If you hear that your vehicle has been recalled, it can be scary. At the same time, you may think that because nothing has happened, there's no real issue to worry about.
Magnets that are made from rare materials can cause significant injury to children if they are swallowed. These magnets are up to 30 times stronger than the type that Montana residents and others use in their homes or in schools. Mostly sold to children as a toy, the products were banned in 2014, but the ban was rescinded by a group of federal judges in 2016. In 2019, it was estimated that 1,666 of these magnets were ingested by children, which was an increase from 281 reported incidents in 2016.
People in Montana who own Subaru Outbacks might want to learn about a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The class-action lawsuit was filed by a woman in Virginia who claims that the vehicle's curtain side airbags are defective and responsible for seriously injuring her.
Many Montana consumers do an increasing amount of their purchasing online, especially on large clearinghouse websites like Amazon. While there are numerous reports of counterfeit or questionable items making their way onto Amazon, many people rely on "Amazon's Choice" recommendations to guide them to good decisions. However, according to an investigation by journalists at The Wall Street Journal, the badge is visible on a number of products that are mislabeled, unsafe or in violation of Amazon's listing policies. For example, the tagline has appeared beside products that carry false safety certifications, are designated as controlled substances or fail to meet U.S. guidelines for safe products.
More than 40 million vehicles have been recalled in Montana and around the country in recent years because of potentially deadly problems with airbags supplied by the Japanese parts manufacturer Takata. Toyota initially addressed the issue by replacing faulty Takata airbags in more than 900,000 Lexus, Scion and Toyota models with new Takata airbags. The carmaker has now announced that it is ready to implement the second phase of its airbag remedy by replacing the new Takata airbags with airbags supplied by a different vendor.
When creators of new products in Montana are preparing to release a new prototype to their consumers, there are many ways they could go about testing their product. In the most effective scenario, businesses will take adequate time and resources to identify potential problems and address them before releasing them to the public. Additionally, they will run multiple tests to guarantee that the product they are offering is safe, reliable and functional.
Despite the best efforts of companies to prevent their products from causing injury or inconvenience to their consumers, there are times when products malfunction or do not perform the way they were intended and put users at risk of injury or death. Preventing these types of errors from happening to people in Montana and elsewhere requires companies to implement procedures for product testing that are designed to catch potential errors and hazards before they threaten end-users.
When someone in Montana purchases a product, there is an expectation that it will work properly. Unfortunately, product defects can result in a number of different injuries to consumers, and when this occurs it is the court's responsibility to determine who is at fault. In terms of product liability, there are various parties that can be liable for different types of defects.
If you are like most Montana residents, you rely on a vehicle to run errands, get to work and head out on weekend trips. Power steering helps the steering wheel turn easily. When it works well, you can make tight turns and cruise through curves with minimal effort. At Cok Kinzler PLLP, our experienced team often assists clients injured as a result of faulty steering.
When you and others in Montana purchase products you expect to be, or have been warned that they are, hazardous, you are likely more careful when using them. Some products that would be otherwise relatively safe, have defects that may put you at risk for suffering serious injury or death. If you have been injured as a result of using a product, it may behoove you to understand the types of defects that create liability.