Mountain bikes are expensive pieces of equipment, and cyclists depend on the quality of their manufacturing. If something goes wrong while riding, cyclists are at risk of serious injury or even death. Shock absorbers are a critical component of mountain bikes that ensure a smooth ride on difficult terrain.
The recent news of a Fox Factory recall highlights the problems that can be caused by faulty bicycle equipment. The defective parts do not affect one brand or model of bicycle, but every company that uses Fox shock absorbers.
When a consumer suffers an accident because of a poorly designed or manufactured piece of equipment, it can often be difficult to determine the liable party. That is because the manufacturers of complicated machines such as a bicycle rely on components from a multitude of vendors. If one of those components fails, it might be the fault of the individual vendor, the factory where it was assembled, or the company that designed the part in the first place.
The holidays are a time for families to celebrate together, especially families with young children. Lifelong memories can be created and traditions are passed on from generation to generation. Unfortunately, some families found the holidays to be a time to fear for the safety of their children. This may have been due to the discovery of the potential risks of injury or worse due to defective and poorly designed toys the children received over the holiday season.
In this day and age of heightened safety concerns, it would be impossible to imagine someone driving with a small child who wasn’t secured in a car seat for protection. But it actually wasn’t that long ago that no one used car seats.
In fact, it was less than 40 years ago that the first state, Tennessee, enacted a law making it mandatory for drivers to use car seats for infants and small children. Since then, our understanding of safe driving procedures have advanced a great deal, with new regulations in all fifty states calling for stricter seat belt laws that have gone a long way to reducing traffic injuries and fatalities.
Here at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we firmly believe that product manufacturers have an obligation to market safe products to the public. Fortunately for consumers, this belief is also the law, but there are still companies who do not follow the rules. Releasing products before extensively testing them is dangerous, and can easily result in injuries among consumers, and even deaths. Keep reading to learn about the recent Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall and how it impacts consumers.
At least 67 people have lost their lives in crashes caused by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles, and their families will receive compensation from the company, according to a recent report from CBS News.
Another 113 people who were injured in ignition-switch-related car wrecks will also receive compensation from General Motors, according to the report.
Before its deadline passed at the end of January, the company’s fund received 4,342 claims for relief. So far, the fund is reviewing 1,492 of those claims and has decided that 820 of them do not meet the criteria for compensation set out by the fund. The remaining claims were denied because they lacked sufficient documentation for the fund to make a decision, according to the attorney responsible for running the fund. Read the rest »
2014 was the worst year on record for vehicle recalls, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last year, nearly 64 million vehicles were recalled nationwide, topping the previous recall record of 30.8 million vehicles set in 2004. The recalled vehicles were the subject of 803 separate recalls issued in the last calendar year.
The NHTSA has pushed automakers to report potential defects and announce voluntary vehicle recalls more quickly, especially after serious problems with GM ignition switches and Takata air bags went ignored for years, resulting in dozens of deaths. The NHTSA estimates that the ignition switches have so far been responsible for 52 deaths and that the air bag inflator ruptures have caused four deaths and may be implicated in a fifth incident. Dozens of other recall-related injuries have also been reported. Read the rest »
Motorcycle manufacturer Polaris took steps recently to stop sales of its 2015 model year “Slingshot,” a three-wheeled motorcycle, and to recall those that have already been sold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also issued a recall.
Experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident attorneys follow recall news closely, aware of the risks that a hidden defect can pose to motorcycle riders. In many cases, riders do not know their bike has a problem until a crash or other severe injury has already occurred. This makes recall news vital to the safety of motorcyclists nationwide.
The recall focuses on problems in the upper pinion bearing in the steering rack assembly. If the bearing disengages, the rider may lose control of the motorcycle, according to the NHTSA press release. Read the rest »
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