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June 2015 Archives

What is a safety-related defect when it comes to cars?


Consumers expect automobiles to be safe. All safety features should work properly, and there should be no defects that put motorists at an unreasonable risk of being in an accident. Unfortunately though, car manufacturers still put vehicles on the market that are dangerous. For this reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has set rules regarding when such vehicles must be recalled.

Recovery in a defective construction materials claim


Hiring someone to construct something for you can be a big decision, as can choosing to buy an already existing home or business. However, in your haste to get settled into your new structure, you may fail to realize that construction companies are a business out to make money. Though many of these companies provide a valuable service, others cut corners and use defective construction materials in order to make a little extra money. When this happens, your property could be subjected to significant damage that could cost you time, money, and peace of mind.

What is a manufacturing defect?


A consumer product must go through many stages before it hits the market. Products typically go through an extensive design period where safety, functionality and consumer satisfaction are the goals. Yet, even though a product is satisfactorily designed, it may still be dangerous when it goes on sale for consumers. All too often, manufacturing defects render products dangerous, putting consumers at significant risk of harm.

Airbag manufacturer expands recall to more than 33 million cars


Readers of this blog may remember a recent controversy when airbag manufacturer Takata refused to expand its list of recalled vehicles, causing it to face fines of $14,000 per day. Takata spokespeople said the company believed the defective airbags, which can explode and send pieces of metal flying at drivers and passengers, were only affected by cars in high humidity. However, investigators may have pinpointed that exposure to moisture over time can cause the airbag's chemical propellant to be damaged.