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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.

NHTSA introduces new car recall search tool

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 pm    

On Wednesday, August 20, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started its free online search service that aims to provide car owners and buyers information about safety issues affecting their vehicles, and if their car has been repaired as part of a safety recall.

The search tool can be found on the safety agency’s website, www.safercar.gov. To get the results, owners and buyers are required to key in their car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) that can be found on the driver’s door post near the latch or on top of the dashboard on the driver’s side.

Also starting Wednesday, car manufacturers are mandated to display the same information on their respective online sites. Car companies are also expected to refresh their list every week.

If you are planning to take legal action against a car company after being involved in an accident caused by an ill-designed vehicle in Lake Geneva, our team of dedicated product liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. might be able to help you. To learn more about how we can be of help, call us at 800-242-2874 today.

Cubist Pharmaceuticals recall

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 5:30 pm    

Nine lots of the antibiotic injection, Cubicin have been recalled by Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. after receiving complaints that the affected products might be contaminated with particulate matter. On Sunday, August 10 the company released a statement saying the the foreign particulate matter could potentially pose health risks among users.

The 10 mL single use vials of Cubicin 500 mg labeled CDC 203, CDC 207, CDC 213, CDC 217, CDC 226, CDC 234, CDC 235, CDC 243, and CDC 246 are being recalled nationwide as a precautionary measure to prevent possible health complications, such as thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism. The company asks the users and the retailers to return the recalled products for replacement.

Dealing with the repercussions of an injury caused by a defective medical product can be very physically and financially challenging. The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are dedicated to helping victims of defective products. Call our Lake Geneva office at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your eligibility in seeking financial compensation through a civil suit.

FDA panel evaluates risks of cancer-spreading uterine device

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:09 pm    

A fifteen-member panel offering recommendations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about laparoscopic power morcellators that in some cases may spread cancer among women discussed the possible restrictions that the agency could enforce, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 11.

Different suggestions emerged during the discussion, ranging from narrowing its use among patients, to pulling it off the market entirely. Some panelists considered adding a black box warning to the device – the most serious warning that the FDA administers.

Laparoscopic power morcellators are used for minimally invasive procedures in removing uterine fibroids. However, the FDA revealed that 1 of 350 women undergoing laparoscopic morcellation may have undetected uterine cancer that could be spread by the medical device.

There are instances when manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices fall short in ensuring the quality of the products they release on the market, making their users prone to serious health complications. If you have been hurt by a defective product in Lake Geneva, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn more about taking legal steps in seeking justice and compensation. Call us at 800-242-2874 today.

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