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IKEA crib mattresses recalled due to entrapment reports

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 5:16 pm    

IKEA announced a voluntary safety recall of around 169,000 VYSSA style crib mattresses after learning about two incidents of children becoming trapped between the edges of the crib and the mattress, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published on its website on January 13.

The recalled models are VACKERT, VINKA, SLOA, SLUMMER, and SPELEVINK, which were manufactured in Mexico on May 4, 2014 or earlier. The affected products were sold across IKEA retail stores nationwide and through the IKEA website from August 2010 to May 2014. The company said a gap larger that the width of two fingers between the ends of the mattress and the crib may pose an entrapment hazard to infants, making them at higher risk of sustaining injuries.

The company said affected products will be replaced or refunded.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we help Lake Geneva families who have been adversely affected by a defective baby care product fight for justice and compensation by possibly filing a lawsuit. Call us at 800-242-2874 today to see if we can put our experience to work for you.

German automaker Volkswagen to start this year with two recalls

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 6:19 pm    

Volkswagen is recalling more than 60,000 newer vehicles in the country after learning about headlight and fuel rail issues that may cause injurious, even fatal accidents, according to a report by the Examiner on December 31.

The company’s first recall involves more than 25,007 Jetta units with a 2015 model year, wherein defective software causes the low beam headlights to shut off whenever the high beams are turned on, thus reducing driver’s visibility and increasing the risk of an accident.

The other recall involves nearly 38,000 2014-2015 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat and Jetta, and 2015 Golf and GTI models due to a defective cap sealing on the fuel rail that may fail to fully seal. The fuel may then leak into the engine compartment, increasing the car’s risk of fire if there is an ignition source.

Injurious road accidents may sometimes be a result of a defectively-designed and manufactured car. If you believe the car accident you have been involved in has been a result of a defective vehicle in Lake Geneva, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may look into your situation to see if it qualifies you for a claim. Call us at 800-242-2874 today for a free assessment of your case.

Chrysler issues recall of 2005 Ram pick-up trucks due to axle failures

Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 2:31 pm    

Chrysler issued a worldwide recall of Ram 1500 pick-up trucks from the 2005 model year after learning about a rear axle pinion nut that may loosen and cause the rear axle to lock up or the drive shaft to fall off, according to a report by the Associated Press on December 19.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which started its investigation of the issue in June, found 15 incidents involving the pick-up’s faulty pinion nut, seven of which occurred at speeds of 50 mph and higher. One driver also stated that the problem caused his vehicle to lose control and spin while driving on an interstate.

The company said they will begin fixing the issue this February, affecting approximately 257,000 cars in the country.

Ensuring that every car components are designed and manufactured within highest quality standards should be an automaker’s ultimate concern. If you believe an injuring accident in Lake Geneva has been the result of a negligent manufacturer’s defective product, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn what legal action you may take to seek compensation. Call us at 800-242-2874 and have your case assessed for free today.

Honda’s recall of defective airbags goes national

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 4:21 pm    

Honda announced its plan to ramp up its recall of defective airbags manufactured by Takata to a national level, an online report by Fox Business stated on December 3.

The car company joins other automakers, such as BMW and Toyota, who have already expanded their campaigns to include the entire country, rather than focusing on a limited regional recall. The defective Takata airbags in question may deploy with too much force, break, and spray shrapnel within the vehicle.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday, Takata rejected the agency’s request for a national recall, insisting that recall efforts should only be focused on areas with high humidity, where the defective airbag inflators are more likely to rupture.

If you have been injured by a defective product, let our team of Lake Geneva product liability lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® help you in your pursuit of justice and compensation. To learn about the legal options available to you, call us at 800-242-2874 today.

Recall affects McDonald’s Hello Kitty toy

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:17 pm    

McDonald’s issued a recall of its Hello Kitty lollipop whistles that came free with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals after receiving reports that its components might detach during play and result in choking, Bloomberg reported on November 11.

The defective China-made whistles were distributed across the country since October. Two children have already been harmed by the toy, one of whom needed medical assistance. The company advised consumers to return the product immediately for a free toy replacement and a bag of sliced apples or a yogurt tube.

About 2.3 million defective whistles have been distributed across the country, 70% of which have already been recovered by McDonald’s, the company said in an online statement.

To learn more about taking legal steps against the maker of a defective toy that has harmed your child, seek the legal knowledge and experience of our team of defective toy lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call our Lake Geneva office at 800-242-2874 today.

