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.
One of the fastest growing products of recent years is the vape pen, or e-cigarette. These devices were marketed as safer than traditional cigarettes with little evidence to support the claim. In truth, there is still a lot of research needed to determine if the chemicals in e-cigarette vapor packs are safe.
The days are long and the nights are warm again. It's summertime in Montana and everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy our beautiful, massive landscape. Accidents happen, though. Keep that in mind in the coming months when you're out at the grill, going off-road on the ATV or heading out for a weekend.
Some Montana residents may have heard about supplements that contains powdered caffeine, which a form of the drug some 80 percent of Americans reportedly consume each day with their coffee. Except that powdered caffeine does not occur naturally and is much more potent and volatile than coffee's caffeine, allegedly. Thus, the supplement's potential for abuse has provoked alarm among federal regulators, authorities reported on Dec. 29
Montana consumers may purchase defective products unknowingly. If injury results, a consumer may recover some of the financial loss incurred as a result of the injury. Liability law is not governed by federal laws, and state statutes are used. Under the concept of strict liability, a consumer is obligated to prove they were harmed by the defective product without proving manufacturer negligence.