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July 2012 Archives

Trampolines voluntarily recalled by toy company

When California parents purchase toys for their children, they have the expectation that those products will not cause harm through ordinary use. Unfortunately, sometimes product recalls point to a safety issue that typically requires immediate attention from consumers. Recently, a voluntary recall was announced concerning a potentially defective product that arguably could cause significant injury.

California Product Liability Law for Defective Baby Strollers

In yesterday's post we discussed a defective product recall by stroller manufacturer Peg Perego. Many of the consumer products which we use everyday are unsafe, which is why product recalls happen on a weekly basis.

California car accident fatal for 2 San Diego boys

California drivers known how important it is to drive safely and obey all traffic laws. Yet, while this will do a lot to prevent a car accident, there is no telling what other drivers on the road will do. It is not always possible to avoid a serious accident, and when an individual suffers an injury at the fault of another driver, the effects can be devastating.

IKEA lighting system may lead to an electric shock

Summer is a prime time for home remodeling. For some California residents, the remodeling may include interior decorating and the installation of functional home decor pieces such as track lighting. The last thing anyone thinks is that the lighting they have just installed may be a defective product that could cause injury. However, that is sometimes the case.

California ATV accidents could cause serious injuries, death

With summer comes an increase in Southern California adventurers seeking outdoor activities. For many, this may include riding ATVs on private property, permitted public trails or at specialized facilities. With this rise in ATV riding in the summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission wishes to warn both novice and experienced riders of the risk of serious injuries that come with these vehicles.

Two Seriously Injured in North Los Angeles Car Crash

In our last post we covered a Koreatown pedestrian accident which resulted in the wrongful death of a 42-year-old man last weekend. Unfortunately hit-and-run accidents such as this one are not a rare occurrence in the Los Angeles area. Irresponsible motorists who cause crashes while intoxicated or engaging in distracted driving often flee the scene because they fear criminal punishment or personal injury litigation.

Ford is recalled for brake interference issues

What if your brand new vehicle had defective brakes? Most California consumers would be pretty upset. As it turns out, this is the case for one popular sports utility vehicle. Did you know that Ford is recalling almost 8,300 of its 2013 Escapes in the United States? The recall stems from an auto defect in which improperly installed carpeting can potentially interfere with a driver's application of the brake pedal in the vehicle.

California woman killed in motorcycle crash

In automobile accidents involving motorcycles, it is not always the collision of two vehicles that causes a serious injury or a death. One recent California motorcycle accident, for example, occurred when the motorcyclist lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She was thrown onto the highway where she was then struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene.

Recall issued over kids' animated lamps

As California residents know, it is always difficult when product defects pose a serious risk to our health; however, it is even more concerning when these items are intended for our children. In recent news, the placement of internal wires on a lamp made for kids can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking. As a result, the lamps serve as a dangerous fire hazard to consumers. The defective product has resulted in nearly a dozen safety reports.

California sleepwear recalled due to flammability concerns

A California manufacturer of children's sleepwear has sold 210,000 sets of lounge pants and boxers. Other manufacturers sold 6,000 pairs of sleepwear sets under the label Gabiano and 12,000 sets of pajamas under the name PajamaGram.

Marine's Mesothelioma Death Linked to Asbestos Exposure

A recent opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times highlighted the challenges that can arise from complex toxic exposure personal injury cases. The article detailed the struggles of a California marine who had been exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed a serious cancer called mesothelioma. Court filings in the case allege that lawyers from the asbestos industry hounded the marine during depositions and that this contributed to his death.

Serious accident involving pickup and train leaves 1 dead

California drivers probably don't think about the risks involved with driving across train tracks. We don't hear about train accidents often, and we assume that there will be warning lights and gates to tell us when a train is approaching. With forces as strong as freight trains crossing roadways, however, it is important that both trains and automobiles take care to operate safely in order to avoid a serious accident. Unfortunately, these accidents are not always avoidable.

Los Angeles to Pay $6.6 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reports that the L.A. City Council recently voted to pay the largest traffic accident-related wrongful death settlement in the city's history. The city is set to pay $6.6 million to the family of 27-year-old woman who was killed just outside of her Sylmar home in spring of 2010.

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