Trinity Industries suspends guardrail sales due to safety concerns

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 6:59 pm    

In a press statement, guardrail system maker Trinity Industries announced the temporary cessation of ET-Plus guardrail system sales following the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) request for further testing, according to a report by ABC News on October 25.

The request from FHWA stems from safety issues surrounding the device. In 2005, the company made some changes to its guardrail system. However, the redesigned product has been involved in accidents that have resulted in severed limbs and deaths. Crash victims have claimed that the device can pierce through the car when hit from the front instead of absorbing the impact of the crash.

Trinity Industries has also been ordered to pay a fine of $175 million for deceiving federal authorities when the company failed to report adjustments it made to the product.

Damages brought about by a defective product are the legal liabilities of the manufacturer involved. If you believe a defective product in Lake Geneva has caused you medical and financial harm, a product liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to assess if your circumstances qualify you for a legal claim. Contact us now by calling 800-242-2874.

Lexus units recalled due to a faulty gasket that may leak fuel

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:53 pm    

Car maker Toyota has announced a voluntary safety recall of 423,000 Lexus units due to fears of fuel leak that might cause fire, according to a report by USA Today on Wednesday, October 15.

Toyota’s Lexus division is recalling 2007 to 2010 LS sedans, 2006 to 2011 GS sedans, 2006 to 2011 IS compacts, 2010 IS Cs, and 2008 to 2010 IS-Fs in the U.S. due to a defective gasket in the fuel system that may leak gas. The company said fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment are protected with anti-corrosive plating. However, particles from the plating might make its way into the gasket where a fuel pressure sensor is seated, thereby weakening the seal between the sensor and the fuel pipe.

Auto defects such as this can be a result of a car manufacturer’s negligence in ensuring that each of the car’s components has been developed and tested within safety standards. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to a defective vehicle, a Lake Geneva automobile defect lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you pursue the compensation you believe you are owed. Call us at 800-242-2874 for a free assessment of your case.

Hands-free texting while driving still not safe, study reveals

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:38 pm    

Hands-free texting while behind the wheel was proven to be just as distracting as physically texting on a phone, a study conducted by the University of Central Florida (UCF) revealed.

The study, relayed in a report by Reuters, required about 40 participants to text using either a smartphone or Google Glass while driving a car simulator. The drivers were then asked to react to a traffic situation in which the car ahead of them suddenly hit its brakes. According to the researchers, smartphone and Google Glass users exhibited the same reaction time when hitting their brakes during unexpected traffic scenarios. One slight advantage of Google Glass was that the drivers using it could re-focus on driving quicker than smartphone users.

A multitasking driver poses a serious safety threat to their passengers and to others who share the road with them. If you believe a distracted driver has caused you harm in Lake Geneva, let our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® help you in your pursuit of justice and compensation. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.

NHTSA probes 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta’s defective door latches

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:14 pm    

An investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta door latches might result in an extensive recall, a report stated on Monday, September 15.

U.S. automaker Ford might be ordered by the NHTSA to recall 205,000 affected units. The agency already received 61 door-related complaints, including a single report of injury in which an 83-year old woman was struck with a door that rebounded after trying to close it. Another driver stated that her door swung open while operating the vehicle.

A spokeswoman from Ford said the company is working closely with the NHTSA. She also advised Ford owners having this issue to report it to their local dealerships.

A car door that fails to close securely is considered a major vehicle defect, as it can cause serious dangers to occupants and to others on the road. If you have been harmed by a design or manufacturing error, our team of Lake Geneva-based product liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is willing to review your case to see if we can help you seek compensation. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to see if you qualify.

Teens view cellphone use while driving as dangerous

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:08 pm    

A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) entitled Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road, has stated that teens initially view cellphone use while driving as a dangerous practice. This view, however, changes with time.

The report, which was released on August 26, revealed that 88.4% of teens 16 to 18 years of age believe talking on a cellphone while driving is a threat to personal safety. 87.4% of them believe texting while driving is dangerous, and 85.5% of them view drivers updating social media while driving a “serious” or “somewhat serious” safety threat. However, the study also revealed as teens gain driving experience, they are more likely to use a mobile phone while driving, despite initial disapproval.

A collision that stemmed from distracted driving can cause you time, money, and safety. To learn more about how to seek compensation when hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted Lake Geneva driver , consult with our team of personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.

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