, the metal bars that support the sleeper’s ...
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  • 7-Month-Old Baby is 11th Child Fatality Involving Simplicity Drop-Side Cribs

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again warning parents and guardians about the dangers associated with Simplicity drop-side cribs. The CPSC began recalling these child sleepers, made by SFCA Inc. and Simplicity Inc., in December 2005. Over 2 million Simplicity drop-side cribs have been recalled because of the hazard they pose to children. CPSC’s other Simplicity recalls were ...
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  • 24,000 Amboy Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks Recalled Following Two Infant Suffocation Deaths

    At least two baby deaths have been linked to the Amby Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks, which is why Amby Baby USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 24,000 of these child sleepers. One of the victims was a 4-month old Georgia baby who died in an Amby baby hammock in June. Another infant, a 5-month-old Oregon boy, died from suffocation last August. If the baby gets wedged ...
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  • WATCH and PIRG Unveil Dangerous Toys Lists

    With the opening of the holiday shopping season, it is important that buyers be wary of toys that may be dangerous for kids. Unfortunately, toys that are choking hazards, poking hazards, lead hazards, eye hazards, or pose other kinds of injury hazards continue be found on toy store shelves throughout the US. While toy manufacturers can be held liable for products liability in the event of injury ...
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  • Toyota Says it Will Fix Accelerator Pedal Defect on 3.8 Million Recalled Autos

    Following its recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles because the floor mat on the driver side could trap the accelerator pedal and cause it to jam, Toyota has announced that it will remedy the auto defect by replacing the gas pedal with a modified pedal while it develops a permanent replacement pedal for the vehicles. Toyota says it will shorten the gas pedal by approximately 20 ...
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  • CPSC Recalls 2.1 Million Stork Craft Cribs Following Infant Suffocation, Entrapment, and Fall Accidents

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. have announced the recall of 2.1 million drop-side cribs following 110 reports of the drop-sides detaching from the crib. 1,213,000 crib units were distributed in the US. The remaining units that were recalled are in Canada. 147,000 of the cribs come with a Fisher-Price logo. A detached drop-side can create a gap ...
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  • Two Judges Refuse to Seal the Record in Toyota Document Discovery Abuse Case

    As a follow-up to my September 4, 2009 blog entitled, “Toyota Rollover Lawsuits: Automaker’s Former Attorney Accuses Auto Manufacturer of Concealing Evidence in Over 300 Auto Products Liability Cases,” U.S. District Judge George H. King, the judge presently assigned to the case, refused to grant Toyota’s request to seal the lawsuit in the face of Toyota allegaions that Toyota will suffer “further ...
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  • Injuries to Children: Maclaren Recalls About 1 Million Strollers After Children Injured During Finger Amputations

    The Consumer Product and Safety Commission and Maclaren USA are warning consumers to immediately stop using their Maclaren Strollers. Some 1 million strollers were recalled yesterday following reports that 12 children sustained fingertip amputation injuries. The injuries occurred when the kids put their fingers in the hinge mechanism of the stroller while it was being secured into place or opened ...
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  • Dangerous Auto Part?: Power Window Can Cause Injuries, Says Consumer Group

    Kids and Cars is calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require that all motor vehicle manufacturers make sure that the power windows on their vehicles come with an auto-reverse feature that automatically would stop a window from rolling up if there was an object or person in the way. The consumer group’s new surveys report some 13.6 million power window injuries over an ...
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  • Deadly Auto Defects: NHTSA Identifies Possible Design Flaws that May Have Contributed to Toyota Car Crash Involving Floor Mat

    Auto manufacturing giant Toyota is sending out letters to the owners of 3.8 million vehicles telling them to remove the floor mat on the driver’s side until they fix the problem that killed four people on August 28. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the tragic car crash could have been avoided. Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law died. Saylor was unable to ...
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  • Ford Recall of 4.5 Million Autos Over Faulty Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Increases Number of Vehicles Affected to Over 14 Million

    Over the last 10 years, Ford Motor Co. has issued several recalls over a cruise-control deactivation switch that is considered a potential fire hazard. There is concern that if hydraulic fluid leaks from the switch, the car might overheat even when the ignition is off, which may start a fire. Already, several auto products liability lawsuits have been filed over the defect. Ford, however, is quick ...
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  • Following Toyotas 3.8 Million Auto Recall Over Dangerous Floor Mats, Automakers President Issues Apology

    Last week, Toyota announced what to date is its largest auto recall ever. 3.8 million Lexus and Toyota cars are to be called back over concerns that the all-weather floor mat might cause the accelerator pedal to jam. The recall comes one month after a California highway patrol officer and his family died in a tragic car crash after he was unable to stop his 2009 Lexus ES 350. Witnesses say the ...
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