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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.

Kraft announces cheese product recall

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 5:47 pm    

A voluntary recall of Kraft’s Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese products was announced by the company on June 19 as a precautionary measure after discovering that the affected labels might not contain enough food preservatives, Tech Times reported.

Product reviews showed the recalled products are at risk of early spoilage and may even cause foodborne illnesses due to inadequate amounts of sorbic acid. Only the products that contain a date code of Dec. 17, 2014 and a time stamp of 09:34 – 13:15 are affected by the recall. The products also contain UPC code 10021000611611 and consumer package UPC code 021000611614.

The recalled items were dispersed to different Walmart stores across 12 U.S. states, including Wisconsin. Consumers are urged not to eat the product and to return it for a refund or product exchange.

The Lake Geneva personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may represent you if you have been injured or made ill by a dangerous food product. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to learn about your legal options and whether you are eligible to pursue a product liability claim.

NuvaRing settlement finalized

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 7:24 pm    

A settlement initially agreed upon by Merck to settle lawsuits over its contraceptive device NuvaRing will stand after a majority of the plaintiffs decided to opt into the deal, according to USA Today on June 5.

The U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel approved the settlement months ago, but he permitted Merck to default on the agreement if less than 95 percent of claimants participated in the deal. The required amount of parties participated, so Merck will have to pay the $100 million required. Claimants accused Merck of not adequately informing the public about NuvaRing’s possible adverse effects.

A defective medical device like this endangers the health, finances, and life of the user. If you are suffering from the consequences of a defective product in Lake Geneva, seek the legal assistance of a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in filing for a product liability lawsuit against the maker responsible. Call us at 800-242-2874 to learn more about how we may assist you.

Mother and children injured in Eau Galle car collision

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm    

A crash involving a semi-trailer and a car at an intersection in Eau Galle, Wisconsin sent a family of three to the hospital, St. Paul Pioneer Press reported on May 24.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office stated that at 11 a.m. on May 23, the driver of the semi-trailer hauling cattle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection between County Highways B and N. As a result, the vehicle struck a Chevrolet Imapala driven by 35-year-old mother Bethany Olson.

Olson, her 2-year old son and her 14-month old daughter all sustained injuries and were transported to Regions Hospitals in St. Paul. Meanwhile, the driver of the semi-truck Jeffrey Keyes, 46, was unhurt. An investigation of the incident is still underway.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. If you have been involved in a vehicular accident in Lake Geneva due to someone else’s reckless driving, our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may help you pursue financial compensation from the accountable party. Call us at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your options.

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