We like to imagine new cars as flawless and safe, but not even cars rolling off the assembly line are perfect. Cars constantly get recalled for problems and defects, some of which threaten to cause accidents.
Every month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components. For October 2016, there were 95 new recalls on the list. This is an important service that contributes to safety on America's freeways, highways and streets. Some of the most significant recall notices that appear in NHTSA's October 2016 report appear below.
Samsung has more to worry about than just cellphones that catch fire. In August, a federal lawsuit was filed against Samsung, alleging negligence in the design and manufacture of certain washing machine models.
While there's a risk of fire after an accident, it's not something we expect from a supposedly perfectly functioning vehicle. Even though newer vehicles are using alternate power sources like batteries, automobiles have been historically powered by gasoline, a fuel source designed to burn incredibly efficiently and quickly. Car manufacturers pride themselves on creating the safest vehicles, citing numerous crash safety ratings on their advertisements, but how often do their products need to be recalled due to combustion hazards?
Kiddy USA is recalling World Plus's model 51 100 WP combination forward facing child restraints that convert to a high back booster seat. Manufactured from July 2, 2012 through October 5, 2013, the seat buckle/tongue on the combination child restraint/booster seats may only partially engage which can give users the false impression that the buckle is properly latched. These seats fail to meet the requirements set by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 2013, "Child Restraint Systems,"
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced three products that manufacturers are recalling because of the safety hazards they pose. Alltrade Tools is recalling their ratcheting tie downs, One World Technologies is recalling their snow blowers, and Stile Products Expands is recalling their folding bicycles. If you or a loved one was injured while using any of these products, it is important you seek restitution. At Wyatt Law Firm, we want you to stay informed.
UL Listing refers to recognition of an appliance's adherence to safety standards. The Underwriters Laboratories is an organization that tests, validates, and inspects certain products to ensure they meet the company's safety standards. Created in 1894 by William Henry Merrill, the organization helps limit product liability and protect consumers. If you ever noticed that some of your appliances have a UL Listing, it means the organization has examined the product and deemed it safe to use.
When consumers buy a product, they expect it to work properly. Manufacturers strive to release a well-created item on the market. Unfortunately, not all defects are apparent during the building stage. Sometimes, issues arise after the public has access to a product. So, what happens when a defective product is sold?
A recent investigation conducted by CBS News reveals the dangers of current seat designs in many automobiles. According to the report, many cars have a serious defect when it comes to absorbing impact from a read-end hit. When a car is hit from behind, the front seat collapses back, endangering the passengers sitting behind the driver or front passenger.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a new list of automobiles that manufacturers are recalling. The vehicles display defects that can endanger the drivers and passengers. The NHTSA regularly releases recalled vehicles to protect consumers. A defective car cannot only cause extensive injury, it can potentially cause death.